How To Master Cleanse and Lemonade Diet to Detox and Lose Weight “F.A.S.T.”

The Master Cleanse (also called The Lemonade Diet) is a modified juice fast that's often used for rapid weight loss.

This Master Cleanser is a liquid diet that provides a healthy amount of calories and nutrients specifically suited for cleansing, all while resting the digestive system and allowing the body to heal naturally. The Master Cleanse has been tested and approved since 1940 by millions of people all around the world and is constantly reported as the most successful diet of its type.

Over the years, The Master Cleanse has gone by many names such as The Lemonade Diet, The Cayenne Pepper Diet, The Maple Syrup Diet (all from ingredients in the Lemonade). The Lemonade Diet is also known as the Beyonce Diet, thanks in part to the fame Beyonce brought to the cleanse when she did the diet to lose weight for the movie Dreamgirls.

More recently, many people refer to the broader regimen as The Master Cleanse, and to the narrower diet as The Lemonade Diet. In the end, it really doesn't matter what you call it, all you need to know is that it flat-out works –as evident by the millions of fans world-wide.

There are 3 Ingredients to the Lemonade Diet:

The Lemonade Diet is such a simple diet to teach and requires only 100 words to convey the basics:

  1. First, squeeze Fresh Lemons into 2 Tablespoons of Lemon Juice
  2. Then add 2 Tablespoons of Rich Maple Syrup, and  1/16 of a Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper into 8 oz of Pure Water.
  3. Drink a minimum of six to 18 glasses throughout the day whenever one is hungry

Every day you do The Master Cleanse you overcome the psychological need to eat, you feel a growing sense of control that motivates you to complete the process. The Master Cleanse is by far my favourite of all the detox diets I have tried, and maintains its place at the Grandfather of Juice-Fasting, and the predecessor to the Ketogenic Diet craze (as is Fasting in general).

There are 5 Phases to The Master Cleanse:

  1. Ease-In: The 3 days before and after The Lemonade Diet that slowly removes or re-introduces complex,
  2. The Lemonade Diet: 10 Days to Lose Weight Fast, and Feel Great At Last
  3.  Ease-OutThe 3 days after The Lemonade Diet that slowly removes or re-introduces complex,  processed (C.R.A.P.) foods from your diet.
  4. Daily Detox Teas: Every day a Natural Detox Method must be engaged to eliminate Waste such as Detox Tea
  5. The Salt Water Flush: Optionally, instead of the detox laxative tea, you can do the Salt Water Flush first thing in the morning (details below).

Each of these will be explained in detail, and it is very important to follow these directions carefully. If you read closely you shouldn't have many questions, but of course there is always more to know, so check out the comments. Most of your other questions will be answered there. Since I get so many of the same questions, I will be making a FAQ or Frequently Asked Questions page very soon.

Ok, so that's the recipe, now what?

There are often questions regarding the precise ingredients for the Master Cleanser Recipe, as they can vary somewhat, depending on your experience and requirements. Be sure to choose which is right for you and learn how to best be prepared for The Master Cleanser Side Effects.

The best way to prepare for the Master Cleanse is to get educated about all the ingredients and  their purpose as well as the Cleaning process that takes place. Everyone goes through different, very individual healing process and this may prepare you for it's ups and downs.

Ease-In – Starting The Master Cleanse

The Ease-In step of The Master Cleanse (Pre-Diet Routine) is not as important as the Ease-Out (Post-Diet Routine). In fact, you could skip the Ease-In completely and begin directly with The Lemonade Diet at anytime. In my experience, however, beginning The Lemonade Diet with the Ease-In routine not only prepares your stomach for less food, but your mind as well.

The purpose of Easing-into the Cleanse

I find by doing the Ease-In, the first two days of the Diet are not as shocking, and the impulse to eat is therefore more manageable. It allows you to prepare your body for the dramatic change in diet as you cleanse but it will also prepare you for the next 10 days : mentally and emotionally, which can prevent you from ending the Master  Cleanse too soon. Use the 3 days of the Ease-In to gather your ingredients for the Master Cleanser Recipe.

