America’s obsession with rapid weight loss regimens has produced yet another unnatural diet. The glamorously titled “master cleanse” is a trending diet among celebrities and those who want to succeed in weight loss without really trying. The master cleanse is a 10-day fast wherein the only thing you ingest is a concoction made of warm water, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup, and it’s extremely unhealthy. Sounds pretty awful, but Beyonce and Gwyneth did it, so why can’t you?
The cleanse begins each day with a “salt water flush,” which can accurately be described as slamming a glass of salt water while trying not to puke. The lemon juice cocktail is designed to rid the body of harmful toxins so you can start fresh after the cleanse. While a liquid diet is almost guaranteed to help you lose weight fast, it’s the wrong kind of weight. The body will shed muscle mass and water weight, but fat remains.
Starvation also does funny things to the body. Severely reducing your caloric intake can make you impatient, dizzy, moody, and less focused. It can lead to insomnia, skin breakouts, bizarre behavior, and in some cases, shrink your heart volume. After a period of starvation, it takes a long time for your brain and your body to get along again. People coming down from a fast have a hard time satisfying their appetite, and binge eat because of it. One study found that men who had fasted gained back an additional 10% of their body weight after a fast. (more…)
Detox diets can be great at cleansing your body of unwanted toxins and chemicals. However, there is a right and wrong way to detox. Starting an unnecessarily restrictive detox diet can leave you feeling fatigued, cramping, and moody while it provides only fleeting results. A healthy detox program, however, can lead to more energy, a sense of well-being, and a jump start for positive lifestyle changes.
Let’s start with what doesn’t work. Juice or liquid-only detoxes and fasts can be harmful in the long run because they rob your body of needed nutrients. “In a fast lasting longer than a day or two, the body starts to breakdown some of its muscles and organs to generate fuel for the central nervous system,” said Mary Hartley, RD, our resident nutrition expert, in this article. That doesn’t sound very healthy at all.
If you are detoxing to lose weight, choosing an extreme detox diet like the Maple Syrup/Master Cleanse Diet will provide fast results, but the chances of keeping the weight off are extremely slim. Most weight lost while doing a strict cleansing regimen is water weight, so when you go back to whole foods, the weight will be regained. Not only that, but you may gain more weight, as now your metabolism is slower as a result of the cleanse. (more…)
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: (more…)
Summer and lemonade go hand-in-hand. That may partly explain a current spike in interest in the so-called Lemonade Diet. While the Lemonade Diet, also known as the Master Cleanse or Maple Syrup Diet, has been around for about half a century, interest really began to rise after it became public knowledge that Beyonce followed the diet, losing 20 pounds on the Lemonade Diet for her role in “Dreamgirls.”
What is the Lemonade Diet?
The Lemonade Diet, created by Stanley Burroughs more than 50 years ago, is a fasting plan that will definitely shed pounds quickly. Its followers drink anywhere from six to 12 glasses of lemonade daily. There’s a recipe that includes maple syrup and cayenne pepper.