If anyone can help me, then I would SO appreciate it. I know this cleanse is not for weight loss but the main reason I am doing it is for that reason. I am extremely healthy and I excersise regularly. I have had health complications this year and had a nutritionist put 8 lbs on me by accident. I am on my 6th day and I feel great and have done my yoga, pilates, light cardio every day. I used to be a trainer so I know the drill on how not to lose muscle during a fast such as this. I have lost gone from 115.6 to 115.0 in 6 days. I have 6 to 7 glasses a day and I keep the maple syrup to 1 1/2tbls. I am doing the morning slaine flushes and herbal tea at night. I am following this perfectly and I do feel good and I am not very hungry. The only bad thing is I am NOT losing weight. I am getting very discouraged. Can anyone tell me what they think? Do you think because I am so healthy and my body is used to drinking protein shakes instead of consuming a lot of food and thats why I am experiencing weith loss resistance? Do you think if I go 10- 14 days I will suddenly lose 5 lbs or mnore? Please help!!
How tall are you? Your weight would be considered normal for women 5'2" to 5'4". For anyone taller, it would be considered underweight. The good thing about cleansing is that it helps normalize your weight. If you are at a safe healthy weight, it is unlikely you will lose very much. The Master Cleanse is not a starvation diet, and chances are you not not lose more weight than it is safe to lose. The Master-Cleanse works with the body's inate wisdom and cleanses what needs to be cleansed and does not allow the body to devour itself. This includes the necessary and healthy body fat. When you force the body to lose beyond its natural weight, it digests muscles and sometimes organ tissue, every body, especially a woman's body needs a certain amount of body fat for optimum health. Perhaps its time to concentrate on the real benefits of Master-Cleanse which is whole body cleansing and detoxification and forget the numbers on the scale.
The only time I would ever recommend The Master Cleanse for weight loss is for extremely obese people who need to more or less shut down and "reboot" their digestive system and then be able to follow a lifetime of healthy eating habits.
Thank you so much for your quick response. I am overwight now though. I am only 5 feet tall and my weight is always a very healthy avg 105lbs. I had medical issues this year and the nutritionist shot my weight up. Friends and family couldnt believe the weight gain so Yes I do need to get it off. I was hoping this would get me back to my normal healthy weight and cleanse my system naturally. Having said that, do you think if I go 10 days and the weight doesnt change should I stop or should I go to 12 or 14 days?
Continue the cleanse as long as you feel the need for it. What exactly did your nutritionist do to cause the weight gain? I am very curious about that. Once your cleanse is over try a diet very high in nutrient dense low calorie foods like leafy green vegetables. Eat plenty of raw fruits and veggies. Dr. Joel Fuhrman has a book called "Eat To Live" that gives a six week weight loss diet, plus a lifelong eating plan that will help you quickly lose any weight you need to lose quickly and safely. You should lose about five pounds on the MC, but since you are not all that heavy, weight loss will be slower for you than an obese person. Try not to lose too fast because that usually will slow down your metabolic rate and future weight gain will be more rapid and weight loss be much slower. A healthy balance of cleansing, eating and exercising will help you safely and successfully lose the weight and, with a proper diet, keep it off. I wish you well and great success; remember that you are doing a very good thing for your body and health even if you do not lose all the weight you want to.
I don't think excess weight has to be extreme to be unhealthy. Loss of excess weight is definitely a part of cleansing-- no substance stores toxins like fat!
Remember if you are overweight and losing fat rapidly while fasting that you need to pay special attention to your daily colon cleansing routine and drinking extra water. One of the toxins typically stored in fat is DDT, something you want OUT as quickly as possible!
Another comment on fat. There is recently stored fat, and old stored fat. Ever cut up a chicken? That jelly-like goopy fat is an example of newly stored fat, while the solid stuff is older. Newly stored fat burns easily and quickly, while deposits of solid, old fat can be quite stubborn -- perhaps one reason why it is harder to lose weight as we get older.
While fasting is NOT a magic bullet for weight loss (we really must focus on a sensible diet and exercise program post-fast if we hope to maintain the loss), it can certainly be a great beginning to a new and healthy lifestyle.
AND... DO consider doing a series of liver flushes, hopefully before you begin your fast, and again after recovering from the fast to help establish a strong metabolism to burn fats efficiently.
im sorry i havent tried The Master Cleanse so i cant comment on that but have you tried oil pulling? i spend a couple weeks pulling and drank a couple lemon/OO drinks and i lost about 1/2 stone that i couldnt lose before (i tried raw food diets and limited calories etc etc but nothing happened till the oil!) you can visit the oil pulling support forum to find out more if you havent already!
i am talking weight loss too! lol! i took the OO/lemon before i knew anything much about cleansing. i didnt have kidney stones that i knew of.
what happened was, i started oil pulling and then my body just kind of went into detox mode i guess. i lost my appetite completely and was doing a sort of water/herbal tea fast. (i was making it up as i went along, just doing what my body wanted since i didnt know anything at that point!)
then i took the OO/lemon a few days after i started oil pulling. i had already dropped a few pounds just from the oil pulling combined with the fasting. then i lost more weight. i got additional benefits (skin, higher energy etc) from the OO/lemon but the most dramatic part was the weight loss.
i couldnt shift this weight until i started with the oil pulling even when i fasted last year the weight did not drop. so i thought the oil pulling might work for you! i dont know where the OO/lemon fits into all this, i just mentioned it since i thought it maybe related to weight loss too... sorry i am so uninformed just wanted to suggest on the offhand it would help!!!