The Lemon Juice Diet


Good morning, dear friends πŸ˜€

Ah, during this part of the year when we have so many festivals and holiday feasting – Winter Solstice Festival, Christmas, New Year parties – there is a thought that is bound to be on most people’s mind ===> that “we have certainly indulged ourselves with all the yummy food and may need to go on diet soon!”

Some would go on crash diets for days and weeks after their partying is over! However, this will not be very good as this method will actually backfire later on and the pounds shed will come back on again. πŸ™„

Some will be very hardworking – they will actually exercise more to burn off those extra weight that they have put on during the holidays, which is the right way to go and will be very effective when they also eat lighter, healthier meals at the same time.

Thus, it is all a matter of juggling and balancing our food intake and exercises. It helps if we know that 3,500 calories makes up 1 pound and 2.2 pounds equals 1 kilogramme.

I would like to share with you this article on the Lemon Juice Diet that came out in my newspapers a few weeks ago, and thought that it really made a lot of sense in helping us to lose weight. This is not the same thing as the Lemon Juice Cleanse or Master Cleanser (that was introduced by Stanley Burroughs) which requires a fast of lemon juice and saline liquids for 2 weeks (I won’t be able to fast on liquids like this!)

Read on and see for yourself how this works….

The Lemon Juice Diet by Louise Atkinson, The Star Newspaper, 18 December, 2007

DRINK lemon juice with warm water every morning to stimulate your digestive system.

Hoping to lose a few pounds before Christmas and New Year but gloomy about your chances of success with conventional diets? Then lemons could be the answer!

In a new book, The Lemon Juice Diet, leading health writer Therese Cheung suggests that the reason why so many of us battle with our weight is because our digestive systems are not working properly – and that the conventional dieting tends to excarbate that.

However, including lemons in your diet – both JUICE and PEEL – will boost your digestion and if you also eat healthily and exercise, can help you lose weight.

“Research seems to show that if your digestive system is not working correctly, healthy weight-loss is almost impossible,” saus Cheung. “The problem is that poor digestion can stop your body getting the nutrients it needs to burn fats. It can also cause a buildup of toxins in your body, leaving you feeling sluggish and depressed.

“This, in turn, slows down your metabolism, making any weight-loss goals unattainable.”

Furthermore, she says, if your body isn’t absorbing the right nutrients, then no matter how overweight you are, it thinks it is malnourished and constantly craves nutrients, telling you that you are hungry when you are not!

The solution is LEMONS. “When it comes to boostings the body’s digestive and detox systems, lemon is a natural powerhouse, ” says Cheung.

Lemons are rich in citric acid (at 7 to 8 %, they have the highest concentration of all the fruits), which, she explains, “combines in a complex interaction with other acids and enzymes to ensure healthy and problem-free digestion by stimulating stomach juices.”

“Thanks to its acidity, even a little lemon juice can improve your digestion and lower the impact of any meal on your blood sugar,” she adds.

The pectin in lemon – found in the peel – is a great source of fibre that helps weight loss by turning into a sticky gel when you digest it, preventing your stomach from absorbing sugar too quickly.

A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found pectin can eliminate the urge to eat for up to four hours , because after eating it you tend to feel satisfied for longer.

Lemon juice is also one of the most food sources of Vitamin C. Not only is this great for warding off colds, but a recent research at Arizona State University suggests that people who eat fruit and vegetables high in vitamin C have more efficient digestive systems and are more likely to lose weight that those who don’t.

In addition, lemon juices increases the acidity of the digestive system. This helps the body absorb calcium, which is then stored in fat cells. Research has shown that the more calcium there is in a fat cell, the more fat the cell burns.

It seems the humble lemon could be a powerful aid to digestion, and a useful diet booster.

But it’s not a case of eating only lemons: the good news is that you can eat perfectly normal foods on this diet, including cheese and other proteins, You can even have chocolate ice-cream!

You can also eat as much as you like of the right sort of foods: there is no calorie caounting involved. All you have to do is make sure that at least one meal a day includes lemon ===> either a squirt of juice or some peel.

The Lemon Juice Diet advocates a simple healthy-eating plan based on 7 principles, If you combine these 7 principles with an exercise regime involving 20 minutes of aerobic activity five or six days a week, within just a week you should start feeling healthier and your clothes will be looser.

By week two, you will be dropping pounds… πŸ˜€

The 7 Principles

1) Drink lemon juice with warm water every morning. Starting the day with the juice of a lemon in a glass of warm water will stimulate your digestive system.

