|While the Lemonade Diet is primarily a cleansing/detox diet, we recognize that the majority of those interested
in the diet are primarily interested in weight loss, and are generally looking for a natural, healthful way of
accomplishing this, and perhaps increasing the sense of well being in the process, and so it's appropriate to
address weight loss issues in general and dieting myths in particular.
There are various dieting myths that the majority of folks, including many professionals, have bought into for
various reasons. The most common reason is a failure to recognize that while the body performs it's functions
quite spontaneously without you having to think about it, the body does not have it's own 'mind' and is
therefore also responding to your own fears, intentions and beliefs, many of which you may not be
consciously aware of. The other important factor revolves around the issue of 'body signals'. While the
body does indeed indicate it's requirements in many ways, these signals can and do become
distorted when the body and/or mind is not functioning optimally. The point being that these signals
may not be a reliable indicator of what the body actually needs.
Some common body signal misperceptions:
Craving chocolate means you need to relax.
Craving potato chips means you're dehydrated.
Craving cookies means you're feeling drained.
While it's true that Phenylethylamine and magnesium in chocolate may promote relaxation, and the salt in
potato chips may aid in water retention and cookies may energize you by spiking your blood sugar, we're
actually putting the cart before the horse. We eat those things because they taste good, then we look
for what effects it may have on the body and presume that the body is asking for it. This serves to
justify feeding the craving, but it's about 90% nonsense. If broccoli had the ability to produce relaxation we
would still be eating chocolate. While it's true the body gives us signals as to it's needs, the bodies of most
civilized humans have their wires crossed to such a degree that there's a very distorted relationship between
cravings and bodily needs.
Several hours after a meal, many people experience cravings, but the body is not lacking for anything. You can
survive for weeks without food, and your body is intelligent enough to get what it needs in all but the most
atrocious of diets. More likely when you're saying "I'm starved. What's for dinner", you're actually on a blood
sugar roller coaster because your body is so confused it doesn't know how to level it out. So be careful when
'listening to your body' because for most of us, the body is as confused as the mind.
A USDA study found ”that cravings are for calories, not carbohydrate, as is widely assumed. What is commonly
called carbohydrate addiction should probably be relabeled as calorie addiction,“ What they did see is that the
common factor in all cravings is 'calorie density', food which may contain fat but are more importantly high
calorie foods. Foods that are high in calories are the ones that taste good, and for a very good reason. Human
biology developed in such a way that our taste buds respond best to foods that are rich in calories and fat. We
are naturally drawn to foods that will supply our energy needs most efficiently.
Nutrient Deprivation Studies
While there are many studies demonstrating dire consequences to not having enough of a particular nutrient in
the body, such deficiencies are rare in a culture in which food is abundant and food consumption is most often
excessive. (66% of the US population is overweight or obese, according to the CDC) The body
miraculously finds a way to get nearly everything it needs, or manufacture it, from a relatively healthful diet,
though it may get quite a bit that it does not need. Such studies yield valuable information about how such
nutrients are used in the body, but they do not imply that the average body is in need of some particular
nutritional supplement other than to possibly correct some bodily system that has lost it's ability to function
properly, in which case it is not in a position to properly convey that need to you in the form of a craving. Trust
your body to tell you when something isn't quite right, but trust your intuition and common sense more. In the
same way that a confused mind may not be able to tell us what the problem is, a body with it's metabolic wires
crossed may also be giving you false information.
Traditional wisdom says that if you reduce caloric intake a little, the body will burn it's fat reserves, while if you
restrict it dramatically, the body will reduce basal metabolic rate and start breaking down muscle to supply it's
energy deficit. It seems this notion is so readily accepted that it's not even discussed. It also conjures up an
image of a body tapping on a calculator keyboard, checking to see if you have exceeded it's caloric deficit
threshold and then checking it's long term planning chart to see if it might be better off saving up it's fat
reserves, which of course is there for this very purpose, and instead slowing the body down.
What we need to understand is that while the body is a remarkable instrument, it does not have a separate
thinking mechanism. The thinking mechanism is on top of your shoulders, so if the body seems to be planning,
calculating, prognosticating, the place to look is in your own mind. The body is always functioning in the
present, fully prepared to deal with whatever the situation is now, but the brain is the planning
What this myth suggests is that, while the mind is intending to burn fat reserves as a means of improving
healthy functioning, the body has no idea what you are doing and is going into existential crisis, wondering if
you are ever going to feed it again. It also suggests that the most appropriate response to an apparent crisis is
not to maintain optimum functioning so that you might actually be able to find or hunt food, but rather to slow
the metabolism and start eating away at your muscles, which of course would seriously compromise your ability
to correct the alleged calorie deficit. If this were the way the body was 'designed' to function, nearly all bodies
would function the same way, and yet they don't. Many can continue to lose body fat far beyond the so called
10% wall, while others will experience a loss of energy after the first day of not being fed.
What is actually happening is psychological craving. Unconsciously, perhaps, the mind wants to be done
with the diet, and is secretly looking for ways to sabotage it. Feeling very weak and unable to perform daily
tasks is a very good excuse for ending a diet. Besides, so it is imagined, it's not really working anymore
because you're not losing anymore body fat. Survival mode is the result of psychological craving and not some
confusion happening in the body.
Rebound is a phenomena which occurs after the diet has ended. In most cases, the lost weight returns, and
often even more is acquired. Again, the traditional thinking goes something like this: During the diet, the body
struggled mightily with a low caloric intake, but it has learned it's lesson, and now that you're eating well again,
it's going so save up as much fat as possible in case it happens again.
Again, it's not the body having a conniption fit, it's the mind. The body doesn't respond by projecting fearful
scenarios into the future and working out a plan to keep it from happening again, especially while ignoring the
intentions of mind all the while. This is mind projecting it's own dysfunction onto a body that is simply doing the
best it can to respond to your intentions and it's own needs. The difficulty is that the mind may be in conflict,
and so this is reflected in the body.
It's obvious that, if one gained excess weight with a given dietary routine, that routine cannot be returned to
once the diet is over, or the weight will return. Also, if a significant amount of weight is lost, the body requires
significantly fewer calories to maintain that weight, so not only do you need to reduce your caloric intake to a
level that your body used to require, you need to reduce it a bit further to match your new reduced weight.
There's another psychological factor involved when dieting has become a struggle; After sacrificing for weeks
or months, you likely feel as though you deserve a reward. If that reward period goes on for more than a day,
you're already on the road to creating worse eating habits than you started with.
If the sacrifice never happens to begin with, all you need to do is understand the physics of your metabolism,
and find the new caloric intake that will maintain your reduced weight. You may need to accept that, in a very
real sense, the diet is never 'over'. You cannot go back to doing what you did and expect different results. Yo-
yo dieting can become a lifelong game, or you can just refuse to play.
The answer to all the diet related struggles is not to cater to what you think the body is doing, which is just
reflecting what the mind is thinking, but to get your mental understanding and psychological needs straightened
out before you begin. Be clear about what it is you want to do and stop sabotaging your own efforts, thereby
introducing struggle into the process that almost certainly will result in failure.
Wishing you success in all your endeavors,
The Lemonade Diet Team
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