My life with an Eating disorder. This blog is my distraction and journal of Pro-ana
12 January 2012
Honey and cayenne pepper diet
The Honey and Cayenne Pepper Diet is a new twist on the decades-old Master Cleanse, originally called the Master Cleanser Diet. In most versions of the diet, you consume nothing but low-calorie liquids for 3 to 21 days. The Honey and Cayenne Pepper differs from the Master Cleanse, Lemonade and Lemon Water diets by using honey rather than maple syrup as a sweetener. The other ingredients in the concoction remain the same: water, freshly squeezed lemon juice and cayenne pepper. It's unclear precisely why the use of these four ingredients is critical, but the maple syrup and cayenne pepper are supposed to clean out your colon and the lemon juice is supposed to work as an antioxidant and metabolism booster. The original recipe specifies using only grade B organic maple syrup as it is supposed to have greater nutritional value, and the juice is to be obtained from fresh lemons only.
Some Food Allowed
While the Master Cleanse is purely a liquid diet, some versions of the Honey and Cayenne Pepper Diet allow you to eat some solid foods. Exactly what or how much you can eat remains unclear. Some online suggestions include eating six to eight mini-meals. Choices include dry breakfast cereal, fruits, nuts, soups, salads and crackers. The lemonade mixture contains about 800 calories. You would likely consume several hundred more calories from the mini-meals.
Antiicipated Weight Loss
If you didn't include the mini-meals in your plan, you could expect to lose 3.4 lbs. of fat in 10 days. You need about 2,000 calories to maintain your current weight. Consuming 800 calories means a daily deficit of 1,200 calories. A pound of fat equals 3,500 calories, so you'd theoretically lose a pound every three days. You may lose the promised 10 pounds on the Honey and Cayenne Pepper Diet, but it will come from the purging effect of the honey and cayenne, aimed at cleaning out your colon.