Does Lemon Water Really Help You Lose Weight?

I recently became the proud owner of a few extra pounds. Nothing crazy but enough for me to take notice and decide to reverse the process. I love to stay in the best shape possible so I can enjoy optimal health. Since that level is different for everyone, I don’t follow any set formula. I just know what weight feels best for me. The funny thing is that I already eat a very healthy diet and exercise. So, I wasn’t exactly sure what to do to send those little rascals away. Hmmmm… what to do… what to do…

Then I remembered something my Great Aunt told me years ago. She told me about a drink she had every single morning of her adult life. She lived into her late 90’s, never had a weight problem, had beautiful skin and excellent health. So maybe her beauty and health “secret” had some merit. This is what she told me she drank every day. She squeezed the juice of one fresh lemon into a cup, added warm water and drank that each morning before she drank or ate anything else.

Sounded simple enough so I decided to give it a shot. I bought a bag of organic lemons, found my glass citrus juicer and made myself a nice big mug of lemon water. I happen to love the tart taste of lemons so to me it was quite refreshing. Even if it didn’t help me lose any weight I enjoyed the drink and continued drinking it every morning for a few days.

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Well, lo and behold, I started to drop a few pounds. That made me go online and research lemon juice to see if it actually helps in weight loss. I couldn’t believe how many articles I found advocating this delicious, healthy drink. Here are some of the benefits I read about:

1- Boosts immune system
2- Helps your digestive system
3- Aids in detoxifying the body
4- Helps reduce hunger cravings
5- Balances your pH level
6- Clears your skin
7- Freshens your breath
8- Quenches thirst better than commercial fruit juice or carbonated drinks
9- And so many more I can’t list them all

Since I’m not a doctor or scientist I can’t verify the accuracy of all these claims, but I can tell you that I am personally getting wonderful results. And if you go online to do the research yourself (which I encourage) you’ll see that a lot of other people are enjoying the benefits as well.

So, every morning now I’ve been drinking my lemon water. Sometimes I drink it warm and sometimes cool. Sometimes I add some cucumber slices and sometimes fresh mint leaves – just for a little variety. I’ve heard that pure lemon juice can be hard on the enamel of your teeth so I drink it with my glass straw. And I never, ever, ever, ever use the juice from a bottle or little plastic container. Never!!!

The next time you are in the supermarket and you see fresh lemons, pick up a few and try it out. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

Let’s toast to radiant health.

Much love,

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  1. Pascaline  May 11, 2013

    What should if citrus fruits make my teeth hurt?

    • Katrina Mayer  May 11, 2013

      Great question, Pascaline. I use a glass straw to drink my lemon water so that it bypasses my teeth. My teeth were very sensitive at one time as well so I understand the feeling you are talking about. I hope that helps.

      • mubina  March 2, 2014

        can i drink lemon water in my evening tea time & lemon with green tea

      • Katrina Mayer  March 3, 2014

        Sounds good to me, Mubina. Enjoy!

      • anuja  April 22, 2014

        drinking daily this lemon water sure it will reduce and it give a perfect a body ah?

      • Yarely Carrillo  June 18, 2014

        Hi katrina mayer, when we do the lemon juice do we have to put sugar on it or just the warm water and the lemon ?

      • Katrina Mayer  June 30, 2014

        I do not use sugar in my lemon water. As a matter of fact, I don’t even have sugar in the house. :-)

    • Devayna  July 28, 2014

      You can just use cucumber and mint leaves like she said and also, if you like, you could put watermelon slices in your water because watermelon has an element in it that can help you lose weight! I’m sorry, I forgot but you could like more into it! I love lemon water(:

  2. Soraya  June 27, 2013

    Why never the ones in the plastic container? Is that a much of a difference,
    I understand the fresh squeeze one is better, just wondering .

    • Katrina Mayer  June 30, 2013

      Hi Soraya!
      There are many reasons not to use the lemonjuice in a plastic container. Often there are preservatives added as well as the possibility of plastic leaching into the juice. Plus, you have no idea how long it’s been sitting on a shelf somewhere. It’s so easy to grab a fresh lemon and squeeze it yourself – I recommend that option. I hope that helps!

      • Aubrey  January 7, 2014

        Well, The Real Lemon in a bottle is just a bunch of lemons juiced into one bottle. I use it and it works fine. They commit to not adding anything to there lemon juice.

