The Master Cleanse (also known as The Lemonade Diet, The Cayenne Pepper Diet, The Maple Syrup Diet) is a method the detoxify our bodies and get rid of excess weight. Although the idea of just drinking without and “food” seems crazy, the Master Cleanse recipe gives you enough calories, nutrients, and minerals to stay healthy while refreshing the digestive system.
If you search for “Master Cleanse reviews” on the Internet, you can find thousands of people, including celebrities complimenting it. The Master Cleanse weight loss recipe is also called the Beyonce Diet, thanks to the fact that the singer has tried and strongly recommended it. There is only one recipe to make the lemonade used in the method, and in this post, I will tell you how to.
What is the Master Cleanse diet? What ingredients needed to make the recipe?
As I have told you above, Master Cleanse diet is a weight loss measure based on a liquid recipe. It has three phases: ease-in, lemonade diet, and ease out. The first and last phases are to let your body get acquainted with the concept of consuming liquid only and make your digestive system ready to be detoxified. The main course is the second period, the lemonade diet, which preferably lasts 10 days. In the phase, you have to consume the Master Cleanse recipe only.
To make a cup of Master Cleanse recipe, you need the ingredients:
- 2 tbsp of lemon juice
- 2 tbsp Maple Syrup grade B. If you can’t find it in your local supermarket, you can use the A ones. People say it doesn’t differ the results much.
- 1/16 tsp of ground cayenne pepper
- 8 oz of purified water
Now the question is that are all of the ingredients compulsory or replaceable. Can you use Grade A maple syrup for the Master Cleanse diet? Grade B is better, If you can’t find it in your local supermarket, you can use the A one. People say it doesn’t differ the results much. To recognize which kind of maple syrup you are picking, pay attention to the color. While grade A is lighter, the B one is darker, and often used in cooking rather than eating with pancakes.
Any kind of pure maple syrup can be used as an alternative, too. Table syrups, however, cannot be taken as a replacement. Although they cost less than maple ones, they often contain corn syrup, which is high-fructose. Their nutrient and mineral values cannot be compared to those of pure maple syrup, too.
Some people even say that you can use lime to replace lemon. However, since lemon is a popular, easy to find ingredient, I don’t recommend the replacement.
About purified, water, try to find the purest one. Water from the tap is not as clean as you may think. In most neighborhoods, they put chlorine into the water to kill bacteria and viruses. Chlorine is harmful to our bodies in the long run, and it is a factor that triggers cancers. The water should be at the room temperature.
Can you modify the recipe?
The amount of ingredients above is calculated the give the best results. Following them means you are protecting your own digestive system while resting and detoxifying it. I know someone even cut down on the amount of syrup because they think that less sugar means more weight loss. Tell you what? It’s not healthy, and don’t be surprised when it doesn’t give you the expected result.
You can find various recipes on the Internet: Master Cleanse recipe for a gallon, Master Cleanse recipe for 2 liters, Master Cleanse recipe for 2 quarts, Master Cleanse recipe for 32oz, Master Cleanse recipe for 16.9 oz, etc. It’s not that people have created new ones, they just change the numbers according to the amount of lemonade you intend to make.
And, no matter how much lemonade you make, you’d better drink it all in one day. Putting the liquid in the fridge doesn’t maintain the quality. Master Cleanse diet requires you to stay focused and devoting for only 16 days, so don’t ruin it by being lazy. Put making new lemonade in your daily habit.
Can you eat on the master cleanse diet?
No, no, and no. Think about how beautiful you will be after the 16 days period, and focus on the diet. Eating anything in the valuable phase will ruin the plan. If you are hungry, drink more lemonade, or drink purified water.
An option you may consider is getting rid of all the food in the fridge and choosing a period in which you are not invited to any party to start the Master Cleanse diet. Stay strong-willed and refuse all the invitations to a restaurant that may come up. Before you go to sleep, think about the slim figure you may get after the phase and dream about it.
Is apple cider vinegar good for detox?
Nowadays, there is a recipe that is claimed as effective as the Master Cleanse. It’s the Apple Cider Vinegar Lemonade recipe. You can refer to the recipe here:
- 12–16oz of hot or warm purified water
- 2 tbsp of apple cider vinegar
- 2 tbsp of lemon juice
- ½–1 tsp of ground ginger
- ¼ tsp of cinnamon powder
- 1 dash of cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp of raw honey
Well, people who support consuming apple cider vinegar have their own arguments. A Japanese study has shown that obese rats which drank it daily lost more weight and fat than other in the same controlled group. Besides, their triglyceride levels and waist circumference is significantly lower than rats that don’t consume apple cider vinegar.
In another study, the liquid also showed its remarkable effect on lowing the cholesterol, LDL, and triglyceride levels in people with high blood fats and hyperlipidemia. It generates the idea that drinking apple cider vinegar is beneficial in preventing atherosclerosis and other heart problems.
However, there isn’t any scientific proof supporting the detoxifying effect of the liquid, so it isn’t safe to say that the ingredient and boost the harmful substances removing.
Does Master Cleanse have any minus points?
Yes, unfortunately, it does. Every rapid weight loss method has its own advantages and disadvantages. In the case of the Master Cleanse, people who use it cannot work hard in the days they are on the diet. An average adult needs 2000 calories per day to properly function. The lemonade can only give you 600 to 1200, so yeah, overexerting may make you faint from exhaustion.
Besides, taking in only the lemonade means you won’t have protein, carbohydrates, essential fats and fiber. That’s why the diet cannot last longer than 16 days. Applying the recipe for too long won’t give you any benefit. In fact, it causes harm to your body.
Exercise isn’t listed as a part of Master Cleanse. I don’t recommend you to do so, too, because you won’t have enough energy.
The Bottom Line
Though there are doubts about the good and bad sides of the Master Cleanse recipe, it has shown true effect. If you are eager to lose weight or want another method to detox your body, you should give it a try. The ingredients are pretty easy to find, and at least you don’t have to worry about shopping for groceries and cooking in 16 days.