When you aim to burn abdominal fat, you're taking steps to improve your health. Excess fat in this part of your body has links to type-2 diabetes and heart disease. Lemon juice can be a part of a healthy diet, but don't expect it to magically melt your fat away.
A Low-Calorie Drink Choice
No one food automatically burns your abdominal fat. Fat loss only happens when your caloric burn is greater than your intake of calories, and you can't select the location of the fat you wish to burn. Lemon juice, however, can help you keep your caloric intake low. It's virtually devoid of calories -- the juice from one wedge has just a single calorie. As such, lemon juice in water makes a low-calorie alternative to drinks such as fruit juice and soda. Additionally, lemon juice can help to boost your metabolic rate, according to nutritionist Shannon Kadlovski. As this rate increases, your body burns more calories, which can play a role in weight loss.
- Harvard Health Publications: Abdominal Fat and What to Do About It
- American Council on Exercise: So, You Want to Spot Reduce? Here’s How
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Balancing Calories
- U.S. Department of Agriculture National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference: Lemon Juice, Raw
- American Diabetes Association: What Can I Drink?
- The Huffington Post: Five Foods That Kick Your Metabolism Into Overdrive, Naturally