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Beyoncé Knowles is not on this diet. She did it in 2006. Now she exercises a lot and eats healthy food.

This article is for informational purposes only and not a recommended way to try to lose weight. There really are much better ways to get in shape, and you can find most of them here at MotleyHeath!

The “Maple Syrup diet” that Beyonce went on before making Dreamgirls is a fast. The process is hard on the body. When Beyoncé Knowles had to lose weight quickly for her role in the film Dreamgirls she turned to the Maple Syrup Diet (also known as the Lemonade Diet). This diet is a form of fasting that helps you to start losing fat.

Beyoncé Stops Fad Diets

In April 2012 Beyoncé announced that she was going to stop all fad diets to ensure that she is a good example to her daughter, who was born in January. She was recently seen enjoying the good weather in a black swimsuit and this sparked some new interest into how she stays in shape.


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While she admits that she is not a fitness fanatic, she does enjoy doing a healthy amount of exercise to stay in shape. Her work is very active which helps her to burn more energy.

Beyoncé says that most important part of staying on great shape is to simple eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise.

Beyonce’s Fitness Workouts

Before we look at the diet it is important to point out that Beyoncé does not use this fast to keep in shape. Like all fit and healthy celebrities Beyoncé goes to the gym on a regular basis to workout. Her figure is now the result of her healthy eating and fitness routines.

The diet she went on was only for a very short period before Dreamgirls was filmed in 2006. So if you want a slim and toned body like Beyoncé, do not try this fast/cleanse. If you asked Beyonce how to lose weight she would not reply “Master Cleanse“, she would tell you it is by eating a healthy diet and exercising a lot.

Beyonce’s Gym Workout

Beyonce does full body workouts at the gym, using weights to exercise her shoulders and biceps, bodyweight training, such as push ups, sit ups, squats and lunges to work her legs, core and chest. This beginners weight training routine will get you started on a similar workout.

She also runs up to 6 miles several times a week and does boxing workouts which provide an intensive cardio workout and endurance training, which help her to performing dance routines on stage.

Beyoncé’s Lemon Juice with Maple Syrup Diet

Beyoncé’s Maple Syrup Diet is really an unhealthy way to lose weight. It simply involves eating no solid food at all. The flush and laxative treatments add to the health risks associated with this method. This makes it an unhealthy and unsustainable method for weight management. Really it is just a crash diet.


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Instead of eating solid food, a mixture of lemon juice, Grade B Medium(grade 2 in the UK) Maple Syrup, water and Cayenne pepper is drunk. This mix can be taken cold, as a cordial, or hot as a tea. The mix contains some essential vitamins and minerals.

As solid food is not eaten it is necessary to help the digestive system eliminate material and avoid constipation. This is achieved in two ways: laxative tea is taken every night, and 32 ounces of lukewarm sea salt water serves as a top-down enema in the morning. This passes through the digestive system extremely quickly—30-60 minutes.

How Long Should the Maple Syrup Diet Last For?

The guidelines for the Master Cleanse recommends that it is done for a minimum of ten days, although it is not uncommon for people to stay on the cleanse for longer periods of time. Fasting for such long periods requires careful breaking, as intestinal cultures need to re-develop and mucus linings need to be re-built. This usually involves drinking “full strength” juices for a day or two, while slowly re-introducing soups, then fruit, vegetables and nuts before resuming a regular diet.

This fast break is an ideal time to add probiotics to re-establish a healthy intestinal culture. Bear in mind that this is not the only way to lose weight fast.

Whether you decide to do this fast or not, you should ensure that you follow a healthy diet after.

Maple Syrup Diet Recipe:

  • 2 tablespoons (1 fluid ounce) freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice (approx. 1/2 lemon)
  • 2 tablespoons (1 fluid ounce) organic Grade B (UK grade 2 ) maple syrup
  • 1/10 Teaspoon or more cayenne pepper – as much as you can comfortable cope with
  • 1 Cup (8 fluid ounces) purified or spring water

To Make a Bottle of the Maple Syrup / Lemon Cleanse Drink for the Day:

  • 5 Squeezed Lemons
  • 1 1/4 cup of organic Grade B maple syrup (if you can get it)
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • 10 cups of water

Add all the ingredients to a bottle and shake. Shake again before each drink to avoid any segments settling at the bottom.

