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Does Lemon Really Burn Fat?

The belief that taking lemon will somehow magically burn fat with no effort on your part has been around for decades, and persists no matter how many diligent scientists, doctors and nutrition experts debunk it. Burning fat efficiently depends on a whole host of factors, including your caloric intake, the quality of your diet and your level of exercise. Drinking lemon juice with water in the morning does have some benefits, but it is not a miraculous fat-dissolving potion.
Your body is constantly burning fat for energy. But if you are taking in more calories than you are expending, that fat has to be stored. The calorie in/calorie out balance is crucial to burning fat, but there are other factors involved. If you are not eating a healthy diet and dehydrated, you will not have the energy to exercise or even to maintain an active lifestyle. Drinking lemon juice and water in the morning won't burn fat on its own, but it will support the fat-metabolizing process.
Lemon juice is low in calories and water has none at all. Starting your day with only lemon juice and water will not give you enough calories to provide the energy you'll need to function efficiently as you go about your day. Not eating breakfast is also likely to leave you too hungry to make smart choices as far as snacks and lunch. Drinking lemon juice and water as part of a healthy breakfast can support your efforts to burn fat, but it cannot do the work for you. Lemon adds flavor to water, it also provides vitamin C and helps cleanse toxins from the body. But drinking lemon and water can help you burn fat only when combined with a healthy diet and consistent exercise regime. The American Council on Exercise states that "there is no magic bullet to weight loss. There is no food that will help you burn more calories," in an article titled "Diet Myths Debunked." Dr. Karl S. Kruszelnicki of ABC Science says that for an acid to dissolve fats, "you need either a strong hydroxide, or yes, a strong hot acid. You can make your lemon juice hot with an oven. But no matter how hot lemon juice is, it is definitely not a strong acid. So lemon juice simply cannot break down fats."
Enjoy lemon with water but don't forget to have a healthy diet.


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