Part of ‘Clean Eating’ involves drinking heaps of water. It is recommended that you drink AT LEAST three litres of water a day, plus one for every hour of exercise you do. Drinking this much water helps massively with weight loss.
Start every morning by drinking a big glass of water with some freshly squeezed lemon juice. I use a milkshake glass because it means that I start the day hydrated and it seems easier to get the rest of my three to five litres of water in later in the day.
So how exactly does it help with weight loss? Well I’ve done some research.
The simple one is that it acts as an appetite suppressant. Lemon water in the morning suppresses the appetite because the pectin fibres in the lemon have a hunger reducing effect. Also the signal the body gives for dehydration is much like that of hunger so drink some water when you think you’re hungry to avoid those extra calories.
The pectin in the lemon also forms a kind of gel lining in your stomach which reduces sugar absorption, and as we all know sugar is the killer of weight loss.
Vitamin C from the lemons helps with calcium absorption in the fat cells and the more calcium content in your fat cells the less your body can store fat. This also helps with the ability to burn fat because it increases your metabolism. Calcium also goes back and also contributes to reduced appetite.
Lemon water in the morning also creates healthy digestion because of the citric acid interacting with other acids and enzymes in your digestive tract which cleanses your colon. This clears out toxins and built up internal waste. So if you drink lemon water regularly, the waste is cleaned out in greater frequency. That’s an instant loss of weight right there.
Just a little bonus… the vitamin C also clears skin. By getting rid of toxins it decreases wrinkles, blemishes and can even help reduce the appearance of scars.