(NaturalNews) The lemon detox diet has become one of the most popular diets in the world. Its popularity has come from its promise of an almost instant weight loss on top of a spring clean for the liver, blood and kidneys. Participants of the lemon detox undergo a fasting process for up to ten days. During that time they drink only water and a lemon drink mixed with syrup. This type of extreme dieting has many famous advocates. Beyonce Knowles used the diet to thin out before filming Dream Girls and lost 9 kilos. But many people use it to help rid the body of toxins that have built up in the body through drinking, smoking and eating the wrong foods. But is this type of diet really necessary? And does the lemon detox really do all that it promises?
"As long as you eat well and exercise regularly the body will work its magic naturally," says Dr Marc Price.
The critics of the lemon diet all say that this type of extreme dieting puts the body in to shock and actually does more harm than good. In a recent test on Australian TV show `What`s Good For You` three people were asked to take part in the lemon detox diet for one week. All of them were given blood tests before and after they had completed the diet to check how well their bodies were functioning. After just three days one of the participants had to pull out reporting that she was beginning to feel light headed and even vomited. The others went on to complete their week and even reported that they felt great for doing so.
But when the results came back from the second blood tests they didn`t make good reading. They showed that the body was actually working less efficiently than before they started out on the diet. In fact the Doctor overseeing the experiment reported that it may take up to a month to repair the damage done from just one week on the lemon detox diet. All of the participants lost, between two and four kilos, but even that may have its drawbacks. "When you lose weight in such a short space of time, due to what is basically starvation the body goes in to shock. So when you start eating again the body will hold on to as many nutrients as possible and that includes the fat. So you will more than likely put on more weight than you lost in the first place," says Dr Price.
There is no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to your health. So set up an exercise program; it only needs to be half an hour a day. Eat the right things and then let your body do the rest.
Sheryl is a kinesiologist, nutritionist and holistic practitioner. Her website www.younglivingguide.com provides the latest research on preventing disease, looking naturally gorgeous, and feeling emotionally and physically fabulous. You can also find some of the most powerful super foods on the planet including raw chocolate, purple corn, and many others.