Well, I'm not talking about calories. I was refering to mineral and vitamin content. Much of 'over eating' is cause by the body's desire to continue eating until the much needed micro nutrient levels are met.
SO basically you are 'fat' but starving. (David Wolfe, "Eating for Beauty") explains this in some detail. It's the whole 'empty calorie' theory. Like drinking a soda pop (plenty of calories in that) but it's nutritionally devoid, so you keep drinking to to sake a thirst you will never quence...
Also, I'm not suggesting anyone 'live' off this 'Master Cleanse' for the rest of their life....THAT would be plain stupid and I can't even understand why you even suggest I would suggest that??? It is a temporary thing, ERGO, why it's called a FAST, not a 'WAY OF EATING' for life....
I highly think the Nourishing Traditions Diet is Great for some people, and I also support Vegan/Vegetarian Diets. I think we all need to find what works for us, to get those most valuable micro-nutrients in our body. I find good in all things, in moderation, for our personal body's needs. I have a theory (which I'll not go into here) about why I think a Vege or Omni diet works well for some people and it has nothing to do with blood types or any of the 'popular' reasons to do either.
I'm 'experimenting' with the Vegan Diet, to be able to create healthful recipes for the benefit of others, that chose this path. I experiment with NT eating to do the same. I am 'experimental' in general, so that I can 'walk the walk' and then 'talk the walk' and see what it does for my body. I share my results, as the 'little scientist' inside of me documents much of what I 'experiment' with.I believe the 'lemonade' works the way it does, because though it is acidic on the pH scale, it's an alkaline forming food.
Most of us (vegan and omni) are highly acidic. The body is designed to work slightly 'akaline'. People that smoke, drink caffeine, alcoholic drinks or do recreational drugs are craving the 'instant alkaloid' effect as they are in an acidic state from years of abuse or eating incorrectly balanced foods.
The 'Master Cleanse' is a quick way to 'balance' those cravings and help 'detox' from the effects of abuse to their system.
I don't do any of the above, with the exception of having drank caffeine tea for alot of my younger life. Even eating a 'normal' diet with seed/grain (bread products), meat or processed (canned, preserved) foods can lead to this acidic state. The MC quickly helps to rebalance and 'restore' the alkaline balance.
Once off this temporary
cleanse, I would suggest incorporating many more 'alkaline foods' into the diet to help restore and maintain this 'balance'.
For this reason (and having eaten mucus forming and acidic foods) I undertook the 'MC' experience. I have had no negative effects, feel great, and if I hadn't been stupid enough to eat some ice cream, I'd still be 'sinus clear'.
Time will tell. I don't put much weight into what I read on mainstream medical sites...or there would be no sick people if what they preach worked.
I DO read, and then read some more and then see what others experiences have been. Then I 'ponder' what I have read. I put two and two together.
The only negative stuff I have read, currently about the MC, is because of not following the directions exactly or because of some other medical issue that needs to be addressed and taken into consideration.
I'm doing it so I can speak from a point of personal experience. I have done fruit and juice fasts in the past, and they work too. They didn't work like the MC did or has.
I'd be happy to discuss the 'whys' I think it works as well and the way it does, but you sound like your mind is made up already.
So don't do it...why are you here trying to pick at us? We just want to express our results and findings for having tried or done this. If you are afraid of what it might do for you, then the cleanse probably won't work for you. Alot of what is done, needs to be undertaken with the correct 'mind set'. It's ok...find another cleanse, if you are trying to find a 'perfect' cleanse for your body and needs.
Edit to add:
Yes, fat stores develop when you binge on too much at one meal, or over a period of time when you eat more than you burn off. But, the fat is where your body stores toxins (from food, air, water). It's encapsulated in the fatty tissues. This is to protect the body.
So, even if you are a fairly thin person, but started getting exposed to alot of toxins via your environement, food, etc....Just flexing the muscle in your arm *ie, even typing* can build up an excess of your own body's cellular toxic by-products (ATP, Lactic acids, etc). This also will be 'encapsulated' and you will retain water until your body can flush it out. (The 'pumped up look' is there because of water retention, NOT your muscles staying 'flexed')
The body's first response is to try to 'dilute' that toxin (hold onto water) so that it is less harmful to the body.
Secondly, the body will try to encapsulate it in a layer of fatty tissue, 'holding' it there until it has time to dispose of it appropriately.
However, most people will have continual exposure to 'toxins' from those sources and the body never gets a 'rest' to basically 'take out the garbage'. So your body holds on to more 'fat stores' and water (bloating) trying to prevent any harmful chemicals or by products from harming healthy tissues.
Fasting allows the body to 'take out the garbage' in many of these 'toxic dumpsites' the body retains.
Sometimes, when a person has a certain amount of 'fatty tissue' and 'water bloat' built up, it makes them feel very ill if they start out doing a 'detox fast' quickly. Those toxins are released and circulate in the bloodstream and try to get out of the body as fast as possible (another reason I suggest using chlorella, it binds with many toxic chemicals and will pass out the digestive system harmlessly). There have been tests done that show people pass ALOT of mercury and other heavy metals in their BMs, when taking chlorella.
Much of this was taught to me in my pre-med classes. I have alot of medical reference books and you can find most of this information on many health oriented sites.