The Lemon Detox is a favourite weight loss and detoxification of celebrities and those looking to naturopathically detoxify the body. It has been made most famous by Beyoncé and Naomi Campbell is also a big fan. SLOAN! decided to check out The Lemon Detox for ourselves at the Chelsea Private Clinic which is part of Cosmetech, a leading centre in the UK for surgical and non-surgical anti-ageing solutions, health and wellbeing. We met up with nutritionist Rita Arora at Cosmetech who talked us through the Lemon Detox process and gave us full and frank information about what to do and what to expect.
It has now been proven scientifically that fasting or calorie restricting intermittently boosts health markers thus reducing the risk of disease. The lemon detox in particular tends to reprogramme negative lifestyle and dietary habits so for those who are looking to lose more weight after detoxification, it tends to happen just by virtue of the changes one has made to what one eats. The lemon detox encourages you to eat more mindfully and this is where real profound transformation can take place especially for people who have lots of weight they want to shift. Many case studies have been reported where they have lost up to 7 stone after the lemon detox was the catalyst for change. Our reviewer had a BMI of 36.1 and was classified as obese weighing in at over 15 stone 7 pounds. He wanted to lose at least 10% of his body weight on the detox and ultimately lose enough weight to bring his BMI down to a healthy 24.9 which would mean shedding nearly 5 stone through healthy eating and exercise after the detox.
As with any detox, the first day or two were challenging. Our reviewer experienced a headache all day on the first day and all morning on the second day. However by the afternoon of the second day, the headaches had gone completely and did not return. Headaches are entirely normal in the early stages of detoxification as the body leeches out toxins from cells into the blood stream prior to elimination. Our reviewer also experienced some breakouts on his face in the first few days. Again this is due to toxins being released through the skin, however the lemon detox is amazing for boosting skin, as it is a vital organ, as well as enabling the body to eliminate wastes and toxins. Indeed by the end of the first week our reviwer’s face was noticeably brighter and less congested.
Our reviewer stated that the beauty this detox is how simple and straightforward it is. Every morning, he made up 2 litres of the lemon detox drink using the freshly squeezed juice of 3½ lemons, 120ml of Madal Bal Natural Tree Syrup and a pinch of cayenne pepper, topped up with water. He drank a couple of glasses of the drink every time he felt hungry and commented on how satisfying and tasty the formula was and he also said it was more palatable than some of the more unusual juices he had tried on a previous juice cleanse. He also drank an additional 2 litres of water a day to help flush out the system and also keep him hydrated and feeling full. The lemon juice helps cleanse the body, the cayenne pepper boosts the metabolism and the syrup provides energy and vital nutrients.
Our reviewer used organic lemons but any lemons will do. It is important however to use Madal Bal Natural Tree Syrup and not pure maple syrup which is devoid of adequate nutrients. The Madal Bal syrup is very nutrient-rich, including potassium, manganese, iron, calcium and zinc. This helps to provide vital nutrients to the body when food intake is limited. You can purchase the syrup from the Cosmetech clinic as well as a large number of stockists in and around London including Planet Organic, Revital and Holland & Barrett.
After 2 weeks on the full fast our reviewer had lost an amazing 18 pounds. He then moved on to a more relaxed Spanish version of the detox where he ate one healthy lunch a day and drank the detox drink in the morning and evening. After a further two weeks he had lost another 7 pounds. At the end of the 4 weeks he had reduced his BMI from 36.1 to 31.4. He has since started a sugar free protein-rich diet and has lost another 7 pounds in just 3 weeks and is now classed as overweight and is no longer obese.
Our reviewer is amazed at the results and proud of his ongoing commitment to weight loss which he says is all down to the Lemon Detox and the invaluable advice of nutritionist Rita Arora.
If you are interested in the Lemon Detox, please visit www.lemondetox.com and if you want to give it a go please book an appointment with Rita Arora at the Cosmetech clinic in Chelsea.