      • Katrina Mayer  January 10, 2014

        Thanks for your feedback, Aubrey. The way I look at it, the juice from an organic lemon, that I squeeze myself, is fresh and alive. Anything that’s been purchased in a bottle was probably pasteurized which means it’s been heated to a high enough level to kill any bacteria. Plus, I have no idea how long it’s been sitting on the store shelf. I’ll take the fresh lemon over the bottled lemon every time. That’s my personal preference.

  3. Ali Hamza  July 7, 2013

    Hello Katrina
    I like your article and come up with some questions. First question is do we need to eat less than our regular calories intake?. Should we do some exercise with that??

    • Katrina Mayer  July 7, 2013

      Hi Ali and thanks for your questions. Everybody is different. That I learned for sure! So, what works for me may not work for you. I find that I eat a bit less when I drink lots of lemon water. I don’t do it intentionally, but I feel fuller and don’t have as much need to eat. But, you may be different. Also, I exercise regularly. I do recommend some form of regular exercise for everyone who wants to stay healthy and fit. I hope that helps.

  4. Adil khan  August 23, 2013

    I like your post.i want to loose my current weight is tell me that how many glass of lemon water need me in a day?.

    • Katrina Mayer  August 29, 2013

      Adil, I’m not a doctor and have no way to know how much water is right for you. I personally drink about 64 oz. of water each day. I hope that helps.

  5. Leslie  September 4, 2013

    hey i like your article but i just wanted to know if you need to excersice or not

    • Katrina Mayer  September 5, 2013

      Hi Leslie –
      I’m not a doctor, by I do try to exercise as often as possible myself. Everyone is different and if you have any medical conditions, please be careful.
      Big hugs,

  6. Romana  September 5, 2013

    Hi Katrina,
    I have started drinking lemon water this week, in place of just plain boring water as I would really love to loose approx 3 to 4kg but I have not seen any movement yet, however, I will continue to drink at least 1.5ltrs of lemon water per day and I will drink it first thing in the morning like your great aunt suggested and I will keep you posted. How long do you think it will take before I see some weight shift .

    • Katrina Mayer  September 9, 2013

      Everyone is different, Romana. Please let me know how it works for you. And no matter what, drinking lemon water is much better than a lot of the alternatives out there. So you are definitely doing something good for your body.

    • sharon scott  July 1, 2014

      HI! Romana I just started drinking lemon water on 06/30/14 before I eat it makes me regular and I love the taste of lemon water I will let you know my results.

  7. RACHEL  September 6, 2013

    Hi Katrina, i have been taking lemon water for a while and i am experiencing amazing benefits but i also noticed a drop in my body weight, i am slim and really do not need to loose ant more weight, is there anything i can do to keep taking it while not loosing weight at all? i

    • Katrina Mayer  September 9, 2013

      Hi Rachel, I’m not a medical doctor, but if I had the same situation I would probably increase my calorie intake. Eat some more fresh, organic foods and it may level out. Let me know how it works for you.

  8. Madeline  September 29, 2013

    Hi I’m a 14 years old girl and overweight I really want to lose weight and get the body I want I’m going to start the lemon water drink tomorrow but how many hours do I have to wait to drink more?

    • Katrina Mayer  October 2, 2013

      I’m not a doctor and cannot give advice on how much water to drink. This blog was just to share my personal experience with lemon water. Please work with a counselor who specializes in weightloss if you feel you need to lose weight. Best wishes on your journey.

  9. Genny  October 6, 2013

    I have type 2 diabetes, and my question is, I walk all day at my job, and it may sound weird, but I have noticed the my body is turning flabby, mainly my inner thighs, my top, and bottom abs, I was thinking about looking into a tummy tuck, but I’m afraid. I am 51, and I am 4ft 8in, and I weigh 177. I do not understand why I walk all day except a half hour for lunch, and back on the go again. I am a activity aide, and we move constantly. I don’t know why I’m gaining the weight. I feel like a balloon, when you squeeze one end, and all of the air blows up the other end, that’s how I feel when I sit down. Will drinking the lemon water help with my situation. I walk all day, and I just can’t find the energy to work out when I get home from work. Please help me with some sugestions. Thank You Genny

    • Katrina Mayer  October 6, 2013

      Dear Genny, I’m not a doctor and cannot tell you whether lemon water will help you. Please work with a health-care professional to get to a weight that is comfortable and healthy for you. I am sending you love and blessings on your journey to vibrant health. Katrina

      • William  January 16, 2014

        Problem is, most doctor’s will tell you natural methods are ineffective. They don’t want to loose your business. I’ve yet to hear a non celebrity doctor endorse naturopath methods. It totally goes against their code of ethics

  10. Adil khan  October 10, 2013

    hey! Katrina thanks for your amazing i lost 2kg weight in 45 days.thats great..a

    • Katrina Mayer  October 15, 2013

      Excellent, Adil!
      Thank you for sharing your success!
      Blessings, Katrina

  11. Edwina Akpabio  October 16, 2013

    Thank you for sharing this, God bless I will start drinking lemon water tomorrow morning I need to lose a lotta pounds and I also need to do something good for my body. :)

    • Katrina Mayer  October 20, 2013

      Thank you for letting me know. Please keep me updated with your progress.

