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Lemon Water: Diet Drink or A Detox Plan. Losing weight the easy way!

Updated on March 28, 2013
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I have always been cynical about all these diet programs that are widely available in the market; specially the ones that drains people's wallet. I prefer to stay healthy by eating nutritious food, being active and maybe try some natural substitutes to loose some weight here and there. I rather adhere to plans that involves natural products rather than paying 100s; and take some pills or powder and follow a no calorie diet. To me those are just schemes for making money out of gullible people. Now think about it, if you were on 500 calorie diet you are bound to lose weight anyway! You don't need to take these $100 pills with it. Now come on people, don't you see the scam behind all this .....

Last year I tried out this Cinnamon Honey drink and it worked wonderfully for me, Cheap and All Natural!

Few months ago, a friend of mine introduced us to this Lemon Water Detox program that she was using for detoxing her body and to lose few pounds! I was not very convinced about the whole thing. All these claims seemed little hyped up and I was not going to sit there and acknowledge everything they say. I mean, there are so many positive effects that this little lemon water seem to have...... That was kind of hard to believe!

Well, I gave it some thought and wanted to find out for myself how good 'this drink' really was! I mean, all these claims seems kind of superficial! But, since this is 'all natural', Lemon and Water, what can go wrong! So, I took the plunge......


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The Plunge:

I decide to test out the lemon water detox program for few months and see what happens.

The Benefits of drinking lemon water are as follows:

Weight Loss: lemon is high in pectin fiber which helps in subsiding hunger craving.

Aids in digestion

Acts as diuretic, thus washes off unwanted toxins from the body.

Helps the immune system: high in vitamin C and potassium.

Helps with blood pressure

Clears Skin

Method: How I Did It

Majority of these detox/weight loss plans requires you to drink the juice of one lemon with hot/warm water, twice a day; first thing in the morning and then at night. Some requires you to go on a strict diet along with it. Some even wants you to consume nothing for few weeks except for liquid!! Ever heard of 'Beyonce Knowles' going on a lemon detox plan? Talk about extreme!

Well, I couldn't do any of the above ..... I had to have my coffee first thing in the morning. Bad! I wanted to keep this as normal as I could without sacrificing a whole lot and without changing my daily routine.

So, I decided to carryout my own experiment:

- First thing in the morning - A mug of coffee, with milk and sweetener.

- Then an hour later I took the lemon drink. I used the juice of half a lemon (medium size), 1/2 tsp of honey (this is just to sweeten the drink. You can use other sugar substitutes if you want), and one cup of hot water. - I didn't feel hungry until lunch.

- Around lunch time I had a bowl of oatmeal, or some crackers with cheese and turkey (cold cuts), lettuce and cucumbers.

- For supper I ate a regular healthy meal, and I didn't cut down on anything.
- As for exercising, I do 20 mins of walking and only 10 min. of steps almost everyday. Missing it here and there didn't seem to be a problem.


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My Experience

Weight loss: I have manage to lose 12 lbs. in ten weeks. It has greatly subsided my cravings and I don't feel hungry. And surprisingly, I don't crave sweet as much as I use to. I have a very bad sweet-tooth and love desserts after dinner. After starting this routine of drinking lemon water I had no problem not eating dessert, or sweets.

Acts as diuretic: Sure does! And i am not a keen water drinker, but this is forcing me to drink more water everyday.

Helps with blood pressure: I have hypertension and I have been on medication for last 4 years. My Blood Pressure has always fluctuated even with the med. Any strenuous activity, or little stress would make my pressure go up. But now it has not gone hay-wired for the past 2 months. I think that alone is worth sticking to the lemon drink!

Clear Skin: I have never had any problem with my skin, but since I have been taking this, I have noticed a glow on my skin, and it just looks fresher. People have commented on it and asked me if I was using any new cream or products for it!
But I see a more positive effect on my friends skin. She used to get dark blotches, and acnes. The blotches are completely gone, and her acne has reduced significantly!

Lemon Water Detox

What do you think, would you give it a try?

See results

And, Here I Am!

I have decided to stick to the lemon drink as long as I can. The results have been quite positive for me, specially for my health. And I would recommend it in a blink of an eye. But my advice is - do what suits YOU. You don't want to start something that you can not fit into your schedule or your routine, and you end up giving it up completely.


This is not hard to do, have the Lemon drink in the morning and evening (if you want to do it twice a day), eat a healthy meal, and stay active; simple! Give it a try and see...... You have Nothing to lose, except, maybe some pounds!

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    • Rabadi profile image

      21 months ago from New York

      I've always wanted to try this! Thank you for sharing this special hub :) Time for me to detox lol. I'm following you for more, keep the hubs coming!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Donna. Good to know you have tried this. I am new to this but already have seen lot of changes. Thanks for your comment, appreciate your visit. :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi there, Randi! You should give this a try..... I am really hooked, and the benefits are amazing!

      Appreciate your stopping by and your comment. See you around.... :)

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      Donna Campbell Smith 4 years ago from Central North Carolina

      thanks for the reminder. I have done this before and just got off track. Putting fresh lemons on my grocery list!

