The lemon detox diet: A quick weight loss plan

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Updated 23 April 2014

The lemon detox diet: A quick weight loss plan

The lemon detox has been around for more than half a century but renewed interest has been generated in the diet program after the internationally celebrated American singer, song writer and actress Beyonce announced her secret of going on a lemon detox diet where she lost 10 kilos for the movie Dreamgirl. This kind of diet is known as the Master cleanser and many say it is very effective in breaking down toxins that have built up in the body.
The Lemon Detox diet first became famous when Stanley Burroughs, the creator of the diet and author of “The Master Cleanse” recommended it for the healing of stomach ulcers.
In his book he talked about how he first came to test this diet on a patient who suffered from stomach sores for three years. Left with no other recourse, the patient approached Stanley who recommended that he undertake the cleanse diet. After eleven days, the patient was totally healed leaving doctors amazed. Many other cases followed and the results were consistent curing the patients within ten days. Of particular note also was that those undergoing the Master Cleanse also experienced a reduction in weight.
The diet plan is very strict and involves drinking a lemon juice mixture and not eating any food for up to two weeks and sometimes more. The person on the lemon detox diet is only allowed to consume the Master Cleanse elixir to keep hydrated; this comprises six or more servings of lemonade everyday.
There is another option added to the lemonade, which is a Salt Water Flush of two teaspoons salt mixed in 200 g of water in the morning and warm herbal tea at night.
The diet offers enough nutrients to keep one energized and to cleanse the body of unwanted toxins. If you are looking to lose anywhere from 12 to 20 pounds in just two short weeks with a Detox that has been around for years and you want to jump start your metabolism, the Lemon Detox Diet will get your body off to a great start.
Dietitian Sara Abduljawad said she tried the diet herself and it worked like a miracle but she suggests that women eat healthy along with the diet. “All you need is to take half a glass of very cold water and squeeze in the juice of half a lemon leaving the pulp and seeds out. You should add two tablespoons of pure Maple Syrup and a pinch of cayenne pepper or ground ginger to that and stir it well,” she said. “Then you should fill up the other half of the glass with cold water, stir and enjoy,” she added.
Abduljawad said there is no scientific evidence that one might need to go on any kind of detox diet and she did it only to test it herself. “If you want to cleanse your body you should eat healthy, quit smoking and trust your liver to do its job,” she said. “This diet is unbalanced and is very dangerous for your body because it can rob your intestines of healthy bacteria that aid digestion and boost immunity,” she added.
The dietitian says this kind of diet can induce rapid weight loss which may result in losing lean muscle. “We sometimes don’t understand why people and especially women cannot follow a healthy meal plan and instead choose to go on an all liquid diet,” said Abduljawad. “The lemon diet lacks essential nutrients such as calories, protein, carbs, fiber, vitamins, minerals and fat. This is why I don’t recommend it because every diet should either contain the essential nutrients or the person should take supplements,” she added.
Fitness expert and personal trainer Salah Mansour said fasting and detoxing is risky. In the long term one should eat fewer carbs, less sugar, fat and hit the gym everyday.
“Lean muscle and fluids and not belly fat are the first to go in starvation diets. Usually when one starves their body they end up bingeing on unhealthy foods high in sugar and fat,” he said. “Any diet should contain protein because your body will have to get protein from other sources which will lead it to burn your own muscle mass leaving your body with high fat and low muscle,” he added.
Manour said if women want to lose weight fast for a special occasion they should exercise more and go on a low-calorie balanced diet because quick weight loss doesn’t last and in many cases the lost weight returns with added kilos.

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Why now is the perfect time to try a skin resurfacing treatment

Updated 06 June 2020

Why now is the perfect time to try a skin resurfacing treatment

DUBAI: For many women, the global pandemic provides the chance to introduce some of the stronger ingredients and treatments to one’s skincare routine. Think retinoids, concentrated acids, chemical peels, fractional lasers and the array of skin resurfacing treatments on the market.

The reason for this is, with many practicing social-distancing to slow the spread of the coronavirus, no one — except for your family — is around to see your dermis peel off in raw patches while you avoid the sun’s harsh UV rays as you stay indoors and allow your treated skin to recover. 

Those who wish to effectively press the reset button on their dermis during self-isolation can consider a laser treatment. Laser-resurfacing procedures have gained popularity over the past couple of years for their ability to non-surgically smooth fine lines and wrinkles, as well as eradicate imperfections such as post-acne scars and sun damage by emitting light to target water molecules within the collagen layer of the skin. 

“Lasers work to vaporize skin cells thereby removing layers of damaged skin,” said Rebecca Treston, a certified skin expert, who recently launched her “Skinfluencer” protocol menu at the Nakheel Mall branch of Dubai London Clinic, which includes non-invasive skin resurfacing treatments in the form of lasers and chemical peels. 

“In the past two decades, the technology has developed at an exponential rate so this latest generation offers a safe and precise ablation to treat damaged skin,” she said.

Indeed, while undeniably fierce and heavy on downtime, the latest generation of ablative lasers are safe and with minimal risks. Relatively painless — numbing cream is rarely required — some laser treatments, including the one at the Dubai London Clinic, use a cooling technology to prevent feelings of discomfort during the 25-minute procedure.

“I prefer lasers to a chemical peel as they can be more accurately controlled,” Treston said. “Lasers are most commonly used in a fractional beam, which allows the healthy skin surrounding the treatment site to speed up the healing process, leading to less skin trauma and a much quicker recovery.”

Post-treatment, skin is noticeably smoother, tighter and radiant without any swelling or bruising, although some may experience slight redness afterwards and skin may start to flake and peel off in the days after the procedure.

If done regularly — dermatologists recommend at least three sessions a year — treatments can reduce visible signs of ageing and turn back the clock on the dermis.

Skincare experts also suggest avoiding makeup for at least a week after treatment and wearing sunscreen religiously, especially now that lockdowns have begun to ease across the region. Treated skin is more sensitive to the sun, so it is important to apply a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher before leaving the house. 

Skincare experts even suggest wearing sunscreen inside the house, especially if you are near windows and sunlight — and which may prevent future wrinkles from forming in the first place.