The Master Cleanse dietAlso known as the Lemonade Diet, the Master Cleanse is a liquid-only diet for short-term weight loss. Created by Stanley Burroughs and first introduced in his book, “The Master Cleanser”, the claim is that this strict liquid-based diet will lead to quick weight loss in 10 days or more. At the same time, it will detoxify your digestive system and will make you feel happy, healthy and energized.

The Master Cleanse Diet has three phases. The first phase eases you into the diet. For three days, you slowly begin to eliminate processed foods from your diet and eat more liquid-based meals. The second phase is the lemonade diet. For ten days, you can’t have any solid food or alcohol. All you are permitted to drink is the special lemonade drink consisting of water, lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup (the recipe can be found on the official website), a salt-water beverage, and an herbal laxative tea.

According to the official website, you should drink at least 6 – 12 glasses of the special lemonade throughout the day or whenever you are hungry. The Salt Water Flush is done in the morning and a laxative should be taken before bed. The final phase eases you out of the cleanse. For three days, you slowly begin to introduce solid foods back into your diet starting with juice and soup and working your way up to fruits and vegetables.

Will you lose weight on the Master Cleanse? Yes, you can lose weight following the Master Cleanse diet. Due to the fact that you are barely ingesting any calories and all you are doing is drinking liquids, you’ll flush water out of your system and pounds will drop off.

However, weight isn’t all you’ll lose. You are also likely to lose water, muscle and bone. Furthermore, the weight loss is only temporary. You will probably gain back what you lost. In short, you’ll starve your body and feel miserable to quickly drop pounds that will come back just as fast. In addition, while this diet claims to detox your body, this is not something that you need to do. Your liver already naturally detoxifies your body.

Expect to be hungry on this diet. In addition to hunger, common symptoms that are experienced include: headaches, fatigue, cravings, and boredom.

On the plus side, this diet is suitable for vegetarians, vegans, and is gluten-free. It is inexpensive, easy to follow, and it takes very little time to make the lemonade recipe. However, despite these few little perks, the Master Cleanse is not a healthy diet plan for losing weight and is likely to only cause short-lived weight loss results.