We’ve all seen Beyonce’s beautiful curves in the movie Dreamgirls and wondered how she did it: she’s curvy yet toned, and has an amazing glow that catches the eye of fans and photographers. She revealed that her beauty secret for getting in shape for her movie – and losing 20 pounds – is a water diet also known as the Master Cleanse (or maple syrup diet, or lemonade diet), which includes lots of water to detoxify the body of all previous food intake, while maintaining precious nutrients to keep the body running.
Losing Weight on a Water Diet
The news that Beyonce loses weight on a water diet to prepare for a public appearance has caught the attention of dieters around the world. It is not a diet to be taken lightly, as it is very restrictive in terms of calories and food intake. Beyonce’s water diet should be followed for no more than 10 days, if possible under the supervision of a doctor or natural practitioner – especially if you have any health conditions or a lot of weight to shed.
The Master Cleanse is very popular with many Hollywood stars and celebrities, such as the health conscious, slender and radiant Gwyneth Paltrow, who revealed that it was the most hardcore detox diet she’s tried. Just like Beyonce, she does fasts and detoxes a couple of times a year to shed those few excess pounds.
So, how does it work? Drinking lots of water helps the body get rid of unwanted toxins, cleanses the colon and facilitates the elimination of excess fluids that might be stored in our tissues causing bloating, cellulitis, sluggishness, a poor complexion and much more. The extra nutrients suggested during this water diet speed up the detox process and boost the liver – where most of the detoxification takes place.
Beyonce’s program is a pure liquid diet that should be followed for no more than 10 days. Its signature drink is a mixture of maple syrup, fresh squeezed lemon juice, spring water and cayenne pepper. The recipe for the special lemonade drink is the following:
8 oz of water
2 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tbsp of organic or natural maple syrup
1/10th of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper (to taste)
Shake well and drink at least 6 to 8 glasses a day during your fast.
Pioneered by Stanley Burroughs in the 1950s, its practitioners claim that not only do they lose weight, but they see better, smell better, hear better and feel better, while also ridding their bodies of ailments that have afflicted them for years.
Reported to be tasty
Loss of water weight incites immediate weight loss
The cleanse may improve skin tone and appearance
Need to be near a bathroom for the first few days
No food intake of any kind
Could have mood swings
No exercise recommended
Very low caloric intake
This is a cleanse, and cannot be recommended without prior medical evaluation. Ask your physician if you are healthy enough to carry out this very restrictive regimen before beginning. Weight loss experts have touted the benefits of a healthy bowel system, but forcing the bowel to cleanse may cause future problems for a person when they once again begin to eat their regular food routine. No one can argue the visible success Beyonce has had with this diet.
San Francisco Chronicle, “Beyonce Lost Weight on Water Diet”: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/dailydish/detail?entry_id=5386
The Master Cleanse website, “The Lemonade Diet”: http://themastercleanse.org/the-lemonade-diet/
Lemon Detox Diet Blog, “Beyonce Lemon Detox Diet”: http://lemondetoxdiet.blogspot.com/2007/09/beyonce-lemon-detox-diet.html
Huffington Post, “Gwyneth Paltrow Shares Post-Holiday Cleanse”: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/05/gwyneth-paltrow-shares-po_n_155316.html