Master cleanse or lemonade diet: Best weight loss solution?
Beyonce did it and lost a bunch of weight, so the Master Cleanse is an effective way to lose fat fast, right? This oversimplified logic has led many people down the path of less-than-effective and even harmful fad diets. Rather than just jumping on the bandwagon, a closer look at the Master Cleanse, also known as the Lemonade Diet, is needed.
What I’ve found, and what you will see, is that this wasn’t designed to be a weight loss solution at all, but instead, a cleansing fast.
Stanley Burroughs is the original creator of the Master Cleanse. He was an alternative health promoter (and vegetarian-nudist) long before alternative health was hip. He first published his “Master Cleanser” diet back in the 1940s and then re-released it in 1976. Since then, it has undergone many marketing changes by several authors, all trying to get a piece of the Master Cleanse pie.
The Master Cleanse was originally created as a cure for stomach ulcers. Later Burroughs promoted it as a total health solution, for cleansing the body of toxins and helping prevent disease. Not until recently, in the past few decades, did fat loss become one of its main selling points. Instead, fat loss was an added bonus, of sorts, while doing the detoxifying fast.
What’s in the Master Cleanse?
The entire concept of the Master Cleanse—even under its alternately marketed spin-offs like the Lemonade Diet—boils down to no food for an extended period, and the drinking of a homemade elixir. The Master Cleanse drink includes nothing more than water, lemon juice, real maple syrup and cayenne pepper, of which you are to drink six to 12 glasses daily.
The Master Cleanse isn’t a miracle diet or a magic weight-loss solution; it’s a fast. And in case you didn’t get that the first time: the Master Cleanse is a liquid fast.
As with any fast, you will likely lose weight. And if you stop the fast and return to prior eating habits, you will gain it back. But, before you abandon the Master Cleanse as being “not for you”, make sure you really understand the benefits of fasting, which are both physical and mental.
People have fasted for centuries to better their health, increase their focus and for spiritual enrichment. This isn’t some new craze; it’s a time-tested and very real health solution.
Also, the ingredients in the Master Cleanse are not without some pretty important benefits.
Maple syrup, for instance, contains the trace mineral manganese, essential in the production of energy and antioxidant defenses. In other words, it helps to protect the cells against damage. It is also a good source of zinc, crucial in heart health and immune function. It’s a completely natural food. Unlike pancake syrup (which is usually corn syrup likely processed from genetically modified corn), maple syrup comes from a tree and you can’t get much more natural than that!
Lemons and lemon juice have long been all-stars in the natural health world. This is because they are one of those foods that have a wide range of benefits and they are both cost effective and easy to find. In the Master Cleanse, the lemon juice could be helping to purify blood, reduce your risk of infections, encourage urinary health, prevent diabetes, promote healthy skin, and reduce your chance of high blood pressure, dental problems, heart disease and even cancer.
Finally, cayenne pepper is another natural cure-all. It has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It is known to suppress your appetite, fight infections including the flu and stimulate circulation. It is a digestive aid, works to help saliva production and stimulates the body’s ability to metabolize not only foods, but toxins as well. It may also work to improve heart health, reduce inflammation and possibly prevent cancer.
As with any fast, the Master Cleanse or Lemonade Diet, should not be undertaken without thoughtful preparation. It is always recommended you consult a health professional, especially if you are living with a chronic condition or suspect might be allergic to any of the ingredients.