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Lemonade Diet

written by: Lucinda Watrous • edited by: Leigh A. Zaykoski • updated: 6/27/2011

The Lemonade Diet, commonly referred to as the Master Cleanse Diet, serves to cleanse and detoxify your body. Read on to learn more about how this works and the science behind it to help you decide if it is right for you.

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    The Master Cleanse, or Lemonade Diet, is not a diet, but a cleansing program to help rid the body of toxins and weight as you move through the program. Using a special lemonade you make yourself, and drinking nothing but this lemonade for a period of ten days (and even up to forty days) will help you lose up to two pounds each day.

    People may feel hungry, though the lemonade is balanced enough to keep the hunger pangs away. Whenever you are feeling hunger, drink the lemonade a few sips at a time until you feel the hunger passing.

    The Lemonade is made with fresh lemons, purified (non-fluoridated) water, grade-B maple syrup, and cayenne pepper. The amount of maple syrup used may vary, as people who are overweight should use less of the syrup than others. There is more to the diet than the lemonade, though. In addition to the lemonade, you are allowed water, and peppermint tea.

    Each morning, you begin by drinking a salt water flush, drink the lemonade throughout the day with water and peppermint tea, and finish the evening with a laxative tea. The program does not serve to help you lose weight--removing the toxins and impurities from the body causes the weight loss as a much wanted side effect of the program for most people.

    To avoid shocking the system as you move away from the cleanse and back to real foods, for the first 36 hours, you should drink citrus juices and move over to soup, and then raw vegetables and whole foods again.

    Many people have a hard time sticking to the diet as it is hard learning to get along without solid food is difficult. There will be some symptoms of detox--headaches, dizziness, upset stomach, etc--as chemicals leave your body. Relax, stick to it, and take it easy. You should not do this cleanse without taking some time off in between cycles to reduce the risk of harm to your body. Never should you do the cleanse for more than 10 days unless your doctor to advised you to do so and you have become more accustomed to fasting.