The Master Cleanse diet also known as the lemonade diet is a 10 day-liquid fast, which is designed for detoxification and quick weight loss. It is popular among many weight loss practitioners and often referred to as the “Beyoncé Diet” named after its most famous follower, Beyoncé Knowles.
Does the diet work for weight loss?
The diet is a liquid fast that provides you with 650 to 1300 calories per day in contrast to the normal daily calorie intake of 1600-2400 calories per day by non-overweight people. Any fast will result in weight loss and the lemonade diet leads to a serious calorie deficit resulting in quick-fix results for those who are having major weight loss issues.
Since you are not eating anything, you are bound to make a major breakthrough on your weight loss plateau and experience quick results during the diet. If you are overweight, it simply means you are consuming more calories than you need i.e. more than 1600-2400 calories. If you typically consume meals totaling up to 2150 calories per day, and you decide you choose a 650 calorie intake, you will subtract 1500 calories from your daily diet and thus, 3 pounds per week.
Caution: Do not exceed the ten day period as it may lead to internal problems in the long-term. Do not consider this diet if you are pregnant or suffering from any chronic illness.
The three stages of the lemonade diet
Stage 1: Ease in
This is to make sure that you are slowly allowing your body to adapt to the condition you are going to introduce in the lemonade diet. Here you will start eliminating processed food, junk food and all other unnecessary solid varieties from your diet, slowly and start introducing more liquid varieties such as protein shakes, smoothies, soups and juices.
Stage 2: The Lemonade Diet
This is where the Master Cleanse diet will be carried out for 10 days—for effective weight loss.
Stage 3: Ease out
After the completion of ten days of the lemonade diet, you will slowly start introducing complex varieties and solid foods so that you do not drastically bring in heavy foods to bring about shock results and rapid weight gain.
Ease in—how to start your lemonade diet
For ease in, you will need only three days before the actual diet. This is the best way to boost your confidence about the diet and bring in healthier foods such as all the greens, raw foods and fruits. Ideally, this should not be called a diet, but rather a lifestyle choice as these foods are essential for a healthy lifestyle. Therefore, easing out is not exactly a ‘diet’, but a positive change to achieve your goal effectively. At this stage you will have to eliminate all toxins from your diet which means alcoholic beverages, processed foods, fast food and all other unhealthy foods from your meal plans. Mentally and emotionally prepare yourself for the lemonade diet at this stage so that you do not experience any difficulties in the next stage.
Day 1—Living food diet
Here, you have to eat live foods only which mean saying goodbye to processed food, junk food, meat varieties and dairy products from your meal plans. Start shopping for fruits and vegetables and make sure you consume more veggies than fruits as they are high in sugar carbs.
Day 2—Liquid diet
Start juicing up everything you eat, which means you have to shove your favorite fruits and veggies into the juicer to consume them. Be creative and come up with different juice combinations of your own. You can also get some protein shake powder or make smoothies with fruits and low-fat yogurt. Cut the sugar as you do not want to add extra weight to your diet. You can also enjoy broths, soups and green tea.
Day 3—Orange juice diet
On day 3 you have to juice organic oranges (do not use orange juice in cartons) and mix the juice with water to make about 2 liters of orange juice. To prepare for the diet add the same ingredients used for the lemonade concoction i.e. maple syrup and cayenne pepper as the lemonade.
The lemonade diet
To prepare the special lemonade for the Master Cleanse diet, you will need the following ingredients (per serving):
2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice: Do NOT use artificial lemon juice or bottled lemon juice.
2 tablespoons of genuine maple syrup: do not use pancake syrup as it is rich in sugars that are not ideal for the diet. Use 100% pure, grade B maple syrup. This is to provide your body with the necessary vitamins and calories to allow it to function properly.
1/10 tablespoon of cayenne pepper: This is to add flavor and increase your body’s metabolism.
10 ounces of water: Cold water or medium hot can be used. The diet also allows you to drink plenty of water, so the actual amount does not require much scrutiny.
The author also recommends drinking a salt water flush, first thing in the morning to encourage bowel movements and a laxative tea at night. A laxative tea can be found in any supermarket or grocery store. Below are the ingredients required for a salt water flush:
2 teaspoons of unionized sea salt
1 quart of water