The Pros and Cons of Losing Weight through Master Cleanse

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One of the most popular crash diets tried by actors, models, and other people in Hollywood is the Master Cleanse. This is a controversial fasting method that does not involve the intake of food. Instead, they take in lemonade or tea made with maple syrup and cayenne pepper as a substitute.

However, until now, the use of Master Cleanse and other cleanse diets still raises issues on its results and safety. But, in reality, it will really depend on the type of cleanse diet you try and the people you ask.

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The Risks of Cleanse Diets

Beyonce is among the many celebrities, who famously shed off her excess pounds through the cleanse diet, the Master Cleanse. After hearing about this, Sharon Wren of East Moline decided to give it a try. She said, “I could stand to lose a couple of pounds, and my system is probably horribly polluted from all the Diet Mountain Dew I drink, so I mixed up a glass. One sip was enough for me – it was the most hideous stuff I’ve ever had”.

In general, the Master Cleanse is considered a wrong type of cleanse diet. Within seven to ten days, you only get to consume a solution, consisting of two quarts of water, one-half teaspoon of cayenne pepper, 14 tablespoons of maple syrup, and 14 tablespoons of lemon juice per day.

And aside from having only around 1,400 calories, it does not provide you with the complete nutrition your body needs. It lacks sodium, protein and some other vitamins. Although it results in weight loss, muscles and water are lost.

Stacey Rosenfeld, PhD, explained that “Cleanses may lead to weight loss, but usually the weight returns once normal eating resumes, similar to what happens with dieting”.

“A cleanse may set someone up for disorder eating. People who go on cleanses will likely find themselves inordinately hungry, leading to feelings of deprivation. This may backfire in the form of overeating once they’ve finished the cleanse,” she added.

Other Available Options

Luckily, there are other cleanse diets that are not as extreme as the Master Cleanse. The Elimination Diet is a great example, where certain foods are cut out from your diet, such as egg products, red meat, peanuts, citrus fruits, processed foods, and caffeine. At the same time, five small meals a day, consisting of unlimited vegetables, protein, and fruits, are encouraged.

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