Health & Fitness Column

Is the Lemonade Diet really a success?

By John Taylor | Feb 12, 2013

If you’ve been watching commercials on CNN or MSNBC, you’ve probably seen the new advertisements for the weight loss supplement “The Lemonade Weight Loss Diet.”
The ad claims this new product will help the average user lose up to 14 pounds in just 17 days.
The commercials also say that Hollywood performers have been using the Lemonade Diet since the 1940’s, and it has been particularly helpful in allowing actors and actresses to shed unwanted pounds prior to filming a new movie.
The Lemonade Diet, and its parent company, Omnibus Holdings, say that the supplement contains all-natural ingredients that have been shown to entice weight loss. These ingredients include lemons, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup.
The Lemonade Diet website says lemons are a natural detoxifier that help the liver and kidneys remove wastes from the body. The website also states that cayenne pepper helps with digestion, and clears the bowels of unnecessary matter. Finally, the site says maple syrup contains “natural occurring minerals and B vitamins” for increased energy and essential nutrients.
The Lemonade Diet states its product is a detoxifying supplement, which can offer a user a number of positive benefits that include significant weight loss, increased energy levels, clearer skin, improved concentration and mental clarity, better absorption of vitamins and minerals from food, and feeling healthier.
If the Lemonade Diet did all of these things, I wonder why Omnibus Holdings doesn’t have any famous folks who endorse the product as being beneficial for celebrity weight loss. Oh wait, they do have “Dancing with the Stars” Kym Johnson as their official spokesperson. Johnson states on the company’s website that she, “uses the Lemonade Weight Loss Diet to keep trim and stay healthy.” Not that I’m doubting her word, but does anyone really think that the Lemonade Diet is what keeps Johnson in shape? Or could it be the hours of dancing she does each day?
Other than Johnson, if this diet has been around since the 1940’s, doesn’t it sound reasonable that more Hollywood stars or rock legends would have endorsed the diet by now?
My biggest issue with the claims the Lemonade Diet makes is that the product is a natural detoxifier, yet it lacks the No. 1 ingredient that a 2009 study in the “Journal of Nutrition” found led to the biggest removal of waste for weight loss benefits ... fiber.
Medical experts know how beneficial fiber can be for helping people lose weight & halt hunger. Though I am unfamiliar with the benefits of cayenne pepper and maple syrup in terms of detoxifying the body, chances are if they have been used as a weight loss aid since the 1940’s, a clinical study would have been done on it. Does the Lemonade Diet cite such a study in its TV ads or on its website? Nope.
My advice ... save the money you’d waste on this supplement, spend a couple of bucks on low calorie, low-fat fiber bars, and incorporate exercise into your lifestyle. Believe me, it’ll help you more than the pills that look like Homer Simpson’s skin.