DETOX diets are like the latest fashion trend when it comes to weight loss. Many people are opting to go on these diets because they see it as a quick fix; not having to go through weeks of fasting and gym sessions.
But nutrionist Joanna McMillan-Price told Channel Nine’s Today Show recently that there are many effects on the body from these diets such as the lemon detox diet which has become famous because some celebrities use it and advertise it.
“The lemon detox diet is part of an extreme “detoxifying” diet called the Master Cleanse,” McMillan-Price told The Today Show.
“It involves drinking nothing but the lemon concoction made from squeezing lemon juice and mixing it with maple syrup, bottled water and cayenne pepper.”
“It’s basically a starvation diet,” McMillan-Price said. “The basis of this is that you take in less than the daily recommended amount of calories.”
“Of course people will lose weight in the short-term because they’re not eating,” MacMillan-Price said.
“The diet enforces a very low calorie intake which means although they lose weight, they will be losing muscle as well as fat,” McMillan-Price said. “The diet’s website claims that your body never breaks down nutrients it needs, but this is nonsense. If you fast your body long enough, it will take away much-needed nutrients that allow your body to function.
“Another problem with the detox is that the body will sense the sudden loss in calories intake and go into starvation mode,” she says. “This means the body starts to store fat for emergencies.”
The Lemon Detox Diet was invented more than 30 years ago and flushes out toxins and burns fat naturally. Its popularity has spread world-wide and is now prominent in countries including Australia, the US and Europe.
But like everything, there are those who are heavily against the product. On smartshape.com.au, there is an article with a warning on the lemon detox diet that reads: “Whatever you do, don’t go on the Lemon Detox Diet. I don’t want you to experience a serious drop in metabolic rate and lose muscle mass.”