Post # 1
I am starting the Lemon Detox diet today.
10 days of nothing but lemon, water, cayanne pepper and maple syrup and then 1 day of juice, then 1 day of soup, then 1 day of nuts, and one day of really small portions before I can eat again.
Fiance has had 3 people in his team do this diet and lost significant weight so i figure i would try it. I have never done anything like this before so it will be extra hard for. expecally since i love soda and fried chicken and potatos.
They say misery loves company and so I’m calling out to see who would like to join me and we can keep each other going?!
Post # 3
I’m sorry, but this is not a healthy way to lose weight. It’s actually very, very dangerous. I’m sure you will lose weight, but you’ll gain it all back as soon as you start eating normally again. The best way to lose weight is by eating healthy (a lot of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains, not as much meat and dairy), eating 6 small meals throughout the day, and exercising. It should not be a misarable process!
Post # 4
These detox diets are not healthy. I’ve known people to do these too, they lost a ton of weight. Then gained it back right after they went back to eating normally.
I really think these things do more to hurt you than help you.
Post # 5
A starvation type crash diet like this is NOT good for your system.
These types of things slow your metabolism WAY down so once you start eating again, the weight comes right back.
Also by doing this you will lose mostly water and some muscle tissue.
A healthy human body detoxifies itself naturally. You do not need a harsh detox.
Finally, the ingredients in this diet are HIGHLY acidic (lemon juice and cayenne pepper) and can be very hard on your stomach.
Post # 6
I echo what the other two said. I actually had weak moment and tried this detox for a quick fix…and that’s exactly what it is. You quickly lose weight, but the minute you go back to a normal healthy diet, you gain all the weight back, and more. 🙁
Post # 7
God luck with your cleanse!
It sounds like your doing a Master Cleanse, and not necessarily a diet. Where as I do agree that crash dieting is no good, the Master Cleanse, which is done for the purpose of cleaning toxins out of your body and not necessarily losing weight(which is just a bonus) can be beneficial. Easing in and out of the cleanse are very important, as well as flushing your system out during it. I’ve done it myself, and known plenty of others that have as well. It’s just an alternative to store bought or boxed cleanses, or even colin cleanses. Unfortunately, the human body doesn’t detox itself, as we are exposed to too many toxins everyday.
I hope this works out for you, and just make sure to not just ease out of it, but also take a few days to ease into it as well! I might join ya soon, I’ve been thinking I need a jump start to my system as well!
Post # 8
Your body cleanses toxins via your liver and kidneys. There is really no need for a reasonably healthy person to do a detox. If you’re doing this for weight loss there are a million more sensible ways to do it than this.
Post # 9
@jenosaurus: A normal healthy human body cleanses itself normally. You do not need to do a “cleanse” unless instructed to do so by a doctor because your liver/kidneys aren’t doing their job.
Post # 10
It’s completely healthy to have a different opinion regarding toxins in our bodies. I understand that there are parts of our bodies that naturally take care of some toxins, and they take a long time to push all those toxins out. humans are also exposed toxins everyday including not just whats in the food we’re eating(unless you’re raw organic), but pesticides in the air, even cleaning material we use everyday. Our bodies absorb so much of it. There are reason that people have been using detoxes for ages, they do tend to build up in our system, and there are so many resources out there regarding this matter. An all natural detox, done properly, is a great way to refresh yourself. There are a lot of benefits; most people who detox come out with more energy and generally feel better.
I appreciate your opinion, but i just wanted to offer another view for the OP, besides a negative one.
Post # 11
@jenosaurus: They’re negative because this “diet” is unhealthy.
OP- Please PLEASE don’t do this “diet”! It really doesn’t sound safe at all!
Post # 12
I agree with what others have said, this is not healthy and not necessary.
Not only does it put your body into “starvation mode” because of the lack of food and the lack of nutritional value of the small amount of calories you are injesting; the sugar spikes from the maple syrup aren’t good either.
The best “detox” is just to eat clean foods (no junk food, nothing with preservatives, nothing with ingredients you cannot pronounce, etc.), drink plenty of water, and let your body work how it is designed.
Post # 13
IMO opinion, doing the master cleanse can be a great way to “reset” your eating and give your body a digestive rest. Many people will do this or even fast a few times a year or before making a transition to healthier diet.
OP-You will lose weight, but if you go back to eating the way you were before it will all come right back. Yo-yo weight loss is very very bad for you. I think your objective with this cleanse might be a little unhealthy. If you really want to lose weight, look into cleaning up your diet. Do a TON of research on veganism and rawfoodism. Use this cleanse as a time for refocusing your food choices. Warning though. Doing this cleanse will have unpleasant side effects. Your mood will suffer and you will probably get dizzy and light headed. Personally I’m not a fan of this cleanse.
If you want to do something similar, but actually want to continue giving your body nutrients, look into doing a juice feast. All the fresh (home made) juice you could want all day long.
Side note. 100% raw food isn’t for everyone, and it’s debatable as to whether or not it’s even a good idea. There is no arguing though, that more fresh fruits and veggies will be beneficial for you. 🙂 So, my advice is to work raw foods into your life in a way that work for you. Green smoothies in the morning or fresh juice are GREAT for health and energy.
Post # 14
I did this a few years ago and made it to Day 6 before caving and having a salad. It was pretty miserable, although it’s fun to be able to fit into jeans from high school for a few days. It’s also (sorry, this is going to be TMI/graphic) RIDICULOUS to see how much you can still poop after not eating for several days. The “toxin” thing is kind of BS, in my opinion, but a little bit of the weight stayed off, because I felt more motivated to stop eating crap and exercise more to not undo everything immediately.
I would suggest setting a smaller goal at first (10 days is a long time! I would suggest starting with 3 or 4), and beforehand going a few days with small meals, a few days with just brothy soups, and then a day of juices before starting on the spicy lemonade. You won’t feel as hungry and lightheaded. But overall I agree with the posters here that the master cleanse doesn’t work that well. The weight comes back really fast, and personally I didn’t think it was worth the week of misery.
Gwyneth Paltrow posted a detox plan on her website that I’ve done, and thought it was way better – you can still have food. http://goop.com/newsletter/15/en/
Post # 15
If you are a healthy young adult then there is no need to do a cleanse. No qualified medical personal will support this diet/cleanse. It is unhealthy. Your body rids itself of toxins on its own. Any “toxins”( ie pesticides in the air) that occur on a molecular level that cause cell damage will not be diaappear by drinking this concotion. This diet actually does not give the proper vitamin and antixoidants (which actually prevent cell damage) do function in a healthful way. This just sounds like a desperate attempt to lose weight when in reality you just need to eat less and move more. Sorry if that hurts, but its the truth & I wouldn’t want people to think this is a healthy option for weight loss.
Post # 16
@Potatoes: Looks like someone hit a nerve.