If you want a simpler detox solution, then just make an Apple, Lemon and Lime Detox Juice every morning.

The Salt Water Flush

The idea of the salt water flush is to remove waste from the colon. The argument for doing it is that fecal matter can remain in the bowels for a long time and this “flush” forces it out. It is not a very pleasant procedure so many people chose not to do the flush.

However, there is no medical or scientific basis on doing it for health or weight loss. It may also cause an imbalance in healthy bacteria and harm your digestive system.

Eating a high fiber diet will clean out your digestive system more effectively than drinking salt water and it is healthy too.

How To Do it


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It is recommended that you use sea salt for the flush. Start with 2 teaspoons with 1 liter of room temperature water and drink the solution. If you do not respond to this amount then you will need to use more salt.

Expect 3 to 8 bowel movements in the following hours which will expel the liter of salt solution – this will be a strong watery diarrhea. This is the flush. It will not be pleasant and it is vital that you only take the solution when you do not need to leave the house for at least half a day.

When Is The Best Time for the Salt Water Flush?

It is best done first thing in the morning on a day when you can stay at home and close to the toilet for the day. Many people prefer to do this in the evening so that they have the whole night to recover. Expect bowel movements every 15 minutes or so until all the solution has passed through. If you do not like the sound of the salt water flush then find a local (and registered) doctor that performs colonic irrigation.

It is up to you how many times you do the salt water flush. MotleyHealth recommends that you do not do it at all and instead eat a higher fiber diet with plenty of raw salad vegetables to help clean your digestive system in a healthy and sustainable way.

In 2013 Alex Brooker tried this fast and did the salt water flush. He pointed out that Beyonce never talked about how unpleasant this was, and you could tell that he was having a really bad time with it.

What Happens During the Maple Syrup Diet

Beyoncé’s Maple Syrup Diet is said by Stanley Burroughs and later authors to eliminate toxins and congestion that have built up in the body. Because it is not a complete source of macro-nutrients, it should be considered as another form of fasting, rather than a diet. There is also no scientific or medical evidence that we are aware of to support this idea of toxin removal.

Supporters of the Maple Syrup Diet have credited it with helping them lose weight and reduce stomach fat, increase energy level, and even alleviate some chronic diseases. However, many people who are overweight feel sluggish and bloated due to an unhealthy diet and just stopping all junk food can make you feel more energetic.

How Much Weight Did Beyonce Lose on the Maple Syrup Diet?

Some in the entertainment industry have misunderstood fasting as a weight loss diet. The Maple Syrup Diet received media attention as a result of being embraced by some celebrities. The singer/actress Beyoncé did it for 14 days and lost 22 lb (9 kg) for her role in the 2006 movie Dreamgirls.

Howard Stern’s co host Robin Quivers claims to have lost 73 lb using the Master Cleanse. Similarly, Jared Leto says he lost the weight he gained to play ‘Mark David Chapman’ (he gained 62 lb) all from the Maple Syrup Diet.

The Different Juice Fasting Stages of Detoxification

Stage 1 (Day 1 To Day 2) On the first day of fasting, the blood sugar level drops below 70 mg/dl. To restore the blood to the normal glucose level, liver glycogen is converted to glucose and released into the blood. This reserve is enough for half a day, the body then reduces the basal metabolic rate (BMR). The rate of internal chemical activity in resting tissue is lowered to conserve energy. The heart slows down and blood pressure is reduced. Glycogen is pulled from the muscle causing some weakness. The first wave of cleansing is usually the worst.

Headaches, dizziness, nausea, bad breath, glazed eyes and a heavily coated tongue are signs of the first stage of cleansing. Hunger can be the most intense in this period unless the enema is used, which quickly assists the body into the fasting state by ending digestion in the colon.

