Lemon water weight loss is one of the little known weight loss methods that is currently used by many people around the world in order to easily shed of excess weight.

The idea that lemon juice when taken together with water, preferably warm water, can actually help you lose weight has been around for many years and not so many people have had the privilege to know about this little secret until today.

But first let us take a look at how water and lemons affect the body:

Slice of lemon in a glass of water
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Health Benefits of Lemon To The Body

When I take lemons, what changes will this fruit bring to my body? Perhaps you might ask. Well, there are quite a number but we are going to look at some of the major health benefits that lemons bring to our bodies. These are:

Lemons Boost Heart Health

Lemons naturally have a high amount of potassium in them. The importance of having potassium in your diet is that this chemical works wonders in alleviating heart problems as it helps the body's blood pressure in check.

Having a blood pressure that is withing the recommended limits ensures that your heart does not need to work that hard therefore it stays healthy and fit. For this reason therefore, apart from lemons helping you take care of bloating and heart burns, it also goes ahead and helps you have a healthy heart.

Lemon As A Skin Cleanser

I am assuming that you have seen the numerous number of skin care products in your local store shelves that contain lemon in them as one of the ingredients. Yes, lemon can be used as a skin cleanser and it does a really good job at that.

Lemon As An Antiseptic

Apart from skin cleansing, lemon can also be used as an antiseptic too. By now I know it feels like I am going a little bit off topic in as far as lemon water and weight loss is concerned but let us take a look at the health benefits of water and then combine it later with lemon juice and see how lemon water weight loss comes about shan’t we? Thus:

lemon with water
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The Health Benefits of Water

It might seem quite obvious in that everyone knows about the health benefits of water, but you will be surprised at the number of people who have no clue about how beneficial water can be to their bodies.

Hence as a quick reminder, here’s what water does to your body:

Water Helps With Weight Loss

Maybe you had no idea how water helps you lose weight but I am quite sure that you know that your kidneys are responsible for removing waste from your body through urine right? Correct, but what happens when your body is dehydrated?

When you are dehydrated, your body goes into survival mode and in this state, naturally your body does all it can to preserve as much water as possible. In so doing, it limits the amount of waste that is coming from your body, which is urine and other wastes.

When enough waste piles up in the body, another organ –the liver- kicks into action and takes over the work of eliminating waste from the body.

Since the liver has its hands full with ridding the body off toxins, it will slow down in doing its main task which is to use up stored fat as energy.

By now you can see why being properly hydrated would help your body burn up more fat compared to when you are dehydrated. Now, let us go back to our original topic of lemon water weight loss and try and see how combining lemon with water will help you lose weight.

water with lemon
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How Lemon Water Leads To Weight Loss

A combination of water and lemon can be a very effective weight loss formula in that, since lemon water contains citric acid which is good in breaking down fat and food in your stomach, it leads to more nutrients being absorbed by your body.

Increases Carnitine In Your Body

Lemon water also increases the amount of carnitine which is responsible for flushing out excess fat from your muscles.

Vitamin C, which is found in plenty in lemon water, not only increases the amount of carnitine in your body, but also boosts your immune system.

Lemon Water Contains Pectin

Pectin that is found in lemon water assists the digestive system to work at optimal conditions. Apart from this, pectin also lowers cholesterol and glucose levels in your body thus leading to your body having a healthy heart.

Lemon Water Is Acidic But It Alkalizes The Body

That might be confusing to some but I am going to explain how that comes into being. When lemon is digested by the body instead of it remaining acidic it is alkalized.

This is true since the acid contained in lemon water, that is citric acid, is a weak acid and it can easily be broken down during digestion thus leaving the other elements found in lemon to alkalize the body.

Also, studies have shown that a more "alkaline" body is more likely to lose weight compared to a more "acidic" body.

In Conclusion

As you can see a glass of warm lemon water taken in the morning can go a long way in helping you lose weight, and I am a 100% sure that if you make it a habit to take a glass of warm lemon water every day in the morning, you will be half way towards reaching your weight loss goals.

All in all, warm lemon water will aid in your weight loss endeavors but you must also keep in mind that lemon water weight loss is far more effective when combined with a little exercise; enjoy your glass of lemon and water.

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