A Diet Myth: Does Lemon Support Weight Loss?


The internet world is full of claims that the lemon is a secret weapon against oils. When you look at the search results about weight loss and lemon on Google, there are close to 560 thousand results. Popular diet ideas also say that lemon helps to get rid of body fat. Wouldn’t it be nice? Eat as much as you want then let the lemon oils melt !!!

We use lemons very often in our food and drink, but can lemons really help with weight loss?

What is lemon truth?

It contains plenty of vitamins, minerals and compounds called phytochemicals, such as lemons, other fruits and vegetables. It is particularly rich in vitamin C. There is some research to suggest that vitamin C plays a role in metabolizing fat in the body. Vitamin C is necessary for the production of carnitine needed for fat oxidation (body burning fat and increasing energy), so it may have some effects on the body.

A study published reported that participants who took adequate amounts of vitamin C burned significantly more fat during exercise. In other words, vitamin C status of participants during exercise affects fat breakdown. Researchers say that there is a link between vitamin C status and body mass index, with lower levels of body mass index can be seen in those who get enough vitamin C. Here is what we need to understand; Vitamin C alone is not debilitating, but those who consume enough vitamin C during exercise have a better fat burning, so their weight is less.

While these findings about lemons are quite interesting, they do not completely support the idea of aiding weight loss. Nowadays, more research needs to be done to say for sure that lemon or vitamin C has an effect on weight loss. Otherwise, when the whole world is getting fat in the epidemic, it would be nice to solve this with a little lemon.

However, other studies suggest that the polyphenol compounds in lemons may prevent weight gain in animals. Researchers observed that the lemon supplement given to mice fed fatty foods prevented weight gain. However, more research is needed.

The good news is that there are many good reasons to consume lemon in your meals regularly. Lemon may not be a magic remedy for weight loss, but it can be useful for other issues. Lemon is very low in calories. Lemon can be added to many sauces and drinks to increase flavor while minimizing oil, sugar and salt in recipes. Also, substituting non-calorie drinks with lemon can be a great way to aid weight loss and overall health benefits.

Lemon helps to stay healthy in other ways. Flavonoids, which are beneficial compounds in citrus, may have protective effects in the body against inflammation, and may have some positive effects on blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels. While there is a need for a lot of definitive research to confirm all of these health benefits, these findings are a reminder of how important it is to include fruit and vegetable varieties in our diet!

To underline, although many recent studies do not support the idea that lemon is a magic remedy for weight loss, there is some evidence that lemon can metabolize fat in the body with the vitamin C it contains. However, it can provide health benefits beyond weight loss with its other compounds. So let’s not miss the lemon from our tables! However, let’s remind once again that the hot and lemon water consumed in the morning does not melt the oils.

Ginger Lemonade Recipe:

Juice of 4 lemons, 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 walnut sized fresh ginger, 1 liter of water. After grating the zest of the lemon, squeeze the juice from the lemons and pass it through the robot with honey and ginger. Keep this mixture in the refrigerator for 10 minutes, then pass it back through the robot with 1 liter of water and strain it, you can serve it with fresh mint leaves.

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