Here’s the thing.

Most of the advice you’re getting about dieting, weight-loss and especially Fasting are DEAD WRONG!

We know because we see study after study that contradict what popular culture and even common sense might tell you.

Yes, Doctors are people too and subject to bad, old, or down-right mis-information.

Did you know that Doctors only get 1 hour of nutrition training in their 7-10 years of training.

That’s shameful.

But not surprising, given that the system of education is largely shaped by the same corporations (Big Pharma), that want you to believe in “Pills and Surgery” as the alter of the “Sick-Care” industry.

That’s why when we say Lose Weight “Fast” we’re intentionally triggering your beliefs and your desires in an effort to liberate yourself into an open mind-set about what it means to lose weight rapidly, and through what’s been conventionally controversial but now widely heralded act of “Fasting”


To be able to say “Lose Weight Fast” is what all the hype is about these days in the “Weight Loss Industry” (sigh).

Yes, we all want things fast; cars, food, lifestyles, and Times at Ridgemont High. And the faster we put on 20lbs after highschool snarfing down too many of spicoloy’s pizzas, the faster we want to lose weight.

It seems we all want the quick fix.

And while The Master Cleanse is known as perhaps the most profound way to Lose Weight Fast, it really shouldn’t be all about losing weight (although for most of you landing here, that’s what it is about).

I call The Master Cleanse the most effective Fast Weight Loss Program around, but that’s because it’s a Functional Fasting weight-loss program.

So, the question inevitably I hear most is:

“How much weight can I lose on The Master Cleanse?”

Stanley Burroughs, the inventor of The Master Cleanser says:

“As a reducing diet it is superior in every way to any other system because it dissolves and eliminates all types of fatty tissue. Fat melts away at the rate of about two pounds a day for most persons –and without any harmful side effects”.

So yes, you can Lose Weight Fast, up to 2 lbs per day, if you need to. Still others have gained weight (if they’re malnourished going in). In most cases 1 pound per day occurs until you reach your ideal weight.


Fasting for the ages…

Fasting has long been held in such high esteem that it felt religious to a fault. It’s been done so long by humans for spiritual and physical healing, but somehow that fact get’s lost on the general population, and therefore relegated to the margins of healing modalities.

But finally, study after study is showing how effective Fasting is, with one such study boldly proclaiming their findings that a 3 day fast will “renew the entire immune system”.!

This remarkable study from The University of Southern California (USC) who state that fasting “flips a regenerative switch” that prompts stem cells to create white blood cells, essentially restoring the immune system.!

“It gives the OK for stem cells to go ahead and begin proliferating and rebuild the entire system,” said Valter Longo, professor of gerontology and biological sciences at the university.!

“And the good news is that the body got rid of the parts of the system that might be damaged or old, the inefficient parts, during the fasting”.!

Awesome hey?!

Proponents of The Master Cleanse have known this for so long, but alas, to debate the arguments of fasting, for and against, is beyond the scope of this report. But I think it’s safe to say, that the typical, reasonable person, can agree that a degree of fasting in one form or another, is probably effective in aiding the bodies healing processes.!

Type of Fasting

We already talked a little about “Super Diets” (and all diets by nature) and how they each essentially are eliminating a food, or “fasting” from it.!

But, we often say phrases like “Juice Fast” or “Water Fast” to describe the fast we’re on, when in fact, we’re not describing what we’re fasting (eliminating from our diet, plan or routine), but rather what we’re allowing while on our fast. Juice Fasts allow for juices. Water Fast allow for water. !

Technology Fasting, on the other hand, which is the act of abstaining from using technology –which I really could use– is phrased opposite to the past example.!

It really doesn’t matter how we phrase the name of the Fast we’re doing, as long as we understand what the big picture idea is. We’re consciously choosing to eliminate a certain substance from our lives for a period of time. In the case of both Juice Fast and Water Fast, we’re abstaining from all other foods.!

Besides the “thing(s) being Fasted, perhaps the biggest attribute that defines a Fast is the duration.!

