It’s called by many different names, each name is derived from one of the ingredients used to make it. Whether you call it the lemonade cleansing diet, the maple syrup diet or the master cleanse, the fact is that it can and does work for anyone who sticks with it.
For those of you who may not be very familiar with the cleanse diet, it consists of drinking a lemonade mixture along with water, tea and broth (if you want) for 10 days straight. During this time you won’t eat any solid foods. The cleanse mixture will help you lose excess body fat while flushing toxins out of your system. Thousands of people swear by this method and the recipe is so easy anyone can do it from home.
That’s the good news, the bad news is that it’s not nearly as easy as it may sound to go on a strictly liquid diet for 10 days. As a matter of fact, it’s pretty common for people to not be able to make it through their first time. If you want to drastically increase the odds of success there are a few things you can do.
For one thing you can prepare your mind for the task. Take a week (or at least a few days) before you plan on starting your cleanse to really get your mind around the concept. Make sure you’re clear as to what you hope to accomplish, be realistic, as well as your reasons for wanting that goal. It’s always best to do these types of things for yourself and not for anyone else.
It’s a mistake to do something as difficult as a cleanse because your husband or wife said you should lose some weight. Do it for you and you’ll greatly increase your chances of success.
OK, now that you’ve got your head in the right place, it’s time to get your body ready for the cleanse. To do this simply cut back on your calories for several days before you start. It’s tough to go on a strictly liquid diet. To do so ‘cold turkey’ is even harder. It’s best if you slowly wean your body off the high calorie, filling foods. If you’re a big carbohydrate eater you may want to cut some or all of those out of your diet a few days before the cleanse. Getting your body used to having fewer calories can help your chances of success.
Next, get the ingredients for the cleanse ready. Remember to only use organic, non toxic ingredients so you can flush the toxins from your system without adding more. You’ll need several whole lemons, a big bottle of maple syrup, cayenne pepper and water. It usually works best to mix up a pitcher of the lemonade mixture daily so you can just go pour yourself a glass when you want one.
The pitcher size recipe is this:
12 Tablespoons each of lemon juice and maple syrup, 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper and 60 ounces of water. That’s all there is to the lemonade cleansing diet, do the proper preparation and your chances of success go way, way up.