The lemonade diet has gained tremendous popularity in this country since the performer Beyonce reportedly used the lemonade diet to lose weight for her role in the movie Dream Girls. The lemonade diet is basically a rigorous procedure to clean harmful toxins from the body. Advocates of the lemonade diet say that it is not really meant for weight loss but, rather, for detoxification. It’ author, Stanley Burroughs, created the lemonade diet with the express purpose of cleaning the body, they say. Still others conclude that the lemonade diet is a great way to lose weight fast. Weight loss is one claim made by the lemonade diet that seems to hold up. Whether you lose any fat with the lemonade diet is still another point of contention, as most of the reduction seems to come from the loss of liquid in the tissues and retained water.
The lemonade diet is based upon a sort of elixir. The elixir is consumed throughout the course of the procedure instead of the intake of any solid foods. Let’s be specific here, you do not eat while you are on the lemonade diet. The lemonade diet is strictly the intake of liquids for the course you choose. Some people run the lemonade diet on a four to five day course, while others will remain on the lemonade diet for up to a full two weeks.
So, if you don’t eat while you are on the lemonade diet, what do you drink? The lemonade diet calls for a special lemonade concoction. The recipe can vary slightly, depending upon who is providing the information. Mostly, however, it is made up of spring water, organic maple syrup, lemon juice, and cayenne pepper. There is only one other food consumed, which is a laxative tea. The laxative tea may prove necessary because of constipation caused by the lack of fiber in the lemonade diet. Water may be consumed as necessary, to avoid hydration. Also, a saline body wash is recommended because of the dry skin that may result as part of the procedure.
As mentioned earlier, the course of the lemonade diet is up to the participant. Some folks give it a try for just a few days, while others stick with it for up to two weeks. I think staying on the lemonade diet any longer than two weeks might prove severely detrimental to one’s health.
While on the lemonade diet, it is suggested that you ingest the elixir six times a day. The recommended amount to drink is ten ounces at a time. The proportion of ingredients in the lemonade diet drink should be ten ounces of water, two tablespoons of syrup, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, and one tenth of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. The amount of cayenne does not seem essential, as it is suggested that you can add it, to taste. The other amounts should be adhered to as directed. You need to remember that you can ingest as much spring water as is necessary to remain hydrated. You can drink the water in addition to the recipe.