Weight loss isn't just about tweaking the diet temporarily but about making major lifestyle changes that can be sustained for the long run. As the saying goes, "Rome wasn't built in a day." In the quest to lose weight, we often come across several tips and tricks on the internet. These are easy hacks that can be incorporated into our daily routines and claim to speed up weight loss. One such recent weight loss hack is the coffee and lemon juice hack. Videos on social media claim that this concoction can speed up weight loss if consumed early in the morning. Take a look:
The videos of coffee and lemon juice have taken social media by storm. Several fitness bloggers shared their experiences with the hack, claiming that this simple hack burned fat and helped shed excess kilos. Videos of 'before' and 'after' were widely circulated, with many people claiming that this combination of coffee with lemon juice made a significant impact on their weight loss journey.
But does this hack really work? Lemon juice is said to help boost metabolism and aid the weight loss journey. Nutritionists do recommend starting the day with lukewarm water and a squeeze of lemon juice to aid the weight loss journey. Coffee too has been mentioned in several studies to increase fat oxidation.
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However, experts say that coffee and lemon juice is not the only thing required for weight loss. Nutritionist and Macrobiotic Health Coach Shilpa Arora says, "There is no magic bullet or pill for weight loss. Add that lemon to your coffee, however, that's not the only thing."
Shalini Arvind, Chief Dietician at Fortis Hospitals, Bannerghatta Road says, "Adding lemon juice to coffee is just another trend with no scientific basis to it. Crash diets and trends only result in malnourishment and unhealthy fat loss, with people gaining double of what they've lost once off the diet."
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But is there any specific harm in consuming coffee with lemon juice? Arvind reveals, "Coffee is a stimulant that also causes dizziness, headaches and when one stops taking it abruptly it may cause withdrawals. People may increase their coffee intake disregarding the safe limitation of consuming no more than 300 mg caffeine daily. This might lead to dehydration as coffee is diarrheic and could also interfere with the absorption of calcium and iron in the body."
Similarly, too much lemon juice may also cause issues. "Intake of excess lemon juice may aggravate acidity problems amongs people. In general, consuming lemon is good if in the required quantity as it is rich in vitamin C and also helps absorb iron, but when added to caffeine, it holds no added benefits," concludes Arvind.
What is the right way to lose weight then? "Strong willpower, calorie deficit in a healthy way, and routine exercises, teamed with the right guidance of a dietician, are the only way of achieving healthy weight loss," recommends Arvind. "Weight loss is a culmination of long term clean eating, exercising, sleeping well, balancing hormones with sufficient vitamin D. Yoga and movement is also necessary for an active thyroid," adds Shilpa Arora.
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Thus, coffee and lemon juice is no guarantee of weight loss. Eat a balanced diet and consume everything in moderation, do not rely on diet fads or weight loss hacks online. There are a number of factors to be considered as part of a diet plan to lose weight. In case of any confusion, it is always a good idea to consult a qualified expert or nutritionist.
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