It’s time for the new year, and the stars have already discovered a new crash diet trend: Master Cleanse. This is a “fasting method” that takes 10 days, during which only a certain drink may be consumed and solid foods are to be avoided. Heidi Klum has tweeted it, even Beyonce Knowles has tried it. The pounds just shed away.
Master Cleanse was invented in 1941 by Stanley Burroughs, the “The Master Cleanser” announces this diet in his book as follows:
“Your friends and loved ones will find the answer to their pain, suffering and other ailments in this lemonade diet. Even in the absence of any sickness, those who are “never sick” will feel better. Let your friends take part in this blessing, as well.”
What is Master Cleanse?
The special drink is a lemonade. The recipe for one serving is as follows:
Mix the juice of half a lemon, two tablespoons of maple syrup and a pinch of cayenne pepper with 250 ml of cold or warm water (non-carbonated).
You should drink this several times throughout the day. After ten days, given you last that long, you’ll have lost several pounds. You should feel fit and fresh. The body should be completely detoxed.
Master Cleanse Diet Advantages
One advantage is the cheap and easy preparation of the lemonade. One can prepare servings for the whole day in the morning and then simply grab a glass any time. The ingredients are not particularly expensive. Lemons have vitamins, syrup provides energy and pepper boosts the fat burning.
Master Cleanse Diet Disadvantages
As with any crash diet and fasting, the body receives a very one-sided nutrition (if one can speak because of nutrition at all) during these 10 days and thus a yo-yo effect is inevitable.
The lemonade does not contain any proteins. However, without proteins, the muscles are broken down, which is not only important for health reasons, but also for burning fat.
The taste of lemonade is hard to bear for 10 days straight. Apart from that, you are hungry and the citric acid leads to stomach problems.
Conclusion regarding the Master Cleanse Diet
Like many of the diet trends that are promoted by the stars and starlets of Hollywood, the Master Cleanse diet is highly questionable.
You will of course loose some pounds during these 10 days. After all, you’re not eating anything. But you don’t feel good doing it. In the long run, it is neither healthy, nor do you stay slim after this diet. The weight lost is more water and muscle than fat.
If you have an important event coming up in 10 days, and wish to fit into the dress that is actually too small, you can certainly make use of the Master Cleanse diet. Whether you’ll still be able to enjoy the event feeling rather starved remains questionable… And you should, of course, expect the yo-yo effect. You’ll put that weight back on quite quickly.
For sensible weight loss, we recommend to stay away from crash diets. Go with a long-term, balanced diet program instead, that includes sports and exercise.
Those who want to achieve more blatant effects and get their body in shape should check out the 10 week program (for men) or perhaps Size Zero (for women) by Julian Zietlow.
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