ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How To Lose Weight With Lemons

Updated on March 7, 2011

How To Lose Weight With Lemons

Lemons are a versatile citrus fruit that lend just a hint of sour to sweet and savory foods. With just 15 calories in a medium lemon, 2 g of dietary fiber and nearly half your daily requirement of vitamin C, lemons can also be a healthy weight loss tool. Several diet plans rely on the nutritional value of lemons to help you lose weight. Fortunately, lemon has a unique flavor that can act as a substitute for condiments or beverages that have far more calories, sugar and fat. Speak with your doctor before making significant changes to your diet.

Lemon zest increases metabolism

Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into 8 oz. of cold water and drink before having breakfast. Thoroughly wash the lemon prior to squeezing it and, using a zester, grate some of the rind into the water. A 2008 study performed at Sugiyama Jogakuen University and published in the "Journal of Clinical Biochemical Nutrition" found that lemon polyphenols may elicit metabolic effects on processes in the body that are related to obesity. The polyphenols in lemons are found in the peel, which is used in cooking, baking and can be added to beverages.

Lemon Smoothies!

Use a blender to make a refreshing lemon energy smoothie. In a blender, mix half a peeled, seeded fresh lemon, a handful of frozen strawberries, 1 tsp. of pure vanilla extract and 1 cup of low-fat plain or vanilla flavored yogurt. Blend until smooth and add low-fat milk as needed to thin the mixture so you can drink it. For sweetness, add 1 tsp. of honey and blend until fully combined. The average size lemon, according to Purdue University, has 27 calories, 0.3 g of fat and 8 g of carbohydrates. Having a lemon smoothie is a low-fat way to provide your body with essential nutrients like vitamin C and dietary fiber that can keep you feeling full longer so you eat less.

Lemon as a substitute for high-fat food 

Substitute the juice of half a lemon for butter or oil in recipes or ask for lemon juice on the side when dining out. Pure lemon juice has no fat and few calories, but enough flavor to take the place of half the high-fat, high calorie toppings and condiments you normally use. You'll be consuming fewer calories, less fat and still be able to enjoy foods with abundant flavor. If you cook at home, experiment with your favorite recipes by adding lemon juice for half the oil or butter. Eventually, you may find that lemon juice alone is enough to flavor food and you can decrease your reliance on high calorie condiments.

Lemons for snacks and desserts

Peel, seed and chop a fresh lemon and add it to a large container of low-fat cottage cheese or vanilla low-fat yogurt. Portion the yogurt or cottage cheese into single serving, reusable containers and store in the refrigerator. Instead of a high fat, high calorie snack or dessert, have a serving of low-fat lemon flavored yogurt or cottage cheese. You'll be consuming much less fat, sugar and calories than traditional convenience snack foods and desserts while adding nutrients like vitamin C, calcium and protein to your diet.



    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      health benefits of grapes 

      7 years ago

      I like this page.And I learning health benefits of grapes,if you want to learn more about health benefits of grapes,please

      follow it!


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)