Stage 2 (Day 3 To Day 7) Fats, composed of transformed fatty acids, are broken down to release glycerol from the glyceride molecules and are converted to glucose. The skin may become oily as rancid oils are purged from the body. People with problem free skin may have a few days of pimples or even a boil. A pallid complexion is also a sign of waste in the blood. Ketones are formed by the incomplete oxidation of fats. It is suspected that the ketones in the blood suppress the appetite by affecting the food-satiety centre in the hypothalamus. You may feel hungry for the first few days of the fast. This is a temporary effect, as the desire to eat will disappear. Lack of hunger may last 40 to 60 days, depending on whether you are on water or juice.

As the body embraces the fast, the digestive system is able to take a much needed rest, focusing all of its energies on cleansing and healing. The white blood cells and the immune system activity increases. You may also feel pain in your lungs, as the cleansing organs and the lungs are in the process of being repaired. Periodically, the lymphatic system expels mucous matter through the nose or throat. The volume excreted of this yellow-colored mucus can be shocking. The sinuses go through periods of being clogged, then will totally clear. The breath is still foul and the tongue coated. Within the intestine, the colon is being repaired and impacted faeces on the intestinal wall start to loosen.

Stage 3 (Day 8 to Day 15) On the latter part of an extended fast, you can experience enhanced energy, clear-mindedness and feel better than you have felt since childhood. On the downside, old injuries may become irritated and painful. This is a result of the body’s increased ability to heal during fasting. If you had broken your arm 10 years before, there is scar tissue around the break. At the time of the break, the body’s ability to heal was directly related to lifestyle. If you lived on a junk-food diet, the body’s natural healing ability was compromised.


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During fasting, the body’s healing process is at optimum efficiency. As the body scours for dead or damaged tissue, the lymphocytes enter the older and damaged tissue, secreting substances to dissolve the damaged cells. These substances irritate the nerves in the surrounding region and cause a recurrence of aches from previously injured areas that may have disappeared years earlier. The pain is good, as the body is completing the healing process. The muscles may become tight and sore due to toxin irritation. The legs can be the worst affected, as toxins accumulate in the legs. Cankers are common in this stage due to excessive bacteria in the mouth. Daily gargling with salt and water will prevent or heal cankers.

Stage 4 (Day 16 to Day 30) The body is completely adapted to the fasting process. There is more energy and clarity of mind. Cleansing periods can be short, with many days of feeling good in between. There are days when the tongue is pink and the breath is fresh. The healing work of the organs is being completed. After the detoxification mechanisms have removed the causative agent or render it harmless, the body works at maximum capacity in tissue proliferation to replace damaged tissue. While a short fast will reduce the symptoms caused by toxification, a longer fast can completely heal. Homoeostatic balance is at optimum levels. The lymphatic system is clean, except for a rare discharge of mucus through the nose or throat. After day 20, the mind is affected. Heightened clarity and emotional balance are felt at this time. Memory and concentration improve.

Stage 5 (Breaking the Fast) The sticky, toxic, mucous coating on the intestinal wall is loose, and the first meal frees it from the intestinal wall. Toxins enter the blood through the colon. The gallbladder dumps its waste in a heavy discharge of bile. This can cause an instant bowel movement upon eating followed by intense diarrhoea. If the symptoms are too uncomfortable, an enema will help.

The Master Cleanse?

It is not clear if the fast that Beyonce followed was the Master Cleanse or another fast that is similar. Although the Master Cleanse Fast was the first to popularize the lemon juice with sugar / syrup solution for fasting, this method has actually been around for many years. We first heard of the Master Cleanse during the 1950’s when Stanley Burroughs wrote Master Cleanser (published by Burroughs Books, ISBN-13: 978-0963926203)

However, there are records of people drinking lemon and sugar drinks during Lent and other periods of fasting as a way to cope with the lack of food.

