Lemon diet to lose weight

The lemon diet is on the rise. It consists of consuming a lemon squeezed in water and promises to make you lose weight faster , as well as being a detox and helping to lose belly.

The water with lemon can be consumed in several ways: fasting, soon after waking up or before each meal. Already some methods guide that the water is warm.

This diet became popular and became the darling of famous adherents of a healthy lifestyle, but the truth is that there is no research that proves any type of effectiveness associated with this consumption.

The Truth About The Lemon Diet

According to nutritionist Mariah Rangel, as lemon is detoxifying , it is common to say that it helps with weight loss. However, the truth is that we need to have balance in every diet for lemon to help with weight loss.

“There are no miracle foods. Weight reduction occurs when we manage to carry out a negative energy balance , that is, when we spend more than we consume”, he says.

Therefore, the lemon diet must always be associated with a balanced diet, with the introduction of healthy foods, avoiding saturated fats and without added sugar. The practice of physical activities is also essential.

On the fame of the lemon diet to help you lose belly fat faster, Mariah explains:

“Because it has a digestive function and facilitates the breakdown of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, lemon can help reduce localized fat , but for that it is necessary to have a balanced diet. For example, it’s no use drinking water with lemon on an empty stomach and eating feijoada at lunchtime”.

Furthermore, there is also no scientific proof that the water temperature of this drink helps you lose weight.

Lemon Benefits

Boosts the immune system

Mariah says that lemon helps to stimulate the immune system, so its consumption is important to avoid colds and flu, and even during the chemotherapy process.

“Lemon is rich in vitamin C and therefore also stimulates the absorption of iron by the body if consumed at the same meal”, complements the nutritionist.

In addition, the vitamin C present in lemon is also a potent antioxidant and works by blocking the action of free radicals in all of the body’s cells. ( 1 )

Balances the body’s pH

Another benefit of lemon cited by Mariah is that it balances the body’s pH. “Although it is acidic, when the lemon reaches the stomach, it combines with alkalizing minerals and helps to keep the body’s pH in balance ”, he says.

Therefore, the belief that lemons cause acidity in the stomach is a myth. What happens is exactly the opposite. Once ingested, lemon does not remain in an acid form, it turns into alkaline salts in the body. ( 2 )

This compound plays an important role in stabilizing the pH of body fluids, including blood, and in the bone formation and maintenance system. That is, lemon is an acidic food, but it causes alkalinity when ingested. ( 2 )

clean the blood

According to Mariah, the alkalizing and detoxifying action of lemon also helps to clean the blood and cells.

The more alkaline the blood is, the better, because most diseases are related to blood acidification, which is the opposite of alkalinization. Sugar, white flour, excess protein, processed foods and soft drinks, for example, acidify the blood . ( 2 )

Thus, to have an effective cleaning result, the nutritionist emphasizes that it is important to consume lemon frequently and maintain healthy eating habits.

Is water with lemon good?

Although not miraculous when it comes to weight loss, lemon water provides other health benefits.

“The vitamins and minerals present in lemon will help the body in the process of eliminating toxins from the gastrointestinal tract and water is a natural detoxifier”, explains Mariah.

To make water with lemon, the nutritionist teaches that you just need to dilute half a lemon in 500 ml of water. As for the frequency of consumption and the best time to use it, she says that it should be individually guided by a nutritionist.

The professional also says that sparkling water with lemon slices is a great option to replace the soda .

To maximize the benefits of lemon water, it is also possible to add other ingredients, such as ginger and chia .

“The mixture of lemon, ginger and chia becomes an option rich in vitamins, fiber , anti-inflammatory and antioxidants, thus helping to clean and alkalize the body”, points out Mariah.


The contraindications for the consumption of water with lemon are few. “Those who are allergic to lemons and/or suffer from a disease in the esophagus should not use this drink”, Mariah advises.

Even so, it is important to remember that following a diet based only on lemon consumption or any other very restrictive diet can lead to a deficiency of nutrients, vitamins and minerals necessary for health. ( 3 )

This can lead to side effects such as tiredness, headaches, food poisoning and metabolic changes in the digestive system, which can lead to diseases such as diabetes, osteoporosis, anemia and even temporary loss of limb movement. ( 3 )

Therefore, all forms of lemon consumption must always be guided by a nutritionist so that he can establish safe amounts according to the health and needs of each individual.

Ellie Lauderdale

My name is Ellie Lauderdale, MD and I am USA based professional Nutritionist .

I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and board certified specialist in sports dietetics who is trained in integrative medicine. I have worked with hundreds of clients, from those suffering with chronic disease to professional and olympian athletes. My goal is to help optimize you from the inside so that you can feel, perform, and look your best on the outside.

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