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By EelKat Wendy C Allen

Answering a somewhat unusual question today. Basically "How do writers keep healthy?" and "What are the benefits of drinking lemon water?" Here's the question:

"I have to lose 60 pounds in the next 3 weeks. How can I find an affordable wellness/weight loss program. one that works.What did you do?

Do you have a gym membership? How often do you go to the gym? Do you take supplements for before or after a workout to improve performance? I have trouble with the gym because I'm always hungry. How often have skipped the gym or cut a workout  short because you needed to eat something? Can you tell me what to do to stay motived to not leave the gym to eat? I want all natural snacks, smoothies, and small meals that are nutritionally dense but I get side tracked, and eatcookies instead, if I bring them with me should I eat them directly before or after a workout, what do you do? I want to set up a reasonable exercise plan but I don't know where to start. I neeedway to be sucessful

If you do not use a wellness/weight loss program, why not?

I was told you lost a lot of weight real fast, how, because that's what I need to do. I was thinking of using lemon water to do it, I read somewhere that you drinl lemon water every morning and was wondering if you could tell me how much weight I could lose and how fast by drinking lemon water every day. Does it work or is it like a fad thing? Does it have to be fresh lemons or can I use lemonade. I’ve never squeezed lemons how do I do that? And also what kind of exercise should I do with it to lose weight? Or I guess what kind of exerice did you do, I heard you lost 80 pounds or something like that.

I don’t get much excersie because I’m a writer and I get stuck at the computer all day so all this weight caught up on me. I know I’m getting enough water because I drink 32 ounces of water a day as recommended, so do I just add the lemon juice to the water I already drink? How does that work exactly? Like what do I do? Do I make the lemon water or do I buy lemon energy drinks? I’m not sure what exactly lemon water is.

Basicaly I want to know what you did so I can do it too cause I heard you like lost a whole bunch of weight in a short time and I need to do it right now because I only have 3 weeks to get it off. Also I need to be fairer too and I heard lemon juice can make you fair, does it?"

My first thought is why the big panic? Why the rush to lose so much weight in such a short time? It seems odd to me.

This thought was quickly followed by "Why me?" I'm not a weight loss or diet specialist or anything. Heck I know very little about diet, nutrition, weight loss, exercise or any of those other such things. It's not really my area of expertise, and it's not something I have ever even talked about before, so not too sure why you chose to direct this question at me.

This is a very interesting question. I had not thought to have a section on health, diet, and exercise as they apply to writers and authors so I actually don't know where I will put this article on my website. I'll find a place for it I suppose. Maybe I can make a section for it? Oh well, whatever. Let's see if I can answer your questions.

You are correct, I do drink lemon water, I did lose 80lbs, and I can tell you what I did so you can do it too, but I can also tell you that once you know what I do every day and what I did to lose weight fast, you seriously are not gonna like it because it ain't no, lose weight quick scheme that's for sure. And really, if you ain't trapped during a blizzard under 9' of snow, you probably are not going to be able to repeat my massive, super fast weight loss.

But, let's address your questions about lemon water first and than talk about how I lost weight afterwards, shall we?

First, you don’t have to squeeze your own lemons. As long as it is 100% pure lemon juice it doesn’t matter if it is fresh squeezed or bottled juice. I’ve used bottled lemon juice for 30+ years now. Don’t use frozen juice concentrate, lemonade, powdered lemon drink mix, or “lemon flavored vitamin water” - those won’t work.

If you are drinking 8 glasses of water a day (64oz) with at least 1 of those glasses containing 1/4cup of lemon juice, you should lose 1/2lb to 2lbs per week or any where from 13lbs up to 52lbs in 6 months (varies depending on your diet and activity level; 1/2lb per week is assuming you are low activity and unhealthy diet; 2lbs per week assumes you are very active and health nut diet), the average person can expect to lose about 3/4lb per week or a total of about 22lbs in 6 months.