2) Eat at least 5 portions of fruits and vegetables a day. All vegetables and most fruits are low-calorie nutritional powerhouses, rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre and nutrients that can boost immunity, balance hormones, calm the nervous system, aid digestion, and help weight loss.

3) Balance your blood sugar levels. Irritability, poor concentration, fatique and headaches are all symptoms of fluctuating blood sugar levels; which can make you crave sweet and fattening foods. When the blood sugar levels swing too high, so does insulin. This hormone helps shuttle blood sugar (Glucose) into your cells to be uses as energy. In other words, it promotes fat storage.

Sprinkling lemon juice over your meal can be enough to lower the blood sugar impact by as much as 30 % – use it in all your cooking.

Eat protein with each meal, as it steadies your blood sugar by delaying the absorption of carbohydrates and fats. Eating 5 or 5 times a day will combat food cravings.

4) Cut down on sugar-rich foods. This will give you a brief high, followed by a big slump and leave you feeling edgy and tired. Refined foods – such as white bread, white rice, instant potatoes and corn flakes – can act like sugar in your system, and end up being stored as fat. Instead, stick to whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and protein.

5) Forget low fat – your body needs some fat to lose weight. Unsaturated fats can help with weight loss by delaying the passage of carbohydrates into your bloodstream, keeping blood sugar levels stable and insulin down.

Increase your consumption of Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids, found in nuts, seeds and oily fish, and unsaturated fat found in extra virgin olive oil.

6) Eat lots of fresh whole foods. Switch from processed to whole foods to boost your intake of the nutrients your body needs for weight loss. Whole foods such as beans, pulses and lentils also contain fibre, which stimulates the digestive system and can slow down the conversion of carbohydrates into glucose.

Best of all, whole food are free of hidden sugar and chemicals that overload your liver, making it hard for your body to digest food and burn fat. Choose brown pasta, wholegrain bread and cereals, vegetables, fruit, fresh soups, smoothies and juices (not from concentrate), and eat a salad with every meal.

7) Slow things down. Eat slowly and chew properly. Chewing relaxes the lower stomach muscle and triggers nerve messages that activates the digestive process. If food is not properly chewed, nutrients remain locked in and undigested.

Your stomach and intestines are sensitive to stress. When you feel anxious, digestion will shut down, leaving food partially digested. So, finding ways to manage stress is not only important to your emotional health, but your digestive health, too.

Note -If you suffer from heartburn, kidney or gall-bladder problems, or have a citric allergy, consult your GP before going on this diet.

Happy Dieting! πŸ˜€


Here is a picture of my Lemon Juice Drink that I had made for myself yesterday. See the little bits of lemon peel floating at the top? I decided to chop the lemon peel up so that as I drink my lemon juice, I can also eat the peel. I had also added a tablespoon of honey to make this drink tastier. Be sure to put cold water into your glass of lemon juice, then only top up with a little hot water to make a warm lemon juice drink! Hot water will destroy the Vitamin C in the lemon juice as well as the nutrients in the honey! πŸ˜‰

This morning, I made myself another glass of warm lemon juice but without the honey added and wow, did it perk me up! πŸ˜† Β 

Have a wonderful weekend! πŸ˜€Β 


39 Responses so far »

  1. 1

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  2. 2

    rozalia said,

    Thank you choesf,my friend! πŸ™‚

    You always know what I need. Hugs,rose


  3. 3

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Te Pups, dearest Rose! πŸ˜€

    I’m sure you will love this drink, it is very delicious with a tablespoon of honey.

    Have a great weekend!

    Many J t’embrasse,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  4. 4

    rozalia said,

    Hi there choesf!

    The drink is very good and it invigorated me almost instantly. It diminished also the side effect of the pills I take every day.

    Thanks again.Te pup,rose


  5. 5

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    You are very welcome, dearest Rose! πŸ˜€ I’m glad this drink helped you in other ways, too.

    I wish you a Happy New Year’s Eve Dinner with your loved ones!

    Love and Hugs,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  6. 6

    rozalia said,

    Thank yoy,my friend! hugs


  7. 7

    vishwa said,

    article was very good….good explaination…thanx buddy…


  8. 8

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello and welcome, dear vishwa πŸ˜€

    You are very welcome. Thank you for your kind comments. I’m glad you like this article.

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  9. 9

    Audrey McFarlane said,


    Thanks so much for this article. I have searched the net for a lemon diet. This is the one for me. I cannot do this 2 week diet which seems an impossible and an unneccessary way to do a cleanse. But horses for courses. I will try the lemon diet each morning. A recipe I found on the net is to blend extra virgin olive oil to the lemon juice, peel & pith; this helps to cleanse the liver. And also to have a lemon & water drink at bedtime for the drink to work whilst one is asleep. Thanks again.