Health Warnings

Some critics point to lack of essential nutrients in Beyoncé’s Maple Syrup Diet, citing a deficiency of protein, vitamins, and minerals. As a result of these deficiencies, individuals on the diet may experience dizziness, delirium, and fainting in the short term, with possible damage to the body occurring in longer-term applications. Many authors assert that the benefits of fasting are related to its lack of nutrients, particularly macronutrients. People with intestinal conditions, such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome may experience added discomfort while on the cleanse.

There is a risk that the saltwater flush may remove both beneficial and harmful bacteria from the body. A no-food diet may cause the gut to stop passing food, resulting in constipation, or may make the consumption of food immediately after the fast painful. These are the important reasons to follow the fast’s instructions correctly.

Beyoncé Knowles said of her decision to adopt the Maple Syrup diet: “My nutritionist suggested the only way to do that was the maple syrup fast. As soon as it was over, I gained the weight back.” She experience very rapid weight loss while on this fasting diet.

“I’m very conscious of being a curvy woman and I’m very happy that I am a curvy woman. I would never recommend it to anyone unless you are doing a movie and it’s necessary, and you have proper help.”

Remember that people like Beyonce Knowles have a great incentive to lose weight fast, as this ensures that they win contracts to appear in films, commercials and television. These diets are not healthy, so it is recommended that a longer term approach to weight loss is taken. Crash diets can be a useful way to kick-start yourself into a healthy lifestyle, as quick results can give you the boost of confidence that is often needed. However, they should not be considered long term solutions to weight problems. We recommend a good balance of healthy diet and regular exercise. Also, remember to consult your family doctor before embarking on a period fasting or extreme dieting.

If you revert to your old ways after this fast, you will gain nothing, and maybe actually put on more weight. Yoyo dieting is not good for your health, and cannot be sustained long term. So, eat healthily and exercise hard.

This is not the healthiest way to lose weight. A better weight loss solution is doing regular intensive exercise and eating a healthy, calorie controlled diet. If you do decide to do this cleanse/fast then you should also follow our weight loss plan to help maintain your ideal weight.

If you want a simpler detox solution, then just make an Apple, Lemon and Lime Detox Juice every morning.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Can I eat something while on this diet?
No. This is not a diet really, it is a fast. To eat solid food is not fasting.
2. Can I use a different grade of Maple Syrup?
Yes. This is just a fast that provides some energy with a sugared water drink. The grade makes a slight difference to the sugar content of the Maple Syrup, but it really is not going to make a huge difference.
3. Do I have to have the salt water?
No, you do not. This plan is in 2 parts – the fast (Maple Syrup drink) and the Salt Water Flush. The Salt water flush is a “top down enema” that means you drink a salt solution to induce severe diarrhea. It is unpleasant and in all honestly, probably not really worthwhile. Following a healthy diet with plenty of fiber eliminates the need for such a procedure.
4. How fast will I lose weight on this diet?
Impossible to say, as it depends on so many variables. How overweight are you now? How much do you weigh? How much muscle mass do you have? How much fat? Are you active? How old are you?
5. Can I use honey instead of Maple Syrup?
Yes. If you really want to go on a fast and cannot get the maple syrup, then by all means use honey. It will not officially be a “Maple Syrup diet” but that does not make much difference.
6. Is this the best way to lose weight fast?
No. Fasting is the worse way to lose weight. To lose weight and maintain that weight loss you have to learn to live a healthy lifestyle, and you can only learn how to do this by actively changing the way you eat and the way you exercise. If you do not learn how to do this for yourself, then you will be set up to be a yo-yo dieter. As soon as the fast finishes you will regain the weight again.
7. Can I still exercise?
Yes, if you have the energy to do so, you can exercise. Be careful though, do not embark on a new fitness regime, and do not do any heavy lifting.
8. Do I have to have the ceyenne pepper?
No, of course not. You do not have to have anything that you do not want. Cayenne pepper has a minor effect on metabolism.
9. If this is not a healthy way to lose weight, what is?
There are 2 main aspects to weight loss:
1. Following a healthy diet. Read this article on healthy eating to learn how.
2. Exercising on a regular basis. Chose an activity of start a fitness plan.