  12. Maame Yaa Ampofowaa  October 23, 2013

    want to loose weight gotta to start da lemon nd da warm water tommorrow mrnin

    • Katrina Mayer  November 2, 2013

      Enjoy it and let me know how it works for you!

  13. Amandah  October 25, 2013

    will lemon from the bottle have the same effect or do i strictly need the fruit?

    • Katrina Mayer  November 2, 2013

      I never use the lemon in the bottle so I don’t know if it works. I always try to use the fresh fruit instead of something that has been reconstituted if possible. That’s what I prefer.

  14. Ramota  October 25, 2013

    Can you drink lemon water in d morning , noon and night? Is that ok ?

    • Katrina Mayer  November 2, 2013

      I drink it throughout the day, Ramota. I think that is perfectly ok.

  15. Ramota  October 25, 2013

    And is it good to drink lemon water with meal?

    • Katrina Mayer  November 2, 2013

      I’m not sure, Ramota. If you are drinking water with your meal if is probably fine to add some fresh lemon juice. Try it and let me know how it works!

  16. Noush  October 29, 2013

    Can we add sugar in lemon water too?
    Does it still help in reducing weight? Please Advice.

    • Katrina Mayer  November 2, 2013

      Hi Noush – I’m not a doctor or a scientist, but I don’t think adding sugar will be as beneficial as drinking it without. I personally try to avoid adding sugar to my food whenever possible. I hope that helps.

  17. Leenie  October 31, 2013

    Hi Katrina,
    Very interesting. I use the “real lemon”in a bottle, but never really considered the important reasons for not doing this, until you pointed them out, thank you. Your Grandmother sounds like she was onto something good, beautiful skin, living into her 90’s, sounds good enough for me. I too suggest drinking through a straw for the very shames reasons you mentioned. By the way, you answer people very nicely, and respectfully always pointing out that you are not a doctor, and that everyone is different. Thank you for taking the time to write about this interesting topic.

    • Katrina Mayer  November 2, 2013

      Thank you, Leenie! Sounds like you and I have a lot in common. Sending hugs!

  18. june hight  November 1, 2013

    I am drinking lemon juice with boiled water which I prepare before having a shower, then its about the right temperture to drink. Wait a while before I have oatmeal and linseeds for breakfast with yoghurt. MY measurements have changed from , bust was 49 inches, now 45, waist 40, now 37 , hips49, now 45.Also my legs and feet and fingers have not been swelling like they were. I am type 2 diabetic and have fatty liver syndrome which I am trusting the lemon juice will help clean up, my chlorestrol has dropped but my sugar level has’nt as yet, but as I am hopeful with losing weight, 6kg so far, that the results will be improved next Drs visit. This has been over a 3month period, so it is not too fast, and I am so pleased, I will keep at it and walking much faster than before. I am 68 this month, and do I regret not doing this when I was Younger? Sure do,! So folks, save yourself and give this a go. My Dr scared the living shit out of me, litterly, saying I was headed for disaster as far as my health was concerned, just what I needed, because pills are not going to save us and only we can save ourselves, so drink lemon juice, eat lots of veges, mainly green mixed salads and give all that bread a miss plus carbs, to a small amount. All the best fellow fatties to become healthy senior citz.

    • Katrina Mayer  November 2, 2013

      Wow! Thank you for sharing your incredible story. So glad you are turning your health around. Kudos to you!

  19. Cheryl James  November 4, 2013

    I have a lemon tree in my garden. My organic lemons are larger that a navel orange.
    I’m enjoying the citrus atmosphere…..

    • Katrina Mayer  November 12, 2013

      Oh wow… a lemon tree in your garden? That does sound heavenly to me.

  20. Afreen  November 9, 2013

    Hey Katrina I wanted to know how many days you needed to lose your weight and how many kg you lost

    • Katrina Mayer  November 12, 2013

      Afreen, I started seeing the scale move down the very next day. I didn’t have much weight to lose but I think I lost about 3-4 lbs. And results can vary greatly depending on many factors. I’ve heard that some people lost much more and others much less. I hope that answers your question.

