Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Diet Programs and Meals - The Lemonade or Master Cleanse Diet by Levi Reiss

The Lemonade Diet, which is also known as the Master Cleanse Diet, is based on lemons, said to have important digestive properties. You start this diet with a detox stage lasting 24 hours. Make sure to do so on a light day because you may feel weak. Get up early and start this fateful day with a glass of lemonade at room temperature. By the way, the lemonade in the Lemonade Diet is made with a hand squeezed fresh lemon and includes a pinch of Cayenne pepper, filtered water, and two teaspoons of Maple Syrup. During this 24-hour detoxification period your meals are very precisely defined and usually include a glass of lemonade. You'll even drink a glass two hours before going to sleep.

This diet makes you drink a lot; you start the day with a warm glass of, you guessed it, lemonade and then drink six to eight glasses of water. Vitamin C is a biggie, starting with day 2 you consume 5 portions of fruits and vegetables daily and season many dishes with squeezed fresh lemon. Lemon seasoning may reduce the body's secretion of insulin and so help you lose weight. Reduce your sugar consumption and ban "light" products. Cut down on refined foods. Make sure to chew your food well and exercise.

One major advantage of the Lemonade Diet is the lack of forbidden foods. The Lemonade diet is quite easy to follow and includes a variety of food. Disadvantages include the reliance on lemonade, not the wake-up beverage of choice for many people.

Here are two sample menus:

Menu 1

Breakfast: A glass of lemonade. Two slices of grain bread with very little butter. 1 apple and 1 fruit juice.

Mid morning snack: 1 kiwi and strawberries. 1 plain yogurt.

Lunch: 1 avocado and shrimp. A green salad seasoned with lemon.

Supper: Grilled fish seasoned with lemon. A large salad. Home-made red fruit compote.

Menu 2

Breakfast: 1 lemonade. 1 banana milkshake.

Mid morning snack: Fruit salad.

Lunch: Vegetarian pizza.

Supper: Baked salmon filet. Spinach. 1 pear compote.

Some information in this article comes from a fascinating new book, La Bible des Regimes, written by Jenny de Jonquieres and published by Amerik Media. Her book describes over 80 diets and weight reduction programs. Each diet is presented with 5 menu plans, a detailed discussion of its advantages and disadvantages, and lots more. La Bible des Regimes is presently available only in French. For additional information consult the publisher's website