The lemonade mixture used for this diet is made up of freshly squeezed lemons, grade B Maple syrup (grade A loses benefits through processing) and a pinch of cayenne pepper; the ingredients should be added to around 8 fl. oz. of pure water.
Although this diet involves only liquids, it is by no means a starvation diet, as the average follower will consume more than 1200 calories daily, provided they use the correct Grade B Maple Syrup which has between 100 and 200 calories in a serving. The lemonade mixture should be consumed six to 10 times daily, so calories are taken on board. Each component of the mixture has certain beneficial properties which give nutrition whilst cleansing:
Lemons are loaded with vitamin C which boost energy and increase response in the immune system, as well as cleansing the bladder and colon. Lemons can aid in dispersing calcium deposits and dissolving stones in the gall bladder and kidney. Lemons are also diuretic and antibacterial, which alongside other ingredients, aid in the general flushing out of toxins.
Cayenne Pepper contains the chemical Capsaicin, which stimulates the easy flowing of saliva and stomach secretions, soothing the digestive tract. This small fiery Pepper is lauded by herbalists and practitioners of homoeopathy because of its incredible ability to regulate the flow of blood; making it indispensable in the fight against heart attacks. Because it has the ability to increase blood flow in a matter of seconds, Cayenne is an important ingredient in the lemonade diet to accelerate the removal and ejection of toxins from the blood.
Grade B Maple Syrup is rich in vitamins, which are greatly depleted in the more refined Grade A syrup, The unrefined Grade B variety contains vitamins B2, 5, & 6, folic acid, PP and biotin. The minerals it contains include potassium, magnesium, manganese, calcium, iron and phosphorus; along with amino acids which are the basic builders of protein.
As you can see there are plenty of reasons to adopt the lemonade diet rather than one of the so-called “fad diets”. The lemonade diet not only melts away fat at an average of two pounds a day, it also ensures the body is receiving the correct amount of nutrition at the same time.