Honey & Lemon For Weight Loss? Sorry Myth Busted here

Want a shortcut for weight loss? Anyway, why do you want a shortcut? 

What do you do when your best friend comes to your home after 2 years? Do you give her/him a glass of honey and lemon with water or do you make yummy parathas dipped in ghee? Got my point? When you know how to shower love on others, why not shower some on yourself too?

In short, honey and lemon with water does not help you lose fat. Honey and lemon will only help you stay hydrated. The fat loss will only occur if you are on a calorie deficit diet. In other words, if you are eating less than your burn.

Let us discuss everything in detail. 

Does Honey and Lemon Reduce Weight?

This is known to be a very controversial topic nowadays. People are going mad about the fact (which is not a fact) that if they take lemon and honey with warm water, they might lose weight. But, at the end, this is all rubbish. 

You are actually drinking more water and as a result it is keeping you hydrated, that’s it.

First thing in the morning is lemon and honey. Why?

We all have heard people saying that first thing in the morning must be lemon and honey for fat loss. Lemon and honey water helps you to keep your weight on track and helps you to detox your body. 

There are some myths that need to be busted to help you keep on the right track:

Just remember there is no shortcut to lose weight or if it is, then definitely it’s not permanent.  So stop being fooled. And concentrate on the right way to lose your body weight.

The only science which helps you to lose weight is eating (calories deficit diet), training and workout. Eating in the right quantity and exercising is the must if you are working on your body for the fat loss process. 

Myth Busted Honey & Lemon For Weight Loss:

  • Magic potions: 

There is no such thing like magic potions. Always remember there is no magic food that can help you to lose fat overnight. And, whoever says you like this, they are just making you fool. 

Only having a small amount of this so-called magic potion, will not keep the weight scale stable. It is one of the poor investments for health. 

This is true that lemon and honey definitely have antibacterial properties, it can surely help you heal. But if you say, only by drinking lemon, honey and warm water will help you to lose weight, that is not possible unless you workout, eat clean and rest well.

Workout, eat clean and rest well:

  1. Workout
  2. eat more clean and 
  3. rest properly for weight loss. 

By applying these three formulas in your life, you can easily achieve any goal. If you are trying to lose weight, you need to eat according to your calories, workout regularly and take proper rest. 

And if you are already doing it, then you don’t need lemon honey water formula to be lean.

Lemon, honey and warm water only helps to increase body metabolism. Only by drinking it you can’t lose weight. 

When you feed your body fewer calories than it burns, you are creating a calorie deficit. When you keep your body in a calorie deficit over time, total fat mass decreases. 

  • Vitamin C for weight loss?

It is something unbelievable that some people think that the way lemon cleans the vessels. Well, the same way, it will do for the digestive system.

Lemons are a rich source of Vitamin C,one of the most powerful water soluble antioxidants.

The role of antioxidants is to capture the Free Radicals from the body. It helps you repair muscles, gives you brighter skin, and helps you improve metabolism.

You do not need to tourture yourself by drinking only lemons. 

Many other fruits also help you to meet the requirement of vitamin C. Fruits like capsicum, cashew fruit, orange, guava and other citrus fruits are also rich in vitamin C.

The popular claim that honey and lemon with water melts fat is false. The best way to lose excess body fat is by eating a healthy, well balanced diet and increases the number of calories that you burn.

  • Flushes out toxins:

This is a saying that honey lemon water is helpful to flush out toxins from the body. But there is no evidence that supports using honey lemon water to rid the body of toxins. 

Your body effectively detoxifies itself using the skin, intestines, kidneys, liver and respiratory and immune systems.

  • Improves acne:

Honey is beneficial when applied directly to the skin, but there is no evidence that drinking honey lemon water can help prevent or treat acne. This statement is false that it helps in prevention of acne.

In fact, added sugar intake from honey can make acne worse.

Honey, lemon, water “magic potion”?

