Many people look up to slim and attractive celebrities, wondering what they can do to be just like them. After all, if they look amazing, why wouldn't you want to follow the same diet and/or fitness program they do?
Unfortunately, celebs, just like us, can fall victim to some rather clever marketing schemes - they're also under a lot of pressure to be thin in the world of show business. They've made super-restrictive eating plans and cleanses hotter than ever, though the ideal of purifying the body of toxic substances has been around for centuries.
The bad news is that the only positive thing cleansing really does is to line the pockets of those who are selling them. And, it can seriously harm the health of those who use them.
The Master Cleanse, or Lemonade Diet as it's also been called, is just one example. It's been around for over 50 years, after Stanley Burroughs published his book, "The Master Cleanser" back in the 1950s.
The Master Cleanse skyrocketed in popularity when Hollywood superstar Beyoncé revealed that she'd lost 20 pounds on the diet for her film, "Dreamgirls."
The diet has also been linked to super slim, lithe celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow.
While it's been touted as a great option for quick weight loss as well as to detox the system, promising to flush out poisons and purge excess pounds, it does anything but. It's basically a starvation diet, whose followers swallow nothing but a mixture of lemon juice combined with maple syrup, water and cayenne pepper, a little saltwater and a laxative tea for a 10-day period.
When people hear the words "cleanse" or "detox" they automatically think it must be a great way to better health and a slimmer waistline, but these cleanses actually do the opposite. On the Master Cleanse, for example, if you drink 12 glasses of their "detoxifying cocktail," you'll have consumed about ¾ of a pound of pure sugar, not to mention the laxative they recommend taking before bed which destroys your gut flora.
The cleanse will also leave you severely hydrated and even shut down your immune system, in addition to cleaning you out of hundreds of dollars!
This "diet" or most any other extreme, severely restricted diet or "cleanse" not only does not work, it can severely impact your health.
Just some of the side effects include:
Fatigue - meaning you won't have the energy to work out and will lose muscle, thereby slowing your metabolism to a crawl
Nausea, cramps, bloating and vomiting - all fun stuff, right?
And even more seriously, you could develop:
That's just some of what you can expect with the Master Cleanse and other near-starvation diets. After a period of time following a diet like this, the body eventually goes into ketosis - or starvation mode which leads to muscle breakdown and nutritional deficiency. Depriving the body of essential vitamins and minerals it needs, weakens its ability to fight infections and inflammation causing all kinds of health problems.
While you may see that needle on the scale go down initially, it will start to move in the opposite direction as soon as you return to normal eating - and eventually lead to even more weight gain over time. That initial weight loss is generally not fat loss either. As your body isn't getting enough protein, it's forced to get it from other sources, like muscle.
By the end of the diet, you may weigh less, but you've resulted in a body that's higher in fat and lower in muscle, which means burning fewer calories as well as being more likely to appear flabby and untoned. Certainly not that fit, lean look you probably want, right?
Actually, many who have made that mistake, have opened up about their regrets. Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has said the Master Cleanse left her "hallucinating," and she advised others to beware that a detox like that can "crash your metabolism and lead to future weight gain."
Beyoncé also publicly announced that she doesn't recommend it either, quickly realizing that the road it led to was not the one she wanted to take.
While the Master Cleanse and diets like it are more than a little frightening, it is true that deadly toxins are lurking everywhere throughout our environment - in the air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the multitude of personal care products and household cleaners we use on a daily basis, and more…
This is why a healthy detox is a must for keeping hormones normalized, energy levels at their max, and to keep your metabolism from shutting down.
While MOST "cleanses" or celebrity detox fads are dangerous to your health and can HARM your hormones making fat loss impossible in the long term and even causing rebound weight gain that's worse than where you started, the good news is that there IS a better answer!
On the next page, I'll let you in on a NEW and incredibly HEALTHY 3-day detox program that will:
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