Fresh lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water are ingredients in the Master Cleanse Diet, also known as the Maple Syrup Diet. Imagine living off of those four ingredients for a couple of days; sounds ridiculous, right? Apparently, it isn’t ridiculous for superstars Beyonce and Gwyneth Paltrow to live on the Master Cleanse Diet for 10 days or more when they need to lose weight. The Master Cleanse Diet is supposed to give weight lose results fast. Well, for those who partake in the diet, they consume close to nothing, therefore starving their bodies.
Before starting the Master Cleanse Diet, participants only think about the normal side effects of starting a crash diet. Yes, craving actual food is one of them and resisting temptation is another. Reading articles of side effects of the Master Cleanse Diet on its official website is mortifying. Dizziness is caused by not drinking enough fresh lemonade, it says. What? The dizziness is caused by hypoglycemia, because the body has low blood sugar. Even if drinking the fresh detoxifying lemonade helps, the dizziness will return soon enough.
That’s not the only side effect of this detox diet. A few others that are even more unappealing include:
1. Bad Breath
2. Increase in plaque, ear wax, and mucous
3. Feeling chills
5. Emotional and psychological side effects
The side effects of the Master Cleanse Diet can be avoided entirely if individuals find a healthier alternative to losing weight. In response to severely low-calorie diets, our Mary Hartley, RD has said, “Rapid weight loss encourages malnutrition, muscle wasting, early weight-plateaus, and binge-eating. Weight that is lost quickly is usually regained.”
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