How Much Weight Will I Lose on The Master Cleanse

You've heard the disclaimer: Results not typical. Results will vary. And that couldn't be more true than with The Master Cleanse, which is why I'll say it again.

Everybody is different. Some people do the cleanse with less lemonade than others, some more. Some do it wrong, but have tremendous results. Some do everything right but don't lose any weight (in this case it's nearly always because either they really don't need to and should be doing a self-image cleanse, not a master cleanse, or because they are so toxic they need to do several longer term cleanses and detox methods over time to produce the results they're looking for).

Having said all that I am sure you're really wanting to know “what's the average weight loss”, what can I typically expect?

Average Weight Loss on The Master Cleanse

Typically, around 1 pound per day is lost on a 10 day cleanse. When you factor in the Ease-In and Ease-Out that can end up being around 15 pounds or 7 kilograms.

What's the max weight I have ever lost on the master cleanse? 2lbs per day. In the fall of 2008 on one of my 5 documented cleanses (12 total) I did a 10 day cleanse, I tracked my weight loss closely. I had plenty to lose at that time. I ended up losing 20 lbs in 10 days? down to 186.5 lbs by the end of the ease-out, starting at 206.7 at the beginning of the Ease-In. I don't have those first and last days documented unfortunately, but here's me at 206.6 lbs and again at 191.8 only 8 days later while still on the lemonade

What are The keys to rapid weight loss on the master cleanse?

  1. Be needing to lose weight: I had about 20 pounds over my ideal weight to lose. I lost exactly that. The Master Cleanse tends to stop weight loss around your ideal weight.
  2. Be relatively non-toxic already: If you have to go through to much detoxing, and repair, your body doesn't seem to focus on dropping fat quickly as it has other more pressing functions to perform like repairing organs and breaking down tumors.
  3. Don't starve yourself: 6-18 glasses is the range. 10 is a good starting point with 12 usually being the upper range needed per day. If you're training for a triathalon you might need 20 glasses or more. But if you start starving yourself with 3, 2 or even just 1 glass of lemonade you're now in water fast territory which is a whole different story.  There's a law of diminishing returns when it comes to the tricky balance of how many glasses to drink. You can try to find the magic number, but my rule of thumb is drink as much as you want so you feel full, and energized. Let the weight loss take care of itself.

Generally the amount of weight lost depends on your calorie deficit as well If your body needs 2,200 calories to maintain its metabolism and your drink mix is 1,400 calories, you will lose more than if your caloric needs are 2,400 and your drink mix is 1,800 calories. This still holds relatively true while fasting, but as mentioned earlier, other factors can take precedence.

Also of note women tend to lose more weight than men do. Your guess is as good as mine on that one.

Weight Gain and The Master Cleanse?

As mentioned, if you don't have any fat or stored waste to remove, don't worry, you won't waste away. People who have done the cleanse for many months have reported that their weight loss ceased at a certain point (at their ideal body weight).

It's also been noted that if you're malnourished or underweight you can actually gain weight on the master cleanse (when done properly.

Master Cleanse Weight Loss Stories and Results

In the near decade we've been holding group cleanses, we have captured the experiences of thousands of newbie and master cleansers alike. For some, the winners of the My Experience journal challenge, we packaged their weight loss stories and results into reports, like Marlice's weight loss story, and the story of Paula's mater cleanse results, not only physical but emotional, psychological, and social too. Liz Nichol's lost 11 lbs in 10 Days. That's over 1lb per day. Nora lost 30lbs in 20 days. Wow!!!

You can get all of these master cleanser's weight loss stories by doing the group cleanse, posting every day, or by buying the whole bundle of My Experience Journals.

Master Cleanse Before and After


Curious what this weight loss looks like in photos? What would weight sost at 3 Days, 5 Days, 10 Days, 30 Days after the only the lemonade diet? Then check out this post featuring some before and after master cleanse photos (sorry no poop pictures).


13 thoughts on “How Much Weight Will I Lose on The Master Cleanse”

  1. The first time I did the master cleanse was 2011 and then 2012, I did 5 days first then 3days, I was a big size 8 then and wanted to become a small size 8 it usually work. But I am now on day 3of my cleanse today and I am going to be doing 10 days because I am now so big I want to drop 3 dress size. May God help me.

  2. I am on day one of my cleanse and I feel better already. My migraine went away without me needing to take any meds. I will not lie I am craving solid foods but I am getting a BBL next month and I need to drop 10 ibs in 2 weeks. Y’all pray for me during this journey.

  3. Day One

    I’m so excited. I really hopes this works for me I’m going on vacation in 25 days to Ocho Rios Jamaica..My starting weight is 255lbs and I’m only 4’11..I have never really stayed committed to any diet more than 2 or 3 days I’m being honest..I’m 35 years old and turning 36 on September 5th..Imma give this a try and praying for strength to see this through

  4. Hello friends. I am Sello Maebela from South Africa. I tried the master cleanse but also added cinnamon for forty consecutive days drinking a cup soup from the 21st day. I weighed 120kg when I started the programme but lost 40kg within 40 days.

    I gained a fair complexion, flexible in bed and liked my new body but went back to my old habits of binge eating disorder. When I watch myself in my daughter’s wedding video I feel embarrassed cause of the flabby body I exhibited. I have started the master cleanse( adding cucumber) yesterday and I told myself that God help me to be disciplined with my new anticipated body.

  5. I lost 34.5lb on the master cleanse and I am on day 15. I do it for around 3 weeks about 4 times a year, It’s been almost two years now, (I am 19 years old, 20 in a couple months). The first time I ever did the master cleanse I lost 40lb in 2 and a half weeks! I know it seems like a-lot but it was probably from my intestines cleansing out. Though, I do measure my waist and I’ve went from a 16 to a 13 quickly.
    How I did it?
    I took a large intake of Cayenne pepper, (I made it into Capsule form) and drank as much as possible, (6 glasses a day was my max). I did light cardio also. I know it might seem extreme to some, or even unhealthy but I felt like I had so much energy by day 3 I had to do something. I would go for a 20 minute walk, and do 8 situps a day. I usually only gain back the weight if I eat alot, or go back into bad habits a month or so after the cleanse. the last cleanse I did I kept the 10lb off.

    • Hi Ruby, how many heat units was your Cayenne pepper? What brand Cayenne pepper? Organic or no? How many capsule did u take with each glass?

    • I’m interested also in how you took the cayenne pepper in capsule form. That’s the one thing that always screws me up on this cleanse, I just can’t stand the cayenne pepper in the lemonade :-)

  6. On Ease-In Day 1. Excited about all the health benefits of doing this cleanse. If anyone else has just started would love to have the support. :)

  7. I want to start the master cleanse but I work graveyard and my schedule is messed up. Would I drink the lemonade when I wake up before I go to work and when I get off?

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