Lose Weight with the Lemonade Diet
Edited by Donna, Eng, Doug Collins, Inukshuk
The Lemonade Diet is a ten-day liquid fast that was originally known as the Master Cleanse Diet. It was invented by Stanley Burroughs in 1940. Burroughs, promoted it as a cure for stomach ulcers, with weight loss as a side benefit, in a book called Lose Weight, Have More Energy & Be Happier in 10 Days. Since then, the diet, which consists of drinking 1300 calories worth of a sugary cleansing drink a day for has also been named The Maple Syrup Diet and the Beyonce Diet.
The Benefits of the Lemonade Diet
You can stay on this all-liquid diet for up to 40 days, but for best results, stay on it for ten days. Most people can only handle staying on it for three days, but even a short time on the regimen can result in a significant drop in weight.
- Weight loss due to calorie restriction
- Colon cleansing, which in itself can cause weight loss
- A reduction in body inflammation, which can encourage exercise
- Feeling detoxified, clearer and lighter
How to Make Diet Lemonade
This recipe for diet lemonade is based on the original Master Cleanse Diet.
Add 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemons to a glass with a ten-ounce capacity. Organic lemons are recommended. If no lemons are available, then use limes. Lemons are cleansing, full of Vitamin C and they also perform as a mild diuretic.
Add 2 tablespoons of pure, organic Grade B Maple Syrup. Grade A Maple syrup may also be used, but Grade B is healthier because it is less refined. The maple syrup is the carbohydrate that is used to keep you fueled throughout the day.
Maple Syrup is one of the four essential ingredients in Diet Lemonade.
Add 1/10 of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper. If this taste is too strong at first then it is fine to use less cayenne pepper at first. Cayenne pepper stimulates the circulation so that the body can eliminate toxins more efficiently.
Add ten ounces of hot water to the glass and stir. It is best to drink it warm as that helps the intestines flush out toxins.
The lemonade is best consumed warm.
How to Do the Diet Lemonade (Master Cleanse) Diet
Clear your pantry of any temptations before you start. This diet does not allow food. Only one cup of hot mint tea is allowed in the evening.
Mint tea is allowed at the end of the day.
Every morning when you get up drink a quart of salt water. Mix two tablespoons of iodized sea salt into a quart of spring water and drink. This will prompt a bowel movement so stay near a toilet.
A salt water flush is required every morning for this diet to be effective.
During the day make sure that you have consumed six to twelve glasses of the lemonade. Note that the less you drink, the more likely you are to experience weight loss, as this is still quite a high-calorie diet. Drink six glasses a day to optimize weight loss.
Be sure to drnk a minimum of six glasses of lemonade a day.
Stay on the diet until your tongue changes from fuzzy or yellowish to pink and fuzz-free. Ideally, you must stay on it for ten days but three days works for most people.
Start transitioning off of the diet by drinking several glasses of orange juice on the first and second days. If you experience digestive problems then dilute the orange juice or drink it with a lot of ice.
On day 3 drink orange juice in the morning and eat raw fruit for lunch and supper.
Adjust to quitting the diet by eating raw fruit.
On day 4 of quitting the diet, you can begin eating normally. To keep any weight you may have lost off, try to stick to a raw vegan diet.
Tips and Tricks
- Never ever embark on a liquid fast unless you are in perfect health and if your doctor approves of it
- Do not use honey or an artificial sweetener instead of maple syrup or you may note experience weight loss
- Do not do this diet if you are on any medication, including anti-depressants and antibiotics
- It is normal to experience dizziness, vomiting, joint pain, fatigue, weakness and hunger during this diet.
Recent edits by: Doug Collins, Eng, Donna