January 24, 2011
By: Carla B
Skinny bodies may be ridiculed in the media but the pressure to look thin is fiercer than ever. It’s enough to make me wonder, “will I eat a chicken wing in this town ever again”?
I’ve always lived by the mantra of “if you don’t like something, change it”, and since I’ve been back in Los Angeles after almost ten years in Atlanta I am doing just that!
Living in Atlanta made me a little lazy. There was no big thing if you gained 5 pounds, it’s the south, people gotta eat..right? I’d gained about 10 pounds the first two years of being there and maintained that weight gain for about six years, then fast forward to today. I found myself gaining a couple pounds a year and the weight was becoming harder to drop.
I noticed the weight gain too, I felt it in by back, legs, etc etc etc, lol. My friends would say, “girl you good, men like it thick in the south so you straight”.
Despite all this, I kept a membership at the gym. I’d wake up each morning and run up my steps for about 20 or 30 minutes, go outside and walk up my hill, jog around the block, go to the gym– all in one day. Throughout all that, I didn’t see any real results.
I knew once I arrived back on the west coast things would change and fast, especially if I wanted to continue my career in the entertainment industry. All of my family and friends in California were from a size 0 to 5, anything bigger was a no no.
So, 6 months after I arrived back to Cali…I am still overweight by at least 15 pounds and I didn’t notice how bad I looked until I saw my photos from the last event.I was totally disgusted with myself. I think that was my turning point, we all have one…some choose unconsciously not to accept it.
I decided right then and there that if I am behind the scenes or in front of the camera I need to look my best at all times and one thing I knew for sure was, I did not want my weight to be an issue for anyone to speculate.I realize not everyone cares about fitting the standard of Hollywood “beauty”, but I sure do! One thing I knew for sure was that I want to always represent my clients, my company, my family and myself in the best light possible. Being fit and healthy can help me do just that plus add a couple more years to my lifespan.
Red Carpet Ready in Atlanta March - 2010
At my heaviest, November 2010
So, I started looking up diets and found one that I thought would work for me, the “Lemon and Sea Salt Diet” in conjunction with a mild cardio routine. By the second day I actually felt lighter and healthier, the third day my friends thought I was a little to hyper and asked what I had been drinking, the surprise was I hadn’t had a glass of wine in a week. I had so much energy. I actually joked and said next time me and the girls hung out I was going to tell the bartender to give us all a round of “sea salt and lemon drinks on ice”, and it would be on me!
On a more serious note, this diet is very stringent and the weight loss is immediate. You see results over a 3 to 10 day period. The lemon and sea salt diet isn’t for everyone, its most appropriate for people who need to quickly cleanse their system of toxins or who want to lose enough weight to fit into an outfit in time for the weekend. This is the very same diet singer Beyonce used to lose 20 pounds for her role in the movie Dream Girls.
How It Works
The lemon and sea salt diet, also known as the Master Cleanse Diet and the Lemonade Diet, was originally created by natural healer Stanley Burroughs as a short-term fast to rid the body of toxins. In addition to working as a detoxifying diet, the lemon and sea salt regimen has gained worldwide attention as a quick weight loss solution. The diet is effective for fast weight loss because it eliminates solid foods, increases frequency of bowel movements and significantly decreases daily calorie intake.
Pros and Cons
As with any fad diet, there are pros and cons to losing weight with lemon and sea salt. The pros are that you can lose up to 2 lbs. per day, it is simple to make the mixtures and follow the program, and no long-term health problems have been associated with this diet. The cons are that drinking the liquid mixtures quickly becomes monotonous, you need to stay near a restroom and remaining on the diet too long may result in temporary side effects, such as fatigue and dizziness.
Although the lemon and sea salt diet is not known to cause any long-term side effects, this weight loss solution is not appropriate for everyone. Since this weight loss regimen is very strict, it is highly recommended that you check with your doctor before beginning the program. Medical professionals generally advise pregnant women, people with low blood pressure and cancer patients not to use the lemon and sea salt weight loss program.
The lemon and sea salt diet is easy to follow. Simply mix 12 to 14 tbsp. of lemon juice, 12 to 14 tbsp. of maple syrup and 1/2 tsp. of cayenne pepper into 2 L of water. Whenever you feel hungry, drink this mixture. Drink the 2 L mixture completely by the end of each day that you stay on this diet. Other than the mixture, drink a salt water flush mix once daily. To make the salt water flush mix, just mix 1 tbsp. of sea salt into 1 L of water. These two mixes are the only components of the lemon and sea salt diet. You may drink as much water as you like.
I will be updating this blog with photos as I lose, it’s day 5 for me and I have lost 4 pds!!!
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