Made popular primarily by celebrity Beyonce Knowles, the lemon detox cleanse diet is one of the latest fad diets to gain in popularity. Also known as the lemonade diet, the lemon detox cleanse is essentially a 10-day fasting program, aided by an unusual lemony concoction.
How to Follow the Lemon Detox Cleanse
For 10 days, you may eat no solid food. However, what you may have is up to 10 tall glasses of lemon juice "cocktail" containing purified water, organic lemon juice, cayenne pepper and organic grade B maple syrup. But that’s not all; you do get to drink saltwater in the morning and a laxative tea at night. Part of an extreme detoxifying diet called the Master Cleanse; this program began over 60 years ago. Invented by nutritionist Stanley Burroughs, who wrote the book, “The Master Cleanser” back in 1976, the lemon detox cleanse has gained a new generation of followers who are buying his book and trying it out for themselves.
Although the taste of the cocktail may be barely palatable, musician/actress Beyonce Knowles appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show in 2007, singing the praises of this lemony cleansing plan. Beyonce said that weight loss was her motivation for trying the program. She told the world that she successfully dropped 20 pounds using the lemon detox cleanse, to prepare herself for her starring role in “Dreamgirls.” In fact, it seems that Beyonce has become a major spokesperson for this diet, if you visit the main United States website promoting it. Beyonce is featured on this website promoting a specific type of maple syrup to use in making the lemon detox cleanse. Another celebrity who has spoken out about her success with the lemon detox cleanse is Robin Quivers, the sidekick of Howard Stern. Quivers told People Magazine that she dropped a total of 73 pounds on the lemon detox cleanse, and also said that the diet helped combat fatigue and alleviate joint pain to boot.
It is recommended that two days prior to beginning the cleanse, to begin the colon cleansing saltwater treatment. One teaspoon of sea salt should be added to a 24-ounce, warm glass of purified water. This saltwater solution may be drank once in the morning and once in the evening. Be aware that beginning this saltwater cleanse may cause frequent bowel movements, as it is designed to begin the colon cleansing process.
After beginning the lemon drink, continue drinking the above saltwater drink a minimum of once daily. If you have never been on a fast before, it may be a good idea to only conduct the cleanse for 3 days, the first time you do it. While not a long-term weight loss program, the lemon detox cleanse may be conducted several times a year; perhaps once every season. Although you may experience rapid weight loss on the lemon detox cleanse, keep in mind that it is primarily intended for detoxification purposes.
According to Lemon Detox.com, the acidity of the lemon juice acts like an “internal detergent,” to dissolve excess fats and the cayenne helps speed up metabolism, thus “promoting circulation and the elimination of toxins.” They say that the drink provides enough nutrition to support the body’s “alert functioning” and is “assimilated directly into the bloodstream.”