Keep in mind this is WITHOUT adding any changes to your regular diet or exercise. Switching to a healthier diet and getting more exercise will increase those numbers.

As a general rule most people can assume that adding lemon water to your diet will result in 1/2lb loss per week (27lbs per year) if you are drinking 8 glasses of water a day with a 1/4cup of lemon in 1 or more of those glasses.

This is assuming that you are ALREADY drinking 8 glasses of water a day (without lemon) and ALREADY have a soda free and coffee free diet. Drinking soda, diet soda, and/or coffee neutralizes the effects of ALL weight loss “programs”. The first step to losing weight regardless of what diet you choice is to cut soda and coffee from your diet 100% - both promote water retention and bloating and soda slaps fat to your abdomen faster than any other food out there.

Until you remove soda and coffee from your diet, you will see only a few ounces of weight gone if you lose any weight at all - one ANY diet program.

Using lemon water as a coffee replacement will increase the weight lose from 1/2lb to 1lb per week (or 52lbs per year). This is assuming you drink coffee daily and remove coffee from your diet 100% and never drink coffee again. Ever. Not once. Not even a sip. Not even iced coffee. Not even coffee flavored ice cream or mocha flavored truffles. You need to go ZIP 100% coffee free, cold turkey, if you are going to lose weight.

Using lemon water to replace soda will increase the weight loss to 2lbs or more per week or 104lbs per year. In some people cutting soda 100% from their diet and replacing it 100% with lemon water, resulted in 12lbs of weight lose per week - however their body suffered from "diet shock". It is recommended to cut back on soda 1 can at a time - in other words if you drink 6 cans a day [average for most people] cut to 5 a day for the first week, than 4 a day the next week, etc, until you have SAFELY removed soda from your diet.

You can’t cut soda out of your diet cold turkey, because it’ll cause you to lose TOO MUCH weight too fast, and make you wicked sick afterwards, than cause your body to go into sugar shock (which can cause a coma).

This weight loss comes from just changing your fluid intake and nothing else. It requires no change in food/diet and no change of activity/exercise to see the weight loss numbers I have quoted here. Do note that these are “average” figures and not everyone loses weight the same speed. Your genetic makeup and metabolism has a lot to do with how much and how fast you lose weight, and that’s something you have no real control over.

Also anyone who tells you lemon water is 100% safe is pulling your leg, and you should never, ever, ever start a diet of any kind without getting a physical exam first and telling your doctor your weight lose plans and diet program ideas. Some people are allergic to lemons and citrus fruits. Some people who are not allergic, can become allergic if they suddenly flood their system with too much of it.

Some people have health issues (such as heart disease, or kidney disorders) which can become seriously complicated by eating citrus fruit (especially grapefruits). If you are taking any medication that has a warning telling you not to drink grapefruit juice (and about 14% of all medications say this on the label) then you should also avoid drinking lemon water.

Also, know that lemon water is not good for your teeth, so if you have dental issues be sure to ask your dentist if it is okay to drink lemon water before you start, because some folks who have fragile teeth, can actually see their dental problems increase from drinking lemon water.

I’m not a health expert or doctor or anything like that, I don’t know all the facts, but I do know that these are a few of the dangers you have to consider and there are others.

That’s why you should not start drinking lemon water until after you have told both your doctor and your dentist of your plans to do so.

You are wanting to lose 60lbs fast. Know that you can not SAFELY lose 60lbs in fewer than 30 weeks. It is very dangerous to lose more than 2lbs per week and no reputable health adviser will recommend losing more than 1lb a week (only 1/2lb a week is normally recommended); it is highly recommended that anyone who loses 4 or more lbs in a  single week see a doctor immediately as this is a sign of serious health problems.

Yes, lemon water works, and yes, it works fast, but losing more than 2lbs in a week is abnormal for ANY person on ANY diet. I’m sorry but, outside of surgery (which is risky of it self) there is no safe way you can lose 60lbs in 3 weeks no matter what diet you try. I’m sorry, but it just ain’t gonna happen.

