Can Lemon Water Help You Lose Weight?

There have been many claims about the effectiveness  of a lemon juice diet, where a person takes a squirt of lemon juice in flat warm water in morning daily to effect weight loss. Are these claims true? It would seem so in the light of evidence pertaining to the effectiveness of lemons in improving digestion and helping the body regulate the absorption of sugar. That’s not all, it has also been found that Vitamin C is a great asset to anyone who is serious about weight loss simply because it helps the body absorb calcium into its fat cells, which in turn helps you lose weight.

How Does Lemon Juice Help Weight Loss?

It’s amazing how a simple fruit like a lemon can be so effective in helping the body regulate its metabolism and sugar absorption, in a manner that helps you lose extra weight. The secret lies in the “acidity” content in a lemon. Lemons are rich in citric acid, so when you take a glass of lemon juice in plain warm water first thing in the morning, you introduce healthy natural digestive aid into your stomach. The citric acid, from lemons, end up interacting with the other acids and enzymes in your digestive tract which results in a healthy and problem free digestion.

Lemon water picLowers Absorption of Sugars: It has been studied that even a little lemon can help you lower the absorption of sugars from the food you eat simply because of its high acidic content. You can go one step further and eat some lemon peels along with the juice, this acts like a double whammy on weight gain, because the pectin present in the peels helps in weight loss by becoming a gel forming substance in your stomach which reduces the sugar absorption from the food you eat.

Researched Facts: A research at Arizona State University indicated that people who stock up on foods that are high in vitamins, such as lemons, oranges, grapes and kiwi fruit, as less likely to gain weight in comparison with people whose intake of Vitamin C is on the low side.

Helps Absorption of Calcium: It is well proven that lemon juice accentuates the acidity of the digestive system and this helps the body in the absorption of calcium from the foods you eat, and this calcium is then stored up in the fat cells. It has been studied that the more the calcium content in fat cell, the more its ability to burn fat. So this another benefit of lemon juice for weight loss.

How to Introduce Lemon Juice into Your Body?

There are many different ways in which you can introduce lemon juice into your body in a way that helps you lose weight. Some people propagate the use of lemon juice with apple cinder vinegar, while some swear by the effectiveness of lemon juice in honey, with warm water, for weight loss. All these methods are usually tried and tested and its effectiveness is not in doubt. Whether you drink lemon juice with plain warm water or you mix it up with other natural ingredients like honey, it’s effectiveness remains the same. If you are serious about weight loss, then you need to befriend the lemon. Lemon water helps you lose weight naturally and helps your body improve its immunity and digestion as a bonus.

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142 comments

  • Arman says:

    Can I take lemon juice with cold water? Or it only works with warm water?

  • Anonymous says:

    I truly support the lemon and warm water concoction. It’s also good for your skin. I drink a cup every morning after jogging. It works. Try it.

  • Gettingthere says:

    I have seen several people asking the same thing over and over again; I’m no expert but logic tells me that you should not add salt to your lemon water. Salt retains water and if you are trying to loose weight then retaining water isn’t your best choice now is it? I haven’t started my lemon water “diet” just yet but I plan on starting tomorrow or better yet when I get off work and I am able to make it to the store. I take several vitamins a day also I believe that they help in weight loss. I took them once before (not the lemon water just the vitamins) and lost 20 pounds in a very short period of time (I stopped taking them due to the fact I just got lazy which I don’t plan on that happening again). So once again I am taking my vitamins and adding an extra kick to it this time by drinking my “miracle water” And just for those of you who would like to start taking vitamins also (I AM NOT A DOCTOR!). I take vitamin b-12, vitamin b-6, vitamin e, cinnamon, choline, inositol, and vitamin C.

  • Christa says:

    After almost 2 weeks of drinking hot lemon water and some green tea I’ve lost 5 pounds. But I also went to the gym 3 times/wk. ;]

  • Zena says:

    Everyone should do the lemon diet! I just read this forum 3 weeks ago and decided to give it a shot. I squeezed juice from 2/3 lemons (preferably 3) and I would mix this into water. So I would put this juice into 2 liters of water and drink it throughout the day like how I would normally drink 2 liters but this time with lemon! And also I drank warm lemon water in the morning; simple: warm water from kettle and lemon juice! I slimmed down so much in 3 weeks like my stomach is almost flat! I lost quite a few kgs as well but the main thing is that I lost lots of inches! And also healthy foods help too! Fruits/veggies, lentils etc. I used to get constipated all the time, now not anymore! Also I had 2 cups of green tea with lemon in them everyday. All of this combined has helped me slim down so much in 3 weeks that I am gonna continue until 3 months later, then I will post again!

