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Pros and Cons of the Lemonade Diet

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Shelley Moore is a journalist and award-winning short-story writer. She specializes in writing about personal development, health, careers and personal finance. Moore has been published in "Family Circle" magazine and the "Milwaukee Sentinel" newspaper, along with numerous other national and regional magazines, daily and weekly newspapers and corporate publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in psychology.
Pros and Cons of the Lemonade Diet
Lemonade diet weight loss tends to be temporary. Photo Credit Christopher Robbins/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Overview

The lemonade diet, also known as the maple syrup diet and the Master Cleanse, is a very low-calorie 10-day liquid diet. It only allows drinking lemon juice combined with water, pure organic Grade B maple syrup and cayenne pepper. The diet instructions include drinking a laxative tea each day, as well as water mixed with sea salt, which also has laxative effects. The primary purpose of the lemonade diet is detoxification, but it's also purported to help people drop 2 pounds a day. This diet has a few pros and cons.

Pro: Weight Loss

Pros and Cons of the Lemonade Diet
Following the lemonade diet will cause weight loss. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Following the lemonade diet will cause weight loss, according to registered dietitian Juliette Kellow, discussing the diet without the laxative component at Weight Loss Resources. Kellow notes that excessive calorie restriction generally equals weight loss.

Pro: Potential Detox Benefits

Detox diets are associated with numerous health benefits, according to the Every Diet website. A typical herbal detox is claimed to eliminate waste and other toxins from the body, remove hardened material from joints, cleanse the kidneys and digestive system, purify cells and alleviate pressure and irritation in blood vessels and nerves. A detox diet might relieve symptoms of arthritis and gout, according to Every Diet.

Con: Lack of Detox Evidence

Little evidence indicates that detox diets actually remove toxins, according to The Nemours Foundation. The liver and kidneys are effective at eliminating toxins without restrictive dieting, and the body excretes these substances through urine and bowel movements.

Con: Temporary Weight Loss

Pros and Cons of the Lemonade Diet
Any weight loss over 1 pound per day usually is due to losing water weight. Photo Credit Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images

Any weight loss over 1 pound per day usually is due to losing water weight, explains registered dietitian Joanne Larsen at Ask the Dietitian. This makes the weight loss temporary. Every Diet agrees, commenting that participating in this detox diet for fast weight loss is an incorrect usage.

Con: Hunger and Blood Sugar Issues

Pros and Cons of the Lemonade Diet
Aside from laxatives, the lemonade diet involves drinking nothing but sugared water. Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Pixland/Getty Images

Aside from laxatives, the lemonade diet involves drinking nothing but sugared water. Spikes and drops in blood sugar are probable, as well as hunger, irritability and lack of energy, according to Kellow.

Con: Nutrition Deficiencies

Pros and Cons of the Lemonade Diet
Some people choose to do the lemonade diet more than once, taking a short break in between. Photo Credit Ronnie Kaufman/Larry Hirshowitz/Blend Images/Getty Images

Some people choose to do the lemonade diet more than once, taking a short break in between. Nutrient deficiency is likely to result, according to Kellow, because the lemonade is lacking in protein, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals, which are plant chemicals important for health.

Con: Dental Considerations

Pros and Cons of the Lemonade Diet
The diet may increase the risk of tooth decay if teeth aren't cleaned frequently. Photo Credit Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images

Consuming large amounts of maple syrup and lemon juice equals consuming large amounts of sugar and acid, which can be hard on teeth, as noted by Kellow. The diet may increase the risk of tooth decay if teeth aren't cleaned frequently.

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