Many weight loss fads become popular each year, and while many are useless, or even dangerous, sometimes a fad will show up that really works. One example is the idea of using lemon water to lose weight.
Multiple studies have been done on the use of lemons for weight loss. Studies show that the polyphenols found in the lemons are responsible for the weight loss results.
While it’s not recommended to drink lemon juice on its own, adding lemon water to your diet offers many benefits, including improved hydration.
Step 1: Making the Lemon Water
To make the lemon water, simply add freshly squeezed lemon juice (1/4 wedge) to a cup of hot water. You should have a cup of the lemon water when you wake up and one cup before heading to bed.
Since lemons have diuretic properties, drinking this drink will improve the function of your kidneys and liver.
Step 2: Use Lemon Water as a Beverage Replacement
Instead of drinking high-calorie sodas or coffee drinks, start replacing those drinks with lemon water. This will reduce your intake of chemicals, sugar, and calories.
It’s essential to stay hydrated when you’re trying to lose weight, and the artificial sugars and chemicals found in many processed drinks can make it more difficult to lose weight.
A Few Helpful Tips
- One great idea is to take a reusable water bottle, add several lemon slices, drop in a sprig of fresh mint, and then fill with water. Allow it to sit in your refrigerator for at least eight hours, or overnight. In the morning, take out the mint and lemons. Enjoy drinking this delicious drink all day long.
- Another idea is to start drinking a cup of lemon water about 10-15 minutes before you eat a meal. It will help fill your stomach, making portion control easier for you. It’s easy to mistake your thirst for hunger, so keeping the body hydrated can help regulate appetite.
You can also freeze some freshly squeezed lemon juice in ice cube trays. Through your day, add a couple cubes to your water. The refreshing drink can help you avoid fattening snack foods.
It’s important to avoid drinking lemon water alone for more than a single day. Going more than 24 hours on this water alone can result in a significant strain on your body, which is very unhealthy.