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 which consists of 3 simple, but powerful Super Foods, and Water.

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 worldwide.

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 favorite 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 break a cleanse by launching into full-feasting mode. You want your digestive system to get well-deserved break 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.


  1. Scott

    Is it ok to use organic lemon juice instead of fresh squeezed lemons?

    • Sharon

      Can I still take vitamins with the master cleanse?

  2. Sam

    I have completed the Cleanse 4 times in the last year and a half. The first time I completed 19 days, the other tree time I just did 10 days. What was amazing was I was never hungry. I will say that you have to drink enough and follow instruction by using Organic Lemons and Grade B Maple Syrup. I started of conservative with the Pepper, but as I got used to it I used more and more. I looked forward to the bite it gave me. and I’m not a spicy food eater.

    Mentally the first three days were somewhat of a challenge, but I was also excited about the cleanse so most of the negative thoughts were neutralized.

  3. Fari

    I tried this diet a few yrs ago but found it so disgusting, only realizing now, that it was because I didn’t measure the syrup & cayenne.
    The lemonade actually tastes quite nice, especially if you prepare it fresh.
    I’m a female 156cm weighting 71kg and hope it will help me to drop off some weight. I dont use so much cayenne, so I hope it will still work.
    The last 3 days I was all day on the diet, but unfortunately was not strong enough in the evenings and binged on pasta. :(
    This morning I did a salt-water flush (which worked after 1h) and I hope I will be strong enough to stick on the Master Cleanse for the next few days.
    So I see today as my Day 1 and I hope i will last 7-10 days.

    And on another note, I tried the keto diet before, but I love sugar too much. The Master Cleanse Lemonade actually satisfies my sweet tooth, but after the salt-water flush I am craving pizza, or at least I want my keto food back. hehe

  4. Michelle

    Hello my name is Michelle I am 47 and I’m 249lb the biggest i ever being and I will start my master clean and detox today for the next two week I will keep you guys posted but please keep me lifted in prayers.


    I’m 45 and I weigh 243 lbs I need to give my body and mind a break. My name is Mimi and I start today Oct.1, 2017. I’ll be back in 10 days. To update you on my results

  6. Pamela

    I was really excited to try this cleanse for the 1st time. Primary reasons were to assist my nutritional program in abating my leaky gut, candida and all over body pain. I started out at 170.5. I’m 53 years old and have eaten clean since 2010. I started with the functional nutritionist back at the end of April. I’ve done well with the hundreds of $$$ worth of supplements and after 3.5 months they started to REALLY make a difference yet the pain and stiffness in my muscles was still there. Not as bad but there. Once I read that MC would help in clearing out mucus in the colon, possibly rid the body of my endollmax nana parasite and kill candida I thought, “why not” I am pretty well schooled on nutrition and have been my own “doctor” since 2010. All my issues are caused by foods that have caused chronic inflammatory responses. Almost everything I ate makes me feel bloated and brain fog. Again, why not give my program a boost and cleanse?

    I am sad to report that NOTHING has changed after 7 days and in fact SALT REALLY bloats me and put LOTS of water weight on me NO MATTER how much water I drink or even what kind of water I drink; purified, distilled or alkalized. I got on the scale today, day seven and weighed 171 lbs and I am FREAKIN STARVING! I was pumped at first because when I weighed in on day 3 after a HORRIFIC evening of “die off” symptoms (which IS a good thing) I weighed 166.5. I swear on my Grandmother’s grave I have been EXACTING on this program. Nothing tastes better than the pain most food has been causing. While some of the pain is better and some mucus has cleared from the colon other things have gotten worse. I don’t urinate NEARLY as much as I did in the beginning and I drink nearly 1 gallon fo water a day, I no longer pass ANYTHING from my colon and I feel hungry and bloated plus that chronic headache that comes goes. Mind you, I have energy yet its the same strong energy I have alway had. Lack of energy has never been my problem. I been a self-employed Massage Therapist for 21 years. Health wise, I need to listen to my intuition and stop this cleanse. I just isn’t right for me. I DID recently watch FAT, SICK and NEARLY DEAD. THAT may be the cleanse that is right for me. I sincerely urge EVERYONE to watch that documentary, by the way. It is currently on Netflix.Unfortunately, it has become imperative to get educated about our food and what it is doing to our bodies since most of what is in the grocery store is convenient and poison.

    I will be easing off this cleanse and moving on to REBOOT with Joe in the hopes I can find some results

  7. Carla Sitte

    My name is Carla. I’m 49 years old. I came to the realization that I was a slave to food. I ate emotionally and often. This enlightenment caused me to pursue freedom. I did four other fasts before this one, to no avail. I did the Master Cleanse for one week. I had energy, I was alert and felt great. I realized the syrup gave me boosts but it also kept the weight from coming off as fast. I did lose a few pounds though. I’ll be doing it again now. It was super hard for me last time, the juicing. I seemed too make every mistake. I put,the lemons in the fridge. I mixed a bunch of juice then realized, that’s not good. Lol Hoping, now I have juicer I’ll do better. The hardest part for me was the salt water flush. Four cups!! Wow! My grandmother told me when I was young to drink salt water if I need to vomit. Ughhhh… I have to seriously focus on not gagging when I do that part. Hold your nose, belt it back, try not to stop till its done! Still, I know it helped. Happy cleansing.

    • Crystal Hargrove

      Be sure to use sea salt… not table salt

  8. Raj

    Great information. It’s been 22 years since I did it back in university! A more holistic approach to life has brought me back. Day#7 and feeling great. Worked out during the cleanse too (did drink protein shakes on weight days though) – last day tomorrow before a weeekend golf trip. Hope I stay good during that…

  9. Ann

    Husband weighs 213 lbs and I weigh 107 lbs we are starting this master cleanse today. I’m doing this to support and encourage my husband into healthy eating habits. Well let you know the result! Blessings in California.

  10. Kary

    Well here goes nothing! My name is Kary and Im 45 years old, I weigh 200 lbs and its the most Ive ever weighed. I just read about the master cleanse and plan to try it after my family vacation. Im excited to not only to detox my body but shed lbs as well. I will stay in touch and let you know my results and experience.
    Excited in Illinois

    • Debra

      I’m starting tomorrow morning


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