Does lime juice contribute to weight loss?

April 14, 2024 | 05:00 pm PT
Is it beneficial to drink lime juice daily for weight loss purposes? What precautions should be considered? (Hong Hanh, HCMC)


Lime juice is not only tasty and simple to prepare - by combining lime juice with water and sweetening with sugar and honey to taste - but it is also a refreshing beverage. It is packed with beneficial nutrients such as vitamin B6, C, citric acid, pectin, potassium, and fiber (derived from the lime's peel and pulp), while being low in calories, with a typical serving containing about 10 calories.

It offers numerous health benefits, including hydration, heart health improvement, blood pressure regulation, cancer prevention support, stress reduction, and the deceleration of skin aging. Lime juice's tart flavor activates the senses and nervous system, providing a revitalizing effect, increasing alertness, and aiding in metabolic functions.

Lime juice. Illustration photo by Pexels

Lime juice. Illustration photo by Pexels

Regular consumption of lime juice can aid in weight loss efforts. Lime juice is rich in flavonoid compounds, which possess potent antioxidant capabilities that stimulate metabolism. Daily intake of this drink can help regulate the body's hydration levels and facilitate the elimination of toxins. Additionally, lime juice's potassium content aids in reducing water weight, a crucial aspect of successful weight loss.

Furthermore, lime juice contains pectin, which assists in curbing appetite, diminishing hunger, and extending satiety, thereby enabling individuals aiming for weight loss to manage their dietary intake and minimize caloric absorption.

Vitamin C, abundant in lime juice, plays a pivotal role as an antioxidant in converting glucose into energy and speeding up metabolic rates.

Nevertheless, excessive consumption of lime juice or substituting it entirely for water can lead to adverse health effects. Given its high citric acid content, individuals suffering from stomach ache, gastric ulcers, or gastrointestinal inflammation should limit their intake to avoid aggravating their conditions. Moreover, consuming lime juice without sugar or with minimal sugar for weight loss purposes could harm the digestive system.

The most effective and safe approach to losing weight involves adhering to a balanced, scientifically validated diet, enhancing physical activity, and engaging in appropriate exercises. Incorporating a glass of lime juice post-exercise can expedite the fat elimination process.

Dr. Tran Thi Tra Phuong

Nutrihome Nutrition Clinic System

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