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post #46 of 84
I dont want to loose weight. I hadnt even planned to loose so much weight. now i was thinking of the possibility of doing a fast in order to get rid of some bad stuff in my system. With the type of food we eat in this day and age and all the alcohol i consume, it would be good to get cleaned up
post #47 of 84
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Originally Posted by faustian bargain
i will not repeat the Master Cleanse until the memory of salt water fades. i grimace every time i think about it.

first real food meal will be breakfast on thursday - maybe a bagel with cream cheese - and lox if i remember to buy some before then. lunch will be a couple slices of Zachary's pizza. dinner will be sushi with sake.


Nothing says "screw the diet" like a small deep dish Zachary's all to yourself.

I'm not on a diet but you've got me daydreaming about one. It's been almost a year since I've been in Berkeley and Zach's the only thing I miss.
post #48 of 84
I know that the diet is controversial, but I am interested. Can anyone explain the science of how this diet works?

-Jake
post #49 of 84
Thread Starter 
the salt water and laxative tea wash you out.

the lemonade (lemons, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper) provides calories, vitamins, minerals, and boosts metabolism.

that's all i know.
post #50 of 84
I've finally got all the ingredients, starting it out today. Timing is wonky but I think it's for the best.

Tom
post #51 of 84
Tom, keep us posted on your progress. Faustian, how did you work this cleanse around work/having a life? I feel like you'd be stuck on the couch/toilet for an obscene amount of time.
post #52 of 84
Progress? I'm fucking hungry
post #53 of 84
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Spencer Young
Tom, keep us posted on your progress. Faustian, how did you work this cleanse around work/having a life? I feel like you'd be stuck on the couch/toilet for an obscene amount of time.

it wasn't too bad, but remember i had a couple other people in the house doing it with me, one of whom (my mother in law) was staying with us on vacation for a couple weeks. so she helped a lot with the lemon squeezin', etc.

most of the toilet action took place before i had to leave for work. the salt water goes through you in about an hour; there's not much more happening after that.

we made up supplies of the lemonade to last through the morning, came home at lunch and made more to last through the afternoon. hardest part was explaining to coworkers about the freakish diet i was on.

/andrew
post #54 of 84
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Originally Posted by tiger02
Progress? I'm fucking hungry

i hear you, brother man.

the newer book (not the original one) says the worst days typically are 2, 3, and 7. i didn't really notice that, myself, but keep it in mind.

drink lots of that lemonade, and when you get bored drink some mint tea. (like that really helps - oh well, at least it doesn't have cayenne in it.) sometimes i cheated a bit and had a spoonful of maple syrup or molasses by itself.
post #55 of 84
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Originally Posted by Jake431
I know that the diet is controversial, but I am interested. Can anyone explain the science of how this diet works?

-Jake

By decreasing your daily caloric intake to anorexic-like levels (< 400 kcal/day) you force your body to consume it's glycogen levels, leading to a loss of weight.

However, in the process, you slow down basic metabolic functions, so the minute you go off of it, you gain the weight back, and then some. The high intake of sodium is also horrible for your liver and kidneys.
post #56 of 84
What you're saying about the starvation side of the diet makes sense, but I feel like it's only explaining the weight-loss that seems to be a secondary effect of the diet. Certainly you coudln't achieve the same results by, say, taking an appetite suppressant and drinking lots of water or something. How do the GI effects work... or, at least what are the tangible benefits? I guess we can all easily imagine how it's working.
post #57 of 84
I just got what I need to get started tomorrow. Quick question, do you have to drink both the salt water AND the tea? Can you do either one?

Tom, how are you hanging on?
post #58 of 84
you are supposed to drink the tea before bed and the salt water upon waking. But it does say that you can exchange the tea for the salt water in the morning (but not vice versa).

I am on day 3 here. The first 2 days weren't bad. Surprisingly, I never really felt hungry, but I did have INTENSE cravings for food (watch out for the fast food commercials...aghhhhhhhh). However, today is going to be a real test. Day 3 is one of the harder days and considering its my first day at work on the diet, we will see how things go. I really NEED coffee right now, but im gonna try to hold off (its donut day too...sigh).

I'm excited to see how I feel after this if over, but 10 days seems like a VERY long time right now.
post #59 of 84
Hahaha I said from the beginning I could only do this diet because I don't have access to good food. So, with my last trip to Kuwait City, I pigged out on grilled meat and hummus. Mmmm. So that was that...

Bad hunger pangs on day 2, day 3 wasn't bad. You definitely get enough nutrients. I stopped enjoying the lemonade with the syrup and cayenne, so started eating them separately. Lost about 4 pounds in 4 days. Didn't feel the least bit different, for better or worse. It would have been harder to stop if it were having some effect, even if just making me feel crappy. Could have made an excuse that it was the toxins leaving...

Doesn't matter, I go to Vietnam this week anyway (!) So I'll need the cleanse more after that than before anyway
post #60 of 84
I feel pretty damn good. Not hungry or tired, in fact I have some jittery energy.

I do feel a little less clear mentally, which is hard to deal with in my line of work, but I think this is mostly due to the lack of caffeine.

I seriously feel like I could do this forever if it weren't for the INTENSE desire to eat. Just to chew some real food...*drool*
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