Both of these methods are including in our advice page on losing belly fat.

Resources on Fasting

Fasting forms a part of many religious festivals such as Lent and Ramadan. Here are some fasting resources and references to research on fasting.

  • Fasting the right way – www.bbcgoodfoodme.com (pdf)
  • “Fasting” by William T. Jarvis, Ph.D. NCAHF (National Council Against Health Fruad)
  • “Lemon Detox Diet – Is it safe?” 3news.co.nz. (video) News Accessed October 2011
  • “Long-term weight loss maintenance: assessment of a behavioral and supplemented fasting regimen”. By M F Hovell, A Koch, C R Hofstetter, C Sipan, P Faucher, A Dellinger, G Borok, A Forsythe and V J Felitti. Published in American Journal of Public Health, Vol. 78, Issue 6 663-666. Abstract: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1350278/
  • “Fasting increases risk for onset of binge eating and bulimic pathology: a 5-year prospective study” by Eric Stice, Kendra Davis, Nicole P. Miller, and C. Nathan Marti. Published in J Abnorm Psychol. 2008 November; 117(4): 941–946. doi: 10.1037/a0013644.

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  859 comments for “Beyonce’s Maple Syrup / Lemonade diet

  1. Sarah
    June 12, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    how many times do I drink this in a day? and do I gargle the salt water or drink it?

  2. MotleyHealth
    June 12, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Hi Sarah, read the article, it explains the plan. Note, this is not something we recommend.

  3. reese estrella
    July 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Hi, this is my first day of the detox..just wondering about the enema, can i use only sea salt water flush instead of laxative tea? how often do i do salt water flush or laxative tea?

  4. MotleyHealth
    July 12, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    “how often do i do salt water flush?” – a hard question to answer as we really think that it should not be done at all. If you do the “flush”, once should be more than enough. The same really applies to the laxative tea. You really are better off following a low calorie diet and getting some exercise. Fasting is not a good way to lose fat.

  5. Ivor
    July 14, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Im 48, Im now 270lbs down from 310 in two months,working out 4-5 times aweek and I work 12 hours a day. I manage a restaurant so Im on my feet all day, will this diet impede my working ability, though somdays I’m lucky if I have breakfast. ?

  6. MotleyHealth
    July 15, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Hi Ivor, if you have lost 40 pounds in 2 months from exercising and sensible eating then it is best that you carry on doing the same thing. You are losing weight in a healthy and sustainable way – why try to speed that up with a fast? And yes, you will find it very hard to work 12 hours a day without any food!

  7. TWEETY
    July 19, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    is it ok to eat nuts? such as pistachios……..

  8. MotleyHealth
    July 20, 2012 at 12:40 am

    No, you cannot eat when fasting.

  9. Meowfie
    July 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    DId kelly rowland did this?

  10. MotleyHealth
    July 26, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    Don’t think so. Kelly Rowland used a low a sugar / low GI diet plan to help lose 10 pounds – as well as regular intensive exercise workouts.

  11. Leigh
    October 2, 2012 at 8:11 pm

    Hi, im considering doing this diet. i would like to know if it will be safe to use craving suppressings/fat burn drops while on this diet because i bought me the herbex drops and tablets. Also where do i find Maple syrup in SA-Cape Town

  12. MotleyHealth
    October 2, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    Hi Leigh, we really cannot advise you with that. Read the leaflet that comes with the product you have purchased and make sure that you understand what side effects are possible. If in doubt speak with a pharmacist. For maple syrup in Cape Town you could try Wellness Warehouse (Lifestyles on Kloof, 50 Kloof St), tel. 0860 548 3543.

  13. Morgan
    October 6, 2012 at 12:25 am

    I’m 16 and i’m looking for a quick way to get rid of a pudge I have on my stomach. I’m not overweight at all, I’m 5’3″ and 115 lbs.. I just want it gone, it’s making me self conscience. Do you think this would be an okay thing for me to do, or no?

