The Detox Diet Lowdown
There is a great deal of hype around detoxing and programs like the "Lemon Detox Diet" or "Master Cleanse", which involves no consumption of solid foods but instead, drinking a concoction of lemon juice, maple syrup, water and cayenne pepper for at least 10 days. Iin health food stores or supermarkets, you can find many detox kits of varying quality that use supplements to help the body eliminate toxins and improve functioning.
When done correctly, detox diets support the body's natural detoxification systems through food and lifestyle choices. However, detox diets vary in their benefits and healthfulness. Some can actually be quite damaging.
Based on analysis, detox programs like the lemon detox diet are clearly deficient in most nutrients. By restricting your diet to only sugar water and lemon you will lose weight, however it is not catch-free. Insufficient nutrition can cause the body to go into starvation mode, slowing your metabolism down. When your body shuts down like this you tend to feel tired and lethargic, and the body preferentially breaks down muscle for energy. The net effect of this is that after short term weight loss, the body puts weight back on quickly, and in most cases the muscle lost will be replaced with fat!
In addition, these detox programs used for prolonged periods can actually result in nutrient deficiencies and nutrient deficiencies can lead to serious medical conditions.
Don’t get sucked in with a fad diet. We have natural, proven detox plans created by nutritionists and health experts (none of which wanted anything to do with the Lemon Detox Diet - our nutritionist flat out REFUSED to work with it!).