What You Should Know
The Master Cleanse Diet is a fasting regimen where dieters are instructed only to consume a special “cleansing” drink, senna teas, and pure water for up to 14 days as a method of losing weight and detoxifying the system. The diet was originally created in the 1940s but popularized after the rise of detox diets in the late 1990s, rumored to be used by celebrities as a quick way to lose weight. Studies show dieters do lose weight when doing the diet, but not necessarily in a safe or effective way.
Unlike most diets, The Master Cleanse is very strict and only allows certain liquids to be consumed which supporters say is the only way the body can remove dangerous bacterial and chemicals. They often state that the nutritional value in their cleansing drink is enough to keep dieters healthy and fully fit for daily activities. Critics of the diet aren’t so convinced however, and many physicians are against this diet because of its dangerous implications.
The Master Cleanse’s cleansing drink includes Grade B Maple Syrup, cayenne pepper, freshly squeezed lemon, and water.
The Master Cleanse offers a simple, yet restricted, diet plan — drink their cleansing drink, plenty of water, and a daily serving of senna tea per day as a method of losing weight fast while flushing toxins from the body. It claims dieters can lose 20lbs or more while doing the two week diet regimen, and many dieters report they have lost this amount or more. A lot of dieters also report side effects such as dizziness, fainting, rapid heart beat and diarrhea. Fasting is generally regarded as a dangerous method of losing weight only prescribed for short term weight loss and many physicians do not support fasts that exceed one week. There is evidence it may also worsen heart conditions and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
Furthermore, there is little evidence that its cleansing syrup will provide any benefits. The cayenne pepper may also cause a laxative effect, which can be damaging for dieters who choose fast — this results in fluid loss, which may lead to dehydration. This diet may provide dietary benefits, but the side effects associated with it may be too much for some dieters to handle.
- Is shown to cause excessive amounts of weight loss in less than one month’s time.
- Is fairly easy to obtain the ingredients necessary to complete the diet.
- May worsen heart conditions or IBS.
- Is considered a dangerous diet by most organizations.
- Is a very restrictive diet.
The Master Cleanse is simply created for dieters that crave excessive weight loss without regard to their health, and is typically popular among fad dieters. Although there is evidence it may provide substantial weight loss, there is also evidence it may create several dangerous side effects for dieters. It’s best to seek the counsel of a physician before beginning any strict regimen such as The Master Cleanse Diet.