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The Lemonade Diet

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My cousin and her husband are raving about the "lemonade diet" which is basically a liquid diet, where you drink a mix of lemonade, (real) maple syrup, and chili pepper....anybody know how successful this is, how to do it gluten-free, and whether it is ok for a hypoglycemic? I've tried to e-mail the "founder" people, but not gotten any response yet...

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I've done it before...for a whole three days, hehe. :rolleyes: Its AKA the Master Cleanse. In those 3 days, I did drop about 10 pounds, mostly water weight I'm assuming. The fast is safe for diabetics when used with molasses instead of maple syrup (molasses tastes NASTY in the lemonade though) so I'm assuming it would be safe for hypoglycemic, but to be sure, you might want to search through the MC forums or post a question. There is tons of info here: http://www.curezone.com/forums/f.asp?f=100075.

HTH!

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thx for the link :) i'll check it out...

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I did this for 10 days back in October '06. I never felt better. It was easier than I thought too. I still cooked meals for my family and was never tempted to eat while on the fast. I lost 12 lbs in those 10 days. I slowly gained it back though when I started eating gluten free. This was the beginning for me to figure out that gluten was not good for me. I had been having pains in my thumbs and was worried it was arthritis, but hadn't been diagnosed yet. By the 10th day of the fast the joints in my thumbs felt much better. So I did a search on 'food allergy joint pain'. After lots of looking and researching I ended up here.

Ami

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Sounds like it would send me into a sugar-shock coma. Seriously. I have hyperglycemia and this would wreak havoc on my blood sugar. Drinking this concoction for a day, much less consecutive days, does not sound healthy to me. However, I'm just one person and I've heard some people swear by such "fasts."

- Lauren

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Dear sweetfudge,

I do not think it is safe for us. Hypoglycemia is very dangerous. I really think the Zone Diet would be wiser. It definitely keeps blood sugar levels steadier. This does not even appear remotely safe for people with reactive hypoglycemia.

Sincerely,

NoGluGirl

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My cousin and her husband are raving about the "lemonade diet" which is basically a liquid diet, where you drink a mix of lemonade, (real) maple syrup, and chili pepper....anybody know how successful this is, how to do it gluten-free, and whether it is ok for a hypoglycemic? I've tried to e-mail the "founder" people, but not gotten any response yet...

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My cousin and her husband are raving about the "lemonade diet" which is basically a liquid diet, where you drink a mix of lemonade, (real) maple syrup, and chili pepper....anybody know how successful this is, how to do it gluten-free, and whether it is ok for a hypoglycemic? I've tried to e-mail the "founder" people, but not gotten any response yet...

I did the lemonade diet as well and I am gluten-free and also hypoglycemic and was TERRIFIED over the notion of what my body might do on this diet. I stayed on it for 7 days and felt great! I NEVER felt light-headed, weak or anything. I think you'll be real happy on it. Just make sure you are constantly drinking that or the water. Don't let yourself get hungry. Since then I've gotten back to eating poorly including gluten and I don't feel good so tomorrow I'm back on the lemonade diet again. I hope you enjoy the benefits.

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oh decisions... ;)

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I did the lemonade diet as well and I am gluten-free and also hypoglycemic and was TERRIFIED over the notion of what my body might do on this diet. I stayed on it for 7 days and felt great! I NEVER felt light-headed, weak or anything. I think you'll be real happy on it. Just make sure you are constantly drinking that or the water. Don't let yourself get hungry. Since then I've gotten back to eating poorly including gluten and I don't feel good so tomorrow I'm back on the lemonade diet again. I hope you enjoy the benefits.

Dear Tlyn,

Thank you for the info. This is surprising. Being hypoglycemic makes things quite difficult. That was good to find out! I may have to look this up, too!

Sincerely,

NoGluGirl

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Sweetfudge, are you doing it to detox or to lose weight?

If you want to lose weight, the best way is to change your eating habits and lose it slowly. If you go on a fast, as soon as you start back to normal eating, you will gain the weight back.

Plus, on a severe diet, you lose too much muscle, then when you gain back, it will likely be fat, so you end up "fatter" than you were to begin with. It's the old yo-yo diet.

I gained a lot of weight from hs graduation till the beginning of my sophomore year in college -- 20 pounds. I tried every diet I could to no avail. Once I changed my way of eating to something healthier and better balanced, I lost the weight over a period of a year and have never gained it back (that was 25 years ago). I also incorporated exercise into my lifestyle.

So, my vote is, if it's a detox plan for you, give it a try. If it's a diet to lose weight, skip it.

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hm...what if it's both? i know i need to do the diet changes, and especially EXERCISE...but I just wanted a jump start, something to help me see quick results, and feel better...maybe i ask for too much :blink:

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yeah, definitely can't do that diet (b/c of my IBS). plus, i've lost all but 4 of the lbs i wanted to lose by good ol' fashioned restricted dieting (medical-restrictions, that is), exercising, and getting my thyroid in order :) thanks for the info though. i've had some relatives lose quite a bit of weight on this diet.

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