  14. MotleyHealth
    October 6, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Hi Morgan, it is not recommended for you. At 16 the quickest and easiest way to change your shape is to start exercising and eat healthy meals. You will see results quicker this way.

  15. Candace Brown
    October 9, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Can you have coffee?

  16. MotleyHealth
    October 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Yes.

  17. Nairobi
    October 10, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    Hi everyone,

    My name is Nairobi and I been doing the Lemon Fast for six days now and lost a total of ten pounds. Do take in consideration that 4 out of the six I have been attending the gym to help with the weight lost. I am very happy with my results and also very excited about this fast. My family and friends are fully aware of my fast and encourage me. I plan on doing the fast all through out October and hope to see better results.

  18. MotleyHealth
    October 10, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    Hi Nairobi, glad to hear that you are getting positive results. I would not recommend fasting for all of October though, start to introduce a little food soon, especially proteins and some vegetables.

  19. Valerie
    October 12, 2012 at 12:48 am

    Hi, I am Valerie. I would like to try this diet for 14 days. Can i replace the maple syrup with Honey? Also, while on this diet, can i still drink my green tea?

  20. MotleyHealth
    October 12, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Hi Valerie, many people have asked this. Yes, you can try using honey, there is nothing really special about the Maple syrup, it is just giving some sugar to help keep the brain happy. Green tea is OK too. Remember, this is a fast and not the best way to tackle weight.

  21. brianna
    October 28, 2012 at 4:51 am

    hii, im just wondering, how many glasses of this do i take a day? and im 13, is this diet healthy for me?

  22. MotleyHealth
    October 28, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Brianna, you should not do this fast.

  23. candice mcphee
    October 31, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    hey my name is candice and i want to try this diet for 14 days.is it possible for me to use other diet supplements such as lipozene pills to drop the weight faster

  24. MotleyHealth
    October 31, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Hi Candice, that is not recommended. This fast will result in rapid weight loss by itself, especially if you go 14 days.

  25. kiaara
    November 1, 2012 at 2:50 pm

    hi,
    i am almost 100 kilos and 20 years old…. i badly want to reduce my belly fat as well as my arms and thighs!!!
    i am planning 2 take this maple syrup diet but i would like to know … for how long i must take? 2 weeks? also if i can have fruits or vegetables with it!!!

  26. MotleyHealth
    November 1, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Kiaara, if you wish to fast you cannot eat – it will not be a fast if you do. If you cannot face the prospect of eating nothing (we do not blame you!) then instead start a fitness and diet plan. Exercise every day and eat a healthy, balanced diet. 3 meals a day, smaller portions, not snacks, daily exercise. That is the best way to lose weight.

  27. Marta
    November 3, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Hi I’m on day 3…and wonder if I could have a coffee with milk and sweetener ?

  28. MotleyHealth
    November 4, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Hi Marta, no real reason why not, it will make little difference overall.

  29. naro
    November 15, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    after i complete this diet for 14days can i start eating fruits….?if yes.how quick will i gain back the weight i lost.

  30. MotleyHealth
    November 16, 2012 at 12:50 am

    Hi Naro. Firstly, this is not a “diet”, it is a fast. You can eat fruit from the start, it is best to introduce a varied diet. The speed at which you regain the weight depends on how much you continue to overeat.

    Fasting to lose weight and then returning to your previous eating habits is a waste of time and bad for your health. Adopt a permanent lifestyle change that includes regular exercise and healthy eating.

  31. mc
    December 5, 2012 at 3:29 am

    Hi… I’ve been reading the comments and i was just wondering if this fasting could cause you defecate a lot?… cause i want to try this and right now i am studying and i’m afraid that if ever i bring a bottle of it and drink while i’m at school.. :) thank you!

