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Lemonade Diet/Master Cleanser
Calorie Information
Whether you are interested in maintaining your weight or losing weight during the lemonade diet, it may be
useful to know what the caloric content is for your lemonade so that you can get an idea of how much to drink or
determine if you want to add less maple syrup to the concoction.

The lemonade diet is not intended to be a calorie restricting diet but rather a liquid cleanse and so a fair amount
of calories is supplied, primarily by the syrup. This amount may be as little as half as much as you need to
maintain your weight, and so this is one of the reasons why you will lose some weight, though there are other
factors relating to the cleansing process that contribute to the weight loss also.

The typical calorie intake for women is around
1800 to 1900 calories/day, while for men it is closer to 2200 to
However, it can vary considerably depending upon your metabolism, weight and how much exercise you
get. There's no need to restrict your normal activity while on the diet, and you may even continue with a work out
regime. However, keep in mind that you will likely be releasing toxins from your tissues into the blood stream as
they are released from your body, so be gentle with yourself. Here's a calculator from the Mayo Clinic site that
takes the major factors into account and estimates your daily
calorie requirements:

For reference, here is the approximate calories found in the lemonade diet ingredients. Only the syrup and the
lemons contribute a significant amount to your calorie intake:

Grade B Maple Syrup: 110 cal/2 tbsp
Lemon juice: 5 cal/2 tbsp
Organic Smooth Move: 2 cal/cup

That adds up to 115 calories/glass of lemonade. Here's the chart for daily calorie intake based on how many
glasses per day of lemonade you drink:

7 glasses ....805 calories
8 glasses ....920 calories
9 glasses ....1035 calories
10 glasses ..1150 calories
11 glasses .. 1265 calories
12 glasses .. 1380 calories
13 glasses .. 1495 calories

Generally, a deficit of 500 calories/day will result in a weight loss of 1 pound per week. That's a total calorie
deficit of 3500 for the week. That means that 3500 calories = 1 pound. You'll likely find that you lose 1 to 2
pounds/day, so obviously not all of that loss is due to burning more calories than you consume, since you
probably don't even consume 3500 calories/day to maintain your weight. The rest of the weight loss is due to
removing impacted material and plaque from your digestive tract along with other metabolic changes resulting
from the cleansing process.

You're free to slightly vary the amount of syrup added to each glass or to vary the number of glasses within the
range of 7 to 13 shown above, but do not reduce your caloric intake more than 50% of your daily calorie
requirements for weight maintenance (which constitutes a starvation diet) or you may be in danger of
compromising your health. All weight loss will result in loss of both fat and lean tissue as the body naturally
works toward ideal proportions, whether or not they are the proportions you prefer. The more lean you are (the
lower your fat reserves) the greater the danger of severely restricting calorie intake as fat reserves may not be
readily available and lean tissue may be compromised. If the goal is weight loss, it's preferable to remain on the
diet longer and lose the weight slowly than it is to severely restrict calories and perhaps compromise your health.

In addition, traditional wisdom says you should not reduce your caloric intake below 1000, and to be on the safe
side we support that recommendation. However, it should be noted that the reason for that number is that it
becomes difficult to provide adequate sources of nutrition below 1000 calories/day, but the nutrition provided
with the lemonade diet is always proportionally the same and so will remain balanced at least, so the risk is at
least minimized. Again, slow weight loss is better.

Happy calorie counting from,
The Lemonade Diet Team