The pop singing sensation turned actress, Beyonce Knowles, admitted to shedding over 20 lbs for her riveting role as Deena Jones in the smash-hit movie, Dreamgirls. The singer spoke openly on the Oprah Winfrey show in 2006 about the lemonade diet and the weight that she personally decided to lose in a short period of time for her movie role. This was due to the wide age gap between her character, Beyonce said - a full 20-year difference between teenage Deena & her grown-up counterpart.

Contrary to popular belief, the lemonade detox diet, created by Stanley Burroughs in 1941, has proven to be effective for thousands of people across the world for several decades, and it not a new fad diet.

A few other celebrities that have credited the lemonade diet or 'Master Cleanse' with their successful weight loss are: Angelina Jolie, Jared Leto, Gwyneth Paltrow, Denzel Washington, Robin Quivers, and David Blaine.

Beyonce reportedly said the following about the Lemonade Diet to reporters at the Cannes Film Festival:

"Normally they'd change your make-up or your clothes, but I wanted to go the extra mile. Back in the sixties, models like Twiggy were popular. I knew Deena would have been thin then, so even though I really love eating, it was necessary to lose weight really fast because we shot Deena at 16 and Deena at 36 two weeks apart."

Beyonce asked her nutrionist for advice on how to lose the weight she was determined to lose both fast and healthfully with the time constraints she was presented with. "My nutritionist suggested the only way to do that was the (maple syrup diet) fast," Beyonce said.

When questioned about her weight loss by reporters, Beyonce told reporters that the cleanse diet was of her own free will and she was not pressured into doing the diet nor was she required to lose the weight for her role as the lead diva in The Dreamettes (the group portrayed in the movie Dreamgirls, loosely based on The Supremes). Beyonce stated during an interview that she was inspired by Tom Hanks determination and discipline for his role in Castaway where he portrays a man deserted on an island - 53 lbs less than his original self 4 years prior.

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