By Christine Mangan, BlackDoctor.org
Known for her curvaceous figure, Beyonce
has made recent headlines with her suddenly slimmed down look. She is nearly twenty pounds lighter after losing the weight for her role in the upcoming movie, ‘Dreamgirls
,' a feat that only took her a matter of weeks to accomplish. It’s a piece of news that has left fans of the now svelte actress puzzling, ‘What’s the secret to Beyonce’s skinny success?’
With various reports claiming that she lost the weight by drinking water spiked with cayenne pepper, it looks as though Beyonce followed the Master Cleanse Diet to shed those extra pounds. Also known as the Lemonade Diet, this diet plan was created by Stanley Burroughs over 50 years ago. Designed to cleanse the body by ridding it of toxins, a happy side effect of this now popular diet includes losing weight, though this was not its original intention. And while some diets curb your sugar and fat intake, and others advise you to stay away from carbs, the Lemonade Diet requires abstaining from food altogether. That’s right. A complete fast is the key factor in this ten to forty day diet. In fact, the only thing followers are allowed to put in their bodies is water. And not just any old water. It has to be water mixed with lemon, maple syrup and cayenne pepper.
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Burroughs’ diet has picked up many devotees over the years, despite skepticism from the medical community. Instructed to drink six to twelve glasses of lemonade throughout the day, fans of the unique cleansing experience claim that it can also help to cure a number of ailments. This includes those classified as mucus diseases, such as allergies
, asthma and the flu. Skin disorders and cholesterol are also wiped away by this not-so-typical fast. But it’s not as simple as it sounds. A whole host of problems can accompany this diet, including dizziness and, in severe cases, even vomiting. But the diet claims that this is not due to any lack of vitamins, as the lemonade provides everything that the body needs. It is simply a matter of all the poisons now circulating in the bloodstream. To counter feelings of sickness, the diet recommends drinking a laxative tea, which helps to stimulate bowel movements.
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Once you’ve lost those pounds you’ve been longing to shed, don’t expect to go on a food binge the very next day. Easing back into whole food is a somewhat slow process. After the first and second day, dieters are restricted to several 8 oz glasses of orange juice. The third day includes more orange juice, as well as a bit of raw fruit for lunch and some raw fruit and vegetables for dinner. After the third day, you’re ready to eat normally again. Though, of course, the diet recommends continuing on with the lemonade drink for breakfast and limiting yourself to a fruit, vegetable, seed and berry diet in the future.
To make the infamous lemonade drink, simply follow these instructions:2 Tablespoons lemon juice or lime juice2 Tablespoons real maple syrup1/10 Teaspoon cayenne pepper8 oz water
Combine the first three ingredients in a jar, add water and shake.