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Should I follow the lemon detox diet? - Is it safe, healthy and effective?


No, Nada, Non, Nope, Nah! Do NOT follow this diet.

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Should I follow the lemon detox diet? - Is it safe, healthy and effective?

What is the Lemon detox diet?

The lemon detox diet involves consuming a lemon-juice based mixture for 5 to 10 days, with no solid foods. The diet claims that this detox will remove all toxins from the body tissues and from the blood stream and will also result in weight loss. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this diet and it can be harmful in some cases.

What the diet says you can eat?

Nothing! The lemon detox drink replaces all meals over the course of the diet. You consume 6–9 glasses of the lemon detox drink per day (i.e. 2–3 glasses of the lemon detox drink at each mealtime (breakfast, lunch, and dinner). This diet supplies you with 2500kJ per day. The lemon detox drinks can be purchased online or at pharmacies.

What are the potential benefits of the Lemon detox diet?


What are the downsides and risks of the Lemon detox diet?

  • Weight regain. Whilst weight loss will likely result after 5–10 days on this energy restricted detox program, the effect of weight loss will be temporary and weight regain will likely result after completing the detox and resuming usual eating patterns.
  • Nutritionally inadequate. This diet removes all solid food for 5–10 days! This diet is not nutritionally adequate especially in regards to energy, fibre, protein, fat and vitamins and minerals. This is not a diet that should be undertaken at all.
  • Hard to follow. This diet removes the social aspect of eating. This diet makes it hard to eat out; it is not a social diet.
  • May not enjoy the taste of the drink.
  • Unsupported by current scientific evidence. There is currently no literature that can validate the health benefits associated with the lemon detox diet. This is a restrictive, hard to follow diet that may result in nutritional deficiencies and that has no proven scientific benefits.
  • Potential side effects: including headaches, fatigue, malnutrition, gastrointestinal problems.

This diet is similar to:

Any Detox and cleansing diets i.e., “The drinking detox”, or “3-day detox diet”.

The bottom line:

DO NOT follow this diet.

There is no need to ‘detox’. Your body does a great job of removing toxins from the body itself. The kidneys, lungs, liver, skin and intestines are all organs that work to ‘detox’ your body so there is no need for you to follow detoxing programs; your body is doing this for you.

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What is healthy eating?

Eating healthy is making sure you enjoy a wide variety of foods from each of the five major food groups daily, in the amounts recommended. The five major food groups as recommended by the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating are:

  1. vegetables and legumes/bean
  2. fruit
  3. lean meats and poultry, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts and seeds, legumes/beans
  4. grain (cereal) foods, mostly wholegrain and/or high cereal fibre varieties
  5. milk, yoghurt, cheese and/or alternatives, mostly reduced fat.

Foods are grouped together because they provide similar amounts of key nutrients and eating a variety of foods from the list above helps to promote good health and reduce the risk of disease.

How do I improve my diet?

If you want to improve your diet you have come to the right place. By completing the Healthy Eating Quiz you’ll receive instant personalised feedback and a report on your diet quality to highlight any areas where you can improve your overall eating habits. Your score is based on the frequency and variety of the foods consumed from the five major food groups mentioned above. No Money No Time can help you improve your score by providing tips, goals and suggestions. On top of this we will provide quick, cheap and healthy recipes as well as credible answers to diet hacks, myths and FAQ’s.

Is my diet healthy?

Dietary habits are different between people. Some people choose to follow a particular diet (i.e., Keto diet or vegan diet) while some have to make changes due to certain food restrictions or health conditions. If you want to know if what you usually eat is healthy, then do the Healthy Eating Quiz today to give you the answers in less than 10 minutes.

Why is healthy eating important?

Your HEQ score and personalised feedback report is based on the frequency and variety of healthy core foods you usually eat. This is important because no single food contains all the nutrients we need to stay healthy. Some foods are higher in nutrients than others and people who have a lot of variety in the foods they eat are more likely to be healthy and to stay healthy. In other words, if you can eat a large variety of vegetables as opposed to only 2-3 types of vegetables, the benefits are much greater. This type of diet also helps you to feel better, think better and perform better during your usual daily activities.

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