  32. MotleyHealth
    December 5, 2012 at 11:27 am

    MC, the slat water flush will cause you to defecate violently. Do not under any circumstances try this if you plan to leave the house! More importantly, if you are still at school you absolutely should not do this fast. For adults only, and ideally under some form of medical supervision.

  33. mc
    December 5, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    ok thank you so much! haha if i didn’t ask i would suffer so much with this… thank you so much once again, and by the way i’m already 20 yrs. old.. :D

  34. diana
    December 22, 2012 at 5:06 am

    hey can some body tell me if the maple syrup has to be organic Grade B or can we use maple syrup grade A

  35. MotleyHealth
    December 22, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    It does not have to be organic. The grade also makes little difference in our opinion – a fast is a fast.

  36. diana
    December 22, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    thank you and can i use lemon juice in a battle

  37. MotleyHealth
    December 23, 2012 at 10:43 am

    Yes you can Diana.

  38. dennia Johnson
    January 6, 2013 at 3:44 am

    I am on my third day. I would like to know what type of foods should I intake first after completion.

  39. MotleyHealth
    January 6, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    Start with light soups. Plan your diet so that you do not return to your usual habit eatings.

  40. dennia Johnson
    January 7, 2013 at 3:36 am

    what do you call light

  41. MotleyHealth
    January 7, 2013 at 11:02 am

    A soup that is almost clear, i.e. plenty of water, not a thick soup.

  42. dennia Johnson
    January 8, 2013 at 11:53 am

    how many days should I eat soup. 1, 2. 3. or 4

  43. MotleyHealth
    January 8, 2013 at 12:39 pm

    Ease yourself in for a few days, add more solid foods, adding easily digested meat like chicken.

  44. Dana
    January 11, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Thank you for the article written on both views of this diet, good and bad. This was the most informative article I found while researching the subject. I especially liked the section “The Different Juice Fasting Stages of Detoxification”.
    But I must say if the comments are any indication of the intelligence level of our society we are doomed. It’s as if they didn’t even read the article. Bless you for your patient and tactful replies. Good job!

    Thanks,
    Dana

  45. MotleyHealth
    January 11, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Thanks Dana. There is certainly a trend these days in people asking questions before they have read the article. Not just this page, but many others. We always try to help, although some people do just want to be told it is OK to starve themselves.

  46. Rose
    January 24, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I have done the diet b4 n despite gaining the weight back over a period of time because of my bad college eating habits I was happy. I had used molasses when I di it tho because I was in the islands where maple syrup was expensive. Which do you suggest for me to make my next batch? Molasses or the maple syrup.

  47. MotleyHealth
    January 25, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Hi Rose, either really. If molasses worked for you before and you are happy to do again, stick with it. Not really any need to pay the extra.

  48. Dee
    March 20, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Hi Motley, i start my master cleanse tomorrow, so am really geared! one question, can i still take the detox if i want to conceive or already pregnant? I need to loose 16kg asap!

  49. MotleyHealth
    March 20, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Hi Dee, that really is not recommended. Fasting should never be done if pregnant, and it could possibly affect your menstrual cycle too, which could make conceiving harder. Of course, you may be OK, but it is a risk that you are putting on yourself.

  50. Erica
    April 25, 2013 at 8:17 am

    What if i only would like to do the sea salt approach, will that still help me with my weight lost?

  51. MotleyHealth
    April 25, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Hi Erica, I think we covered that earlier. To clarify: The sea salt flush will NOT help you to lose weight. It is unpleasant, and probably not at all healthy.

    And remember – Beyonce does not follow this “diet” to get her body – she exercises hard and eats healthy. Of all the “quick fixes” out there, this method has to be the hardest and most unpleasant you can do!

  52. Amy Harwood
    May 23, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Hi guys!
    I am 17 years old and i actually heard about this diet on a popular UK televion show called “Super-Size VS Super-skinny” I looked at this diet and i was wondering if it was safe for me to try it for maybe 2-3 days?
    What parts of your body most improve from this diet, Eg: Tummy, legs or arms? That question might be confusing. Please tell me if so.

