Is the Lemon Juice Cleansing Diet Safe?


The lemon juice cleansing diet may cause temporary weight loss, but it can also lead to a loss of muscle mass, nutritional deficiencies and side effects, such as headaches, cravings and fatigue. After the juice cleanse is over, most people gain back the weight they lost almost immediately, explains WebMD.

The lemon juice cleanse involves at least 10 days of drinking 4 cups of salt water in the morning, herbal laxative tea at night, and six to 12 glasses of a combination of lemon juice, cayenne pepper, maple syrup and water throughout the day. Because the diet involves consuming only 650 calories a day, most people lose water weight rather than fat and see their metabolism slow down, which leads to quick weight gain once the cleanse is done, according to U.S. News & World Report.