      • tyra casey  March 15, 2014

        Is it possible for me to loose 20 pounds within just a week

      • Katrina Mayer  March 20, 2014

        I have never seem anyone do that, Tyra.

  21. Jo  November 12, 2013

    Thanks for posting this.. Very interesting! Can I just ask roughly how many lemons do you use a day?
    Jo x

    • Katrina Mayer  November 12, 2013

      Hi Jo – That depends on two things. One is how many glasses of lemon water I’m drinking. Two is how juicy the lemons are. I can range anywhere from one to six lemons in a day. And in the summer I also like to add cucumber, mint and sometimes ginger to jazz it up. Thanks for your question!

  22. mercy  November 14, 2013

    I would like to thank u for this article, I had been drinking lemon water mostly in the morning before my breakfast for awhile now and eating health foods and exercising., I can say its a gud stuff coz I can fill the results . I wil be back with the measures soon . my goal weight is 58kg and now I am 72kg

    • Katrina Mayer  November 21, 2013

      I am so happy to hear that you are feeling healthy, Mercy. Sending you hugs!

  23. Patricia  November 15, 2013

    I want to loss weight, so I will try this and give it a try.
    I want to start 21 day weight lose.

    • Katrina Mayer  November 21, 2013

      Wishing you the best with your goals, Patricia!

  24. Rekha  November 18, 2013

    Dear Madam, i am 41 year old i want to loose weight around 10kg how much lemon can i take daily to loose 10 kg , please help

    • Katrina Mayer  November 21, 2013

      Dear Rekha – Please check with a doctor or healthcare professional. They will be able to guide you on your path to losing weight.
      Sending you warm wishes, Katrina

  25. suzy  November 23, 2013

    Well… Drinking lemon water first in d morning, wil dt b okay wit people having ulcer problem.

    • Katrina Mayer  November 30, 2013

      Suzy – Anyone with ulcers should check with a doctor or health care professional to see if this is okay.

  26. ramya  November 26, 2013

    Hello Katrina,
    i have really excited the way you respond back. Really interesting one. Am also going to start by tomorrow. Hope it will works.Will let you know soon.

    • Katrina Mayer  November 30, 2013

      I wish you luck, Ramya. Please keep me posted!

  27. shiraz  November 30, 2013

    Have you noticed any side effects, what so ever ?
    Is it okay to drink this in winter ?

    • Katrina Mayer  November 30, 2013

      I drink this all year round. Everyone is different, Shiraz. The only side effects I experienced were losing a few lbs. and feeling hydrated and those are good things.

  28. mj  December 2, 2013

    Very informative.You’re so nice on responding to all the questions and comments.Been drinking hot lemon after lunch and cold lemon in the afternoon and hot lemon tea again after dinner for 3 days now and all i can say is i love the effects!!! i have a thyroid issue that causes water retention but doing this for just 3 days i feel lighter and the scale is moving down :) ill continue to drink this:) By the way iam also using calamansi (lime) which belongs to the citrus family also to alternate coz lemon is expensive here in our country(Philippines).

    • Katrina Mayer  December 7, 2013

      Thank you for sharing your success MJ! That is wonderful. Keep up the great work. And thanks for the tip on using limes.

  29. andy  December 5, 2013

    Hi Katrina….
    nice to have some useful advices from u.. actually am a doc. i want share some more things wid u that along wid lemon water, just have a teaspoon of honey.. it make our body to loose weight .. and also good for our intestine…

    • Katrina Mayer  December 7, 2013

      Thank you for that information, Andy.

  30. sami  December 7, 2013

    what should be the quantity of lemon in a glass? another question that when we will dissolve lemon into the glass? what should be the state of lemon?means mixing the juice of lemon with hot water or………some thing else?plz any one ?

    • Katrina Mayer  December 7, 2013

      Sometimes I use warm water and sometimes cool. And I usually squeeze one lemon per glass.
      I hope that helps, Sami.

  31. iftikhar alam  December 11, 2013

    hi my name is iftikhara alam khan my weight is around 98 kg and i want loose some pounds so i dont know how to do it now a days i m using water lemon with honey mixture so is it the better way to loose

    • Katrina Mayer  December 26, 2013

      I am not a doctor and do not know what your medical history is. For myself, when I want to lose a few pounds, I simply make sure I eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and drink lots of lemon water. I also refrain from eating sweets. I wish you luck.

