One of the reasons why people become overweight or become unhealthy is because of bad food habits and diet. A lot of people today eat more junk food and processed food than they do of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Such foods also leave junk and toxins in our body – sometimes causing the metabolism to slow down or accumulate fats. This is why some people undergo detoxifying diets so that they can cleanse their bodies of such toxins and attain optimum level so that they can start getting healthy again. This type of diet usually entails eating foods from the same family or drinking cleansing fluids only for around 2-3 weeks. After this, the body will be more or less cleansed from the toxins.
Lemon juice cayenne pepper diet
One of the diets that have been steadily gaining popularity in this industry is the juice cayenne pepper diet. This is a regimen consisting of fruit juice, cayenne pepper, and some natural sweetener such as honey or maple syrup. One of such diet is the lemonade diet. The recipe for this plan consists of two tablespoons of lemon or limejuice, another two tablespoon of real maple syrup, a pinch of cayenne pepper, 8 ounces of water (cold or room temperature, depending on taste). All the ingredients should be mixed and shaken in a tight, sealed container.
It does work because of its three main ingredients: lemon, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. Lemon fruit contains many vitamins and minerals and it is not seasonal. It can flush out toxins, cleanse the digestive organs, get rid of waste material, and helps keep the smooth flow of blood. It can also help in relieving pressure and stress.
Maple syrup also contains lots of healthy ingredients – the vitamins and minerals largely depend on the amount of mineral content of the soil where the maple was planted. It can contain potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium.
Cayenne pepper, the last major ingredient, is a type of chili pepper and has lots of benefits. It is an anti-oxidant and helps cleanse the blood from unwanted toxins. It is also an anti-coagulant which prevents the blood from clotting up. It is also full of Capsicum which has healing benefits. The heat from cayenne can relieve pain.
With all these three ingredients combines, this diet can help you get back in shape and also cleanse your body as well. If you want to get healthy this is the way to go. It is easy to prepare and its ingredients are readily available in markets and grocery stores. Not only can it help you lose weight, it can also boost your metabolism. It also tastes good and helps you to reduce your appetite so that you don’t eat unhealthy foods.
Does it work?
To give credit, lemon and cayenne pepper has been known to have great health benefits and some healing properties. Both ingredients are full of vitamins and minerals that our body needs. Lemons have plenty of Vitamin C which boosts the immune system while it acts as an anti-oxidant to help get rid of the free radicals stored in the body.
The diet also includes maple syrup in the juice recipe. The maple syrup acts as a natural sweetener and adds zest to the flavor. It also has vitamins and minerals that are essential to good health.
The way to work is that the individual does not take in anything other than the juice concoction for weeks. This supposedly helps to cleanse the body of toxins and other such bad stuff. And the fact that you are not eating any solid food of course helps in losing weight. Because it entails such drastic changes of diet, this program is not recommended for all people. Doctors must be consulted first before entering into any kind of diet program or weight loss program because you have to make sure your body can take the changes. Or else, you may crash and burn and do more damage than good.
How to prepare
The plan is relatively easy and hardly complicated. The juice itself is easy to prepare. All you have to do is mix and shake two tablespoons of lemon juice or lime juice, two tablespoons of maple syrup, a dash of cayenne pepper, water and you have it! It’s that easy. However, don’t let the easy part fool you. The tough part of this whole diet program is that you have to struggle mentally with your appetite and desire for food. Those who cannot handle not eating solid foods are better off using some other program.
But for those who can sustain this program will be rewarded with results. Those who have tried it said that they lost around 3-5 kilograms a week. They also said that they felt healthier and cleaner. If you are on this plan, it is not suggested to you also engage in strenuous activities. Since you are taking in less and less carbohydrates, your body might not be able to handle extreme activities because it has less energy. You can continue your gym and physical program after you eat solid foods again.
After a length of time of just drinking cayenne pepper and lemon juice, you must slowly introduce solid foods to your system. Eat soups first and then soft vegetables before venturing into meats.
Starting a diet and keeping it
It’s hard for most of us to start a new diet plan. But what’s even harder is to keep following it up until the time that we are seeing positive results. So if you are planning to take on this plan, you must have the mindset that you can and you will finish it. Two weeks is not that long, but it will definitely take a toll on your body, considering that this is like a fasting regimen.
Before taking on it, be sure to ask your family doctor first. There are a lot of diet plans out there and choosing the best for you would be beneficial. Although this plan is proven to work wonders for people who are overweight, the results vary from one person to another. Once everything is set, the first thing that you have to do is prepare your mind and body. It is not advisable for people to just try a certain diet without conditioning their bodies first. This is essential when you are trying a cayenne pepper diet. Let’s say that you are used to eating heavy meals from morning till nighttime. Try first to lessen your food intake. If at all possible, skip dinner (or at least eat a small portion of a meal). By doing this, you will know whether you really can follow it or not. It saves you the trouble of starting a diet and only losing control in the end. This is actually bad for you. Once you start, you have to be sure to continue it, or else you would gain more weight than what you had before starting. The good thing is that it is not a long-term plan. You only have to do it for at least two weeks. Now what you do after that is a totally different matter, but there are books you can read that will tell you some diet pointers, which you can follow to maintain your current weight.
Now your body is ready, but what about your mind? Taking a regimen like this would not be a piece of cake. And even if your body is ready, you can’t really achieve positive results unless your mind is willing to try it. Enough of all these stupid reasons. If you want to be healthier and lose some weight, stop procrastinating and do something now. Never lose focus. These are the key to a healthier you. Remind yourself that the task ahead is not an easy one, but it is doable. Another challenge would be that this diet wouldn’t give your body the amount of calories it normally takes so you might feel exhausted easily. Because of this, taking a strenuous exercise or physical activity would not be advisable.
Once you have overcome all these obstacles, then you are on your way to achieving your ultimate goal of losing weight becoming healthier, too.