Does lemon tea help burn fat?
I was asked “Does lemon tea help burn fat?” directly by one of my 1:1 weight loss clients. Really what they were hoping for was to lose weight “the easy way” and had read somewhere that either lemon tea or hot lemon water could help them do that.
I am sorry to say but with weight loss or burning fat there is no “quick fix” and easy way…IF you want to do this the healthy way and maintain the loss long term. This is done with a combination of a calorie deficit and exercise.
There are many “diets” out there comprising of juicing, or just allowing you a very low calorie amount – which in the short term you might get a sudden burst of weight loss. However these methods just don’t work long term when you go back to your normal eating habits.
Green Tea and weight loss
There has been a lot of scientific research looking at the benefits of drinking green tea to help burn fat and with weight loss.
One of the benefits of drinking green tea is due to the EGCG (epigallocatechin) content. In one review evaluating 15 studies, it was found that drinking green tea with higher amounts of EGCG for at least 12 weeks was linked to decreases in both body weight and body fat (1)
In addition to that, some research has also suggested lemons could also support weight loss – due to the citrus flavonoids.
One animal study found that when mice were treated with citrus flavonoids, the size of their fat cells decreased. The citrus flavonoids also increased metabolism in mice fed a high fat diet (2)
Including green tea with lemon could be an ideal addition to your daily fluid intake. It is a low calorie drink (as long as no sugar is added) with the benefits of EGCG and flavonoids. However drinking green tea as THE solution to weight loss or fat loss will just give you a minimal effect.
With any diet it is always advisable to obtain the nutrients you need from the food in it’s whole form. Supplementation needs to be supported by a qualified nutritionist or nutritional therapist as large levels of one nutrient or vitamin & mineral may be toxic. Especially with EGCG which can pose a potential risk of liver damage depending on dosage.
Losing weight the smart way
The best way to lose weight and burn fat is to include in your diet plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, protein and healthy fats, in addition to exercising and getting plenty of rest.
One of the reasons why clients ask me about green tea or drinking hot lemon water is that they have been thinking about detox. Detoxing your system can definitely be a good idea – as long as it is done right!
To help you with this we have created a 38 page bespoke 1 week detox plan which could help you kick start your fat and weight loss journey.
- Why detox and how it can support weight loss
- Your detox potential
- Working out your health & energy score
- Simple detox guidance and supplement suggestions
- Tips for a healthy liver
- Looking at your digestion
- Are you addicted to stimulants?
- Daily health audit
- 1 week menu plan
7 Day Sugar Free Meal Plan
Maintaining an optimal carbohydrate balance is essential in a sugar-free diet to effectively regulate insulin levels. This plan emphasises high-fibre sources of carbohydrates, combined with healthy fats and quality proteins, to improve blood sugar control. It avoids artificial sugars and strives for a daily fibre intake of up to 40 grams.
You might also like to read our blog article on “How to reduce your cravings” HERE.