Do you drink lemon & hot water for weight loss? It’s a very common belief that to lose weight, you should drink hot water (or warm water) with natural lime juice first thing in the morning. Maybe put a pinch of honey in it. Not only does honey make it sweet naturally, honey is even commonly believed to have fat burning properties. There are plenty of people who swear by drinking lemon water for weight loss. Have you ever wondered why drinking warm lemon water would help in weight loss? Is lemon water good to lose weight? Read below to find out.
Role of ingredients in lemon water
The key ingredient here is the water- Recent research shows that drinking 400 ml of water as soon as you wake up in the morning raises your metabolic level significantly. Water also has significant health benefits. (Metabolic Level is the rate at which your body burns calories to maintain itself) Through the night, your body is deprived of water, and since many of your body processes use water to function, your body’s machinery slows down through the night. When you drink water in the morning, it helps to rev up the machinery back into gear, so it kicks up the metabolic rate.
The other key ingredient Lemon which is packed with Vitamin C and antioxidants. Vitamin C is said to have potent weight loss properties. An article published in the ‘Journal of American College of Nutrition’ in 2005, says that Vitamin C is inversely related to your body mass. The article stated that sufficient Vitamin C intake (opposed to be being Vitamin C deficient) sets off a series of chemical reactions in your body that that break down your body fat for use of energy. Those with depleted Vitamin C levels in their body are more resistant to this reaction. The November 2008 issue of ‘Journal of Biochemical Nutrition’ stated that polyphenols (molecules found in plants with antioxidant properties) found in lemons ‘significantly suppressed’ weight gain, insulin resistance, high blood sugar, excessive fat in your bloodstream and accumulation of fat pads. Lemons even contain flavonoids that have many weight related benefits, including decrease in production of cholesterol and triglycerides by your liver. The authors of the article in the Journal basically say that these properties of lemon not only help in weight loss, but even help in the prevention and control of diabetes and obesity.
Higher acidity of the digestive system as result of the lemon juice consumption leads to better absorption of calcium from the food we eat. Calcium gets stored in the cells. Research has shown that calcium enhances the fat burning ability of the fat cells.
The acidic content of the lemon lowers the absorption of sugars from the food you eat. Which basically means that less sugar will be turned into fat. Besides the juice, some dieters even eat the lemon peels along with the juice. The lemon peels contain pectin, which also helps in weight loss by turning into a gel-forming material in your stomach that further reduces sugar absorption from the food you consume.
The final and optional ingredient – honey has its health benefits, since they add vitamins, minerals, and natural flavor and sweetness.
So, will lemon water help you lose weight?
So, assuming that your diet, exercise and activity level is the same, and you start drinking lemon water as soon as you wake up, it is likely to increase your metabolic level. The other benefits of lemon such as high levels of vitamin C, better calcium absorption, etc will improve the functioning of the body and this might further increase fat burn.
With an increase in your metabolic level, your body will burn more calories for the same activity. Same number of calories going in, more calories going out (from your raised metabolic rate).
So you will lose some weight from drinking lemon water in the short term. But once your body gets used to lemon and hot water, the weight loss might slow down or stop.
Drinking warm lemon water first thing in the morning has various other health benefits, so you will only benefit from it. Lemon water is a delicious way to improve your health and cleanse your body.
Other Health benefits of drinking lemon water
So, drinking lemon water alone will never help you to lose fat easily. In fact, there is no such single nutrient or food that can help you shed fat. Although lemon water is a healthy concoction to consume first thing in the morning, or at any other time of the day, or it even works well as a low calorie and healthy replacement to unhealthy beverages. The best way to lose weight is to follow a balanced, healthy diet, supplemented with exercise, physical activity and sufficient rest.
Lemon water or juice can be a valubale part of a healthy diet, but don’t expect it to magically melt your fat away.- Articles, data, text, image or video content posted on this site is checked by the Fitho team of nutritionists & fitness experts, or by research/studies, and opinions are based on our wide experience in helping thousands of people get fit, lose weight & manage their health.