eyonce, Heidi Klum, and Jennifer Aniston are the living testimonies of this detox diet. We plan out a 7-day menu for you!
The question is: what can’t lemon do?
Like other detoxification diet programs, lemon diet allows us to take a break from solid and processed food to allow our metabolism to ‘breathe’ and cleanse itself. We love our food so much that we are no longer aware of putting too much junks into our bodies. Combine that with the toxins we city girls inhale everyday and we have an overworked digestive system that contributes to our continuos battle with weight.
“When it comes to boosting the body’s digestive and detox systems, lemon is a natural powerhouse,” says Theresa Cheung, the author of The Lemon Juice Diet.
The citric acid in lemon (at seven to eight per cent, it has the highest concentration of all fruits) significantly helps boost our system and cleanse our ‘dirty’ system. Whereas, the pectin found in lemon peel helps with weight loss in two ways: it slows down the absorption of sugar from the food we consume and also makes us resist hunger for up to four hours (Journal of the American College of Nutrition). Besides, the acid in lemon affects our digestive system in such a way that it absorbs more calcium – which helps in the fat burning process.
The good news is, you don’t have to starve yourself in a lemon diet. True, you have to watch your food intake – but you don’t have to live on lemon juice and cayenne pepper like other mentally-testing detox diet. Take note of your assigned menu for the next seven days, starting next Monday!
- Breakfast: 1 glass of warm lemon water, a bowl of fruit salad + yoghurt, 300ml of soya milk.
- Lunch: grilled fish / chicken, a piece of tofu, 1/2 clove of garlic, 1 serving of green vegetable, a spoonful of fresh orange zest, a glass of cold lemon water.
- Tea: fruit juice & 8 non-salted almonds.
- Dinner: vegetable soup, 1 serving of wholemeal sandwich.
- Breakfast: 1 glass of warm lemon water, 1 soft-boiled egg, 1 slice of buttered wholemeal bread, 1 grilled tomato, 1 apple, 300ml of soya milk.
- Lunch: 3 spoonfuls of beans (red or french), 1 piece of wholemeal bread, a bowl of salad with chives, 1 kiwi.
- Tea: 2 apricots (fresh or dried), non-salted nuts, orange or apple juice.
- Dinner: vegetable stew with rice, 1 banana.
- Breakfast: 1 glass of warm lemon water, 2 spoonful oatmeal dissolved with a glass of milk, added with strawberries.
- Lunch: Dry nut salad, 1 slice of buttered wholemeal bread, yoghurt.
- Tea: fruit salad with lemon juice, 300ml of soya milk.
- Dinner: oven-grilled salmon fillet, dressed in lemon juice, grilled vegetables.
- Breakfast: 1 glass of warm lemon water, banana milkshake (300ml of soya milk, yoghurt, 2 bananas, and a spoonful of raisins), 1 slice of buttered wholemeal bread.
- Lunch: 1 piece of jacket potato, 1 bowl of salad with cheese topping, 1 pear.
- Tea: a handful of dried fruits and nuts.
- Dinner: stuffed capsicum (4 spoonfuls of rice, chopped chives, diced tomato and cheese) and a plate of steamed vegetables.
- Breakfast: 1 glass of warm lemon water, 2 slices of wholemeal bread, scrambled egg, sliced tomatoes.
- Lunch: salmon and cucumber sandwich, yoghurt.
- Tea: 1 peach, a handful of grapes, a handful of sunflower seeds.
- Dinner: tuna pasta with corn (6 spoonfuls of wholemeal pasta, 1/2 can of tuna, 2 spoonfuls of sweet corn, a handful of chopped broccoli, 1 tomato), steamed vegetables with lemon juice.
- Breakfast: 1 glass of warm lemon water, a bowl of fruit salad, yoghurt with 2 spoonfuls of oatmeal, 300ml of soya milk.
- Lunch: omelette (2 eggs, chopped mushroom, 3 spoonfuls of grated cheese), 1 banana, a few strawberries.
- Tea: a slice of whomeal bread with grated cheese.
- Dinner: prawn with guacamole, salad with lemon juice and olive oil, 1 apple.
- Breakfast: 1 glass of warm lemon water, fruit salad (remember to include any kind of berries), 1 apple, 1 pear, yoghurt.
- Lunch: grilled fish with lemon juice, steamed vegetables.
- Tea: a glass of lemon water, dried fruits.
- Dinner: nut salad with lemon juice.
- Before sleep: 1 glass of warm lemon water.
The lemon diet tips:
- The key is to start your day with lemon water to detoxify and minimise your appetite. After that, focus on hydrating yourself throughout the day by drinking at least 8 glasses of water.
- The vitamin C in fruits and vegetables is crucial for your digestive system as it helps in fat burning process. Consume at least five servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
- Incorporate lemon into your food, it helps with neutralising the sugar level in our bloodstream.
- Change sugar to honey or maple syrup because it triggers appetite.
- Being on a diet does not mean you should ban yourself from fat, because your body constantly needs it. Consume ‘the good fat’ found in nuts, seeds, and fish.
- Opt for wholemeal, because it provides fibre, vitamin, and mineral for your system.
- Chew and swallow your food properly to avoid overworking your digestive system. Do not talk while you eat.