The Master Cleanse is a 10-day fast that is used for detox and weight loss. In 2006, singer Beyonce Knowles appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show, along with other cast members of the movie DreamGirls. During the show Beyonce explained to Oprah that due to the varying age of Beyonce’s character in the film, she turned to the “MasterCleanse” program to shed pounds quickly.
The MasterCleanse diet is also known as the LemonCleanse and the Maple Syrup Diet. The diet program was created by Stanley Burroughs in 1941, but was made popular by Peter Glickman in his book Lose Weight, Have More Energy, and Be Happier in Ten Days. Stanley Burroughs and supporters of the MasterCleanse program say that the MasterCleanse will eliminate toxins and congestion that have built up in the body, thus shedding multiple pounds in a matter of days.
How to Do the MasterCleanse
Basically, the MasterCleanse is this:
The diet lasts for at least 10 days, but up to 40 The only nourishment that you receive during this period is a special lemonade concoction made from maple syrup, lemon juice, water, and cayenne pepper According to Burrough, you will need to an herbal laxative tea at night, as well as a quart of salt water first thing in the morning. This will result in several liquid bowel movements every day. So, keep in mind that you will always need to be near a toilet when using this plan, and don’t forget to stock up on toilet paper! You will need to come off the diet over a period of several days of transitioning to solid foods.
The Master Cleanse Lemonade
The lemonade is prepared by mixing the ingredients in this free recipe:
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice. Burroughs recommends fresh organic lemons. You may not use bottled lemon juice.
2 tablespoons of maple syrup. This need to be pure maple syrup, not pancake syrup. In his book, Burroughs recommends the darker Grade B, which has more color and nutrients than Grade A, which is also acceptable.
1/10 teaspoon cayenne pepper. Burroughs insists that cayenne chili pepper be used. You may use less at first, to acclimate to the taste.
Water. In his book, Burroughs recommends a 10-ounce glass of medium hot water, but also allows cold water to be used.
Master Cleanse kits are available from Peter Glickman, Coombs, Neera, and Maple Valley Syrup. All ingredients for the recipes are included, except for fresh lemons, which must be sourced locally, although some Master Cleansers bend the rules and use Lakewood 100% Organic bottled pure lemon juice.