The Lemonade Diet

Whether you begin The Lemonade Diet immediately or Ease-In, the process of the Lemonade Diet is the same. You will however, need to make two decisions to suit your personal preferences and/or your daily work and family routines.The first Master Cleanse Variation revolves around timing your daily flush. Perhaps equally important as Ending The Master Cleanse is the Daily Detox Bowel Movement. It is crucial to flush out the toxins your body is eliminating, and since you are not consuming digestible food (fibre) to create a bowel movement, you will have to make that happen.

Awake, and prepare your Lemonade – this is your nourishment and energy source for the day.

Soon after arising you will prepare your daily intake of Fresh Lemon Juice, Rich Maple Syrup, Cayenne Pepper and Pure Water.

Master Cleanser Tip: Roll each lemon firmly between your palm and the counter. Put sufficient downward pressure as you rock the lemon back and forth under your hand. You are softening the lemon to make the extraction of juice more efficient. See this post for detailed tips on The Lemonade Diet.

How much Lemonade should you drink during the day?

You will drink between 6 and 12 glasses of Lemonade each day (some people drink as much as 26 glasses per day). The more you can drink, the better. I try to drink at least 8 glasses each day. This will depend on how big or small you currently are (caloric needs), your tolerance to physical and psychological urges to eat, and your desire to to lose weight.

Daily Day Detox

Most people think that Detox is an big procedure one must endure, but the truth is that we are constantly detoxing through our organs of elimination such as our liver, kidneys, and even our skin. Yes The Master Cleanse is a Detox Diet, which is to say a diet that produces rapid and more deep detox, which is precisely why, if we choose to engage in additional practices that also on their own aid our body's own ability to detox, we can deepen our Master Cleanse detox experience.

Of the many Daily Detox Methods we could employ, such as epson salt baths, tongue scraping, saunas etc., the most important are those that induce our “Daily Detox Bowel Movement”. It is this process that cleanses your body of the waste, and toxins since we are not producing any solid waste for our bowels to move on their own. There are two accepted methods to produce Daily Detox Bowel Movements:

  1. Salt Water Flush
  2. Nightly Detox Tea

Prior to your first day on The Lemonade Diet you should have taken your Nightly Laxative. On your first full day you do not need to do the SWF so you can start drinking your Lemonade immediately upon waking.

Ease-Out – Stopping The Master Cleanse

The Ease-out process of The Master Cleanse is the exact same as the Ease-In, but in reverse. This is also another reason I choose to do the Ease-In – it prepares me for the Ease-Out. You will be tempted to fast-track this process, but DON'T.

Why is the Ease – out so important?

Consider this step as ESSENTIAL. You can become nauseated if you start to eat too soon. Please don't underestimate the importance of this process. On the other hand, don't be scared of it either. You do risk some serious constipation or some of the worse Complications of The Master Cleanse – but if you eat something too soon, you will likely be okay in the long run. If you are unsure at any time – consult a doctor. My words here are opinion only, and should always be considered informational not medical advice.

Here is a quote from Tom Woloshyn's book The Complete Master Cleanse On the Easing – out :  ” The important transition period of moving from lemonade to food will prepare your digestive system for more and more complex foods so that it does not become overwhelmed. Just as you wouldn't try running a marathon after being a couch potato for three years, you wouldn't brake a cleanse by launching into full-feasting mode. You want your digestive system to get well-deserved brake so that your body can start back on the right track. ”

The Results; Before and After The Master Cleanse

Naturally, and because many chose the Master Cleanse for it's rapid weight loss effects, many people want to know, how much weight they will lose, and how fast they can lose weight. While those types of questions can indicate an unhealthy desire to lose weight fast, that in itself isn't necessarily bad, or unhealthy. There are plenty of studies that show in the context of a controlled environment, that works with the bodies systems as fasting does, that rapid weight loss doesn't have to be a taboo subject or a scorned intention. Just take note of you broader reasons. If you repeatedly are gaining the weight back and are looking in the mirror at your waistline with anxiety, you might want to seek emotional cleansing first. Wellness is holistic, systemic, and so is disease. It's all connected. Take a look at the whole picture, and be honest with yourself about your wants, needs, desires and fears.

