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What's the Deal With The Master Cleanse?

What's the Deal With The Master Cleanse?

If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. At least that is what the fanatics of Master Cleanser, a fadulous diet, think.

What the heck is the Master Cleanser? Should the Master Cleanser be part of your master plan?

Let's first focus on the name: Master Cleanser. The folks bringing you the Master Cleanser (Mr. Stanley Burroughs and crew) want you to know that it's not a diet; it's a cleanse (or detox).

The Master Cleanser is a book written in 1976 that has since been updated to be called the Lemonade Diet. People use it to lose weight (even though it's a cleanse people, a cleanse), to have more energy and to feel really good using 5 common ingredients found at your local health food store. To learn what the Master Cleanse is, in the simplest of terms

For a minimum of 10 days, drink this mixture (a minimum of six to twelve glasses) daily. No food is eaten nor any vitamin supplements taken during the cleanse.

  • 2 Tablespoons (1 fluid ounce) fresh-squeezed lemon or lime juice (approx. 1/2 lemon)
  • 2 Tablespoons (1 fluid ounce) organic Grade B maple syrup
  • 1/10 Teaspoon or more cayenne pepper
  • 1 Cup (8 fluid ounces) purified or spring water

If you get hungry (which I can only imagine you would), have another glass.

Yum. A look on the bright side, imagine how much money you will save in groceries.

Fit's Tip: If you are looking to try this diet, I suggest buying the book Master Cleanser ($6.50). There is a lot more to it and buying the book provides support for any questions (including vital information for anyone with Type 2 diabetes trying the diet, ahem I mean cleanse). Buy the book here. The Lemonade Diet ($16.95) is just the newer version of the book and you can buy that here.

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BarboraZ BarboraZ 6 years
I'm doing this right now--end of day 5! i thought it was hella gross the fist day and didn't know how I would go for 10 days but now i'm so used to it and I don't even crave food that much! I had headaches the first day and it took about 3 days to get used to. But I already lost like 6 lbs and a bunch of fat and not even that much muscle so it's pretty cool! I'll see how long I can go...You can do this up to 40 days...i won't go that long but definitely longer than 10 days cuz I still have the Master Cleanse kit coming in the mail so I wanna use it up! It's pretty fun!
EllaBella EllaBella 8 years
Well after a thought I bought the book on amazon.com today and I will give it a try after new year, what is better than starting new year with a detox? :)
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
I wanna try it!
EllaBella EllaBella 8 years
This diet sounds crazy and completely incompatible with normal life...
elle86 elle86 8 years
With any detox, you'll drop 5 pounds that first week because naturally we have an extra 2 pounds from food the is digested/digesting and water retention... and if you exercise and don't take calories in, you'll def. drop.. but what happens when you're done de-toxing? Can you eat fewer calories, eat healthier, exercise daily and still not gain the weight back? That's my question.
PRgalmojito PRgalmojito 8 years
Might be crazy...but I think I'll try it...
A_Kat A_Kat 8 years
I can't eat for more than 3 hours without getting hungry! ... How could I possibly survive 10 days?... hmm.
Hajduk5 Hajduk5 8 years
My boss did this to jump start his weight loss. Around day 5 he had a foul smell around him. It was all the bad toxins working their way out of his skin. It was hard to be around him during that time. :(
jianna jianna 8 years
Sounds absolutely ghastly.
ccsugar ccsugar 9 years
Hey guys... I think I'm going to try this! Anyone with me? I ordered the book earlier this week on Amazon and it just came today. I think I'm going to do this before xmas for the recommended 10 days. I think it's just what I need to shed those last 10 lbs!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
Very interesting. I am thinking of doing it but am not sure... I'm all in.
lilniki lilniki 9 years
I've done this before. You don't get hungry because you're taking--minimumly 1200 calories a day. You realized I had an oral fixation, because I felt the need to chew on something the first couple of days. It takes a ton of will, but you feel so refreshed afterwards. The weightloss is more of a bonus, but some of it does come back. I have a scale that tells me muscles mass and such and you truly do lose fat percentage, not purely water weight. I do it 3 times a year and recommend it to all my friends as a way of feeling better.
DStirk DStirk 9 years
I would be in the worst mood of my life for 10 days if i did this diet! Not eating fooid puts me in a bad mood. lemon juice and cayenne pepper do not qualify as food in my book.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 9 years
I have a coworker who recommends it...she does it every once in a while when she is feeling uncleansed from eating bad foods etc...she also appears to be annorexic...don't know if there is a link there...I was going to try it but decided to just make my diet healthier to lose weight for the long term.
purplesugar purplesugar 9 years
I was looking into doing this a while ago, but decided not to because you can get extremely bad headaches, as well as "sudden urges" to relieve yourself on the toilet (as in #2)...it didn't sound very pretty, especially if it happens while at work, and I wasn't willing to use vacation days for it, so I opted out of this "diet"
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 9 years
This isn't realistic for me personally. I would starve. Ugh I'd rather be a cow then have to go thru this :moo:
SaRaH-22 SaRaH-22 9 years
I would miss food to much! :(
KimmiAnn KimmiAnn 9 years
I did it and it jump started my weight loss! I lost 10-15 lbs in 10 days and it got me off my addiction to caffeine! When other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers I kind of wanted to be a vampire. Angelina Jolie
merricat merricat 9 years
I'm a sucker for anything with the words "detox" and "cleanse." Maybe it's just marketing, but I (literally!) eat that stuff up. I don't know if I'd ever do this, but I always ask for lemon in my water at a restaurant.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
Yea, I thought my sister was CRAZY for doing this. She ended up losing 5 pounds in a week. I wouldn't recommend this diet either. I think people can get desperate to lose quick pounds no matter the cost to their digestive system, and other dietary needs that people will neglect.
honeysugar28 honeysugar28 9 years
How can you not get sick from doing this for AT LEAST 10 days! I don't think this is diet is doable.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 9 years
My sister had a gallon of this mixture in her fridge and I thought is was iced tea. I took a swig of it and was like WTF! ANYWAYS, this diet did work for my sister. It was a way for her to lose quick pounds. I never tried it.
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