A morning cup of lemon water seems to be one of the latest trends in the weight loss industry. People all across the country are making claims like, “Lemon water helps you lose weight” or “lemon water flushes you out in the morning” or even “drinking lemon water has improved my digestion”. So is it true? Is drinking lemon water each day all that it’s cracked up to be? More specifically, can drinking lemon water actually help you lose weight? At Healthful Life MD, we always make sure to provide our patients with evidence-based information. Because of this, Dr. Abby dug a little deeper into this lemon water discussion.

Weight Gain Prevention vs. Weight Loss Aid

There are certainly health benefits that come from drinking lemon water. However, it may or may not be all that it is cracked up to be. Although we all would love to say that simply drinking lemon water can help you lose weight, we all would also like to know if this is true or not. There have been many testimonials, blogs, and podcasts out there that have mentioned lemon water. Examining the details, we discovered that there is research showing that certain properties in lemon extracts can help to prevent weight gain. This does not necessarily mean that drinking lemon water will provide a weight loss boost. It could potentially be a helpful way to prevent future weight gain after going through a weight loss journey.

Warm Lemon Water- Does that help?

Many say that warm lemon water is the key. Although this is a nice touch in the morning, the improved weight loss most likely comes from the warm water. Research has shown that warm water can temporarily increase the number of calories that you burn. Drinking warm water is great! If adding lemon to your warm water helps you to drink it every day, then this can certainly be a great ritual for you to start or continue.

General Benefits of Drinking Lemon Water

By no means are we claiming that drinking lemon water is bad. In fact, there are loads of benefits that can come from a cup of lemon water each morning. It just may not be a solution for weight loss specifically. Something it encourages is gulping down more water than usual in the morning. Drinking water, on the other hand, is extremely important for weight loss. Again, if adding the lemon helps you increase your water intake, then add it in with all of your water! It doesn’t hurt. It can also help you get a boost of Vitamin C or help to flush out your bowel. Additionally, it has been found that the D-Limonene component in Lemon oil has anticancer properties. A little Vitamin C, bowel flush, or anti-cancer properties… sounds like a great morning drink to us!

A Conclusion On Lemon Water and Weight Loss From Healthful Life MD

There are evidence-based benefits to drinking lemon water, just none that show a direct correlation with lemon water and weight loss. Healthful Life MD recognizes that all individuals have different rituals or practices that support them on their unique weight loss journey. If lemon water has supported you on the way to your health goals, then we encourage you to continue.