How much weight will I lose during the Master Cleanse?

Master Cleanse Weight Loss results vary according to your pre-cleanse weight, and can be managed, to a degree, by how much lemonade you drink. Obviously you can Drink more, for less weight loss, and drink less to lose more weight. It is not a wise choice to drink less than 6 glasses in an effort to lose “extra” weight. Weight loss (if any), should occur naturally. It is wise to drink whenever you're hungry, or when you feel a lack of energy (commonly felt as a weakness or mild shakiness), which is quickly corrected by drinking a glass of Fresh Lemonade. 12 glasses per day should be your starting point from which you will make adjustments.

How long should I do the Cleanse for?

Tom Woloshyn claims the longest he has heard of is 372 days straight with the second longest being 256. Some people do “Cleanse Stacks” where they will do 10 days followed by some regular eating and quickly going back on for another 10 days as many as 5 times. My suggestion is that 2 weeks is more than enough. There are reasons for Long Term Master Cleansing such as Disease Cleansing, but that topic is far outside of the scope of this article.

After The Master Cleanse

When you are done The Master Cleanse, the next and maybe most important step is to begin to Eat Wisely. This sounds so simple, yet so many people go right back to eating emotionally to sooth their daily worries. Choose to Eat Wisely and you will not put the weight back on. If you go back to Eating Poorly, you will gain back all the weight you just lost – and maybe more!

Make sure to start taking Probiotics after you finished the Cleanse. It is very important to replenish the good bacteria in your body that has been flushed out during the Cleansing process. The word “probiotic” means “for life.” Probiotics are good bacteria that provides many health benefits and are essential for many vital body functions, including healthy digestion.

Getting Started (For Newbie & Master Cleansers)

Now that you know what The Master Cleanse is, you might want to take that information and get started right away, and you'll probably do just fine going it alone, searching randomly for communities to join, resources to rely on and people to relate to. But, why would you? It's all right here.

Sign up now for our Group Cleanse, a free Cleanse Bootcamp, perfect for Newbie Cleansers, and Master Cleansers alike.

Now You KNOW How To Master Cleanse

So now what? What's Next?

  1. Pick Your Start Date
  2. Get Your Master Cleanse Kit
  3. Get Your After Master Cleanse Kit
  4. Join The Group Cleanse and Social Channels for Support and Fun!
  5. Lose Weight & Feel Great

Pick Your Start Date

In our experience, Friday's are great days for starting the Ease-In, leaving the following Monday for you to begin your Lemonade Diet. Strategically this makes your starting weekend a hybrid of cleanse and food. This also leaves the Ease-Out to fall prior to the end of the second week, and ultimately only 1 full weekend while on the Lemonade Diet. This helps substantially with people's work and social schedules.

Finally, choosing your seasonal selection is also important. Look at your calendar and and notice major events like National Holidays, and personal events like weddings, graduations, etc. Find the first opportunity that you have 2 weeks off following one of these events. You can then really dig in and enjoy your last indulgences and get ready for a fresh start free from any of the pitfalls and temptations that these events are certain to cause.

