The lemon diet: drop a jeans size in 7 days
Lemon can have staggering effects on weight loss, so if you want to increase your vitality, eliminate toxins, get rid of excess pounds and boost your glow, get zesting!
Here’s our 7-day plan from nutritionist Dr Andre, with complete menus, recipes and daily targets.
The benefits of detox
Before you start your diet for real, you need to rid your body of the toxins that are hampering it and kick-start your digestive system. This doesn’t mean fasting! Starving yourself puts your body into a state of deprivation, which, instead of cleaning you out, actually makes your body produce more waste.
So have a whole day eating lots of natural foods which will aid the detox process, along with water to help the draining process and eliminate toxins.
Boost the cleansing process by drinking glasses of lemonade at room temperature throughout the day. To make your lemonade, mix 2tbsp freshly-squeezed lemon juice, 300ml filtered water and either 2 tsp quality (Grade B) organic maple syrup or a stick of cinnamon and a pinch of Cayenne pepper. You can also drink herbal or fruit tea and home-made vegetable soup.
At the end of your detox day, you’ll feel light and energetic, and you’ll have lost 500g to 1kg (depending on your weight and body shape).
Detox Sunday menu
Wake-up drink (7:30)
Glass of lemonade
Breakfast (30 minutes after you get up)
Fruit salad (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and cherries)
An apple, a pear, an organic yogurt and a handful of unsalted, un grilled almonds
A glass of lemonade
A handful of sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
Bean or lentil salad with lemon, vinegar and extra virgin olive oil dressing
Glass of lemonade
A helping of crudités (cucumber, radishes and celery) OR a handful of dried fruit
Grilled fish with lemon juice
1 hour before bedtime
Glass of lukewarm or hot lemonade
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