The Master Cleanse has received lots of press in recent years since its inception by Stanley Burroughs in 1940.
The Master Cleanse is a detox fast consisting of replacing food with a lemon, maple, cayenne concoction for 10 days.
The meal detox drink consists of:
2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons of maple syrup
1/10 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
10 ounces of water
This mixture should be consumed 10-12 times per day.
The Master Cleanse claims to flushes the body of toxins, clear the intestines, prevent unhealthy cravings, and jump starts weight loss.
Celebrities have been known to mysteriously shed tons of weight in an unusually short time. The Master Cleanse has been one of Hollywood’s best kept weight loss secret.
Beyonce Knowles reportedly loss 20 pounds in 6 weeks to prepare for her role in 'Dreamgirls'. Jared Leto gained about 60 pounds for his role in 'John Lennon’s killer Mark David Chapman', in which he credits the Master Cleanse for his rapid weight loss.
The Master Cleanse will top 1,300 calories per day if the maximum amount of the liquid is consumed. Many argue the daily consumption consists of empty calories from the sugar in the maple syrup. Potential users with diabetes should consult a professional before attempting the detox for any amount of time.
Among other complaints from those that have tried he cleanse is stomach cramps. Most stimulants will cause some discomfort when traveling through the gastrointestinal tract, cayenne pepper being the stimulant. Many users have lost tons of weight during the detox only to have gained it all back within a short amount of time. Some complain of feeling weak and tired during the detox.
It is important to remember that the Master Cleanse is only recommended for a short amount of time to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle. If taken for an extended time one may experience muscle loss, fatigue, and a loss of nutrients.