Lemon or Lime Water for Weight Loss

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Adding lemon or lime juice to water is a simple strategy to help drop pounds and cleanse your body of unhealthy toxins. Squeeze some citrus flavor into water for an easy, natural way to lose weight.

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Method

Add 1 oz. of juice to 8 oz. of water. This amount of juice equals about half a lemon or a whole lime.

Add 1 oz. of juice to 8 oz. of water.
Add 1 oz. of juice to 8 oz. of water. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Diuretic Properties

Lemon and lime juices are natural diuretics, so adding them to water helps flush the body of excess fluids. This can help relieve bloating and constipation.

Adding lemon and lime juices to water helps flush the body of excess fluids.
Adding lemon and lime juices to water helps flush the body of excess fluids. (Image: Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Digestion

The citric acid in these fruits can also help the liver to produce more bile, which aids in better food digestion.

Aids in better food digestion.
Aids in better food digestion. (Image: Pixland/Pixland/Getty Images)

Appetite Reduction

According to the Mayo Clinic, the traditional advice of drinking 64 oz. of water a day may be an overestimation. But drinking a lot of water can help you feel full, which reduces the amount of food you eat and leads to weight loss.

Drinking a lot of water can help you feel full.
Drinking a lot of water can help you feel full. (Image: Duncan Smith/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Warning

If lemon or lime juice is consumed without being diluted in water, it can damage the enamel of your teeth.

It can damage teeth enamel.
It can damage teeth enamel. (Image: Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

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