The Lemonade Diet is a liquid based diet, often known as “Master Cleanse”. Which means solid food is off the table for the duration of this diet. The idea is to drink homemade lemonade, which is easy to make. A single serving consists of the following: Two tablespoons fresh lemon juice, two tablespoons of organic maple syrup, 1/10 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and ten ounces of water. Drinking at least six servings a day is required, more are acceptable. The duration of the diet can be up to ten days and beginners may want to start with less. This diet is supposed to cleanse the intestinal tract and is a simple variation of the clear liquid diet. It is used to get rid of wastes and deposits within the body.
How does it work?
Any person using this diet will have a daily calorie intake of about 600 calories. Weight loss will occur much sooner, when the body is not receiving enough calories. The cayenne and maple syrup are providing the body with at least some energy, unlike water based fasting diets. Due to the lack of protein and vitamins in this diet the body is forced to feed on itself. To do so it will start burning muscle mass to get the required energy. The human body needs a certain amount of protein, healthy fats, minerals, fiber and carbs to function in full capacity. Therefor it is not advisable to use this diet for a longer period of time. Headaches and dizziness are common symptoms for the first days. Changes in bowl movement are also likely to occur.
When the diet is finished the body will be lower in muscle but higher in fat, which may be counterproductive to most people, who are looking for a diet. A noteworthy side effect of this diet is the slow metabolism caused by the starvation mode. This can cause fatigue, impact the mood and even cause physical sickness. A prolonged usage of this diet can even be dangerous.
What to do before and after the diet
It is a good idea to start eating lightly some time ahead of the diet start. The day before it is recommended to do a vegan diet day to get the body used to the cleanse. Consulting a doctor before going on this diet is a good idea too.
After finishing the diet it is very important to ease back into a regular diet. Several glasses of orange juice on day 1 and 2 after the diet are ideal. On the third day a light vegetarian died will help getting used to eating again.
If you are looking for a way to cleanse your body, this diet is certainly a good idea. Unlike fasting that just include drinking water the lemonade recipe provides at least some calories. But if you are looking for a long term weight loss, you will have to look for something else. The Lemonade diet is supposed to be used short term. Much of the weight loss occurring will be muscle mass and not fat, that most people are trying to get rid of.