Popular Diet Is Said to Flush Away Pounds
Students detox through fasting, liquids
December 2, 2006 10:05 PM
SF State student Ryan Keating would toss and turn at night with hunger pains and intestinal cramps. During the day he would resist passing gas with fear of soiling himself. He lost 10 pounds in nine days from not eating.
These were symptoms Keating chose to experience during a detoxification diet known as the Master Cleanse (MC).
The MC, also known as the lemonade diet, is a liquid mono-diet that cleanses and detoxifies the body as it stimulates healthy tissue growth, according to Peter Glickman, author of “Lose Weight, Have More Energy & Be Happier.”
“Fasting has been a health-rejuvenation for thousands of years,” said Glickman, who also recognizes that Beyonce and Robin Quivers’ recent completion of the MC could have popularized the diet for younger generations.
“I was hesitant at first because I thought not eating for 10 days could in no way be healthy for me, but I guess that’s my western upbringing, said Keating, 24, who heard about the MC from a friend. “I decided to try the diet because I feel detoxing is important for everyone to try.”
To completely detoxify the body, the faster consumes laxative tea each night before going to bed, which wakes most fasters in the morning with intestinal cramps. Then the faster drinks 32 ounces of non-iodized salt water as fast as possible.
“The salt water is flushed through your intestines, which grazes them to collect waste that has been stored there for who knows how long,” said past faster and SF State geography graduate Leslie Goodyear, 24.
The salt water takes around 30-60 minutes to flush through your intestines, according to Goodyear. “Once the salt water has done its thing, you’ll know. You have a massive need to eliminate.”
Goodyear said a faster must allow for ample time in the morning during detoxification.
“The salt water flush was the worst part of the cleanse for me,” Keating said. “Gulping it down in the morning was horrible. But, it is a huge part of the detoxing processes.”
Food, alcohol and smoking are not allowed during this fast. The lemonade drink consists of fresh squeezed lemon juice, organic grade B maple syrup, cayenne pepper and spring water, and is consumed six to 12 times a day.
“Just not drinking for an extended period of time really made me feel great,” Keating said. “And now that I completed the diet, I find myself eating healthier and smaller amounts of food.”
The lemonade diet was created by the late Stanley Burroughs in 1941, a pioneer in the field of alternative health care, and published in “The Master Cleanser” by Burroughs Books in 1976. Burroughs was renowned for his research in the role of toxemia in disease.
Although the MC is nothing new, generation Y is beginning to diffuse the 60-year-old innovation all over again.
Some say the lemonade diet has changed their lives for the better.
“I am much more aware and conscious of what I eat since completing the Master Cleanse,” said SF State political science graduate Morgan Shidler, 23.
“At first the lemonade drink was rather disgusting, but as it became all I ate, it became really good. I dropped 10 pounds in seven days, even though I did not start the fast with weight loss intentions. I really thought it was a good idea to get rid of toxins that my body has been storing.”
Glickman said there are always some in the main stream medical community who say the Master Cleanse is actually bad for you, and that an individual cannot live on it.
“But they miss the point,” Glickman said. “This is a diet, not a way of life. People don’t live on this. Some say there is no protein or there are not enough vitamins. But it’s like saying ‘you have a hammer and a nail but can’t cut this board.’ Well, no kidding, that’s not the point.”
SF State health educator Albert Angelo agrees fasting is not to be considered a long-term plan, but he also said one should get advice from a nutritionist about healthy eating patterns instead of fasting.
“If it works for you, that’s fine,” said Angelo. “But I like healthy nutrition and a balanced diet. The problem is when people think this is new when it’s just a fad. I remember when I was younger, everyone played racquetball, or did tae bo and they went out of style.”
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