Drinking more water is the first place to start when you want to lose weight. Not only does it help you to feel full with less food, studies show that water increases the amount of calories burned for at least a solid hour after consuming it.
One study that involved overweight children discovered a 25% increase in resting energy expenditure (calories burned while doing nothing) after drinking cold water. In a study of overweight women, it was discovered that increasing water consumption to more than 1 liter per day resulted in an extra 4.4 pounds of weight loss over the course of a year.
Some people swear by drinking lemon water for weight loss, but it’s not so much the drink that makes a difference. It’s whether or not that drink is replacing something else with a lot of sugar, like soda, heavily sweetened coffee, or juice. However, lemon is a mild natural diuretic, which means it can reduce bloating.
Lemons, like all citrus fruit, also contain a lot of vitamin C, which helps to burn fat at the cellular level. C is a required part of the process that transports and mobilizes fatty acids within cells to be used as energy.