Why the Master Cleanse is a Horrible Idea

By Dan Kamys for FitandFabLiving.com

Recently, a diet known as the Master Cleanse has been coming into the spotlight. Celebrities such as Beyoncé have been known to practice this in order to supposedly cleanse their bodies. We think this is not only one of the worst weight-loss ideas ever, it’s downright dangerous. Keep reading to find out why.

The Master Cleanse is actually quite simple in practice. In place of solid food and other drinks, the “cleanser” mixes lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and water and drinks that six or more times per day for anywhere between four and fourteen days. They then slowly ease themselves into solid food and off of the cleanse.

While the dieter will most certainly lose weight by only following a liquid diet, there are many risks with such a choice. First and foremost, they will not be getting nearly enough calories while on the fast. In order to lose weight, you have to cut calories, but such an intense decrease in calories is dangerous. As a result, most of the weight lost is actually muscle and water weight rather than fat.

Hunger pangs, headaches, tiredness, constipation, and diarrhea are all likely for somebody who is on the Master Cleanse. There is no evidence to support that the ingredients in this cleanse do anything additional to help our livers detoxify our bodies, and since the weight loss isn’t really genuine, what’s the point?

The bottom line is that the Master Cleanse is nothing more than a dangerous fad that does more harm than good. A balanced diet (that can be tailored to you with the help of a nutritionist) and regular periods of moderate cardiovascular exercise are the best way to go about weight loss. If you want to lose weight quickly, up your exercise level and cut your calories, and make sure to still get enough nutrients throughout the day.

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