Does Drinking Lemon Juice Help You Lose Weight? April 21, 2017

Drinking lemon juice not only helps to burn fat but also takes care of your overall health as it is loaded with vitamin C, dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. The best part is, you don’t have to go on a low-calorie diet or drink just lemon juice throughout the day to lose weight. Just incorporate lemon juice in your daily diet, and you will see yourself go from flab to fab in no time.

Wondering how lemon juice works to mobilize the fat? Here is the answer.

1. Benefits Of Lemon Water

Boosts Immunity

Lemons are loaded with vitamin C, an antioxidant, which helps to scavenge the harmful free oxygen radicals.

Aids Proper Digestion

Lemons contain citric acid and pectin that assists digestion. Pectin also helps to slow down the rate at which the food leaves the stomach, which produces a feeling of fullness for longer.

Anti-Obesity Agent

Lemons contain limonin that helps to lower bad cholesterol in the blood and helps to burn fat.

Flushes Out Toxins

Since lemons are a great source of vitamin C and scavenge free oxygen radicals, it helps to flush out the toxins produced in the body. It also helps in flushing out the toxins in the colon.

Slows Down Aging

DNA damage is the primary cause of aging. Vitamin C in lemons prevent DNA damage. Also, lemons help to produce collagen, which smoothen the wrinkles.

Maintains Bone Health

Vitamin C present in lemons helps to maintain the bone health by preventing bone damage from microbial infection.

Supports Liver And Kidney Functions

Pectin lowers bad cholesterol in the liver and prevents the formation of kidney stones. The polyphenols boost metabolism and the activity of liver enzymes.

Boosts Mood

The glass of lemon water with its citrusy taste and refreshing smell helps to boost mood and relax body and mind.

Though there are many benefits of drinking lemon juice you should only consume it in right doses and at the right time.

2. Lemon Juice Nutrition Facts
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3. When To Drink Lemon Water

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  • Drink 1 cup of lemon water in empty stomach early in the morning
  • Drink 1 cup of lemon water (with a pinch of salt) during a workout session
  • Drink 1 cup of lemon water 30 minutes before lunch and dinner

Preparing lemon water for weight loss will take 5 minutes of your time. Here is how to prepare a tangy, vitamin C-rich lemon juice at home.

4. How To Make Lemon Water For Weight Loss?

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  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup water
How To Prepare
  1. Heat the water till it gets warm.
  2. Squeeze the lemon juice into the cup of warm water.
  3. Stir well.

5. Other Lemon Water Recipes

If you get bored of drinking the same lemon water every day, use other ingredients to enhance the taste that will further boost your weight loss. Here are a few lemon water weight loss recipes for you.

  • Lemon And Honey

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  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon honey
How To Prepare

Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into a cup of warm water.

1. Add honey and stir well.


Like lemons, honey also promotes weight loss. When you have a shot of honey in the morning, you give your body a shot of energy, which helps you to stay active all day. The more active you stay the more fat you mobilize. It is also a potent antidiabetic agent (1).

  • Lemon And Cinnamon

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  • 1 cup water
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
How To Prepare
  1. Add the ground cinnamon to a cup of water and let is soak overnight.
  2. In the morning, boil the cinnamon water till the water level drops to half.
  3. Let it cool and strain it.
  4. Add lemon juice and stir well.

Cinnamon helps to lower bad cholesterol levels and has antimicrobial properties (2).

  • Lemon And Mint

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  • 1 cup water
  • 1 lemon
  • 6-7 mint leaves
How To Prepare

Use a mortar and pestle to crush the mint leaves.

  1. Throw the crushed mint leaves into a glass.
  2. Add 1 cup water to it and squeeze in the lemon juice.
  3. Stir well.

Mint is rich in antioxidants and vitamins. It helps to soothe the intestinal walls, protects from a flu and allergies, and alleviates pain (3).

  • Lemon And Ginger

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  • 1 cup water
  • ½ lemon
  • ½ inch ginger root
How To Prepare
  1. Use a mortar and pestle to crush the ginger root.
  2. Toss the crushed ginger root into a glass.
  3. Add 1 cup water and squeeze in the juice of half a lemon.
  4. Stir well.

Ginger fights obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, digestive problems, and skin issues. It has anti-inflammatory properties and therefore helps to reduce pain (4).

  • Lemon And Cayenne Pepper

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  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
How To Prepare
  1. Add lemon juice and cayenne pepper to a cup of water.
  2. Stir well.