Your fitness freak cousin, your chatterbox neighbour, and even your maid, must have given you this fabulous weight loss tip and sworn by magical properties of honey lemon water.

We all have heard or read about how honey-lime water miraculously helps to burn fat when consumed early in the morning.

As much as we hate to break that rosy bubble of yours. There are no shortcuts to weight loss, and certainly no magic potions. Don’t be fooled by someone who tells you about the shortcuts and these so-called magic potions. 

If we talk about honey, it is rich in fructose and various researches claim its benefits as well as detrimental properties of regular honey consumption, especially in relation to sugar control in people with diabetes, triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Hence, it is recommended that honey should not be taken on a regular basis without supervision.

On the other hand, lemon can cause acidity and heartburn. Excess use of lemon  can corrode the tooth enamel, making teeth sensitive to hot and cold foods. If you are adding lemon juice to water for your daily dose of Vitamin C, you can also try guava, citrus fruits.

You may experiment with the drink yourself and conclude whether it works for you or not. But surely there isn’t any shortcut to lose weight. Nonetheless, lemon juice as well as honey when used to flavour foods in moderate amounts can work wonders for the palate.

When it comes to weight loss, nothing can help you better than healthy homemade meals. So, have a fruit first thing in the morning, followed by your favorite hot, nutritious breakfast that is shown to kick-start your metabolism.

Benefits:

Besides these all myths, there are some benefits also of lemon honey water. Anyway, when honey and lemon combine together, it gives amazing health benefits. It helps your liver produce more bile that helps your digestive system break down complex foods better and utilize the essential components.

  • Wound healing:

Honey has been used as a skin treatment for wounds and burns throughout history. Honey has powerful healing properties when applied to the skin.

In fact, honey has a therapeutic effect on many types of wounds, including burns. Honey may be also an effective treatment for diabetic foot ulcers.

It is thought that honey’s healing properties come from the antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds it contains. Honey also have a protective effect against over 60 different species of bacteria.

  • Suppress cough in children:

Honey is used in treatment for colds and coughs, especially in children.

Not only is honey a flavorful ingredient to add to teas and other drinks, but its use as a cough treatment in children. It can be difficult to convince a child to take a dose of unappealing cough medicine, making honey a tasty alternative treatment.

There is also saying that giving sick children honey may reduce coughing and improve sleep quality.

A dose of honey was more effective than cough medicine at suppressing coughing and improving sleep in children and teens with upper respiratory infections.

Honey also reduced both cough severity and frequency in young children with respiratory infections.

While honey may be an effective and natural option for treating coughs in children, it should never be given to children under one year of age, due to the risk of botulism.

  • Boost energy:

Lemon honey water gives instant energy that will sustain you for a long time. Honey is an energy food, composed mainly of simple sugars like fructose and glucose, which burn to provide 64 Calories per tablespoon.

 During digestion, the principal carbohydrates, fructose, and glucose are quickly transported into the blood and can be utilized for energy requirements of the day.

Lemons also have the ability to kickstart your metabolism. The citric acid in lemons yields citrate salts, which are part of the citric acid cycle, a chain of reactions important for energy metabolism.

  • Prevent diseases and increase immunity:

If you fall ill frequently, honey lemon water is the best drink to start your day with. Citrus fruits like lemon are rich in vitamin C and phytonutrients like saponins, alkaloids, and flavonoids that promote health and strengthen the immune system.

However, regular intake of honey lemon water can keep many diseases away.

As we know, lemon is rich in vitamin C, flavonoids, beta carotene, limonoids, folic acid, and dietary fibre which make them potent against diseases like cataract, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and even cancer.

Vishal Thakur

Hi, my name is Vishal, an engineer turned Blogger, Copywriter and a Nutrition Expert. I love busting nutrition related myths. Welcome to one of the best nutrition blogs in India helping people get in shape in the most natural way. Well, I love reading books, dancing and listening to some of my favorite songs whenever I get time and most importantly, I love helping people.

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