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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 8 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 9 years
Well after a thought I bought the book on today and I will give it a try after new year, what is better than starting new year with a detox? :)
veronicaraye veronicaraye 9 years
I wanna try it!
EllaBella EllaBella 9 years
This diet sounds crazy and completely incompatible with normal life...
elle86 elle86 9 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 10 years
Might be crazy...but I think I'll try it...
A_Kat A_Kat 10 years
I can't eat for more than 3 hours without getting hungry! ... How could I possibly survive 10 days?... hmm.
Hajduk5 Hajduk5 10 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 10 years
Sounds absolutely ghastly.
ccsugar ccsugar 10 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 10 years
Very interesting. I am thinking of doing it but am not sure... I'm all in.
lilniki lilniki 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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) 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 10 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 10 years
I would miss food to much! :(
KimmiAnn KimmiAnn 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 10 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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