Cayenne pepper contains capsaicin, which is a potential metabolism booster. It also prevents the fatty liver formation, diabetes, atherosclerosis and prevents the risk of hypertension and stroke (5).

  • Lemon Herbal Tea

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  • 1 cup water
  • 1 herbal tea bag
  • ¼ lemon
How To Prepare
  1. Boil a cup of water and pour into a cup with a lid.
  2. Dip the herbal tea bag and put the lid on.
  3. Remove the tea bag after 5 minutes.
  4. Add lemon juice and stir well.

Lemon gives the herbal tea a citrusy taste and fruity smell. Herbal teas are effective in preventing diabetes (6).

  • Lemon And Fruits

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  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Pinch of black salt
How To Prepare
  1. Chop the kiwi and toss into a blender.
  2. Add lemon juice, orange juice, and honey.
  3. Give it a spin.
  4. Pour into a glass and add a pinch of black salt.
  5. Stir well.

Kiwis are rich in vitamin E and antioxidants (7). Oranges have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties (8).

  • Lemon Juice And Cucumber Water

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  • 6-7 slices of cucumber
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 cups water
How To Prepare
  1. Pour 2 cups of water into a bottle.
  2. Squeeze in the juice of a lemon and add the cucumber slices.

Cucumbers help in flushing out the toxins, eases the pain caused by sunburn and swelling, and prevents constipation (9). Sip on this drink throughout the day to detox your body.

6. Things To Do And Not To Do

Use filtered water.Don’t use cold water.
Drink lemon water at least thrice a day.Do not buy chemically treated lemons.
The first dose of lemon water early in the morning should be taken on an empty stomach.Avoid having more than five lemons per day.
Always dilute lemon juice with a cup of water.Do not take lemon juice directly as it may erode tooth enamel.
Eat healthy. Include a good source of protein, complex carbs, and healthy fats in your daily diet.Avoid junk food and high-sugar containing foods.

7. Useful Tip

  1. If you want to speed up your fat mobilization, nothing can work better than exercising. If you do not like heavy workouts, start with yoga or stretching exercises.
  2. Wash the lemon water down with a gulp of water to remove any traces of lemon on your teeth.

8. Lemon Juice Side Effects

Consuming too much lemon juice may cause heartburns, tooth enamel erosion, acid reflux, and excessive urine.

Lemon juice is an easy and fantastic remedy for your “not able to lose weight” problem. So no more worries and sad faces. Pick up your lemon drink today, smile, and say cheers! Don’t forget to share your lemon water weight loss results with us.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment in the box below.

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Charushila is an ISSA Certified Specialist in Fitness & Nutrition and a full-time contributor to Diet & Weight Loss at Stylecraze. She believes that food has healing powers and eating good food is the best way to lose weight. A binge eater-turned-fitness enthusiast, Charushila likes to share her knowledge and experience with the world. When she is not working, she loves to cook healthy food, watch movies, travel, workout, and read Bengali literature.
  • madonna

    ur tips very nice

    • Leo Cartor

      Thanks for your tips…Very good…Its very useful for me…Thanks Leo 9884265439

  • Neha Edmond

    I want 2 reduce my weight…. I have no time 4 exercise….

  • pooja

    Ths fr ur post give some more tips fr weight loss

  • kathir

    lemon juice is the best drink for health

  • manisha

    its really very helpful tips thanks a lot!!!

  • priya

    i have heard that drinking lemon n honey in lukewarm water in the evening adds to weight gain it true?

    • StyleCraze

      Hi Priya…it is not true. Lemon and honey both contain antibacterial, antioxidant properties which boost the immune system. Combination of lemon water with honey is effective in reducing weight very fast. Add half lemon juice and 2 spoons of honey in one glass of warm water. Drink in the morning on an empty stomach and at night before going to bed. This will aid in weight loss.

  • Mafita

    this is useful for me, thank you very much indeed

  • Anonymous

    This article was very helpful for me:):)

  • ruchi

    how many times in a day max you can have this lemon water??

  • monisha

    i have no time to do exercise.. so at what time i have to drink lemon juice? and lemon juice must drink daily ah????????

  • Abdul Rehman Qadar

    Excelent amazing and very very beneficial information.kindly do provide information on causes and cure for depression and negative thoughts.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Kumar, despite differences in size, flavor and color, lemons and limes share the same nutritional benefits. Both are low in calories and are good sources of dietary fiber, and they help you meet your daily needs for vitamins C and B-9. But higher vitamin C content is found in lemons, which make lemons a slightly better option than a lime.