This is actually really interesting as it touches on a couple of conceptual (theological?) questions I have about the cleanse.
Firstly, I have done the Atkins thing for several months and it lowered my blood pressure and did all the right things for my cholesterol just like it promised.
But there is a basic precept: You are living off of fat - either ingested or metabolizing stored fat. Protien is for muscle repair etc but not generally metabolized for energy per se.
The body has a by-product of metabolizing fat - free Carbons (or something) that are called Ketones (Ketosites?) and these need to be tested for daily to ensure that you are staying hydrated enough to keep the ketone levels low and passed out, as they pass in both urine and the breath. keeping really hydrated lowers these rates.
Now, given that my 4 days on the cleanse (I had to fall off as I have been running workshops the last few days and can't keep running to that WC!) I was consuming about 3-4 Litres of water, between lemonaide, water and Salt-Water-Flush
per day - that is more hydrated than I think I have ever been. But I could not (nor could anyone I think) do anything but loose weight because the lemon is largely calorie free and the maple syrup is only 50 Cal / Tablespoon - my caloric intake was never greater than 500 - 600 calories per day. The average male - even conservatively - uses 2000 calories per day.
This 1500 shortfall has to come from somewhere - it's gotta be from fat reserves.
Which brings me back to Ketones. I've been testing and was very slightly registering on my Ketostrips. I expect that if I was less hydrated the levels would record higher.
What I don't get is the notion I keep seeing on the post regarding "if you want to loose more / less weight adjust the amount of maple syrup" because you would have to ingest a cup or more to make up the 1500 calorie deficit.
So - whats the take of the group on this? Does this make sense?