Master Cleanse Diet

Does the Master Cleanse Diet Work?

So the diet is supposed to help you lose weight and rid your body of toxins, but does it work? Well, it is a liquid diet that focuses on about 650 to 1,300 calories per day. So if you normally eat about 2,150 calories each day, it's probably a safe bet that you will lose some weight. If you do the math, this 1,500-calorie deficit will result in losing three pounds of fat (in addition to any water weight loss) each week.
If you look at the research on diets that focus on eating fewer calories, consuming healthy foods, and exercising, you can usually expect around a two-pound weight loss each week. So if you look at the master cleanse diet from this comparison, the difference in pounds lost isn't really that drastically different.
While you may lose some weight with the master cleanse diet, you will also likely be losing muscle and water. Because of this, it is probable that you will gain the weight right back. Also, there isn't much scientific evidence that proves "detoxifying" will lead to long-term weight loss. In fact, there isn't much scientific evidence to prove that your body even needs to be "detoxified," as your body is designed to do this process pretty efficiently on its own.
While it may be nice to drop a few pounds quickly, if you are looking for a lasting change, you may be better off eating a healthy diet of lean proteins, low-fat dairy, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables in combination with a regular exercise program.

Pros and Cons

As with any diet program, there are pros and cons. Whether you decide to try this diet or not, the decision is a personal one. However, it is good to know what you're getting yourself into if you decide to try the master cleanse.
First, let's take a look at some of the pros. This diet consists of very few ingredients, which means it is easy to prep and doesn't cost a lot of money. There are also free discussion and support groups available, as well as an optional online coaching program that costs $9.95 per month.
Giving your body a break from some of the "junk" food and unhealthy products you may be used to eating can help give your liver, kidneys, and colon a little break. Also, not drinking alcohol, coffee, or other harmful substances will help you feel better. In addition, eliminating some of the foods that may have artificial additives, chemicals, or preservatives can lighten the toxin burden on your body.
But do these pros outweigh the cons? Let's take a look at some of the cons, as the decision to do this diet rests in your hands alone.
When considering the master cleanse, it's important to understand that this liquid diet is, in a sense, basically voluntary starvation, which means that by depleting your body of protein, you will affect your lean muscle mass. When your body thinks it's starving, it will start to break down muscles to help supply energy your body needs. Your body is unaware that you may just be doing this diet for a few days. Therefore, your body will kick into survival mode, which means doing what it needs to keep you alive and maintain body function.
Other potential problems include how it might affect the thyroid gland. Depriving yourself of food may cause your thyroid to slow down to help save energy your body needs. Your metabolism will also slow down. When you have finished this diet and begin to eat normally again, the pounds may come back quickly because your metabolism is set too low to burn a normal amount of calories.
Something else to take into consideration is how the laxatives may affect you. Aside from the fact that you will basically be living in the bathroom for a good chunk of this diet plan, using laxatives every day can irritate and damage the nerve endings in the colon. 
Also, because you are on such a strict diet with the master cleanse, you are likely to be hungry. You may also experience "detox symptoms," such as dizziness, headaches, and cravings.
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