Major components of the Lemonade Diet
The Lemonade Diet, also known as the Master Cleanse Diet, is based on lemons which are said to have important digestive properties. You start this diet with a detox stage that lasts 24 hours. Make sure to do so on a light day because you may feel weak. Get up early and start this fateful day with a glass of lemonade at room temperature. By the way, the lemonade in the Lemonade Diet is made with a hand squeezed fresh lemon and includes a pinch of Cayenne pepper, filtered water, and two teaspoons of Maple Syrup. During this 24-hour detoxification period your meals are very precisely defined and usually include a glass of lemonade. You’ll even drink a glass two hours before going to sleep.
This diet makes you drink a lot; you start the day with a warm glass of, you guessed it, lemonade and then drink six to eight glasses of water. Vitamin C is a biggie, starting with day 2 you consume 5 portions of fruits and vegetables daily and season many dishes with squeezed fresh lemon. Lemon seasoning is said to reduce the body’s secretion of insulin which helps you lose weight. Reduce your sugar consumption and ban “light” products. Cut down on refined foods. Chew your food well and exercise.
CD to accompany the Lemonade Diet.
A major advantage of the Lemonade Diet is the lack of forbidden foods. This diet is easy to follow and includes a variety of food. Disadvantages include the reliance on lemonade, not the wake-up beverage of choice for many people.
Here are two sample menus:
Menu 1 Breakfast: A glass of lemonade. Two slices of grain bread with very little butter. 1 apple and 1 fruit juice. Mid morning snack: 1 kiwi and strawberries. 1 plain yogurt. Lunch: 1 avocado and shrimp. A green salad seasoned with lemon. Supper: Grilled fish seasoned with lemon. A large salad. Home-made red fruit compote.
Menu 2 Menu 2 Breakfast: 1 lemonade. 1 banana milkshake. Mid morning snack: Fruit salad. Lunch: Vegetarian pizza. Supper: Baked salmon filet. Spinach. 1 pear compote.
Some of the information in this article comes from a fascinating new book, La Bible des Régimes, written by Jenny de Jonquières and published by Amérik Media. Her book describes more than 80 diets and weight reduction programs. Each diet is presented with 5 menu plans, a detailed discussion of its advantages and disadvantages, and lots more. This information-packed book is presently available only in French. For more information consult the publisher’s website www.amerik-media.com.