  • Neha says:

    Can lemon with honey and warm water can be taken at night/evening?

  • Christa says:

    I have already started on the lemon water diet. I want to lose 10 pounds, cause I just gave birth 3 months ago and 20 pounds are still left. I mainly want to lose the belly fat. I don’t exercise much but try to whenever I can. I fit in sit ups daily.

  • llani says:

    Firstly I must say I love lemons just with a little salt, now I know it should be without the salt, but I have been told that they are bad for your stomach because they can produce an ulcer. My mate usually goes on many diets like the Atkin south beach and many more, but I really don’t see him losing weight if anything I see him bigger. Do you think that he would be able to lose weight by eating lemons or drinking lemon juice?

  • Doreen says:

    I’ve got gastritis, would I be able to drink the lemon water?

  • Limoni says:

    Walking alone can be good for certain people but not for everyone. Adding some weight training to your work out routine should help out a lot for those that aren’t seeing any changes. If you have injuries or have health problems you should talk to a Dr and ask them what kind of foods would be best for you or workout routines. Wishing everyone luck!

  • Janet P says:

    Here’s what you need to do to lose weight:

    1) find out your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate)
    2) change your diet to eat less than the BMR
    3) to stop metabolic slow down, do some exercise
    4) Repeat the above until you reach your goal weight.

    Period.

    PS: if you have no idea how to calculate a BMR just Google it.

  • Nena says:

    I have been drinking the lemon with water everyday like 6 times a day, and in 3 weeks I have lost an astonishing 18lbs! With a 30 min work out everyday! Absolutely amazing!

  • Sneha says:

    I take lemon honey water in early morning. But after taking that I have acidity. Please give me suggestion because I want to loose my weight.

  • Supermom says:

    I have been eating salads and fruit and multi-grains for a couple months now and haven’t lost any weight. I have been very discouraged. I am 5’4 at 159lbs and I want to weigh 135lbs. I am very excited to add lemon water to my lifestyle and hope to see results fast! All the information from everyone else has been inspirational!
    Thanks. will update when I see results. :)

    @sagararam: how do you drink cinnamon?

  • Person says:

    Can you use just lemon juice from a bottle with the warm water? and if so how much juice should I use with every cup or water?

  • Sagararam says:

    Lemon juice really works and to any one who is really serious about losing weight also try drinking cinnamon. It does work, trust me!

  • Hopeful says:

    I am a 48 year old mother and grandmother. My current weight is about 168 and I’m only 5’5”! I don’t want to be supermodel thin again but I want to be at a healthier weight and still maintain my “curves”. I want to start this lemon juice “diet” hoping that it will help me shed a few pounds. I hope to lose about 15 pounds. Wish me luck!

  • Ce & Co says:

    I was informed about this Lemon Water Diet by my best friend “Ce”, who was informed by her co-worker. And after reading everyone’s opinions and stories, my best friend and I are very interested in actually trying this out. We really hope we get some type of results in 2 or 3 weeks. *crosses fingers*.

  • Pitt says:

    Thanks Tim and everybody for all the advice, input and comments. Started yesterday using the concentrate but switching to fresh lemons soon. Will post again in a few weeks to note my progress.

  • Sara says:

    I have gone through all the comments posted here and most of them are good. I have been trying to lose weight for a long time . I work out 45 minutes a day using treadmill but it’s not giving me any progress. I think i have hit a plateau. So I’ll start on this lemon water method soon and see if it works. :) And I also started drinking green tea today. Wish me luck !

  • Ali says:

    How about just eating a whole lemon cause I love that!

  • Blessing says:

    After reading all these and the wonderful results I must confess that I have to try it. Thanks guys.

  • Nomagugu says:

    Wow, I am so impressed with the comments and the advice. I used to weigh 65kgs before I had a baby, and I am now 85kgs and I would like to go back to at least 70kgs. I am starting this lemon diet tomorrow and I feel positive about it

  • Anonymous says:

    I was diagnose with diabetic on the 5 of may. My blood sugar was 19. And fasting blood sugar was 9. A was weighing 103 then I start drinking lemon water first thing in the morning. I lost 18kg in two weeks. I stop eating fat and junk food. Eat lot of green fruit and veggies. My blood sugar is always normal.

