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The cayenne pepper diet, also known as the Master Cleanse or the lemonade diet, has gained popularity due to celebrity endorsements, but what exactly is this diet, and does it work? Unlike most other diets that are meant to be long-term changes, this is a short-term diet. In fact, it’s really a cleanse than a diet because you are relying on liquids to clean your body of toxins and lose weight. Read on to find out what the cayenne pepper diet is, the pros and cons and if it really does anything for you.
Robin Quivers, co-host of The Howard Stern Show, found the cayenne pepper diet while looking for “detox” to avoid what she believed was chronic illness and death in the future. She supposedly lost 73 pounds on the diet.
Another popular celebrity who succeeded with the diet is Beyonce Knowles, who lost 20 pounds in 14 days.
There are 4 types of liquids allowed during the cayenne pepper diet, and there is a special produce diet you need to follow when coming out of the diet. During the cleanse, which can last up to 14 days, you can only have 1) the special lemonade, 2) salt water and/or a laxative tea, and 3) water.
The special lemonade is a combination of freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 tablespoons), purified water (8-10 ounces), grade B maple syrup (2 tablespoons) and cayenne pepper (1/10 teaspoon or more). To make it easier for the ingredients to combine, cayenne powder is often the best, but fresh cayenne can also be used. You should have this lemonade 6 or more times a day.
The salt water (2 tablespoons) is used during the morning to flush your body. The laxative tea is meant for the evening before going to sleep.
Some cayenne pepper diet plans also allow herbal teas in between drinking the lemonades. For weight loss purposes, this should not be a problem. However make sure to avoid caffeine.
When you are ready to stop the cayenne pepper diet, you will need to follow a special regimen to get your body used to solid food again, and this helps you reap more benefits.
In the beginning you should stick to liquids such as freshly squeezed juices from vegetables/fruits and broths. Some versions say you should only drink freshly squeezed orange juice on the first day coming out of the cleanse.
After 2 days of liquids, on the 3rd day, you need to eat only whole fruits and vegetables (can be raw or cooked). On the 4th day, you can start eating normally.
Proponents of cayenne pepper for weight loss claim that cayenne has obesity fighting properties, including boosting metabolism and burning fat.
One study showed that people not used to eating spicy foods ate 66 calories less when they ate red pepper.
Another research has shown that drinking lemon water can be helpful to lose weight.
In summary, the significantly low calorie intake, combined with the weight loss friendly properties of cayenne and lemon water, is how the cayenne pepper diet works to make you lose weight.
The following people should avoid the cayenne pepper diet: