The Master Cleanse is a liquid diet invented by Stanley Burroughs in 1941, but the diet became a household name in 2006 when Beyonce Knowles used it to drop 20 pounds for her role in "Dreamgirls." Also known as the Maple Syrup Diet or Lemonade Diet, this detox involves drinking 6 to 12 glasses of a special liquid mixture each day for 10-45 days.
The concoction? Water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Supposedly each of the ingredients serves a specific purpose: Lemon juice detoxifies the body, maple syrup provides an energy source and flavor, and cayenne pepper boosts metabolism. In addition to drinking the master-cleansing drink, detoxers also take daily laxatives. A restrictive diet like this is sure to result in weight loss, but you're essentially starving yourself, which can have serious health consequences.
Who’s used it? In addition to Beyonce — who once referenced the diet saying, “I was very hungry, therefore I was evil." — a slew of other celebrities have forced down this lemony liquid. Master cleansers include magician David Blaine, Howard Stern assistant Robin Quivers, singer Ashanti, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore. However, Demi recently announced to her Twitter followers that she lasted only four days on the program.