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The Celebrity Master Cleanse

Updated on February 26, 2010

Lose Weight Fast & Cleanse!!

When Beyonce stepped out as the role of the slender Deena Jones in the 2006 movie "Dreamgirls", she was 20 pounds lighter and looking better than ever. In an interview with Oprah, Beyonce admitted that she used the Master Cleanse diet to drop the excess weight.. "The Master Cleanser", developed by Stanley Burroughs in the 1940s, details a liquid diet "fast" that is said to promote weight loss and overall health through dieting and detoxification. TIf you Google "Master Cleanse" you will find that there are many different variations of the fast. Here is my own adaptation that I have found to be both easy to follow and effective.


The Ingredients:

10 Tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice

10 Tablespoons maple syrup

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

The "Fast"

The fasting period usually ranges from 1 week to 4 weeks at a time, but I recommend that you start with one week for your first cleanse, and then two weeks for your next cleanses. I would not exceed two weeks.



Each morning you will prepare the majority of your day's calories in the ingredients listed above. I use a 64 ounce Thermos-like container called the Bubba Keg, but you can use whatever works best for you. Combine the lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper, and then add 24 - 40 ounces of water. This will dilute the mixture, making it taste more like lemonade, and less like a syrup (this will be enough for one day). Sip the mixture over the course of the day, especially when you start to feel hungry. Make sure to continue to drink additional water throughout the day.



Robin Quivers Before & After
Robin Quivers Before & After

Choose one meal per day to include the solid food component (vegetables only). I prefer lunchtime, but you can try whatever works best for you. Steam 1 - 1.5 cups vegetables (green beans, carrots, medley, etc.). Green Giant makes great pre-packaged single serving frozen vegetable medleys, but you'll want to avoid anything will sauces because it could add to your cravings rather than quenching them.

During the cleansing period, your body will need assistance in making...uh, regular deposits. Once each day, you will want to drink either an herbal laxative tea or a sea salt combo (see directions below). I prefer to do this at night, but you will want to schedule it around your daily agenda. Both methods work pretty quickly, and you will want to be within close range of a toilet. It can begin working in as soon as a half hour, and the "sessions" can last up to a couple of hours (though it will be less as you gradually work solid foods out of your system).

The Sea Salt Flush

Mix 1 Tablespoon of fine grain sea salt with 1 liter of lukewarm water (you may need to adjust the amount of sea salt based on your body's response). Drink the entire mixture, and you should expect your first bowel movement within 30 minutes to 1.5 hours.

Some variations suggest that you "ease in" to the diet to help your body adjust to the "fast", but since this version does not entirely remove solid foods, you shouldn't need to. Easing out, however, is essential. At the end of each cleanse, your body will need help readjusting to regular foods and eating habits. During the first day of the easing out process, you will want to introduce a vegetable juice to your diet (either in place of or in addition to the lemonade mixture). If you don't have the time/patience to juice your own vegetables, V-8 will work just fine. For the next day, you can add whole fruits and vegetables back into your diet (still avoiding meats). Since this version never completely removes solid food, 2 days should be enough to ease out of the Master Cleanse.


Once you complete the Master Cleanse, don't forget to leave a comment below with your results/suggestions for other readers! Good luck!!

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      Nicole 6 years ago

      I'd really like to try this cleanse, however, if I'm currently takingt wo different medications,one for pain and another for acne control. Will this cleanse deplete the effectiveness of my medications?

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      mraymo 6 years ago

      Hi Lee,

      Sorry for the delayed response. Traditionally, the cleanse directions are to only drink the maple syrup/lemonade mixture, but if you need to add a solid food, I probably would just stick to veggies for the best results.

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      Lee 6 years ago

      Can I eat nuts while on MC?

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      Broke Bloak 7 years ago

      I just started my third time around (you can ride my journey under Broke Bloke) and Iv never heard of eating a raw veggie meal. Of course Iv always just found details on the Master Cleanse and Lemonade Diet. Iv never looked at the altercations for the Celebrity Master Cleanse. I always have great results and feel amazing without the added veggie boost, but some yummy substance mid day would be nice!

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      Peter 7 years ago

      You have to fresh sqeezed lemond guy!

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      Inez Galang 8 years ago

      I did my Master cleansing again for the second time, but rested 4 months from it. I feel a lot better and this time, it's a lot easier for me to do the Master Cleansing since i know more or less how it feels, how it goes and the benefits that i get, it's AWESOME!.

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      Msjckson 8 years ago from Maryland

      I did the master cleanse 2 years ago and had awesome results. My skin looked so good and in about 2 weeks I went down from a size 10 to a very low size 8 almost a 6. I stayed on it for aboug 5 weeks and I ate one raw food meal everyday.. when I transitioned off of it I went to eating raw food about 95%.

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      mraymo 8 years ago

      Taylor: The Master Cleanse is definitely a great way to start a diet and exercise program. I would definitely make sure that there are at least 2 weeks between cycles to give your body a chance to rest. I usually have about a month in between. You will probably find that you'll gain a couple of pounds back in between cleanses (even though you are dieting and exercising), but don't let it discourage you. Forty pounds in 6 weeks is a big goal. Just make sure to stay positive! Good luck with your cleanse!

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      taylor 8 years ago

      I really want to try this. I'm hoping to lose about 40 pounds in about a month and a half (a LOT, I know) and I'm really really really hoping this will help. If I do this for a week now, how long do you think I should wait before I do it again, only for two weeks this time? I was thinking if I do this for a week, then have 2 weeks eating healthy and exercising and then do this again for 2 weeks, do you think it is attainable or if this cleanse is for me?

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      mraymo 8 years ago

      Thank you for your feedback Inez! And good luck with your Master Cleanse fast Candy!

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      Candy M 8 years ago

      I'm embarking on the cleanse..scary but i'm excited. Wish me luck!

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      Inez Galang 8 years ago

      Yes i did my 10 days master cleansing and i feel so good that i did it. A lot of my friends noticed my skin, my aura and i lost 10 lb. I plan to do this again after six months or maybe even earlier. I never felt this good when i did this cleansing. All my body aches are gone, no meds for me ever since. Yes it will take a lot of determination. I am so PROUD that i did it.

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      lemon juice cleanse 9 years ago

      beyonce looks great


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