The Master Cleanse Diet, also known as the Lemonade Diet, has grown in popularity in recent years due to the publicity generated by celebrities who have used it to lose a lot of weight in a short amount of time. In reality, this diet was developed by Stanley Burroughs over 50 years ago to help people rid their bodies of built-up toxins.
The diet consists of drinking a specially made lemonade drink throughout the day. The drink consists of lemon juice, organic maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and filtered water. Diet adherents are to drink a serving of this mixture 6 or more times a day.
In addition to this mixture, a salt water mixture is allowed and to be consumed in the morning. An additional option is an herbal tea that is to act like a laxative. This tea is for the evening.
This fast is to be observed for anywhere from three days to two weeks. Dieters are to return to eating solid foods very gradually. They may start with soups and then introduce fruits and vegetables.
This diet is supposed to release toxins stored up in the body and restore a person’s energy level. The premise is that a body filled with toxins will be lethargic and prone to various diseases. Once released of these impurities, the energy level will resume and normal healthy functioning will ensue.
Medical experts argue against the need for such an extreme cleansing diet. Some argue that the body automatically detoxifies itself and that such additional measures are not necessary. Additionally, dieters on such a diet experience a long list of symptoms such as dizziness, fatigue, nausea, constipation, headaches and sluggishness. Any diet that makes a person feel ill cannot be considered a healthy diet, they argue.
While dieters do lose weight on this diet, experts argue that the weight lost on this diet is not fat but rather water and muscle. This is not the goal of most dieters and, so they deem this diet to be counterproductive.
Also, those who go on such extreme diets tend to feel deprived. The end result for some people may be going on an extreme binge to make up for the deprivation.
Those who favor such extreme measures usually prescribe to the belief that, in some case, the body cannot detoxify itself properly. When a person does not exercise and her diet is high in fat and sugar, and low in fruits and vegetables, the body is overloaded and cannot cleanse itself properly. Such a diet helps to kick start the system into a cleansing mechanism that rejuvenates it back into proper functioning.
Some bodies will be able to endure such an extreme cleanse or fast, but others may not be in the medical shape for such a drastic approach. Even for the healthiest person, medical experts argue that because of its low caloric content and lack of nutrition, such a diet should only be practiced for a few days at the most — and not without medical supervision.