Lemon water will help, sure, but lemon water is not the "cure all" answer to your problem, nor is lemon water the secret to what you seem to deem as my "weight loss success". I'm not sure, actually, how you came to the conclusion that lemon water had anything to do with me losing 80lbs or my losing 30 of those 80lbs super fast.

There are diets that can do it yes, but they have serious side effects that will make you very sick, side effects which include, but are not limited to: heart attack, stroke, and loss of the ability to ever have children. The biggest danger of super fast weight lose is the resulting super fast bounce-back of weight gain: in other words, say you did lose the 60lbs in 3 weeks; in 4 months you will have gained 120lbs back, because the fast weight loss will have triggered your brain to go into hyper mode, thus increasing the metabolic rate at which your body stores fat, causing you to gain weight at speeds triple your normal weight gain.

What you are not taking into consideration here is that I lost the 30lbs super fast because I was super sick, super dehydrated, and super close to death's door. I almost died, that's WHY I lost the weight, because I was too sick to eat! When you lose weight wicked fast like that, it's not just body fat you are losing, you lose muscle weight too. I almost died from starvation. I wasn't on a diet, I wasn't trying to lose weight! A frigging hurricane came through, took everything with it, including paces to grow or buy food. There simply was no food to eat for weeks on end. I lost weight because I was starving to death from lack of access to food! Okay?

Another thing you a probably not considering is I'm not a fan of sweets, so I don't add sugar to my lemon water, I sometimes don't add water to my lemon juice, and I buy those big 5lb bags of fresh lemons which I sit down, peel, and eat raw, same way most folks eat oranges, I am also known to crack open a jar of sour dills and drink the pickle juice same way most folks drink soda, I use vinegar as a topping/syrup/dip for everything, I eat 4 or 5 jumbo sour dill pickles a meal, and I've been doing this since I was about 3 years old. When I do drink soda the only soda I drink is Moxie. When I do eat candy, they tend to be TearJerkers or WarHeads. Did I mention I live in Maine and we Mainers have strange tastes in food?

So, yeah, before you jump in feet first and start guzzling down lemon water you might want to give it a taste first and see if you can take it, because there is a reason why not many people drink lemon water and that is because the average person is conditioned to drinking sweet drinks and really have a hard time just taking a few sips of lemon water. It's wicked sour.

For best results of consistent weight loss and prevention of further weight gain, you should be drinking 8 glasses of water a day (64oz) with at least 1 of those glasses containing 1/4cup of lemon juice. AND walk briskly over hilly terrain with steep inclines for at least 30mins a day 3 days a week. By doing this you should consistently lose 1 to 2lbs of abdominal fat per week.

The long term advantage of this “low stress” plan of adding lemon water and walking to your routine is that both lemon water and walking help to curb cravings and promote nutrients circulating throughout your entire body, and in the long run these things cause you to CRAVE healthier food and you will find that after 6 months or so of doing this, you no longer have the desire to eat “junk food”. This in turn causes you to keep the weight off, because you no longer desire to eat the things which put the weight on to begin with.

You only need to drink lemon water as one of your daily glasses of water,so don't go turning all of your glasses into lemon water!

Also, you mentioned drinking 32oz of water and thinking you are getting your daily recommended amount of water. Where do you get this idea from? I see it all the time. It’s so inaccurate. Who is telling you 32oz is even close to being the daily recommended amount of water? It’s not. It’s so not. 64oz is the daily recommended amount, not 32oz. 32oz is only HALF the daily recommendation. And 64oz, that ain’t the maximum, either, that’s only the barest minimum! If you are ONLY drinking 32oz a day than your body is really hating you because you are keeping it dehydrated.