  32. Ily  December 14, 2013

    Hi Katrina,

    Thank you so much for the info. One ?, can the lemons be substituted for limes? Thank you in advance!

    • Katrina Mayer  December 26, 2013

      I have not seen the same studies done with limes so I don’t know, It seems that most of the studies are done with lemon. I guess the best way to find out is to try it. Please let me know how it works for you.

  33. Lakeltra  December 17, 2013

    I started my lemon/cucumber detox this morning and decided to read reveiws on this, and I must admit that this blog has me VERY excited for days to come. CHEERS to a healthier living :)

    • Katrina Mayer  December 26, 2013

      Excellent! Please let me know how the detox goes.

  34. melody  December 18, 2013

    hi I was always told to drink double your weight in water! for example I weigh 229 after a 26 pound loss recently.I drank double that in water and still doing does work! ok I drink two 64 ounce bottles of water daily. when I get closer to my goal I go an ounce less in water.make sure your water is cold it helps burn more calories when walking working out etc.I have found cayenne pepper pills and cinnamon pills help with joke.along with the ice cold lemon water has helped me lose 26 pounds in two months.this is just my experience.October 5 2013I weighed 256.00

    today I weigh 228 December 17 2013.I just weighed in.yay!!its working. so a total loss of 27 pounds as of today.slow weight loss is better than fast weight loss.losing too fast can make you gain back double what
    you weighed before you lost it.good luck ladies I will be praying for you all.having weight is dreadfully unhealthy it hurts your bones joints and could result in diabetes heart attacks strokes and even death.its so hard to lose and easy to put on.women have so many problems with weight wonder we have ladies take care of your selves.god bless!! and good luck!!

    • Katrina Mayer  December 26, 2013

      Thank you for all of your feedback and information, Melody. I’m so glad it is working for you. Wishing you a blessed New Year!

  35. nene foreverbaby  December 21, 2013

    I use the lemon and water and I feel better lemon is a liver cleanser

    • Katrina Mayer  December 26, 2013

      Excellent! Thanks for sharing your success!

  36. anila  January 2, 2014

    hai i want to know can we drink lemon juice in morning after a cup of tea?

    • Katrina Mayer  January 10, 2014

      I often drink lemon water after a cup of tea. Enjoy!

  37. sharhmmaine  January 6, 2014

    I have been drinking this lemon diet for 6days now and my body is not changing pliz help

    • Katrina Mayer  January 10, 2014

      Everyone is different, so be kind and gentle with yourself and give your body a chance.
      Big hugs!

  38. leah  January 7, 2014

    Hi, should we mix lemon and water with sugar or no sugar?

  39. lose weight  January 11, 2014

    Fantastic website you have here but I was wondering if you knew
    of any message boards that cover the same topics talked about here?
    I’d really like to be a part of group where I can get feed-back from
    other knowledgeable people that share the same interest.
    If you have any recommendations, please let me know.
    Bless you!

  40. Desi  January 17, 2014

    Hi there

    Is one slice of lemon in a cup of warm water enough?

    • Katrina Mayer  January 19, 2014

      I use the juice of one lemon myself, Desi. I’m not sure that one slice will have the same results…

  41. Bianca  January 17, 2014

    hi, i found your article by googling my question. ive been drinking pure lemon juice every 3 days about like 2 or 3 lemon squeeze and drink it with no water (i love lemons…). will this have the same benefits or is it bad for my health?

    • Katrina Mayer  January 19, 2014

      Pure lemon juice can be hard on the enamel of your teeth. That is why I recommend diluting it in water, Bianca.

  42. Mubeen Khan  January 23, 2014

    H Katrina

    Do you have to squeeze one whole lemon to see good results or can use like a tbsp of the juice? It tends to be quite sour if you use one whole lemon or even half a lemon in water.

    If you can I was thinking to squeez some fresh lemon and store it in a bottle?

    • Katrina Mayer  January 27, 2014

      Good question, Mubeen. To me it is no so sour, but it is a matter of taste.
      Why not try your method and see how it works… then please let us know.
      Thanks for your comment.

  43. VInay  January 24, 2014


    I have started taking warm water with lime from past 2 weeks followed by brisk walking and yoga. i want to know what is the average time required to loose 17kg weight.

    • Katrina Mayer  January 27, 2014

      Since everyone is different, I do not have a sure answer for you.
      But it sounds like you are taking excellent care of yourself.
      Good for you!

  44. Anzelle  January 28, 2014

    Hey, if I drink tea with lemon,must I drink it without sugar?

