You have probably seen this “diet” all over the web. Drinking lemon water is being touted as the best thing you can do for your body. It’s almost as though it’s some kind of elixir, offering a myriad of health benefits including weight loss. So, what’s the truth? Can drinking lemon water help you lose weight?
Drinking lemon infused water has become popular. Celebrity lemon water sippers Gwyneth Paltrow and Real Housewives of New Jersey star Dina Manzo are credited for this popularity. Lemon water is also associated with detoxification and alkalization of the body, with weight loss being the icing on the cake. Who wouldn’t want this, right? Well, if only were that simple.
You see, lemon water in and of itself does not cause weight loss. No studies are available on this, or we couldn’t find any. Drinking hot lemon water, as far as we know, does not cause weight loss. Sorry, if I burst your bubble, but the truth ought to be known. But don’t storm out of this page just yet, there are good things you do get out of it. And you can lose weight, only not directly from the beverage.
One advantage is that by drinking lemon water, you’re actually hydrating your body, which is a good thing. And if you replace other higher calorie beverages with lemon infused water, you may actually lose weight. Your metabolism also works better when you’re hydrated.
Not only that, drinking lemon water may encourage you to drink more water, which may boost your weight loss ability. Drinking it before a meal may help curb appetite, thus contributing to fat loss.
An elixir it may not be, but lemon is a superfood – or super fruit – that provides a ton of health benefits. The citrus fruit supplies a good dose of vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid. Vitamin C has antioxidant properties and helps make collagen, which may improve skin and hair health and support joint health, among other benefits.