It’s the elixir celebrities and wellness gurus swear by: lemon water. Starting your morning with a glass of warm or cold lemon water is supposed to “wake up your metabolism” and “flush out toxins.” Sure, lemon water is tasty, but is there any truth to its magical properties? Can it actually help you lose weight and detox your system? We tapped some registered dietitians to find out.
Will Drinking Lemon Water Help You Lose Weight?
“No, lemon water will not make you lose weight alone because there is no compound within lemon water that will either speed up metabolism or decrease calorie absorption,” dietitian Amanda Baker Lemein, MS, RD, LDN, told POPSUGAR.
There are other claims that the acidity in lemons will increase your rate of digestion, but dietitian and personal trainer Jim White, RD, ACSM, and owner of Jim White Fitness and Nutrition Studios said the acidity of lemons will only affect your pH balance for a short period of time because your body will naturally regulate its own pH balance.
“Therefore, consuming a high amount of lemon juice will not have drastic changes on the rate of digestion in order to improve weight loss,” he said.