Is the Master Cleanse Diet?
The Master Cleanse diet is a liquid diet used to detoxify the
body and promote weight loss. Stanley Burroughs created it in 1941. He proclaimed
that the liquid cleanse was a healthy and natural way to flush the body of
deadly toxins, pesticides, and other impurities. It was originally intended to
treat ulcers and act as a detox. The cleanse became popular again after Peter
Glickman's book “Lose Weight,
Have More Energy, and Be Happier in 10 Days” was published in 2004.
The Master Cleanse diet must be followed strictly over a three- to
10-day period. It’s broken up into three phases: Ease In, the Lemonade Diet,
and Ease Out. The Ease-In section isn’t technically required, but it’s
recommended as a way to prepare your body for the rest of the diet. This first
phase is divided into three days:
- Day 1: living
foods, such as vegetables and whole grains
- Day 2: soup
broths and fruit and vegetable juices
- Day 3: orange
The Lemonade Diet phase is the main component of the Master
Cleanse. During this phase, you consume only a special “lemonade,” which is
meant to be drunk six to 12 times per day, or whenever you’re hungry.
The Master Cleanse lemonade is made up of:
- 2 tbsp. of organic lemon juice that must be
- 2 tbsp. of organic grade B maple syrup (not imitation
maple syrup, as it contains additives)
- 1/10 tsp. of ground cayenne pepper
- 10 oz. of filtered water
During the Lemonade Diet phase, you must also take either a
nightly herbal laxative, which you can buy at a drug store, or a morning saltwater
flush made up of water and sea salt. These are meant to induce daily bowel
The Ease-Out phase is essentially the Ease-In stage in reverse:
- Day 1: orange
2: soup broths and fruit and vegetable juices
3: living foods
Once the Master Cleanse has been completed, it's important to
wait at least 60 days before going on another cleanse.
The diet is also sometimes referred to as the Lemon Detox Diet or
the Maple Syrup Diet.
The Master Cleanse Diet claims to help the body become healthier
and more energized. Throughout the cleanse, toxins will naturally be removed
from the body and weight will subsequently be lost.
Due to the low caloric intake, people will lose weight on the
Master Cleanse Diet. However, the diet only includes 600 to 1,200 calories per
day, which is well below the recommended 2,000 calories for an average adult.
In addition to being extremely low in calories, the cleanse is deficient in
vital nutrients, such as:
- essential fats
There’s also no scientific evidence supporting the claim that the
cleanse helps to clear toxins out of the body. In fact, the body is designed to
eliminate toxins on its own through the kidneys, liver, and lungs. This means people
don’t necessarily need to go on cleanse diets to detoxify their bodies.
Exercise isn’t mentioned as part of the Master Cleanse. However, doing
physical activity would probably be very difficult on such a low-calorie diet.
People often suffer the following while on the cleanse:
The Master Cleanse is a crash diet that isn't safe or
sustainable. The cleanse is deficient in essential nutrients and calories, which
puts the body in a state of starvation. This can reduce muscle tissue and destroy
healthy bacteria that aid digestion and boost immunity.
There’s also no scientific evidence that shows that the Master
Cleanse actually removes any toxins from the body. People can lose weight on
this diet. However, they’ll most likely gain the weight again after this type
of weight loss. Repeated periods of weight loss and gain can severely stress
your body, particularly your cardiovascular system. There are much healthier
and more effective ways to lose weight that don’t involve long-term health