What is the Lemonade Diet?
The Master Cleanse Diet, commonly and sometimes lovingly referred to as the Lemonade Diet, sounds like one of those ultra-modern diets invented last week by a fashion magazine. Actually, the diet was originally written about by Stanley Burroughs in his classic 1940s publication “The Master Cleanser.” While it has been around this long, it has recently come into fashion with people searching the ‘net for a new fast way to drop a few pounds. It is important to realize that this diet is not intended as a long-term diet solution. This is instead, as the proper name implies, a way to cleanse your system and in the process you’ll lose some weight along the way.
What do you eat on this diet?
That’s an easy one: You don’t eat on this diet. No joke. This is what Burroughs referred to as a modified juice fast.
The diet is a three part regimen.
The Morning Phase
Each and every morning, one following the Lemonade Diet will consume 8 oz. water stirred lovingly with 2 teaspoons of salt OR a cup of herbal laxative tea. We’ll discuss the results of the laxative tea later. You can probably figure it out, but there are some quite humorous documentations of this on YouTube.
The Day Phase
This is where the lemonade comes in. You are instructed to treat yourself to 6 to 12 glasses of lemonade spread out over the course of the day. The lemonade should be created from some type of pure water – spring, bottled or some sort as tap water will interfere with how effective this will be for your ‘cleanse’ process. Mixed into this purest of waters you’ll add the juice of freshly squeezed lemons (I imagine organic would be better, though there is no mention of this), organic maple syrup and cayenne pepper. The proportions are largely left up to you as I imagine this concoction will hit different people in different ways. Or at least different degrees of severity.
The Night Phase
No need to write this phase down. Have a little laxative tea before you go to bed and you’re done.
The Diet and its Effects
Once you get the formula down, simply do the same thing every day for no less than 10 days and that’s it. It’s said that you can safely stay on this diet for 40 days, but I’d start to become concerned about excessive muscle loss and nutrient deficiencies.
Be warned, this diet works. You won’t want to stray too far from the bathroom while on this plan. You will need to be a little conscious of some of the minor short-term side effects that are common with this diet. You might find yourself more tired than you usually are. This is obviously due to the sudden lack of nutrition that your body is receiving while on this diet. You are also likely to have some degree of dizziness and dehydration while I can almost guarantee you will feel nauseous throughout this diet.
But Does it Work?
This is not a diet that would be recommended by any nutritionist. With that out of the way, yes, you will lose weight on this diet if you can stick to it and are not too embarrassed or nervous of the side effects. Let’s face it, you’re not eating. You’ll lose weight in a bit of a hurry. Be warned, though, this temporary weight loss will be just that, temporary, if you don’t go on a responsible longer term diet plan after completing this program.
If you have tried the Lemonade Diet, please tell us your experiences below