  45. Charles Abbott  January 30, 2014

    How many lemon’s a day do I need to drink ?

    • Katrina Mayer  January 31, 2014

      You will have to determine what works best for you, Charles. There are many variables such as the size of the lemon and how much water you are drinking. Somedays I only drink the juice from one lemon. Other day it is up to three. See what is best for you.

  46. michelle  February 1, 2014

    Hi Katrina. I have been drinking warm lemon water for about 2 weeks now plus low carb diet and lost 5 lbs. I’m just wondering if it’s ok to do this without exercise? And I want to know if I can lose more weight? Because. I. Weight 160lbs right now and my target is to lose at least the way my height is 5’5 and 160lbs. Regards

    • Katrina Mayer  February 10, 2014

      Everyone is different, Michelle. So only you know what your ideal weight is and how to achieve it. I personally recommend some exercise because it is good for you and your body in so many ways. Even if it is just taking a nice walk in the fresh air. Good luck and big hugs!

  47. bhuvana  February 2, 2014

    Hi Katrina,

    Can I drink lemon juice the whole day to reduce my weight…Please advice me…

    • Katrina Mayer  February 10, 2014

      Bhuvana – I don’t recommend drinking straight lemon juice all day. But if you mean to drink lemon water, I do drink several glasses throughout my day. Just stay in tune with your body as you drink it so you don’t overdo it. Good luck.

  48. paola  February 2, 2014

    i have a type 2 diabetes and was diagnosed with poly cystic ovarian syndrome. i am thinking of several ways of losing weight then i came across your site. i would love to give this a try! i have 2 question though, do i really need to squeeze the lemons or slices of them in the water will do? and also, i am not very much comfortable drinking warm drinks, will it have the same effect if i drink it with cold water instead?

    • Katrina Mayer  February 10, 2014

      Paola – I am glad you are taking control of your health. Drinking lemon water will be helpful in many different ways. Sometimes I also just cut the lemons up and put them in the water instead of squeezing them. It seems to work for me. Also, I prefer my water room temperature or warm. But it’s best to find a temperature that works for you. Please speak to your doctor as you continue your journey to health. Sending you hugs.

  49. Aayushi  February 5, 2014

    does it help in losing weight.. ? and how about LEMON TEA ? is it beneficial at all ?

    • Katrina Mayer  February 10, 2014

      I don’t know about lemon tea, Aayushi. I’m not familiar with that.

  50. Mercy Kaj  February 5, 2014

    Thanks lot Katrina for your kind share with people like me fighting weigh with vigor. I began taking warm Lemon last week and i can attest my stomach is reducing and weight fall having lost 2kgs together with gym workout. thanks for your kind heart n PR, you are one of the best Katrina..

    • Katrina Mayer  February 10, 2014

      That is awesome news, Mercy! So happy that drinking some lemon water has helped you feel better. Many blessings to you!

  51. shalak  February 7, 2014

    Hi, m 21 n I weigh 61 kilos n I want to drop 10 kilos in three months ,I was wondering whether is it okay to eat wateva junk food I consume everday while m consuming lemon water every morng is it okay r shud I quit junk food?

    • Katrina Mayer  February 10, 2014

      I don’t recommend eating junk food, Shalek. Fresh fruits and vegetables would be much better for you body and your health.

  52. shona  February 8, 2014

    how do you loose belly fat please help me?

  53. Gloria  February 9, 2014

    Hi Katrina, I made the detox water last night and tried it this morning. Delicious! I made a big pitcher. How long do you think I can drink from it before it goes bad? A few days? A week?

    • Katrina Mayer  February 10, 2014

      Hi Gloria! I only make enough or one day — maybe two. And I keep the extra in the refrigerator. I don’t think it is as beneficial after one or two days as I always feel that fresher is better. But I could be wrong. Try it and let me know how it works for you!

  54. rebecca  February 9, 2014

    Have started drinking lemon water along with peach mango green tea which also helps with weight loose will I loose weight faster or the same just wondering I know you are not a doc and I’m trying to get my husband to try it he said he might if he can put sweet n low in it I know sweet n low is better then sugar but will it still help he has diabetes high blood pressure and is very over weight

    • Katrina Mayer  February 10, 2014

      Rebecca – I personally don’t use artificial sweeteners. I know it takes time to get used to drinking unsweetened tea, but I feel so much better since I did. If you husband wants a sweetener in his tea and/or lemon water, please recommend that he try stevia as it is all natural and much better for his health. Let me know how he does with it. Hugs!