Get Your Master Cleanse Kit

There are 3 parts to your Master Cleanse Kit. Part 2, Lemons, of course are perishable. So you should try to get those locally, although Amazon.com will deliver Fresh Lemons directly to your door, along with the readily available non-perishable ingredients making up part of The Master Cleanse Kit including Maple Syrup, Cayenne Pepper, Sea Salt, and Laxative Teas or Laxative Pills. Part 3 of your Master Cleanse Kit might include the equipment or accessories you might need like a hand juicer, tablespoon measures and water bottles. All of these items can be found on Amazon.com, where we suggest you get your kit, saving you the effort of sourcing all these items independently.

Join the Group Cleanse for Support and Fun!

Now that you're committed, why not join our Group Cleanse. Hundreds of people do one of 4 scheduled Group Cleanses after the major holidays, but there are also Independent Group Cleanse with dozens of participants on any given day of the year. You'll be amazed how helpful, and FUN, having someone to share with, learn from, and lean on during the challenge of becoming a Master Cleanser. Not to mention you can flex your Social Networking, Blogging and Publishing skills that might even land you your very own blog just like TheMasterCleanse.org. Check out our Group Cleanse page for details.

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Lose Weight & Feel Great – Like Dr. Wayne Dyer Did

Yes The Master Cleanse is about Cleanse and Detox, but many of you are for the Weight Loss. Well, great news! As a reduction diet, The Master Cleanse is beyond compare. Be prepared to lose up to 2 lbs per day as fat melts away. Please note, that this is not typical, and results definitely vary. You'll only lose weight if your body feels you need to. Some people, especially those underweight or malnourished can sometimes put on weight. Most people however, carrying extra weight in fat, will see dramatic, fast, and natural weight loss.

Last but not least, the Cleanse and Detox is a Whole Body experience. You'll not only feel great about how you look, but you'll be more aware, proud, and empowered with your ability to be confident, committed in your new healthy lifestyle. Not to mention the famous “Cleansers” High most notably touted by Dr. Wayne Dyer, who proclaims:

I feel great and taken weight off around my middle. It's just kinda disappeared. I have lost 14 or 15 pounds I have more energy. I am doing yoga again. I am back walking. I was having real issues with my back. Joint pains and things like that seem to have all gone. I have a new kind of clarity as well.

Happy Cleansing everyone and Thank you for visiting our website! We hope to see you here soon again.

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2,889 thoughts on “How To Master Cleanse and Lemonade Diet to Detox and Lose Weight “F.A.S.T.”

  1. Just wondering about the maple syrup boosting insulin. Would that affect weight loss and the health benefits of this protocol if you already having high circulating insulin?

  2. Can I use caster oil instead of sea salt water? I’ve tried SSW before and the very first day it worked, but after that it didn’t work. I kept drinking SSW for 5 more days without flushing it out. It freaked me out where all those salts were going. I had a normal amount of bathroom visits without flushing anything. I increased the dose with no result. I changed to different SS with no better result. My normal salt intake is very low, so I had to stop the cleanse all together because I was so worried. I recently tried castor oil for a couple of days and it worked without a fail. So, I am considering going back on to master cleanse and wondering if I could do CO instead of SSW flush.

    • Hi there. Have a read of this article regarding the salt water flush and I think it will help squash the fears and concerns you had. It is well explained and easy to understand the importance and benefits of the salt water flush. It is not uncommon at all to not go for a few days when you shock your body with a cleanse. It happened to me (not going for 5 or 6 days) just from cutting alcohol out of my diet. Another side note, castor oil will lubricate but it also will add an extra 120 calories per tbsp, so that’s something to consider as well.

    • I don’t know about castor oil, but how about a coffee enema? It cleans out your liver. Works well. ……peggy

  3. It does really work, i know someone who had this lemonade diet and lose so much weight. Right now, shes living healthy and in shape, that is why i decided to sign up too. This blog is a must to read for those seeking for an effective weight loss but still maintaining healthy lifestyle.

  4. My name is Sio and am going on the 5th day of the Cleanse. Checked the scale yesterday and have loss 8lbs. Feeling great and plan to go for two weeks. Let you know the results..HAPPY CLEANSING everyone.

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