Dieters tend to give up when they feel all their efforts still do not equal lasting weight loss. While all-liquid diets such as the lemonade diet are not a good long-term idea, such diets can help you quickly shed some extra weight and feel more motivated to change your eating and exercise habits.
There are several variations of the lemonade diet, but basically you do not eat any solid food for 10 days and could lose up to 20 pounds during that time. You drink 100 ounces of lemonade each day; dieters usually buy pre-packaged lemonade so they know they are not ingesting too much sugar. Also, the package comes with a saltwater flush and an herbal laxative tea. You drink the saltwater flush first thing in the morning and the herbal laxative tea at night before going to bed. If you do not wish to buy pre-packaged lemonade diet kits, you can find a variety of recipes for all three drinks online. However, be sure to very carefully measure the maple syrup you add to the lemonade if you go this route. Too much maple syrup will ruin the lemonade diet.
The aim of the three beverages is to detoxify your body and flush your liver. It is not safe to do this diet for more than 10 days because you are not getting much of anything in the way of nutrients. Also, some people have to quit the lemonade diet early because of excessive fatigue, diarrhea, nausea, dizziness, or vomiting. If you are not in good general health, you probably should skip the lemonade diet or at least talk to your doctor about the potential risks.
If you are very overweight, you could lose 30 pounds in 10 days. However, this is potentially dangerous because chances are you are shedding muscle and water weight. Losing mostly water weight means the second you starting eating again you will probably regain most of the weight. Losing muscle is very dangerous, especially since your heart is an essential muscle in your body.
Do not be surprised if you gain a few pounds back after going off of the lemonade diet. However, you can continue your weight loss efforts by eating lean meats and vegetables as well as engaging in regular exercise. If you are significantly overweight, sometimes the temporary use of prescription appetite suppressants or fat-blockers might help. But like the lemonade diet, pills are not a cure-all for poor eating and exercise habits nor is it a permanent solution.