  55. Aamir Mohammed  February 10, 2014

    Hi katrina

    I like your post. can i lose weight by drinking warm water with honey and lemon in afternoon time, As I will work in Night Shift. so I wake up in Noon.

    • Katrina Mayer  February 11, 2014

      Aamir – I believe it will, but the best way to know if it will work is to try it. Please let me know what your results are. Many blessing!

      • AAMIR  February 13, 2014

        Sure Katrina I will let you know as it will work.

        Just 2 days before only i have started drinking warm water with honey and lemon in afternoon time.

        Have a Nice Day.

      • Katrina Mayer  March 1, 2014

        That sounds delicious, Aamir. Enjoy and have a great day.

  56. Gloria  February 10, 2014

    You were right. Fresher is better. The second morning it tasted more like lime than lemon. I will only make it for a day from now on.

    • Katrina Mayer  February 11, 2014

      Thanks for letting me know, Gloria.

  57. Mishy Masoud  February 12, 2014

    Hello Katrina, thanks for sharing and that is so very true because I have drinking lemon water too but not for the purpose of loosing weight because I dont have much to loose..haha but its because I love drinking water and decided to take lemon water just to have a different taste. so for those who wants to lose weight they have to exercise ,but much you need to exercise or how fast you want to loose it depends on your efforts and the pounds that you have currently.

    • Katrina Mayer  March 1, 2014

      Good point, Mishy! I love drinking it because it tastes good also, not just to lose weight.
      Thanks for your comment and have a wonderful day.

  58. Vanessa James  February 12, 2014

    Hi Ms. Mayer… I try on a daily basis to drink a bottle of 1.5liter a day. How much lemon should I put into this bottle of water?

    • Katrina Mayer  March 1, 2014

      Vanessa – Thanks for your question. I always start with the juice of one lemon and see how that tastes for me. You can increase it or decrease it as you wish. Big hugs, Katrina

  59. arun panwar  February 12, 2014

    what should the right time for taking lemon water in morning or evening and when it take before meal or after?

    • Katrina Mayer  March 1, 2014

      Arun – I drink my lemon water throughout the day. See what time works best for you. Have a happy day!

  60. Jackie  February 13, 2014

    Hi Katrina is it a whole lemon in 1 cup?

    • Katrina Mayer  March 1, 2014

      Jackie – Some lemons have more juice than others. So see what works best for you. I drink about 6 – 8 cups of water per day and use an average of 1 – 2 lemons per dat. I hope that helps.

  61. demrtre ellison  February 16, 2014

    Thanks A very useful information.

  62. Gary near NYC  February 20, 2014

    I’ve also read up a lot on the benefits of drinking lemon water and concur with your findings.

    There are some things you can do to increase the enjoyment of this. While for many it will simply take time to adjust to the bland taste of lemon water, others may never really start enjoying it. I’ve found a couple of things help. First, adding lemon juice to carbonated water helps make it more refreshing. You can also supplement it with a little good quality store bought lemonade. This way you get a touch of sweetness, which just makes it taste better. But yes, the predominant additive would be the juice from a fresh lemon. I sometimes add a little lemon juice from a good quality store bought lemon concentrate. I don’t think it hurts, as long as a fresh lemon is included.

    • Katrina Mayer  March 1, 2014

      Thanks, Gary! It’s fun to try different ways to enjoy our lemon water, isn’t it? Have a wonderful day!

  63. Sekeena J  February 24, 2014

    I started the lemonade detox/cleanse today & I’m using bottled water. What’s the recommended number of bottles I should be consuming per day?

    • Katrina Mayer  March 1, 2014

      Hi Sekeena – I’m not sure what size bottles you have, but I usually drink about 64 ozs. of water a day. I hope that helps. Have a wonderful day!

  64. Emma  February 26, 2014

    Hi Katrina really like your post!
    Like you I have noticed a couple of pounds appearing over the last few months SO I am going to give this a try and see what occurs over the next few weeks. I was also wondering if you noticed any change in your skin or hair whilst drinking this? Let you know how i get on! Thanks Emma :)

    • Katrina Mayer  March 1, 2014

      Hmmm… I’m not sure that I noticed a big change in my skin or hair. Thankfully they were in good shape already. But, I have heard that once people drink my water (get properly hydrated) they feel that their skin gets smoother. That’s a good quesiton Emma. Let’s see if anyone else has noticed a difference. Hugs!

