Originally popularized by celebrities like Beyoncé Knowles, the Master Cleanse diet has become one of the most common ways to drop a couple of pounds rapidly. But does the diet deserve the popularity.
Because the Master Cleanse is an extreme way to try to lose weight, forcing you to survive on very few calories each day, it is important to research this cleanse thoroughly before you decide whether or not it’s the type of thing you want to try.
To help you with your decision, here is some information on the Master Cleanse diet:
What Is the Master Cleanse?
Like so many cleanses, the Master Cleanse is supposed to help you eliminate body toxins that could be contributing to your weight gain, as well as help you lose a large amount of weight by depleting your fat stores.
Essentially, the Master Cleanse is a modified juice fast that permits no food. Each morning you’re supposed to drink one cup of water with 2 teaspoons of salt or an herbal laxative tea. This is supposed to cleanse your digestive system of any buildup that you have acquired throughout the night.
Throughout the day you’re supposed to drink six to twelve lemonade drinks, depending upon how far into the diet you are, and then finish the day by taking an herbal cup of laxative tea.
Considering how many calories you eat each day, it is no surprise that the Master Cleanse can help you lose weight. By eating virtually no calories you will definitely create a calorie deficit with even the smallest amount of energy expenditure.
The Master Cleanse also encourages you to give up unhealthy habits like smoking, alcohol, caffeine and processed foods that can not only contribute to weight gain but can cause you to feel less healthy than you should.
Even though many people who do the Master Cleanse see immediate weight loss results, most of this weight loss is from your fluids that you get from solid foods throughout the day. In fact, research from USC HealthNow shows that most people gain weight back immediately when they introduce solid foods back into their diet.
In addition, cleanse diets like the Master Cleanse starve the body of essential nutrients, forcing your body to break down muscle stores for energy and even sap your bones of nutrients. Since muscle stores increase your metabolism, depleting muscle mass will only have you gaining even more weight than you did before.
Also, many people who do the Master Cleanse have felt deprived and miserable while following its strict regimen. This feeling of deprivation can lead to binge eating which will add even more calories to your waistline than following a regular diet.
All in all, it is much more beneficial to find a cleanse that provides your body with ingredients that can promote a healthy digestive system while allowing you to eat normal foods. Not only will this be a healthier way to cleanse, but it will also offer long-term weight loss rather than fluid loss.