The Master Cleanser by Stanley Burroughs
Originally published in 1976, Stanley Burroughs' book, The Master Cleanser, is the basis for the detox fast known alternately as the Master Cleanse, the Lemonade Diet and the Maple Syrup Diet.
The Master Cleanser is hugely popular with lots of vocal advocates who do the Cleanse on a regular basis (usually annually, sometimes more often), but it may have just as many detractors who claim it doesn't do anything at all besides make you lose water weight.
What is the Master Cleanser?
The Master Cleanser concoction is pretty simple. It's a drink consisting of water, fresh lemon juice, cayenne pepper and maple syrup and you drink at least six glasses of it a day.
In addition to the drink which is supposed to encourage detoxification, you are also supposed to do a salt water flush in the morning and should have a cup of senna tea at night. Both of these step up elimination and should prevent constipation.
Each Cleanse lasts a minimum of 10 days and some advocates recommend doing it for as long as 30 days. There are also lots of folks who do the Master Cleanse annually.
While you can do the Master Cleanse just by following Stanley Burrough's instructions, Peter Glickman's book is a very detailed and concise explanation of what you need to do and it answers a lot of common questions for contemporary readers. Highly recommended.
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Celebrities on the Master Cleanse
Though the Master Cleanser wasn't promoted as a weight loss diet by it's original author, Stanley Burroughs, it has been popularized by celebrity dieters such as Beyonce Knowles and Jared Leto, who both claim to have used the Master Cleanse to lose significant amounts of weight very fast.
Jared Leto did the Master Cleanse in order to drop the 60 lbs he gained to play Mark David Chapman for the movie Chapter 27. Leto has always been pretty skinny though, so losing the weight and keeping it off might not have been as much of a trial as it would be for someone who has a more sluggish metabolism
And Beyonce shared with Oprah that she had used the Master Cleanse to quickly drop 20 lbs so she could play Deena Jones at two different ages in the movie, Dreamgirls.
If you spend about two weeks drinking nothing but lemonade, I don't think it is too surprising that you'd lose a significant amount of weight. It's questionable whether you would be able to keep it off without a significant lifestyle change to accompany it though.
Has the Master Cleanse benefitted you?
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