Lemon water to lose weight.
How many of you know people who drink lemon water as the first thing in the morning, right after they get up? We are sure many. But why do they do that?
Because there has always been a great buzz about taking lemon water empty stomach magically helps you lose weight. But is this really true? Read on to know something surprising.
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Lemon water and weight loss
To put it straight, fresh lemon squeezed in water cannot lead to any actual weight loss, say experts. But if you are using this not-so-tasty beverage to replace other calorie-laden milky beverages or fruit juices, then it might help you create that calorie deficit required to lose weight.
Keeping yourself hydrated is another important component of losing weight. This is because our body sometimes interprets thirst as hunger and thus we end up eating more than the required amount of calories. And lemon water keeps you super hydrated.
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition found that polyphenols (plant-based compounds, which act like antioxidants) found in the lemon juice, as well as its peel, can stimulate the liver to burn fat.
The study was conducted on rats that were being fed a high-fat diet and so the results don’t exactly apply to humans until you are on a ketogenic diet.
Lemon water can actually help in reducing the bloated belly as it acts like a mild diuretic. But if you are experiencing bloating from a long time, lemon water might not help.
No drink can magically help you lose weight and slim down. You need to eat well and be active in order to lose weight in a healthy and sustainable manner.
Lemon is citrus/acidic in nature, so, if you are avoiding acidic foods due to some health condition like GERD or heartburn, do not infuse lemon in your glass of water.