  • Mini-Fasts: Less than 24 hours
  • Short Term Fasts: 1-2 Days
  • Mid-Term Fasts: 2-4 Days
  • Long-Term Fasts: Longer than 5 Days
  • Intermittent Fasting (Alternating Stop/Start or Fast/Feast)


Yes, when you sleep you’re fasting, which is why we call our first meal of the day “Breakfast”. We’re breaking our nightly fast.

12 Hour Fast: Dr. Junger of the Clean Program speaks to a 12 Hour Detox window, which states that our bodies enter a new phase of digestion, elimination and repair after 8 hours and therefore the normal window of sleep doesn’t allow for us to optimize this fasting function, therefore fasting for the first 4 hours of waking will create a mini detox fast, and is something that we routinely incorporate into The Master Cleanse Program.

Short Term Fasts

1 Day Fasts: The Ease-In and Ease-Out both have short segments of 1 Day Fasts that limit the foods consumed to either Salads, Soups, Smoothies (and Juices).!

1 Food Fasts: “Mono Meals” and “Mono Diets” focus on eating only 1 food at a time, often for each meal, each day, or sometimes for many days. The Orange Juice day of the Ease-In segment is a 1 Food Fast.!

Mid Term Fasts

Fasts longer than 1 Day but shorter than 3 days are grouped due to how the body reacts to the timeline of this length. Like the 12 Detox Window, the body will change “modes” after a few days of a certain diet. This is why days 2 and 3 of The Lemonade Diet are often very challenging, and why we recommend doing at least 10 Days of The Lemonade Diet, so you don’t unnecessarily suffer the most challenging days of the fast, and fail to realize the benefits of the deep detox mode your body will shift into after a period time as it recognizes that the current reality is stable. It adapts.!

3-5 Day Fasts: Are perfect for the Retox Diet, as the process of digestion of a new food can be seen to its completion.!

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Long Term Fasts

7-10 Day Fasts: Like The Master Cleanse, a nice little window that optimizes the bodies changing phases/modes, yet short enough that they’re “chunkable” by the human mind, leaving us to think we can do it by no leaving long countdowns mid-fast (only 5 more days left ;)!

Multi-Week Fasts: Anything over 10 days up to 30 days or more can change the dynamic of managing the fast, from marginal differences, to significant considerations. None of the Fast Segments in the Super Fast last longer than 10 days, unless you do an Advanced Master Cleanse Program of 60 or 90 days.!

Multi-Month Fasts: If you do chose to do an advanced cleanse, make sure you’re already a “Master Cleanser”, or at least a seasoned “Veteran”, and seek a coach regardless of your stature. Even Tiger Woods has a coach. You’re never too good you don’t need coaching.!

Naturally, every body is different and has different lengths to their cycles. !

Intermittent Fasting: This is the foundation of The Super Fast diet, as we modulate between different fast types. Another program “Eat Stop Eat” also has this foundation, and the practice is gaining popularity as fasting studies come in favour of short term fasts as well as long term fasts.!

Functional Fasting

We’ve talked a lot about the “Function” of foods, and fasting. We stated, that The Master Cleanse is a Functional Fast on the basis that It completes the following specific functions:!

  • To rest the digestive system
  • To provide detoxifying nutrients
  • To aid elimination systems
  • To strengthen the immune system

The function of The Master Cleanse is derived form it’s ingredients and the routine, the order of operations, and the reactions of the body as a result.!

For example, by excluding protein from the diet, some would say that The Master Cleanse is “Deficient” in this highly important macro-nutrient and will cause all sorts of problems.!

In a vacuum, this statement would be true, that a lack of protein for a prolonged period of time, with no “reason”, would ultimately be “bad”.

But, the function of The Master Cleanse is to rest the digestive system, and protein is hard to digest.

We realize that the lack of protein needs to be understood to be demystified, and then accounted for by calmly, and simply re-introducing protein into the next phase of the diet. That phase would serve a different function. To “Grow”.

Example of other Functional Fasts might have different objectives like:

  • Detox & Flush
  • Quick Energy & Reboot
  • Healing & Repair
  • Growth, Strength & Stamina
  • Immune Builder, Cold & Flu Recovery
  • Slimming & Toning
  • Strength & Stamina

Fasting and The Detox Scale

Peter Glickman first proposed a form of the following Detox Scale (thanks for the foundation Peter). I’ve expanded on it a little, adding some other “Super Diets” to the list, and the Detox Rank (beta) of each fast, and the efficacy of the diet as a fasting tool.!