    Audrey McFarlane


  10. 10

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello there and welcome, dear Audrey πŸ˜€

    You are very welcome. Thank you for your additional tips on drinking lemon and water – I think it is good to have it work for us while we are sleeping. I have a friend who is on an Aryuvedic cleansing programme which calls for the drinking of extra virgin olive oil.

    Good night from KL!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  11. 11

    tammy craft said,

    Is it the same if you just use lemon juice out of a bottle. i love lemons but usually put the juice in my iced tea.


  12. 12

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hello there and welcome, dear tammy πŸ˜€

    Bottled lemon juice works, too, but to a lesser extent as the nutrients would have gone off somewhat over time once it is opened.

    Have a nice weekend ahead!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€


  13. 13

    jim jones said,

    Great information…Really makes a lot of sense


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  15. 15

    Neo said,

    I’m going to have to give this a shot. The problem for me is that I will try great tips like this for a day or two and then start looking for ways to modify it. lol Thanks for the info.


  16. 16

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there, dear Neo πŸ˜€

    Thank you for your comments. I am just like you – there are so many types of dieting or home remedies for health that I just take turns going through them all, instead of sticking to the same regiment.

    Have a great weekend!

    choesf πŸ˜€


  17. 17

    suzi said,

    until i read this i almost forgot ancient ayurvedic tips for healthy living. in india this is home remedy for indigestion. we are lost in trying fast fixes. if we slow down a little & go back we may find answers for everything. also try fat removed butter milk as a beverage. thanks dear


  18. 18

    happyhomemaker88 said,

    Hi there and welcome, dear Suzi πŸ˜€

    I love the ayurvedic ways as simple, natural remedies for our ailments. A few weeks ago, I was suffering from stomach bloatedness and nausea after eating something that didn’t agree with me and I took a glass of warm water with the juice and zest of lemon juice. Half an hour later, I was okay. I had tried the lemon juice only because I love the taste of it and now, I know this cure has a been around a long time.

    My Indian neighbour, Aunty Kumar, has told me of a few ayurvedic methods for health, too and I just like those simple remedies.

    Thank you for the information. πŸ˜€

    Have a nice day!

    With peace and joy,

    choesf πŸ˜€


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    jacob said,

    The key to it all is we have to eat right and exercise. Our bodies consist of over 10 trillion cells. Eating right and exercising will help these cells to be in their very best optimal β€œshape”! This helps with proper cell communication resulting in overall well being and allowing you to be more properly equipped to handle those bumps in the road that you will without a doubt encounter. Plus exercising and proper diet also will aid in the fight against stress which is thought to be the main culprit in so many of the diseases that plague us today. I suggest at least 3 days a week for approximately 45-60 minutes at a time concentrating on maintaining a 70-75% maximum heart rate. You should combine cardio and strength training as they both have very beneficial qualities Studies suggest that by joining an online fitness/weight loss support group you are likely to have 3 times the success in achieving your goals than those that don’t.


    • 20

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Jacob πŸ˜€

      Thank you for your very useful information – that should be the ideal exercise and diet regime that we follow. πŸ˜‰

      Happy New Year!

      With peace and joy,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  20. 21

    Andrew said,

    Hey. I got told about this today at work. I found this site thru a quick google search.

    It sounds like a good idea, I have been eating healthier smaller portions and exercising regualary and im looking much better for it. Now I just want Abs! Lol.

    I bought a machine today that helps with your situps to tone abs more evenly.

    Im going to give this a try too.

    Nearly at my final goal!


    • 22

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Andrew πŸ˜€

      Thank you for sharing your story with us – it certainly encourages those of us that want to lose some weight. Your plan is ideal – smaller portions of meals and more exercises. Congratulations on achieving your weight loss, fantastic abs and looking better! πŸ˜€

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  21. 23

    manila said,

    Absolutely right Choesf, lemon juice is the way to go. Drinking it in luke warm water and adding a little bit of honey to it helps to reduce weight also.
    Very informative article.


