They Say: Want to look and feel your best on the beach this summer? Well, the 5-Day Lemon Detox Challenge will help you achieve just that, ensuring you reach ship shape condition in both body and mind!Want to look and feel your best on the beach this summer? Well, the 5-Day Lemon Detox Challenge will help you achieve just that, ensuring you reach ship shape condition in both body and mind!Why 5 days? We know from seeing literally thousands of people through the Lemon Detox programme that just 5 days of fasting effectively hits the reset button, delivering immediate and far-reaching benefits. The results? Weight loss, a reprogramming of negative dietary and lifestyle habits (which enables the weight to stay off), increased energy/vitality, improved digestion and reduced bloating, better sleep and clearer skin. Fasting intermittently is also scientifically proven to boost health markers, promoting longevity and reducing the risk of disease. The main benefit also is that you are giving your digestive system a total break, which enables the energy normally used to break down food to focus on other areas of the body to heal and eliminate wastes etc.
We Say: The Lemon Detox Diet continues to be a celebrity favourite and I know I’m pretty late to the party but I’ve always been intrigued by it’s claims. So, when I was offered the opportunity to trial the diet I didn’t hesitate as a) I’m not going to lie – I wanted to drop a few pounds and b) I wanted to see what all the fuss was really about. I was offered the option to try the full fast which entailed following the diet for 5 – 10 days or a relaxed plan which allowed you to eat one healthy balanced meal a day. My motto is ‘go hard or go home’ so I opted for the full version for a total of 5 days. Despite agreeing to undertake the ‘challenge’ in July I didn’t start the detox until September as I had a lot of social engagements including my birthday and fashion week so I was keen to not have too much temptation around me. As I’d had a buildup of nearly two months when it came to D day I really embraced it as I was eager to get the challenge started. If you don’t like lemon or chilli pepper then quite frankly you’re screwed. I love both so I was excited to see how it would taste – it was quite sweet but tasty and I found using hot water made the drink more enjoyable. By day 3 however, the sweetness was becoming a bit sickly so I started to add extra hot water to the mixture to water it down and this helped immensely. Although the Madal Bal Natural Tree Syrup is said to contain minerals such as potassium, calcium, manganese and zinc my main concern throughout the fast was the amount of sugar I was consuming. I was using a 1 litre tin (£42.99) which was practically empty by the end of my five days. Just to clarify, the syrup sugar is unrefined, unprocessed and low GI so very different from the white caster sugar that we know we should all be avoiding. The syrup is what gives you the energy so you can get through the programme. It is therefore important that you don’t substitute the syrup for just any maple syrup as some can be refined and have no health benefits whatsoever.
Throughout the fast I only experienced hunger pains twice – both times were first thing in the morning and once I’d had my drink they went away. This for me was the biggest surprise. I thought I’d be trying to chew my arm off as I LOVE my food but I was shocked that I didn’t feel more hungry. The most positive aspect of doing the fast was the realisation of how psychological our relationship with food is. Since completing the fast, my portion sizes have decreased and I’ve found that I don’t snack as much as I did before, in between meals.
Side effects of the diet are said to include fatigue, difficulty sleeping and constipation. Exercise-wise you’re advised to not do anything more strenuous than light yoga – which I didn’t bother with. On day 3 I did find that I felt more tired than usual in the evening but I didn’t have any problems with my sleep throughout the fast and found it really easy (easier than normal) to get up in the morning. Constipation alluded me – however, I had the opposite if you catch my drift…regularly…from Day 2 onwards which was surprising as I didn’t take any laxative tea.
So, would I do the Lemon Detox Diet again. No, probably not. Although I found the 5-day detox pleasant, and in some ways liberating I think I’ve learnt what I need to from that one experience – which is about my portion sizes (they weren’t wild but they were bigger than they needed to be). I’d be keen to find a similar alternative without the same amount of sugar as I definitely did drop some pounds – but I was essentially starving myself so that was to be expected.
If you’re looking for a quick fix then this can certainly be an option hence it’s popularity with models and other celebrities. This can essentially work as a kickstarter to a long-term weight-loss programme but the amount of sugar you’ll be consuming defeats the point for me, personally. If they can create a low sugar version then I’ll be all over it but until then I’m going to stick to juicing.
Bye or Buy: Bye – too much sugar for me…
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