  53. MotleyHealth
    May 23, 2013 at 12:22 am

    Hi Amy. What did they say on Super-Size VS Super-skinny?
    Some important points:
    1. this is not a diet, it is a fast.
    2. it does not, and cannot, target specific fat

    You could do this for a few days, but it will not achieve a great deal. At 17 years old you really need to ensure you are eating well – your body is still developing and without good nutrition it will suffer. So get active, eat healthy. Exercise 3-4 times a week, don’t starve yourself.

  54. Sarah
    October 4, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Hi Motley, if I do this fast for 30 days and continue to eat healthily (with more fruits, vegetables and proteins as well as complex carbs in the diet), would I still gain all the weight I’d lost? As in if I introduce food back slowly? Say starting from fruits and vegetable juices and then solid raw vegtables/fruits etc and so on?

    Thank you!

  55. MotleyHealth
    October 4, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Hi Sarah, we cannot suggest this. Fasting for 30 days is dangerous. You will lose muscle tissue and put yourself at risk of malnutrition and developing long-term health problems. Don’t do it.

    In answer to the question – you will only regain weight if you eat too much. This rule applies to all diets. Yes, metabolism drops a little, but the real reason why people gain weight after a diet is simple – they go back to eating too much food.

    If you do the fast, do it for a short period. And then introduce foods slowly as suggested. Better to adopt a safer and more manageable eating plan though, such as 16-8 hour intermittent fasting or 5:2 intermittent fasting diet.

  56. Sarah
    October 6, 2013 at 3:31 am

    So what would be the ideal number of days to do this fast? 10 days/14 days/21 days?

  57. MotleyHealth
    October 6, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Personally, I am against fasting (as in total abstinence of food for 24 hours or more) as a way to lose weight, so there is no ideal duration. I would suggest looking into the 5-2 fasts (although not strict fasts as you can eat 500 Calories a day) or even the 16-8 diet. Both teach you to limit and control eating, but there is no (or limited) risk of starvation, muscle wastage etc. Remember, Beyonce did this as a matter of urgency when asked by a film producer. She does not do this now.

  58. punny
    November 11, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    can i still go on this fast, and loose weight without using laxative or sea salt flush?

  59. MotleyHealth
    November 11, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Hi Punny, just, if you go on a fast you will lose weight. Don’t do it for too long though, and make sure you start exercise and healthy eating afterwards.

  60. Samantha
    April 6, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I’ve tried so many different diets and still have no results to being sexy or a minus body …so sick of being over weight and yet I’m only 22,and only got one kid who is nine months…so for right now this diet is a must try cause being a size 38waist is not me I was a 30-32waist before being pregnant…so yea ima try it,healthy or not…

  61. MotleyHealth
    April 8, 2014 at 1:09 am

    Hi Samantha, do you exercise? Diets don’t really work, you need to make permanent changes to the way you eat and also exercise.

  62. Brie
    April 14, 2014 at 6:39 am

    Can I just use tap water or boiled water..and how long is the minimum days and maximum days on this diet.

  63. MotleyHealth
    April 14, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Hi Brie. First, this is not a diet, it is a fast. Second, if you drink water, you will not be doing this fast, you will be doing a water fast.

    As for how long, in all honesty, this form of fasting is not recommended. A more popular form of fasting today is intermittent fasting.

  64. EmCee
    May 7, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    I’m about to do it but They told me I have to do it with distilled water? What’s the difference

  65. MotleyHealth
    May 7, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Hi EmCee, who told you to do that? If your tap water is safe to drink, drink it. Don’t waste money on distilled water, that is just crazy.

  66. Inge
    September 3, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    As always if you have any electronic cigarette best thoughts on it.
    My spouse and i surely could dispose from smoking cigarettes.

  67. MotleyHealth
    September 3, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    A bit off topic, but my thoughts are that they are much worse than patches to help quit smoking. Don’t buy them, some still emit deadly chemicals and they do not help you to quit the habit, only to change the habit.

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