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Well, I'm a little late on the bandwagon on this one but I have to say, I am impressed. We use lemon quite a bit in our house. I have been aware of it's detox abilities yet still have not used it on a daily basis! You have convinced me to make it a habit! Congrats on your success! Thank you!up++ and pinning!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hello, dear Sue! Always lovely to see you here :)

      I haven't tried it with lime juice, so ..... not sure if it would have the same effect. They taste the same.... LOL. Thanks for your support! Have a wonderful week. Take care.....

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi there, Truth.... Thanks for stopping by. Agree with you, drinking more water in general is good for you. I do that along with my lemon water. :)

      Appreciate your comment. Take care.....

      @ Rose, hey there! Your mom is a wise woman! I guess there are lot of old habits that people practices knowing they are good for you, but science is now giving out the facts. So, sometime, we should listin to those advices from our grandmothers, and mothers :)

      Thanks for your comment, see you around.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hey there, V-Woolf! Great to see you here. Yes, this has worked wonderfully for me..... And I have to up date my hub .... The doctor has reduced my BP med drastically! I am thrilled about it. You should give this a try.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing :)

      Take care

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Vivian..... Thanks for your comment, and visit. Hope you get to try this out :)

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      LaThing,

      I still gotta get those lemons; but I'm definitely going to. I would like to think I could get hooked myself; hooked to something so beneficial is, well beneficial :D

      Thanks, and I love that it keeps you energized too!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Mike! Thanks for stopping by. Yes, the detoxing properties of Lemon Water is amazing! Such a simple drink and all natural with such power..... That's what I like! :)

      Take care, and appreciate your comment.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hey, Kathy, great to see you here! Glad you tried both drinks. Although both have helped me a lot, I am still doing the lemon water because of the detoxing effects. Skin, definitely a plus!

      Thanks for your encouraging comment..... Take care

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Cat! Thanks for dropping in. I find this very beneficial, and I am still hooked on this :)

      Hope you try it out. Takes a while to get use to it, but then it feels very refreshing. I find it keeps me energetic through out the day.

      See you around.....

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi Lathing,

      I wonder if lime juice could be substituted in place of lemon juice.

      Congratulations on your weight loss.

      Voted up

      Have a good day. :)

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      rose-the planner 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario-Canada

      Great article and you have provided concrete evidence that it works. Growing up my mother always told us that lemons were beneficial to ones' health and she still tells us. I guess it's true. Thanks for sharing. (Voted Up) -Rose

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      truthfornow 4 years ago from New Orleans, LA

      I drink lemon water all the time. Great for lots of things. Drinking more water in general is a good thing to help lose weight.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I've never heard of the lemon water diet, but after reading about your success I definitely want to give it a try. My husband has borderline blood pressure issues, too, so your results are very encouraging. I like that you've modified the diet so it's not so extreme or unhealthy. Voted up and shared! Thanks!

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      Vivian-tmt-hnp 4 years ago from USA.

      3;19pm Thursday 6 June 2013

      You're very pro to write about lemon water. Thank you.

      Vivian

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi Joelle, great to see you here! I love this detox plan, it's simple and something that could be incorporated into a busy schedule. Hope it words out for you. Thanks for the comment :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      LOL @ Faceless! That's one way of doing it :)

      Thanks for all your vote and really appreciate your visit. Hope it helps....

      Take care!

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      Mike Robbers 4 years ago from London

      Interesting and useful hub. Lemon water is an easy to make, all natural solution with great detoxing effects.

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I have tried this off and on, and it has helped. I have also tried the cinnamon and honey drink. I like hearing your own personal experience with it. I didn't realize that using this lemon drink over time improved the appearance of skin. I like that idea!

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      Cat 4 years ago from New York

      LaThing,

      Awesome hub! Not only do I appreciate its simplicity, but the fact that it's been tried and tested by you, makes it all the more appealing. You had a plethora of benefits for this lemon water diet drink and while they're all attractive, if for nothing else, I'm curious to see its detoxing capabilities. All I know, I'm buying some lemons! :D

      Excellent hub!

      Cat

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you sharing this and congratulation on your results! I will start this one on Monday!

      In December, I started a kind of cleansing as well that consisted in drinking 22 oz first thing in the morning and I had to wait 40 minutes before eating. I found 22 oz of water in a short time a little boring so I added some lemon.... but even with lemon, it's a lot of water to drink in a short time! I quited in March.

      I think your technique with one cup of water with lemon, etc. (twice a day) is a lot better than my 22 oz of water!

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      Faceless39 4 years ago from The North Woods, USA

      I love water, and I love lemons.. now all I need to do is mix them together!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Thanks, Moonlake! Glad to see you, and appreciate your the vote :)

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I like lemon water so would have no problem with this. You have done very good losing 12 lbs. Voted up.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi Titi, thanks! See you around :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hey, Ryan! Thanks for your comment and for stopping by. Yes, lemon is popular and I am glad it has benefits, because I like them too :)

      Take care....

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      titi6601 4 years ago

      Great idea!

