No one food or drink, consumed on its own, has the power to make you lose weight. However, lime water may offer some benefit to those trying to slim down, if it's combined with a reduced-calorie diet and exercise program. Consult your doctor to discuss diet and foods that promote a healthy weight loss.
Diet Myths About Lime Water
If you search the Internet you may read that citrus fruits, such as limes, are a dieter's dream food because they help speed up the metabolism and promote weight loss. However, dietitian Jaime Ackerman Foster from Net Wellness reports no evidence exists that limes can help you lose weight. The only way to give your metabolism a boost is by building muscle with strength-training exercises, says the American Exercise Council.
Lime Water Nutrition
Limes do not hold any magical powers for weight loss, but they do offer nutritional benefits to those following a reduced-calorie diet for weight loss. A glass of lime water with the juice of one lime has only 11 calories, making it a good drink choice for calorie counters.
Lime water is also an excellent source of vitamin C, with the juice of one lime providing 22 percent of the daily value. Not getting enough vitamin C in your diet may affect your weight loss when exercising. Vitamin C plays an important role in helping your body break down fat during exercise, and low levels of vitamin C may limit your body's ability to break down fat when working out, according to a 2006 study published in Nutrition and Metabolism. As a water-soluble vitamin, it's important that you get a daily dose of vitamin C to maintain adequate levels.
Losing Weight With Lime Water
Water should always be your first choice when you're choosing a drink to quench your thirst. If drinking water is difficult because you don't like its taste, adding lime juice may help you drink more. And drinking more water may help you lose weight by helping you feel full.
A 2015 study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition compared drinking water versus a diet beverage on weight loss in a group of overweight and obese participants following a low-calorie diet. While both groups lost weight, the water drinkers lost more, say the researchers.
Don't Forget Diet and Exercise
Losing weight requires a commitment to make changes to your current diet -- beyond simply adding lime water. MyPlate, created by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is a good tool to use to help you design a diet that's low in calories and rich in nutrients. Fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables, one-quarter with whole grains, and the other quarter with a lean protein.
Becoming more active is also important when you're trying to lose weight. Ideally, you should engage in 30 minutes of aerobic exercise, such as swimming or fast-paced walking, most days of the week. In addition, add whole body muscle-building exercises twice a week, such as use of a resistance band or free weights.
Acidity and Your Teeth
Acidic foods like lime water may soften tooth enamel and lead to decay. To limit exposure, drink with a straw. Also, rinse your mouth with plain water in between your glasses of lime water. And, continue to brush your teeth twice a day as recommended by the American Dental Association.
- Net Wellness: Do Alkaline Foods Help With Weight Loss
- American Council on Exercise: Diet Myths Debunked
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Nutrient Database: Lime Juice, Raw
- The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: Effects on Weight Loss in Adults of Replacing Diet Beverages With Water During a Hypoenergetic Diet: A Randomized, 24-Week Clinical Trial
- Clemson Cooperative Extension: Fluids
- ChooseMyPlate: MyPlate
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: How Much Physical Activity Do Adults Need?
- Nutrition and Metabolism: Marginal Vitamin C Status Is Associated with Reduced Fat Oxidation During Submaximal Exercise in Young Adults
- Office of Dietary Supplements: Vitamin C
- American Dental Association: Nutrition: The Basics