I keep seeing folks mentioning they drink 32oz of water a day and think that is enough. I don’t get it. How are people thinking 32oz is enough? Just ask any doctor and they’ll tell you how wrong you are! 32oz is only half of the MINIMUM recommended daily amount of water which is 8, 8oz glasses (64oz). Your body struggles to burn energy (thus storing fat instead) if you do not have enough water in your system. You should try increasing your water intake to AT LEAST 8, 8oz glasses (64oz). You'll notice a dramatic difference in both your weight loss and your health, just from getting the required amount of water you need to run your body.

It's not 4, 8oz glasses a day. It's not 8, 4oz glasses a day. It's 8, 8oz glasses a day: minimum.

Do you know what minimum means? Minimum means no less than, but should be much more than. Minimum means enough to survive but not enough to thrive. Minimum means you actually need a lot more than 64oz of water a day, but never less than 64oz. Did you know that many health professional even say that 64oz is cutting the minimum too low and that it should be twice that? Twice that! That's 128oz a day! There are actually doctors and health gurus out there trying to get the FDA to change the daily minimum from 8, 8oz glasses to 8, 16oz bottles of water! That is 2 gallons of water a day (not 2 gallons of lemon water a day! Lemon water is acid, it'll burn holes in our stomach you drink 2 gallons of it a day!).

These doctors are saying you should not drink less than 2 gallons of water a day, and you are telling me that by drinking only 1/2 gallon of water a day, you think you are getting enough to drink? Honey, if you REALLY want to lose weight, start drinking 2 gallons of water a day. Why?

Well, besides all the health reasons behind it, if you are dehydrated your body starts craving salt. When you start craving salt you start eating more. When you eat more, you gain weight. When you drink 2 gallons of water a day, your body is nice and happy because it is hydrated, so it doesn't tell you to feed it salty foods, you don't get all these hourly hunger snacking cravings, you suddenly have the desire to eat less, and by eating less, you stop gaining weight, and start to lose weight instead.

Think of it as if you were a car. You wouldn't try to drive your car around if the transmission fluid was half empty, because it would kill the transmission. The transmission is the heart that keeps a car running, without the proper fluid level everything on your car starts pushing harder to keep the transmission going and soon everything is wearing out faster than normal.

When you are drinking anything less than 64oz of water a day, you are putting more pressure on your heart and wearing down all of your organs and systems that are working double time to make up for your heart not getting enough fluid (remember - your blood is mostly water and if you are running on half empty, your blood ain't flowing properly through your heart!)

Think of lemon water as you adding premium gas to your car. It doesn't really need it, but it'll last longer and run better if you do it.

Note: if you lose more than 2lbs per week, you also are at a greater risk of your body gaining the fat back twice as fast. In other words if you lose 6lbs in one week, those 6lbs you lost in a week, will come back as 24lbs added to your waist in about 4 months time. This is caused by "hunger shock". Hunger shock is when your body loses weight too fast and your brain triggers cravings, causing you to eat more, snack more, become drowsy (thus skipping active pursuits more), and induces your body to start producing "panic fat" (your brain assumes you are starving to death and "panics" triggering your body to produce more fat than is normal.) Never, ever, EVER try to lose more than 2lbs per week and if you find yourself losing 4 or more lbs per week go to your doctor FAST!

Not sure what you mean by "fairer", I assume you mean skin care? It does prevent wrinkles, blemishes, and acne, I am in my 40s, I started doing this in my teens, and when I go shopping on school days, I often have store clerks yelling at me for "cutting class"; when I show them my id, they next accuses me of having fake id! They always think I'm under 16. Than they say "But you’re 20 years older than me, how is that possible?" Never smoked, never drank coffee, never drank alcohol, never ate meat, I live on the beach and gather fresh beach sand to make skin scrubs with, and I ditched soda and replaced it with lemon water.

I also have a hell of a healthy diet and lifestyle. And I am running out of room to write this all on one page so I’m going to stop here and go create a second page, and then keep on writing my answer because I ain’t close to finished, it is kind of finished on the lemon water side of things, so new page...



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