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Monday, April 18, 2011

Pleasanton Diet Craze: Lemonade Diet

Did somebody say lemonade?  Mmmm.  I love that stuff.  It is pretty hard to imagine that someone created a whole dietary regimen as an ode to the lemon, though.  But they did and it is call the Master Cleanse.  The ingredients are simple: pure water, organic lemons, cayenne pepper and organic maple syrup.  It is a diet that is supposed to last for ten days, supplemented by water and herbal teas.  Right off the bat, it doesn’t sound like it has much variation or makes a mark on the ever-important scale of caloric intake.  So, what is all the fuss about?  Let's see if it stands up against our diet standards.

This diet is known to help people loose several inches after just ten full days of being on it.  It helps detoxify you detoxify your system as well.  The down side is that it takes a lot of preparation for the diet to be effective and time is a valuable commodity that a lot of people simply cannot spare.

First it is important to note, that the Lemonade Diet is actually no diet at all.  The official name of the program is The Master Cleanse.  The nickname Lemonade Diet can be confusing for some people.  This is actually a cleansing program that is not designed to be a permanent staple in your life.  But, a lot of people use it as a diet so it is worth taking a look at.

It should be balanced: that is subjective since this is actually a detoxifying process known as a “cleanse” and it is not a fat loss program.  It is a no-brainer that you need to eliminate as many toxins from your body as possible.  That’s the reason we drink water on a regular basis and some people get massages.  So the Lemonade Diet gets half a point in this category.

It should include the nutrients you need: organic and herbal ingredients are best to use if you are looking for nutrients.  There are no short cuts with this one.  Some medical professionals argue that this is not a healthy process because the ingredients are too limited while others argue that is the point of detoxifying the body.

It should include workout: this one does not include exercise although the promoter highly recommends it in addition to the Lemonade Diet and any professional Tri-Valley personal trainer will tell you the same thing.

It should not be heavy in empty calories: the Lemonade Diet has 200 calories per drink.  When done properly, you will receive all of the calories needed to be healthy without any extra fats or sugars.  Some experts argue that the cleanse has too much maple syrup to be effective, but defenders of the diet say that you can decrease the amount of syrup in the drink mixture and still achieve the same results.

So the choice is yours.  But since its not a diet its probably best to first consult a medical practitioner and Pleasanton personal trainer.

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