  • Sarah says:

    I just turned 19 yesterday and for my 19th birthday I had started this “no drink, no lazy, no eating fatty foods” – with this being said, I seem to struggle to find out what I can do to keep off the pounds, and keep losing it. I’m around 75 pounds too heavy for how tall I am. My body built is naturally big (without the fat ) and I’m around 5’4 -5’5. I should be on average about 150 ish! I love lemons but I can’t handle freshly squeezed but I’m highly addicted to the stuff already pre done. I don’t drink it in my water but in my ice-tea! I walk to school every day which is a good 1hr walk! I enjoy walking! However; I seem to be rather lazy after walking for an hr. With all this I have lost 2pounds in 1 month! How do I loose body fat?? I go to school full time Monday – Friday, 10am – 5pm! So gym time is out of the question! I have till July to lose all this weight! I need some help!

  • Robin says:

    Doesn’t the warm water with lemon in the morning also help “kick start” your bowels too? The warm liquid wakes everything up inside too.

  • Yetunde says:

    Hi, after having 2 kids I went from 58kg to 84kg, was able to lose the weight. I went back to 57kg but now I have added some weight and don’t like it. I am now 62kg, will like to be at least 59kg. Will try the lemon juice in water and also the coconut oil diet. I am hoping to lose weight, and I also want to know how do I get my flat tummy back even after losing all the weight? I still didn’t like my tummy, need help pleas!

  • Kay says:

    I started drinking warm water with lemon juice together with just lemon and I must say it’s been only one week and I can tell you it’s working like magic. I don’t have indigestion problem and I have lost 5kg in a week, so I will recommend this to anyone who wants to live a healthy life beside it’s cheap and simple to take. So people just go ahead and try it. I am loving it so you will.

  • Kazy says:

    Note if you drink straight lemon juice: It can and will damage the enamel of your teeth if not brushed soon after consumption. I learned that the hard way and ended up with 13 small cavities.

  • Mel says:

    Anything to do with weight loss is a help. Thanks.

  • Rihanna says:

    Can lemon juice help lose belly fat. I want a flat stomach. How much time will it take? Please somebody answer. And please suggest some other ways to lose weight as well as tummy.

  • Kelly says:

    I am going to start the lemon diet tomorrow cant wait for the result!

  • Marie says:

    Can any lemon be used or which one is the better?

  • Precious says:

    Hi, thanks a lot about the advise. Now I have added the confidence. I used lemon water in the past when I was at high school. I had lemon in everything I ate, food, tea, water, you name it and it helped me maintain a weight of 55kgs through out my high school. I left lemon and now I am at 70kgs and not comfortable with it, so I have gone back to taking lemon which I started yesterday and I hope to be 60kgs by end of this month! True I know it works!

  • Viji says:

    Hi there, even I heard lemon is good to loose weight. But my biggest problem is that I am a juvenile diabetic and because of my Lantus insulin which I take in the night is causing me to put on weight. I tried eating just a fruit in the morning but when I just eat an apple and drink milk I am getting low sugar. I can’t eat just fruits for my lunch or breakfast cause I become low very soon and I end up eating chocolate. Please help because I was size 10 now I am almost size 14 and it’s so embarrassing. l I have no time to work out because of my work and I get very tired after work. Can anyone suggest me the best diet please. A million thanks!

  • Josh:) says:

    So I wrestle in high school and really wanna lose 3 weight in a healthy way and I think I just found it. I am excited. Just got to buy some lemons or lemon concentrate. Thank you so much!

  • Eka says:

    I have been struggling to lose weight; now I have found the right solution to my problem. Thanks Tim for sharing this valuable info to us. When life gives you lemon, make lemonade!

  • Hannah Agyei says:

    I am touched with all the comments here and it seems I have got a solution to my weight problem. I am starting it right now from here. Thanks a lot!

  • Candies says:

    Tomorrow will be my first day but I want to know the kind of food I must eat when taking in the lemon?

  • Nike says:

    Just started this today. I’m hoping to lose at least 65lbs by April! My husband is going to be leaving for basic in January and when he graduates I wanna surprise him. I’m at 210lbs as of this morning and really like lemon water but I hate lemonade no clue why. Hoping this works. Ya’ll are so great!

  • Roxanne says:

    Hi, I love this web page, thanks to those who put it up. I was just wondering how much lemon I should put in 1 pint of warm water. Thank you in advance. Best Wishes to all.

  • Teresa says:

    Hi everyone, I enjoy lemon cold or even on ice. Does anyone know if the benefits are still the same?

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