How To Make Lemon Tea At Home For Weight Loss – Recipes And Benefits

Medically Reviewed by Madhu Sharma, RD
Written by Priyanka Sadhukhan, MSc (Nutrition), Certified Diabetes Educator

Using lemon tea for weight loss is fast gaining popularity. The tea is a rich source of vitamin C, is low in calories, and kick-starts your metabolism (1).

Its tangy taste and citrusy aroma also help calm your nerves and induce relaxation. The antioxidants in the tea help flush out toxins and reduce inflammation.

However, preparing it right is the only way you can get to enjoy its benefits. Continue reading to learn more about lemon tea for weight loss, how it works, and its preparation method.

Lemon Tea Recipes For Weight Loss

1. Regular Lemon Tea


  • ½ tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon tea (powdered)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 cups water
  1. Add the water to a pan and boil it.
  2. Now, add the tea powder and let the water simmer for a minute.
  3. Take the pan off the heat and add the lemon juice and sugar.
  4. Mix well until the sugar and lemon juice dissolve completely.
  5. Strain the tea into a cup.
  6. Serve hot.

2. Honey Lemon Tea


  • ½ teaspoon sugar (if needed)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 cup water
  1. Pout the water into a microwave-safe mug.
  2. Now, add the honey.
  3. Microwave the mug for about 2 minutes.
  4. Take the mug out of the microwave and stir in the lemon juice.
  5. Serve hot.

3. Honey Lemon Ginger Tea


  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon chopped ginger
  • 1 teaspoon tea leaves
  1. Heat the water in a pan.
  2. Before the water starts bubbling, add the chopped ginger.
  3. As it boils, add the lemon juice and honey.
  4. Strain the tea into a cup.
  5. Serve hot.

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4. Lemon Iced Tea


  • 1½ cups water
  • 1 teaspoon black tea powder or tea leaves
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice (the quantity can be adjusted as per your taste)
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon slices for garnish (optional)
  1. Boil the water in a pan.
  2. Once it starts boiling, switch off the flame and add the tea powder/leaves.
  3. Let the tea steep for 2-3 minutes. For a stronger flavor, steep it for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Strain the tea, add lemon juice, and stir well.
  5. Add 2-3 ice cubes just before you drink it. You may also refrigerate it for 30 minutes.

Here’s how you lose weight when you drink lemon tea.

How To Lose Weight Using Lemon Tea

  • Lemon is low in calories, which is important for weight loss and weight management (1).
  • Another study conducted by the Seoul Women’s University (South Korea) showed that drinking lemon juice along with calorie restriction as a part of a detox program may help reduce body fat and improve insulin resistance in premenopausal women (2).
  • A study published by the journal Molecules showed that black tea can reduce weight by regulating fat metabolism and decreasing calorie intake(by inhibiting fat and carbohydrate digestion, absorption, and intake) (3). Adding lemon juice to black tea may increase its effectiveness by boosting your metabolic rate.
  • Adding ginger to lemon tea may help increase metabolic rate as it induces. Thermogenesis helps suppress appetite and extra calorie intake (4).
  • Honey is loaded with many essential nutrients (5). It also has a low glycemic index and has proven to have anti-obesity effects when experimented on rats (6).

You can make hot or cold lemon tea easily at home to kickstart your weight loss. You can choose to make a steaming mug on a cold day or fill it with ice and enjoy lemon iced tea on a hot day.

Drink 1-2 cups of lemon tea per day without sugar. Adding sugar to lemon tea increases its calorie content and is, thus, not advisable for weight loss.

Here are some changes you can make in your lifestyle – along with adding lemon tea to your diet – to boost your weight loss.

Lifestyle Management To Lose Weight

Lemon tea alone cannot help you lose weight. You need to take a holistic and balanced approach to lose weight effectively.

  • Following a balanced diet and a good exercise regimen every day can provide you with the much-needed boost towards weight loss.
  • Exercise is important to burn the extra calories and keep your body healthy and fit. So, aim to work out for at least 20-25 minutes every day.
  • Choose activities that you enjoy performing. This will ensure that working out does not get mundane, and you remain motivated to achieve your goal.
  • Sleep well and practice deep breathing exercises to reduce your stress levels.
  • Lemon tea reduces the chances of unwanted weight gain by helping you lose weight sustainably, as you are not taking in any liquid calories.

While drinking lemon tea for weight loss is quite popular, there is much more to this simple drink. It not only helps improve your immunity and digestive metabolism but also aids better kidney functioning too. Rich in vitamin C, antioxidants, and important minerals, lemon tea helps cleanse and strengthen your system from within. Easy to prepare, you can flavor lemon tea with honey, ginger, or cinnamon to add to its many benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can we drink lemon tea daily?

Yes, you can drink lemon tea every day, but limit it to 2 cups per day as the tannins in it may interfere with essential nutrient absorption. Do not drink lemon tea along with meals; drink it only between or before meals.

Is green tea or lemon tea better for weight loss?

Green tea is better than lemon tea for weight loss as it is non-fermented and has more antioxidants.

Is it good to drink lemon tea at night?

It is not advisable to drink any tea at bedtime as it may interfere with your sleep cycle. Drink tea at least 5 hours before going to sleep.

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Madhu Sharma

Madhu Sharma is a member of the National Executive Committee of IDA. She has been associated for almost three decades... more