Hi! Welcome to Fit, Food, and Fun Fridays! Today we’ll talk about the benefits of lemon water for weight loss. Are you planning to lose weight? Research shows that drinking a sufficient amount of water each day plays an essential role in losing extra pounds. Moreover, adding lemon to that water can make it even more powerful in burning fat.
Lemon water can be a game changer for your weight loss goals. The standard recommendation for water consumption is eight glasses of water a day. Adding lemon is not only about adding flavor to your water for taste, but to make your weight loss endeavor easier. Water alone does a remarkable job of revamping body cells to improve performance. Adding lemon to your water helps it pack an even bigger punch. Be sure not to mix in any sweeteners or sugars or you’ll lose the amazing benefits.
Lemon water is a great addition to your daily exercise and healthy eating routine. You can drink it a room temperature, warm, or ice cold. Warm or room temperature water is more quickly absorbed, but ice cold water can get your metabolism burning more calories as it warms up in your body. Increasing water intake is the cheapest, healthiest, easiest change you can make to rev up your weight loss.
Eight Benefits of Lemon Water for Weight Loss:
- Drinking more lemon water will help your body release stored fluid and allow you to start losing weight faster.
- Lemon is rich in essential vitamins, especially Vitamin C, that repair damaged cells and support healthy skin.
- Lemon water promotes a stronger, healthier immune system.
- Lemon water pushes toxins out so your bodily systems can function better.
- Lemon and water help clear the body of build up gunk for better blood circulation.
- Lemon water helps improve the functioning of your digestive system.
- Lemon water helps the body to absorb essential nutrients like calcium that will lead to stronger and healthier bones.
- The acid in the lemon juice helps tear apart the fats stored in your body, preparing them for easier elimination or absorption.
There are a plethora of benefits for adding lemon water to your weight loss tools. It is cheap, all natural, and easy to use, so before you spend your hard-earned money on another diet plan, try stocking up on lemons first!
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I really wanted to talk about this topic today because the overweight and obesity epidemic is at an all-time high! We are a fat society and it’s killing us prematurely. Not only do I truly believe that you have the power to lose weight to improve your health, but the science also agrees! You can adopt healthy lifestyle practices that improve your health and enrich your life, which can in turn improve the lives of those close to you. You have the power to break the cycle of obesity so that you can leave a legacy of health to your loved ones.
I use lifestyle medicine as the first line of treatment, before medications, to treat lifestyle-related chronic diseases. Lifestyle-related chronic diseases include diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and some cancers, just to name a few. Lifestyle practices, such as eating a whole-food plant-based diet and regular physical activity, can help you lose weight, and maybe reverse some of your chronic diseases. In certain cases, these approaches may even outperform pharmaceutical therapy. But I always tell my patients that conventional medications may be appropriate at this time to prevent catastrophic illness, but over time, you can work to make the necessary lifestyle changes to possibly reduce and/or eliminate medications. Please remember to always consult your physician for your particular needs and circumstances prior to making any decisions whatsoever.
Since weight management is very important in combatting chronic diseases, I recommend that you be mindful of your weight and its fluctuations, and that you monitor your weight AT LEAST on a weekly basis. I recommend a scale that includes a body composition monitor (*this scale cannot be used with a pacemaker or other implanted devices).
Physical activity (or exercise) can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several chronic diseases like high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cancer, just to name a few. Physical activity can improve your mood, boost your immune system, and even help you maintain a healthy weight.
I often recommend yoga and resistance training for physical activity, but as you are aware, there are plenty of forms of “movement” that you can do! But for the basics, especially if you’re just getting started, yoga and resistance training are where I would start.
Yoga can be a great way to improve your strength and flexibility, manage your stress, improve your heart health, and lose weight! I recommend using a grounded yoga mat to connect yourself with the earth and reduce inflammation.
Resistance training is the mainstay for overall health. It not only has beneficial effects on reducing body fat, it also increases muscle size and strength. Check out some basic dumbbells/free weights that I recommend to everyone.
Another alternative for dumbbells/free weights are resistance bands. They are great for physical therapy, yoga, strength training, and excellent for traveling.
Remember, living a healthy lifestyle including eating a whole foods plant-based diet, regular physical activity, and reducing stress are the best ways to maintain a healthy weight. Let me know what you think in the comment section below.
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