If you really wanted to lose weight could you consume nothing but liquids for two weeks? Momlogic's Melissa did -- and she's never felt better!
Before you decide to try this trendy Hollywood diet, let Melissa give you some insight to the pros and cons of the Master Cleanse...
Goodbye wine, goodbye cheese, and farewell bread ... Today is day one of the "Master Cleanse" (well, actually I started it yesterday and got to about 3 p.m. and then I decided that I should enjoy my Sunday -- meaning drinking wine and eating bread.) For those of you who aren't familiar with the cleanse, it lasts a minimum of ten days and consists of drinking only liquids. Here is what a normal day on the cleanse looks like:
* Wake up, drink 32 oz. water mixed with 2 tsps. salt (VOMIT!)
* 6 - 10 cups "lemonade" which is made of 2 tbs. fresh-squeezed lemon juice, 2 tbs. Grade B maple syrup, 1/10 tsp. Cayenne pepper
* 1 - 2 cups mint tea
* 1 cup laxative tea
Anyway, it's only 9:50 a.m. and I am having trouble writing this because I haven't had my normal two cups of coffee and I keep hitting the wrong keys on the keyboard. Other than that I don't feel any different ... YET!
I have done this diet before and I was successful -- I lost 17 lbs in 10 days ... I actually stopped doing it on day 10 because I felt like I was getting too thin -- but physically I felt great and could have gone for longer.
Diet Diary Day 3:
This is my third day on The Master Cleanse and I have to tell you, this is not a diet for the working woman. Let's face it, everyone calls it a cleanse, but the reason I, and others, embark on this torturous regime is to lose weight ... lots of it, and fast!
One reason this is a rich person's diet is because you're supposed to drink a 32 oz. (that's a quart folks) of salt water when you first wake up. Drinking the salt water is the colon "rinse" cycle of the diet and it is fouler than anything I have ever tasted in my life. It's not nasty because it's salty (I LOVE salt), it's nasty because it's mixed to be the same consistency of blood so that your body doesn't absorb it, it just passes it through.
This is not a diet for the faint of heart, but I am going to try and stick to it -- after all, losing 6 lbs in two days IS pretty good -- but I really believe that there should be a warning on The Master Cleanse that says, "Warning, this cleanse is for rich people ONLY!"
Diet Diary Week Two:
So today is my eighth day on The Master Cleanse and I have to tell you that I feel great -- so great in fact that I am considering extending my time on the cleanse to 15 (instead of 10) days! I know that coming from someone who called this diet/cleanse something for the wealthy, because of the somewhat impracticality of the regime, it must sound weird -- but I have to tell you that I feel better than I have in a long time and I have more energy than ever before. The losing nearly 12 lbs. doesn't hurt either. I have to admit that I did have two little slips BUT they did NOT involve food -- I am still completely food free. My little "slip" was with coffee. For some reason that is the only thing that I have craved on this cleanse, not wine, not cheese, but coffee -- go figure!
Well, it was Sunday and I couldn't resist and I had a coffee -- so sue me. I also had a coffee this morning -- but that's it for me, I'm done "cheating" and I'm going to be good from now to the end -- whenever that may be.
Diet Diary Week Three:
I did it! I actually did all 10 days of the Master Cleanse -- and I felt so good towards the end of it that I actually went another two days for a total of 12 days without a single morsel of food. When I started the cleanse, I was 155 lbs and hoped to lose 20 lbs. -- bringing me to 135 lbs. Sadly, I didn't quite reach my goal, but I did lose 17 lbs (bringing me to 138 lbs). I feel SOOOO much better; I also think I look better too. Now that I'm off the cleanse, I have to eat again -- so I have put myself on a strict diet and exercise regime, so I can lose the other 10 lbs that I still want to lose. My new diet consists of fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and some protein -- with no dairy, carbs, or sugar. I am also going to work out AT LEAST five days a week. I'll let you know how that goes.
Although I did lose A LOT of weight quickly there were some drawbacks to being on this cleanse/diet.
# 1: I constantly felt like I was going to poop in my pants due to the fact that you have to drink laxative tea first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I managed not to, but I had to be very careful bending down for 12 days.
#2: I was a complete raving lunatic for the first seven days of the cleanse -- just ask my husband and co-workers. I don't think my husband has EVER called me a "bitch" as often as those first seven days on the cleanse -- and I hope he never has to again. To be honest, I deserved it and I really do feel bad. So, for all those who I was mean to, I apologize (but I'm sure you'll understand because it was all in the name of skinnyness.)
#3: The minute you start eating you immediately gain back (at least I gained back) 4 lbs. Although it's a bummer to see the scale creeping back up when all you're doing is drinking and pooping for 12 days, what else would you expect when you finally start eating food again?
I am still convinced that this is a diet for rich people but now I know that it CAN be done by the "average" person. Next time though, I'll stock up on adult Depends and I'll be sure to wear T-shirts that say "Don't talk to the Cleanser -- she bites."