    • 24

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Yes, I love this combination of lemon juice with lukewarm water and honey…it is so delicious. Lately, I have been experimenting with lemon juice and I found that drinking it the same way you had mentioned is very good for removing wind or bloatedness in the stomach, and for indigestion. πŸ˜‰

      Do have a lovely week ahead! The weather here in Malaysia has gone crazy – it has been raining heavily every day for as long as I can remember..maybe 2 weeks or more? πŸ™„ It is time to cook heaty food to balance the cool weather…probably some curries and some fried stuff. πŸ˜†

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  22. 25

    K.Bharati said,

    Very nice,

    I hope this will be useful



    • 26

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear bharati πŸ˜€

      This is a really nice drink and has many health benefits..I like to drink a glass of lemon juice with honey and lemon zest whenever I have indigestion…my stomach is fine in just half an hour after drinking the lemonade. πŸ˜‰

      With best wishes for good health,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  23. 27

    Ginger said,

    Will lemon juice out of the bottle work as well?


    • 28

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, dear Ginger πŸ˜€

      I am not sure as I have not tried the bottled lemon juice before .. 😳 … but I’m sure it will work as well. πŸ˜‰

      Good Luck!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  24. 29

    Ginger said,

    I do not know how you are doing this! The lemon juice is just so bitter and sour, and I can barely get it down all the way without gagging! Any suggestions?


    • 30

      happyhomemaker88 said,

      Hi there and welcome, Ginger πŸ˜€

      I take my lemon juice with some honey as I have gastritis ….. that helps to make the lemon juice very nice to drink, sort of like a lemonade. πŸ’‘ Did you mix the lemon juice with some water?

      With best wishes,

      choesf :D:


  25. 31

    Lovelymissbris said,

    My Husband told me about this over the weekend and we both tried it this morning. And wow! Did we feel energized right away.


    • 32

      Hi there, dear Lovelymissbris πŸ˜€

      Thank you for sharing your experience in trying the Lemon Juice diet. It will encourage others to try it out, too! πŸ’‘

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  26. 33

    Sabrina said,

    Hi, today I had lemon juice without any honey sugar or salt. Only plain lime juice with. Warm water. I tried eating the peel, but it was bitter. I’m not sure how it should be eaten. Can u plz tell me another option??? How can I eat such a bitter thing???

    Also, I want to loose weight asap bcoz its my sons first bday n mine too on da same day. Please help me.


    • 34

      Hi there, dear Sabrina πŸ˜€

      Happy Birthday in advance to your and your son! πŸ˜€

      Perhaps, you can chop the lemon peel really fine, so that when you drink the lemon juice, you can swallow the peel without chewing?

      I have found the fastest way to lose weight is to do a combination of things all at once and stick to it for 1 to 2 weeks πŸ’‘ ===>

      1) have this lemon juice and peel drink at least once a day. If taken before each meal daily is even better. Adding a teaspoon of honey will protect the stomach.

      2) cut out the really fatty foods – like fried, oily foods; ice-cream, desserts, sweet stuff

      3) eat healthier, lesser caloric foods like salads (without the oil, or just a little bit of olive oil), steamed or grilled chicken breast, hard boiled eggs (my favourite)

      4) drink lots of water in between meal – it helps to cut down our hunger and we eat lesser when we are less hungry

      5) do more activities that can burn calories – do a major house cleaning, go for walks in the neighbourhood, find a good video on Youtube and do Yoga, walking exercises, etc..

      For the past 11 days, I am taking this natural health tea which has many benefits – one of them is to improve the digestive system. I noticed that my stomach is flatter since and I have lost almost 1 kilo in weight within this period. You may like to try this natural tea πŸ’‘ ===>

      Good Luck with your dieting!

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


  27. 35

    Ginger said,

    Freeze a lemon and then you can grade it. Works great with the diet. Enjoy


  28. 37

    Bic said,

    Thanks Choesf for the very informative blogs.
    i have been drinking apple cider vinegar (acv) mixed with water for two mornings. Have you experience of using this?
    Today i came cross your blog about this lemon used, then the other video link on youtube it showed how to combine acv + lemon with water and its benefits. i’ll give it a try tomorrow πŸ™‚
    Thanks for sharing…


    • 38

      Hi there, dear Bic πŸ˜€

      Thank you for sharing that very informative video of combining acv and lemon juice into water to drink – that seems like an easier way to take the acv and lemon juice in just 1 litre of water. I should ask my second daughter to drink that as she wants to lose some weight.

      I used to take acv mixed with honey in water for improved digestion and bloatedness. Nowadays, I use both acv and lemon juice in salad dressings. πŸ’‘

      With best wishes,

      choesf πŸ˜€


      • 39

        Bic said,

        i used to use lemon juice & honey in salad, from now on i’ll add acv in it, too. Thanks Choesf.


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