Losing weight with lemon water

by Shantel
(New York)

QUESTION: Can lemon juice or lemon water help someone lose weight? Can it burn fat in the body or help get rid of fat?

ANSWER: First, I encourage you to read the pages on this site regarding drinking water and weight loss.

Studies are conclusive (for a number of reasons) that drinking water alone can help people to lose weight and, more importantly, to keep it off!

Adding lemon to water does provide additional weight-loss benefits, including liver cleansing and blood purifying.

The more efficiently the liver is working, food will digest quicker and more completely and toxins will be removed from the body more effectively.

The cleaner the blood and the smoother the blood flow, oxygen and other essential nutrients will be delivered to the cells more efficiently to improve energy, metabolism, and overall body balance.

In many cases, nutrient deficiencies and the accumulation of toxins are closely linked to weight gain and/or the inability to lose weight. These imbalances also affect blood sugar levels, hormonal imbalances, food cravings, mood changes, and many other weight-related issues.

Another significant benefit of lemon juice for weight loss is its alkalizing effect in the body.

Our bodies store acid wastes and other harmful toxins in fat cells, where the toxins will do the least amount of damage to the critical organs.

In fact, we should be thanking the innate wisdom of our bodies for those extra fat cells because they may, in fact, be saving our lives.

The more acidic we are, it is less likely the body will burn those fat cells and thus release toxins because it is not safe to do so.

A simple weight loss program to consider:

  • Drink half your body weight in ounces of water daily

  • Drink 1 or 2 glasses of lemon water daily

  • Drink 8 to 16 ounces of water 15-30 minutes before meals

  • Avoid drinking any beverages during meals. (Fluids dilute the digestive juices.) If you must have something, sip water or warm tea.

  • Minimize all sugary drinks, such as sodas, juice, and lattes

  • Eat primarily fresh, quality foods. Moderate lean protein and healthy fats (nuts, seeds, avocados, olives, olive oil, coconut oil, salmon) and lots of green vegetables.

  • Avoid processed foods and minimize starchy foods (bread, pasta, chips, cookies, muffins, etc.) and sugar!

  • Exercise or walk 15 minutes daily

Give this simple program a good three months and see what happens. Then please come back and tell us your results.

No matter what, your body will significantly benefit!

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Mar 25, 2016
Weight loss with lemon water
by: Rod

According to my wife, I have lost over 44 lbs because I always drink water with 2 tablespoons of lemon and 3 tablespoons of lime mixed in it. I do not feel that it is because of this or other reasons!

I had started doing this about 5 or 6 years ago.
What do you think is really happening? May "God" Bless everybody! Rod

Jan 05, 2016
Morning drink
by: Anonymous

I drink 1 cup of lemon water, 1 cup of all natural Japanese green tea (no sugar) and 2 tea spoons of Apple cider vinegar every morning. Helps with my energy level and cleansing of body.

Aug 13, 2015
OMW to trying it
by: GguinNAT

I was searching for the positive of drinking water with lemon. I found you all and thank you for sharing. I will begin my journey tomorrow and keep you all posted. Thank you for sharing......

Aug 05, 2015
No weight loss yet
by: Nelson

I started taking lemon juice every morning and evening but I haven't noticed any change yet. So far, I've been using the bathroom a lot.

Though I am so into this program, the effect is that I am developing very sharp and sensitive feeling on my teeth. Help me on these, please.


See the Caution on this page about lemon in water and teeth enamel.

Nov 30, 2014
Is lime water good for weight loss?
by: Anonymous

I drink one glass of water with half lime in morning and in evening before meal. Also I put one lime juice in 3 liters of water in the morning to drink all day.

Is it better for weight loss? Also does honey or salt in lime water affect weight loss?


I am not sure what you are asking. Are you asking if lime water is better than lemon water for weight loss? If so, the answer is probably not better but possibly the same in benefits.

Honey in the lime water adds concentrated sugar and added calories, which is never good for weight loss.

As far as salt goes, it depends on what type of salt. As long as the person is not on a salt-restricted diet, then a pinch of either Celtic sea salt or Himalayan salt could be beneficial for weight loss because both of those salts contain over 80 trace minerals.

Any type of refined white salt, such as table salt, is not beneficial for weight loss or for health. In fact, I consider refined salt as a toxin.

Nancy Hearn, CNC

Sep 21, 2014
It really works!
by: Ramzy

I've joined a weight loss program planned for one year. Already 16 days through, and I won't be lying if I say I can actually 'feel' improvement. My clothes feel baggy on me a bit. And once I told my tutor about my daily lemon water, he beamed in surprise, encouraging me to make lemon water a habit (won't be so hard; already attached to it.)

I know it's still too soon to give results, but for the first time in years I have such high hopes that I'm finally on the right track. I'll be sure to return again and share the details of my journey in losing weight.

Keep squeezing that wonderful fruit :D

May 28, 2013
Weight loss results
by: Lorinda

I have been drinking lemon water every day for 5 months. No sugar, or bread, very little if any.

I have not exercised and have went from 243 lbs to 185 thus far. The only bad effect I have had is the need to use the bathroom a lot!!!!

I eat a lot of vegetables, meat, nuts, etc. I have never felt hungry even 1 day since I began. I believe the weight will stay off, too.

I have 30 lbs to go. I also drink this every morning--cinnamon, honey, apple cider vinegar, and water.

You put in microwave for 45 seconds, cool and drink. So, whatever it is, it's working !!!!

WBH response: Congratulations, Lorinda, and thank you for sharing!

Eating primarily lean protein, healthy fats (nuts, seeds, olives, olive oil, avocadoes) and vegetables (minus the starchy carbohydrates and sugars) is an excellent way to lose weight and improve all aspects of your health and well being.

The lemon water and apple cider vinegar are also helping to alkalize your body and flush out toxins. So your body is burning fat and flushing acidic wastes. Thus, the need to urinate more frequently. That is a good thing! - Nancy Hearn, Certified Health & Nutrition Consultant

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