The reason most diets fail is because they either don’t work or they are simply too difficult to follow. In fact, incredibly, according to UCLA researchers, “one-third to two-thirds of people on diets regain more weight than they lost within four or five years, and the true number may well be significantly higher” (1)! This syndrome, known as “yo-yo” dieting, causes your weight to go up and down with every diet, which can not only be heart breaking if you are truly trying your best to shed the weight, but it can also be down-right dangerous (2).
What’s worse, when you do lose some weight on one of these diets, it is typically both muscle and fat, but when you regain the weight, it is just plain old fat. This poses a real problem because muscle essentially burns seven times as many calories as fat. And usually, after rebounding, your metabolism is slower than before you started to diet, so it takes even fewer calories to maintain your new weight.
This means that if you revert back to your original eating habits, you will automatically put on more weight than you took off!
The good news is that you can change this.
One study shows that yo-yo dieting doesn’t have to control your weight—you can fix your metabolism and eventually lose the weight, but it takes commitment and it can be hard.
The bad news is that this same study clearly shows that overweight people, who continually diet, are much heavier than overweight people who do not (3). So, if you don’t find a better solution to lose the weight—one that targets underlying issues—you are destined to repeatedly pack on the pounds.
Luckily, we have an effective weight loss program that goes to the core of most weight issues. It not only helps you melt away the fat, but it will detoxify your body and reduce inflammation, a key issue in obesity.
The Power of Lemons
The first thing you should know about lemons is that they are actually very alkalizing in your body, despite their acidic taste. This is important because virtually every overweight person has an acidic body (4). The two go hand-in-hand.
To maintain each system’s ideal pH level, your body naturally removes (flushes out) as many acids and toxins as it can. It does this through things like urination, defecation, and sweating. But when your body becomes overrun with more toxins and acids than it can remove, it automatically produces fat cells to store this excessive waste.
While fat cells actually perform an important function in this regard, excess fat is also dangerous, especially when you continue to add in more toxins and acids from processed foods, medications, and even environmental and food chemicals. It’s an ongoing and dangerous battle and why most diets simply can’t work.
Apart from lemon’s powerful alkalizing properties , this amazing fruit has a number of other significant health benefits:
Lemon Health Benefits
Nutritionally, lemons are essentially 10 percent carbohydrates (sugars and fiber), 88-89 percent water and 1-2 percent protein and fat (mostly good polyunsaturated fats, including omega-3 and 6 fats).
They are also full of numerous vitamins and minerals, the most abundant being vitamin C. 1 lemon contains about 59 percent of your recommended daily intake of the vitamin (5).
The following health benefits of lemons result from its many vitamins and fiber this fruit offers, as well as a number of powerful plant compounds (8).
1. Improves Cardiovascular Health
The heart health benefits of lemons include lower risk of stroke and lower blood cholesterol levels (9, 10). The essential oil of lemons also protects LDL (bad) cholesterol particles from oxidizing, a key factor in heart disease. (11, 12)
2. Prevents Kidney Stones.
3. Prevents Anemia
While lemons contain small amounts of iron, the significant amounts of vitamin C and citric acid help to increase the absorption of iron from other foods, which can prevent anemia according to studies (15, 16).
4. Prevents Cancer
Studies show lemons may help reduce the risk of numerous cancers (17, 18). Researchers attribute this to hesperidin (19) and d-limonene (20, 21), just two of the many potent flavonoids found in lemons that are known to contain antioxidant and cancer-fighting properties.
5. Enhances Immune Function.
6. Detoxifies Your Liver
Lemon enhances your liver’s ability to filter out unwanted toxins by increasing enzyme function and stimulating your liver. A 2005 study published in BMC Pharmacology, shows that hesperidin demonstrates the ability to protect your liver from damage, even by potent toxins (25).
7. Cleanses your Bowels.
8. Decreases Stress and Improve Mood.
While no one will argue that drinking a nice cool glass of lemonade on a sweltering summer day can lighten your mood, science actually proves that smelling lemon essential oil “alleviates both physical and psychological stress.” (27)
9. Improves Satiety
The pectin in lemon pulp not only keeps you feeling full longer, but it feeds friendly bacteria in your gut, thus promoting good health and decreased risk of disease (28).
Other health benefits include treatment of throat infections, indigestion, dental issues, fevers, internal bleeding, rheumatism, burns, respiratory disorders, and cholera.
It’s also claimed lemons can benefit your hair and skin, as well as cleanse your stomach and purify your blood.
How To Use Lemon To Burn Fat
Day 1: Bottoms Up
You should always drink lemon water on an empty stomach. So, first thing in the morning, fill an 8-ounce glass with warm water and add about 1-1½ freshly squeezed lemons (2 tbsp lemon juice). Stir and drink. Do the same thing about a half hour before lunch. Make sure to eat healthy foods during the day.
Day 2: Add Mineral Water and Detoxify
Follow the instructions for Day 1—drink warm water and freshly squeezed lemon juice on an empty stomach a half hour before both breakfast and lunch.
Now, drink another 2-3 liters of mineral water throughout the day. Add the juice of about 6 lemons to the mineral water for better results and simply sip the mixture all day long.
Day 3: Drink Lemon Water during Lunch
Follow the instructions for drinking lemon water on an empty stomach in the morning, but at lunchtime, you can drink your lemon water with your meal instead of a half hour before eating. Continue drinking your mineral water throughout the day.
Day 4-5: Rinse and Repeat
Continue as you did for Day 3. Remember to drink your warm lemon water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.
Day 6: Just 2 Glasses Of Lemon Water
Continue your Day 1 morning ritual of warm lemon water on an empty stomach. You need only to drink 1 more glass of lemon water during the day—either at lunch or dinner. You can cut back on the mineral water and lemon; just consume plain mineral or filtered water throughout the day.
Day 7: A New Habit For A Lifetime
Drink your Day 1 morning glass of warm lemon water on an empty stomach and eat healthy throughout the day. If you continue this habit every morning, you will keep your body alkalinized and healthy.
This morning ritual will keep the fat at bay and boost your immune system so you are healthy all year long! Don’t forget to drink plenty of clean, fresh water throughout the day to ensure you flush out any toxins and hydrate your body.