Imagine if you could lose as much as 20 pounds in two weeks! Well, it is possible by adopting a liquid-based diet that has been known about and practiced for many years by celebrities and regular folks alike.

In this article I want to tell you all about how rapid weight reduction really is possible without complete fasting or starvation by using this amazing discipline that I'll describe to you now.

What is the Master Cleanse Diet?

The Master Cleanse diet is known by several different names, including the Maple Syrup Diet, the Lemonade Diet, and the Lemon Juice Diet. Basically, you enter a modified juice fast and do not eat any solid food.

You drink tea without sweeteners and lemonade made with maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Proponents of this method claim the diet helps you lose weight quickly and detoxifies your body. Some critics like to label it as nothing more than dangerous quackery, but when you look closer, you'll see it actually does have some merits.

Some high level celebrities such as Beyonce Knowles of Destiny’s Child fame claim to have lost 20 pounds in less than two weeks following the Master Cleanse. With such a popular media proponent, people are naturally still gravitating toward the lemonade diet to achieve quick weight loss.

When Did It First Appear?

The Master Cleanse was first published in the 1940s and was revived in the 1970s.

The diet is supposed to last for just 10 days in duration. It is not medically advisable to run consecutive Master Cleanse diets, because the method does not include any real nutrients.

Hence, you could be putting your health and perhaps life at risk if you try to stay on the lemonade diet until you lose all the weight you wish to. After a maximum of ten days on this method, you must resume eating nutritious food again, although it is your choice to resume eating a much healthier way rather than return to old eating habits that got you overweight in the first place.

Will I Put the Weight Back When I Stop?

Some critics of the maple syrup diet say once you stop drinking only tea and lemonade you run the very real risk of gaining the weight right back and then some if you fail to adopt a healthier, lower calorie eating regimen from then on.

Some dieters claim they were able to use the Master Cleanse to break their cravings for junk food and kept the weight off. It is important to realize that if you go on any diet and then resume eating junk food and living a sedentary lifestyle, you probably will regain the weight.

Simple, Cheap and Effective

The lemonade diet has simple and cheap ingredients, though some people buy pre-packaged mixes to make their lives easier. The main ingredients include freshly squeezed lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and water.

Warning: Do not substitute honey or sugar for maple syrup or you risk altering the efficiency of the lemon juice diet. A special herbal laxative tea is drunk at night and a quart of salt water is drunk each morning.

Because you will have frequent liquid bowel movements as your body cleanses itself, you need to have regular access to a toilet while doing this program.

Another word of warning: Do not break the fast suddenly by eating food, as your body needs some time to get used to regular food again.

Master Cleanse creator Stanley Burroughs published a specific guide for dieters to get back onto regular food once more over a period of a few days after finishing the program.


This form of dieting steps away from the more traditional idea of eating a reduced calorie menu such as the kind you will find on diet programs like Weight Watchers or with meal replacement diets like Nutrisystem for example.

While these more established methods of dieting are safer from a health and nutrition standpoint, they are naturally slower at reducing a person's body weight and fat store.

Dieting with only low nutrient content liquids cause rapid fat reduction as the body is forced to source its energy from fat cells due to the enforced lack of glucose-forming sugars entering the body that normally come from food. The detox properties of this method are desirable as is the powerful antioxidant and alkalizing properties of lemon juice.

Once again, keep the duration of this method short enough to cause weight to be lost without suffering from acute malnutrition. Ten days maximum means ten days or less in no uncertain terms!