Losing weight takes a lot of effort. There are many myths around dieting. One of them is consuming specific food or drink can instantly help you lose weight. One type of fruit that is often mentioned in tips to lose weight is lemon. There are many ways that you can consume lemon to lose weight: warm lemon water, lemon honey, lemon in a salad mix, infused water, and others. So, what are the myths on drinking lemon and lose weight?

Better than other drinks

Alissa Rumsey, RD, spokesperson for the Academy of Nutritions and Dietetics, once stated that lemons create a mentality of losing weight because they are healthier compared to many other types of drink. This is true, as drinking lemon is no doubt much better than drinking coffee, tea, and soft drinks. By drinking a healthier drink, your body will feel better and by stopping the consumption of caffeine, your body will have the time to eliminate unhealthy toxins.

It is also true that lemons help improve our metabolic system, allowing our body to burn more calories and store less fat, which in turn helps the weight losing process. So if you want to cut down on caffeine but hate drinking plain water, add in a few slices of lemon.

Effective diuretics

Lemon is also effective in acting as a natural diuretic, preventing bloating, and cleansing your digestive tract. Logically, the more water you accumulate in the body, the more weight your body has. As a diuretic, lemon makes you urinate more and thus reducing your weight. In addition, lemon water can also lower the risk of constipation because lemon has a high acid content that stimulates the stomach to produce more mucus to thin down the acid. By this,  things just move along the digestive system and out of your body.

However, before you try to use lemon water to lose weight, you should talk to your doctor because lemon is acidic. Too much acid in the stomach can lead to acid reflux conditions, such as heartburn or GERD.

Reduce hunger

Another myth is that lemons help you lose weight by reducing hunger. In fact, coffee, tea, or milk can also reduce your hunger. However, lemon is advised to be an option because of its very low levels of calories which will not trigger your weight gain.

However, according to Anna Z. Feldman, MD, an endocrinologist at Joslin Diabetes Center, there is no link between lemons and reduced hunger. He further stated that while there is no direct link, the content of lemon is good for your health. Lemon has antioxidant properties and vitamin C that boost your collagen, and strengthen your immune system.

Drink lemon for health, not to lose weight

Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, owner of Nutrition Starring You stated that it is true that lemon water can increase metabolism in the body. However, do not think that this is due to the lemon, instead, the increased metabolism comes from the water. Metabolism will work more effectively when your body is hydrated.

No matter where the result comes from, you may want to start your day by drinking lemon water. This habit is healthy for your body whether it contributes to the weight losing process or not. Do not expect that lemons can act like magic drugs that directly help you lose weight, as there has been no proved medical evidence.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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