What You Need to Know About the Lemonade Diet

November 12, 2012

What You Need to Know About the Lemonade Diet

The lemonade diet is also known as the maple syrup diet, Master Cleanse or the Master Cleanser Diet. This diet program is considered a quick way to lose a substantial amount of weight. Proponents of the lemonade diet also claim it will clean the body of any toxins, feces that built up over the years or parasites; improve skin and hair conditions; ease chronic allergies and increase overall energy. However, there are no clinical studies that support these claims. Proponents of the Master Cleans often cannot explain exactly what toxic substances are cleaned out of the body. Doctors point out that in the Western world; it is extremely rare for any person to suffer from internal parasites. The colon also efficiently removes all fecal matter in less than 24 hours and so it is highly improbable that anyone would retain feces for years. What the Diet Is This diet consists of a temporary regiment consisting of colon cleansing and drinking a special lemonade recipe of fresh lemon juice, cayenne pepper, water and maple syrup. The only other beverages allowed on the diet are laxative teas and a mixture of table salt and water called a salt water flush. The teas are only allowed to be drunk before sleep and the salt water flush in the morning. After 10 days, dieters are allowed to gradually resume eating solid food, first starting with broth or milk and then working up to fruits and vegetables. But after eating nothing except cayenne pepper spiced lemonade for ten days, most people lack the willpower to slowly work up to solid food and just dive right into the comfort foods they had been missing.


Proponents claim that this lemonade recipe will give people all of the nutrients that they need during the days they consume nothing but the allowed beverages. Doctors and nutritionists point out that the lemonade lacks vitamins K, D and B12. It also lacks protein, sodium, riboflavin, phosphorus and niacin.

As a result, people on the lemonade diet may suffer from dizziness, dehydration, extreme confusion, migraines, nausea and, in extreme cases, coma.

Does It Work?

Many anecdotal reports claim that people can lose 20 pounds in just 10 days. Doctors and nutritionists do not doubt that a sudden weight loss is possible on the lemonade diet. But they point out that anyone would lose a few pounds due to the restrictive nature of the diet. Combining a near-fast with colon cleansing can also cause a person to lose weight, although they are only losing water weight and muscle weight — not fat deposits.

The lemonade diet is just like any other fad diet in that all the weight lost will come right backs on after the dieter stops the program. Dieters can only stick to the program for 7 to 10 days or they begin to suffer from malnutrition. Many people not only gain back all of the weight they lost, but additional weight. This is because the Master Cleanse diet does not change people’s eating habits.


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