The lemon juice diet, also called the lemon juice detox, is a healthy diet for weight-loss by cleansing the digestive system. Including lemons in your diet – both juice and peel – will boost your digestion and, if you also eat healthily and exercise, can help you lose weight.
Theory of Lemon Juice Diet
The main aim of the lemon juice diet is to cleanse the digestive system. It is said that the main reason for gaining too much weight is because of the improper functioning of the digestive system. When the digestive system does not work properly, the body does not get the essential nutrients which are necessary for burning excess fat, thus promoting weight gain.
This diet was introduced by Stanley Burroughs in 1941. It is actually a detoxification diet where the body is cleansed of the toxins that get accumulated due to unhealthy diet and lifestyle.
In a new book, The Lemon Juice Diet, leading health writer Theresa Cheung suggests that the reason so many of us battle with our weight is because our digestive systems are not working properly – and that the conventional dieting process tends to exacerbate that.
“Research seems to show that if your digestive system is not working correctly, healthy weight-loss is almost impossible,” says Cheung. “The problem is that poor digestion can stop your body getting the nutrients it needs to burn fat. It can also cause a build-up of toxins in your body, leaving you feeling sluggish and depressed.
The Lemon Juice Diet advocates a simple healthy-eating plan based on seven principles. These are the principles on which the meal plan is based, but you can use them to adapt the meals to suit your tastes. If you combine these seven principles with an exercise regime involving 30 minutes of aerobic activity five or six days a week, within just a week you should start feeling healthier and your clothes will be looser. By week two, you will be dropping pounds.
How Lemon Juice Diet Helps Weight-loss
The pectin in lemon – found in the peel – is a great source of fibre that helps weight loss by turning into a sticky gel when you digest it, preventing your stomach from absorbing sugar too quickly. Pectin can eliminate the urge to eat for up to four hours, because after eating it you tend to feel satisfied for longer.
Lemon juice increases the acidity of the digestive system. This helps the body absorb calcium, which is then stored in fat cells. Research has shown that the more calcium there is in a fat cell, the more fat the cells burn.