According to Insider Magazine, drinking water with lemon daily can help you lose weight:
“Since lemon water is flavorful and low in calories, it’s a great substitute for less healthy drinks like sodas, iced teas, and juices — which often contain added sugar. By drinking lemon water in place of these sugary beverages, it can help you restrict calorie intake and potentially aid weight loss efforts.
For example, a 2012 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that for overweight or obese adults, replacing high-caloric drinks with water or non-caloric drinks resulted in an average weight loss of 2% to 2.5% after six months.
However, whether or not lemon water can help you lose weight when compared to drinking regular water has not been proven. The bottom line is that drinking lemon water as a replacement for higher calorie drinks can be part of a healthier diet, and potentially, a useful weight loss strategy. “
Try squeezing the juice from one lemon into a glass of water each morning and see how you feel. According to the article, there are additional benefits:
Lemon water provides some vitamin C
The juice from one lemon contains around 30 mg of vitamin C, which is 33% of the 90 mg recommended daily allowance (RDA) for males, and 40% of the 75 mg RDA for females, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements at the US National Institutes of Health.
Vitamin C keeps us healthy in the following ways:
- Helps your body heal. Our body needs vitamin C to make collagen, a vital protein which forms part of the connective tissue we need to heal wounds.
- Supports your immune system. Vitamin C can help reduce the strength of your cold symptoms and fight off illness-causing viruses and bacteria.
- Improve iron absorption. Iron is essential for the cells in your body to survive and grow. “I often recommend lemon water with meals to enhance iron absorption, especially for athletes and individuals with anemia,” says Amy Stephens, MS, RDN, CDE, a registered dietitian.
It’s worth noting that other citrus fruits contain more vitamin C than lemons. For example, one medium orange and three-quarters of a cup of grapefruit juice both contain 70 mg of vitamin C. So you can try switching up your flavored citrus water drinks for added benefits.
Read more benefits via Insider here.
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