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      ryanjhoe 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      I love lemons, sometimes I use lemons to add in any foods and variety of drink such as add lemons in tea with honey. It is also good as remedy for cough, it is indeed has many benefits, no wonder lemon is popular! nice hub anyway and thanks for share.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, KK Gals! This is a great way of keeping our body clean, internally. And pretty easy to do..... Appreciate your stopping in. See you around :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Audrey, glad you stopped by. Try it out, it's wonderful..... Thanks for the comment :)

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      This is fascinating an sounds easy. I love a diet that allows you to eat, in moderation, and still lose weight. Great job. Up, useful, and interesting.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      So good to know! And I have lots of lemons!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Gypsy, great to see you again! This is a wonderful drink, all natural. Give it a try and see..... Thanks for stopping by :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      LOL @ LaLinda..... I like your style, lemon and diet coke! :)

      But white tea, and lemon, now there is a thought! Well. What ever works... Appreciate your dropping by, always lovely to see you. See you around!

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi LaLiz, Would this detox be beneficial with Lemon added to Diet Coke? Haha! Probably not. How about with white tea? Nope. OK, I'll give the lemon water a try! :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hey Livingsta, and prasetio! Thanks for dropping in. Really appreciate your comments. Take care..... :)

      Way to go LoveDoc, keep up the healthy routine. Hope the lemon drink works out for you. See yah!

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Nellieanna! Hope I can keep up this habit like you did..... It does have plenty of benefits to keep healthy. Here is to 25 more years :)

      Take care, dear friend!

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      Sounds good. Cutting down during the day what you eat and eating a good dinner always helps I think. Lemon and water is the best. Voted up.

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      Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

      My sister told me of this and does this. She squeezes a half lemon into warm water in the morning. It also helps clear your face and/or detox.

      Great hub. I guess I need to get onto the ban wagon too.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Gypsy48 4 years ago

      I have never tried this lemon detox program but I am going to give this a try. Interesting hub, I need to lose about 10 pounds so hopefully this will help.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Hi, Sha! Great to see you...... Organic honey will work great with this. I hope if works for you. Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      LOL@Frank...... Yeah Frank, give it a try, I am sure you won't regret it :)

      Always a pleasure to see you here. Thanks for stopping by!

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      lovedoctor926 4 years ago

      I might take the plunge and give this a try. During the week, I tend to eat pretty healthy. 5-6 times a day and small portions. I also try to drink 2-3 liters of water daily. I agree with you. All those infomercials on TV are scam. The lemon detox plan sounds great! There are a lot of benefits here. Congrats on your weight loss goals. Voted up! Doc.

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      prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I like to drink lemon water. Thanks for writing and share with us. I also learn many things from you. Voted up!

      Prasetio

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      livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Wow, thank you so much for this hub. I am sure going to try this. Thank you for sharing with us. Votes up and sharing!

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      I'm glad you've taken up the lemon habit. I wish my daughter would!

      Even before the morning habit 25 years ago, I usually squeezed lemon into my drinking water -before bottled water which is prohibitive of that. I used to ask for lemon in my water at restaurants but no longer because I'm fussy about washing the outside and don't really imagine they always do. Same with ordering lemon slices for my salads.

      I admit that I loved lemons all my life; didn't need sweetener. In fact, I prefer them unsweetened, though I'm not up to cutting one in two and just sucking on half of it like I did when young! (I also loved really hot peppers back then and can no longer tolerate the pain! haha)

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      Shauna L Bowling 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Lizzie, I'm going to try this. I've put on some weight and don't like it at all. This sounds easy! I always have lemons and organic honey on hand, so it won't even cost me any extra money.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      this sounds interesting maybe Im gonna give it a go..yeah? LOL a great share Lathing :)

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Wow, Nellieanna, 25 years..... That's incredible! You are truly a role model! Since I have been using the Lemon water I have been feeling great. They say it also boost your immune system. But to tell you the truth, it took me a couple of weeks to get use to the taste of it, LOL. But now I look forward to it every morning.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Lovely to see you..... :)

      Take care

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      LaThing 4 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      LOL, at Billy! Hey, Bev is a smart lady! I am glad you are trying it out. I absolutely love it, and I do feel the difference. Hope you enjoy it.

      Planning on keeping that weight off, and if I do it right, I might be able to get some more off :)

      Thanks for your comment.... It's always a pleasure to see you.

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      Nellieanna Hay 4 years ago from TEXAS

      I don't know about diet value except as any and all healthy efforts help i that too. But I've had a cup of warm lemon-drink - squeeze of a quarter of a lemon into hot water - every morning for the past 25 or so years, for it's detoxifying and other health benefits. I use lemons for many things during the days, as well. With honey, it's a marvelous throat clearing dose, and with some Kentucky straight - a hot toddy with plenty of fresh lemon juice, honey and hot water is one of the best cures and deterrents to catching or keeping many winter cough & cold attacks. I don't get many of those - but lemon in many forms is my first defense!

      Thanks for reminding people!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Lizzie, I'm laughing right now because I am drinking lemon water while reading this. Bev suggested it instead of the ice tea I normally drink, so this is my first day trying it. Thanks for the information and congratulations on losing those twelve pounds. Well done!