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Recipe for Master Cleanse: Lose 20 Lbs. in 10 Days

Updated on January 28, 2015

Recipe for the Master Cleanse Diet

The Master Cleanse diet has been around for over 50 years. It is liquid fast that purports to help people lose weight and cleanse the body of toxins. The diet has been effective at reducing weight and boosting energy for people around the world, including celebrities such as Beyonce, Robin Quivers, Demi Moore, and Ashton Kutcher.

Because the Master Cleanse is both a diet and a detoxifying cleanse, advocates say it can deliver quick results, including:

  • a flat and firm stomach
  • weight loss of up to 20 pounds in 10 days
  • increased energy level all day long
  • eliminated toxins throughout body
  • increased sex drive

The Master Cleanse Diet Recipe

Follow this list exactly. It is imperative to use only organic ingredients and purified water.

  • 2 tablespoons organic, freshly squeezed lemon juice (lime may be substituted)
  • 2 tablespoons organic, grade B maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon organic cayenne pepper (or to taste)
  • 10 ounces reverse osmosis purified water (no tap or cheap bottled water)

How to Succeed at the Master Cleanse

Even though this seems like a very simple recipe (and it is), don't assume you can jump straight in and be totally fine. There is much more to understand before beginning.

This is a liquid diet journey and while the benefits can be dramatic, many people fail the cleanse simply because they didn't take a little extra time to prepare themselves properly. This is mostly due to not understanding what is happening physically inside your body and mentally with your moods. Make sure you are prepared to finish.

There are multiple resources, guides, book, and blogs with advice to help complete the cleanse successfully. Below are some resources to consult—but remember to consult your physician before beginning any diet, particularly one as dramatic as the Master Cleanse.

Ingredients for Master Cleanse Diet

Master Cleanse Testimony: Day One

Master Cleanse Testimony: Day 40


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      Sabrina 2 years ago

      Amanda, Dr. Stanley Burroughs (avid vegetarian) wrote a book "The Master Cleanse." I believe he's the pioneer of this cleanse/diet. This book is the best way to follow the diet step-by-step. In this book, Dr. Burroughs advises to drink 6-12 glasses daily (or any time you get hungry). I did this diet for 10 days and lost 13 lbs. It wasn't easy but it was worth it. It is a bath for your inner body. The salt water flush in the morning was the hardest part for me but it was worth it. I flushed out things I ate in high school (1982). Per Dr. Burroughs, you can do this diet 3-4 times a year (every quarter). I felt like a million bucks afterwards. This diet/cleanse/detox eliminates and cleans the walls of your stomach and intestines. You can't believe how much crap (no pun intended) sits in the walls of your stomach & intestines. Pardon the grossness but after 5 days my stool was in the shape of a snake (my intestines were being completely cleaned). My motto is to focus on "pleasure" of things and not the pain. I look great! I try to do it at least once a year, in the beginning of the year. I'm starting my next 10-day cleanse next week. Hope that was helpful. Good luck everyone.

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      Sal 2 years ago

      6-8 glasses

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      amanda 2 years ago

      Can anyone answer how many times a day you drink this

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      Luiza 2 years ago

      Hello everyone. I did the cleanse for 10 days and I lost 13 pounds. I'm very happy with the results, but I want to loose another 10 lbs. does anyone know how often can you do the cleanse? I finished mine exactly a month ago.

      Thank you.

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      Debbie 2 years ago

      HOW MANY TIMES A DAY DO I DRINK THIS? & what actually do I put it in. I want to do!!

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      Teri Lynn 2 years ago

      This is my first day. I'm excited, my family thinks I'm crazy. Tomorrow I will make a gallon of it. To make sure I drink the right amount. One day at a time I made it today.


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      Anna 3 years ago

      I'm 5'3 and weigh 215 pounds. A lot of people make fun of me for it and I don't have the time for exercise. My question is, how should I set my mind to continue this diet and am I supposed to workout along with the Detox-ing? If somebody could reply it would be great. Thanks and wish me luck!

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      Silvia Ritchey 3 years ago

      Will, i hope it works i'm willing to it.I'm 5'and weigh 270lbs so i really need to start taking care of myself. I'm going to try it see what happens hopefully it's good.

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      Dani 3 years ago

      I did the cleanse for a week and wanted to kill myself. I lost muscle mass, fainted in class, and just felt like crap.

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      nicole 3 years ago

      How many times do I drink it a day

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      Truth 3 years ago

      @Drumweaver ... It sounds like you had a lot of toxins in your body for the reason of your sickness the first two days. The cleanse first 2 or 3 days you do feel nauseous, dizzy, amongst others. So its not harsh. It was doing its job. I have done this cleanse twice and felt the very way you did BUT for only a day or two. Felt and looked better afterwards. I stayed on it 10days with awesome results.

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      weaver 4 years ago from our blessed earth mother - canada...

      I found this type of cleanse to be quite harsh and very hard on my body - i couldn't even get through the 1st two days without feeling really, really sick... Since attempting this, the master cleanse numerous times, i have found a much healthier way of cleansing my body from a whole-body cellular perspective - sooo much kinder and i got great results - gently released 25lbs and other great benefits... i offer a word of caution with this cleanse - really listen to your body.... it knows the best...

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      4 years ago

      I need to lose 20 in 10 days please! !! Help me

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      Amanda 4 years ago

      How much of this are you supposed to drink per day?

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      mary 4 years ago

      I have thyroid problem, will this work?

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      OanaBoteanu 4 years ago

      Thanks for this, I am thinking to start tomorrow and this is great info! Voted up

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      Master Cleanser 6 years ago from San Diego, California

      Great blog, that's crazy how much weight abigail lost!