If you’re very toxic, and/or allergic to almost everything, you should start with more manageable and subtle fasting routines. The Master Cleanse is a dramatic form of Detox.!

  • Pure Water Fast (10): Requires expert supervision
  • The Master Cleanse (8): The original “Functional Fast”
  • Modified Juice Fasts (4-8): Other Functional Fasts for Customized Cleansing
  • Fruit Juice Fast (8): Fruits are detoxifiers
  • Vegetable Juice Fast (7): Veggies build up the body with vitamins, proteins and minerals.
  • Raw Vegan Diet (6): Raw Vegan eliminates all “processed” foods of any kind, even cooking
  • Vegantarian Diet (6): Predominantly raw vegan diet with the rest of the diet being cooked vegetarian food.
  • Vegetarian Diet (6): Without sugar or artificially preserved, colored, flavored, sweetened, or prepared foods.
  • Paleo Diet (6): You can still cook, and you can still eat animals (most, and not processed meats), but you remove dairy, grains (gluten), and all the CRAP we’ve created in our quest for profitable food/disease businesses.
  • The Super Fast (6): Smoothies (Juices), Soups and Salads. No meats, no grains, no crap. Mostly liquid and raw foods with bio-availability of nutrients.

If you’re looking for a Detox Diet that is fun, manageable, The Super Fast, is all of that and a bag of chips (apple chips fried in coconut oil).!

These “Functions” of fasting can be mixed and matched according to the needs of the body.

For example, Before and After The Master Cleanse is a great time for both Healing & Repair, but also Growth, Strength & Stamina or Anti-Aging Regimens.

This would be a great time to reload the body with nutrients that were “deficient” during The Lemonade Diet.

We can accomplish this by introducing a wide array of “Super-Foods” in other fasting forms such as what we call a “Super Fast” which alternates fasting from certain foods and feasting on others, like Salads, Soups and Smoothies.

Superfoods are vibrant, nutritionally dense foods that offer tremendous dietary and healing potential. They are powerful sources of clean protein, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, antioxidants, good fats, essential fatty and amino acids, and other nutrients that offer deep levels of nutrition, healing and wellness.

Super Food Fasting

And knowing that those Super Foods are “functional” in their medicinal or healing abilities, we’ll be half way home when it comes to creating a wellness based diet plan and lifestyle.

The top 3 “Fast Weight Loss” Super Foods

    <li”>Fresh Lemon Juice <li”>Cayenne Pepper <li”>Maple Syrup <li”>Pure Spring Water

The Master Cleanse is a “modified” Juice Fast that’s use for the function of Detox and Cleansing, by resting the digestive system, and providing specific nutrients to aid the body in elimination and repair, while facilitating excessive fat reduction.!

As you probably know, the Juice is a Lemonade, made from: Fresh Lemon Juice, Nutrient Rich Maple Syrup, The Master Herb: Cayenne Pepper, and Purified Water.!

Combine these 3 Super Foods (2 Tablespoons of Fresh Lemon Juice, 2 Tablespoons of Rich Maple Syrup and 1/10 of a Teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper), into a large glass of Purified Water.!

This mix provides a perfect combination of energy, nutrients and cleansing agents which make this cleanse The Master Cleanse.!

Let me repeat this because it’s very important. This isn’t a Starvation Diet. It’s Liquid Food. Like an Internal intra-venous solution designed for a specific purpose: To rest your digestive system while giving your body substantial energy and nutrients. So that your body has the substances and time it needs to concentrate on repair, rather than constantly being bombarded with Big Macs, Cheesy Puffs, Donuts and Beer.!

Each glass of The Lemonade has 113 Calories. And you should drink 6-18 Glasses per Day for 10 Days. So each day you get up to 2,034 Calories (around the *average recommended intake)( *the average varies from person to person).!

Because of the “Functions” of these ingredients, and your bodies systems in response to those ingredients, and to the plan itself, people often use the cleanse to Lose Weight Fast, which we like to say as well because we then remind people of the benefits of Fasting.!

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