Master cleanse, also referred to as the lemonade diet, was originally intended to get rid of purported waste and toxins from the body. Only recently however, it is being popularised as a quick weight losing diet.
For not less than 10 days, a person taking the diet will not take any solid foods, instead consuming water lemonade and laxatives. The diet includes four cups of salty water every morning, between 6 and 12 lemonade glasses throughout the day, and a cup of laxative herbal tea in the evening. The lemonade is made up of fresh lime or lemon juice cayenne pepper, maple syrup and water.
According to people who have already tried the Master Cleanse: "the diet definitely helps in weight loss, although one should not expect lasting results". This is because an individual will be losing mainly lean muscle mass and water weight as opposed to fast. In addition, fasting can stall one's metabolism, making him or her likely to regain weight as soon as normal diet is resumed.
The diet does not reflect widely acceptable guidelines for a healthy lifestyle or weight shed. For a healthy person, trying it once will probably do no harm. However, alternating on and off the diet continuously can set someone up for long-term weight gain, nutrient deficiencies, heart and kidney problems, and a weakened immune system. Even when taking twelve glasses of lemonade per day, laxatives can exacerbate or dehydrate any kidney or heart conditions someone might have. Side effects include nausea, fatigue, pain, vomiting, and irritability. It is advisable to consult a doctor before trying the diet, particularly for those suffering from a medical condition.
Being overweight is among the biggest risk factors in the case of type 2 diabetes. If this diet can helps someone lose weight, then it can prevent or control diabetes. However, shunning solid food means diabetics miss the fibre-packed foods needed to control blood sugar levels.