I just started the Master Cleanse!

I usually don’t follow faddy diets, especially since I don’t really need to lose weight and if I did eating less and exercising more would be the first thing I would try. That said after my good friend and fellow Internet entrepreneur and angel investor Stephan Paternot raved about it, I decided to try the Master Cleanse.

The Master Cleanse is also called the lemonade diet. Basically, you drink fresh lemon juice with maple syrup, cayenne pepper and water and that’s it. You start by easing yourself into it by eating only fresh fruits and soup for a day or two. You then forgo all food and liquids except for the lemonade and water for a week or two. You then you ease yourself out of it. You can find out the details at www.themastercleanse.org.

I am on day 2 of the diet and so far I don’t have much to report. I feel no different than usual – I have my usual good mood and high energy level. I do feel a bit hungry. Hopefully that will subside in a few days. I will keep you posted in the coming days on the progress!

  • I would love to read daily report on your bowel movements … :-)))

    Seriously, I think the best piece of advice in the article is Adopt a Healthy Lifestyle which is probably more difficult to achieve than 10 days of cleansing. In any case, I don’t think the cleansing is compatible with sport activity of any kind … Is it ?


  • I have a healthy lifestyle to begin with, this is just to see what happens if I take it to the next level. Anyway, it’s just a test.

    I played tennis intensely without feeling faint or weaker than usual. We’ll see if that’s still true in a week 🙂

  • I did this a while ago and lasted over 12 days. I did it with a friend and it was more a ‘spiritual’ thing than anything else. I also have a healthy lifestyle and a normal BMI and do a lot of aerobic sports. I could not sport at my usual levels after 4-5 days as I did not manage to sustain my usual jogging routine. I could not sleep easily after 4-5 days either, but that sort of subsided after a couple more days.

    I did feel, however, after about 5-6 days, super well. I don’t know how to describe it, just felt really energized and happy all the time, as if all kinds of daily worries became more manageable and everything was just more fun. So that part was quite cool! I was not really too hungry when I started to ease out of the diet, I just felt that maybe it was unhealthy to go on.

    I would be curious to know how it goes for you too and if you get this sort of happy feeling thing 😉

  • the only long-lasting solution is changing one's eating habits for good. all these drastic diets have a noticeable short-term effect but typically once people get back to normal meals they gain twice as they have lost. but good luck!

  • Good luck on that, Fabrice. If you really want to eat healthier, look into the glycemic index for foods. Sugar surges are arguably the main cause of almost all non-infectious disease realted illnesses in the world. Read The New Glycemic Revolution (book) because, by happenstance, most diabetics are eating healthier than the rest of us.