What Are the Benefits of the Lemonade Diet?

The very restrictive lemonade diet is also known as the Master Cleanse or the maple syrup diet. The only items you consume on this diet are water mixed with sea salt, a laxative tea and a lemonade concoction made of lemon juice, water, pure organic Grade B maple syrup and cayenne pepper. The diet was originally intended as a detoxification process rather than a weight-loss system, according to EveryDiet.org.

Fast Weight Loss

Although no research has proven any benefits of the lemonade diet, it does typically result in fast weight loss, as noted by DietsinReview.com. Because it is an extremely low-calorie diet, proponents say you can lose 2 lbs. a day.

Detoxification

EveryDiet.org lists several possible benefits of an herbal detoxification such as the lemonade diet. These benefits include dissolving and eliminating toxins from the body, cleansing the gastrointestinal system and the kidneys, purifying the glands, eliminating hardened substances in joints and muscles, and relieving pressure and irritation in blood vessels and nerves.

Hydration

You should stay well-hydrated on the lemonade diet, according to the Master Cleanse website. Although you'll be drinking two types of laxatives—the tea and the sea salt preparation—you also drink 6 to 12 glasses of lemonade a day. The diet also encourages drinking a glass of water in addition to each glass of lemonade.

Short Duration

Although the lemonade diet requires willpower, it lasts for a relatively short time frame. You also can choose to do the diet for fewer days if you like, especially if you only want to lose a small amount of weight. Be aware, however, that the weight is likely to come back because much of it will be fluid loss, cautions EveryDiet.org.

Healthy Foods

The Master Cleanse website recommends easing into and out of the diet, so you're eating less food than usual before and after the very strict regimen. This can lead to more weight loss. The foods recommended for these two phases are healthy ones—fruits, vegetables and juice. During the main phase of the diet, you'll consume lemon juice that's rich in vitamins and maple syrup that's rich in minerals. You eliminate all processed and so-called dead foods from your diet, which can transition you to healthier eating habits in the future, according to the Master Cleanse website.