  65. Dcrazz4life  February 26, 2014

    Can I add sweet and low

    • Katrina Mayer  March 1, 2014

      I personally don’t use sweet and low. I would recommend a natural sweetener like stevia instead.

  66. Devika  February 28, 2014

    Hi, enjoyed reading your comments. You sure are very polite. Started drinking lemon tea without sugar though m not fat. Just wanna remain healthy. Love Devika

    • Katrina Mayer  March 1, 2014

      Thank you, dear Devika! I agree, it just feels good to drink it. Big hugs, Katrina

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  68. ancy  March 2, 2014

    hi is it good to add salt to lemon juice

    • Katrina Mayer  March 3, 2014

      Most of us get plenty of salt in our diet, Ancy so I don’t know that it would be beneficial to add extra salt. Try it without first and see how you like it!

  69. Bhavana  March 2, 2014

    Hi Katrina… I hav started using lemon and honey in warm water in empy stomach for 3 days… Feels grt and lighter.. Im 73 kg.. Want to make it 65 … Waiting for visible results.. Will get back once achieved.. Your article is jst awesome dear…. Tak care…

    • Katrina Mayer  March 3, 2014

      Thank you Bhavana. Please let me know how it works for you! Have a wonderful day.

  70. mansi  March 2, 2014

    Heya katrina i jus loved ur article . I jus hv one question , i m rite nw 17 years n in the past few months i hv turned from 45 to 55 so what should i do to loose weight in a short period of time ….

    • Katrina Mayer  March 3, 2014

      Thank you, Mansi. I honestly don’t know the best way to lose weight in a short period of time. From what I’ve read it is healthiest for us to lose weight more slowly. But you know your body best. In the meantime you can drink lemon water every day. Enjoy!

  71. Ali  March 3, 2014

    Hi Katrina,

    You just deleted my yesterday’s comments without answering.
    Were my comments so bad and ugly that you feel to remove it without replying me.

    I regret if my comments harm / hurt you by any means ….


    • Katrina Mayer  March 3, 2014

      Thank you for your email, Ali. I do not reply to emails that are of a sexual nature. That is why I deleted your previous email. No harm done. Have a blessed day.

      • Ali  March 4, 2014

        Hi Katrina,

        Thanks for your reply and confirmation.
        As I was not aware of your personal policy I miss judge my comments…
        Have a nice day and good luck to your ever growing comments and community web site.

        Best regards,

      • Katrina Mayer  March 4, 2014

        Thank you, Ali! Have a blessed day!

      • sandy  March 13, 2014

        Hey katrina love your article..i just wanna ask can i take honey with lemon juice in eaarly morning with lukewarm water.? To lose weight…

      • Katrina Mayer  March 20, 2014

        I know that some people add honey but I don’t use any sweeteners as I tend to get enough sweets in other things I eat. But please do what works best for you. Sandy.

  72. margie  March 4, 2014

    Hi Katrina,
    What do you think about a little agave in the lemon water. I just started lemon/mint waterfor better health and a little weight loss around belly.Although I liked it I was missing a bit of sweetness

    • Katrina Mayer  March 20, 2014

      I tend to stay away from sweeteners since we already get sugar in so many of my foods. That is my preference Margie, but you have to do what is right for you! Hugs!

      • Deepthi  July 23, 2014

        Hai katty
        I am know 80 kg i want to reduce my weight for my marriage is that fine drinking lemon juice with cold water does it reduce weight :-(

      • Katrina Mayer  July 28, 2014

        Everyone is different, Deepthi. You can try it and see if it works for you. Best of luck on your marriage!

  73. Elisa  March 5, 2014

    How many lemon water u use to drink per day ?

    • Katrina Mayer  March 20, 2014

      It varies depending on the size and juiciness of the lemon. It can be anywhere from one to four, Elisa. I hope that helps.

  74. tawy  March 7, 2014

    Hey i started drinking lemon water this week & i have discovered that my food craving is now less

  75. mustafa  March 7, 2014

    hii katrina i read your article but it does not help me u tell me what can i do

  76. Daniela  March 8, 2014

    Is it better to drink the lemon water in the morning or at night time?

    • Katrina Mayer  March 20, 2014

      I drink it all day long, Daniela. So do what works best for you.

  77. Kelly  March 8, 2014

    I am a 15 year old girl who is 147 pounds and I want to lose at least 10 pounds. Should I use green limes or the yellow lemons? I am about to start this diet. So i drink 1 cup in the morning right? And how many limes/lemons should i use for 1 cup?

    • Katrina Mayer  March 20, 2014

      Kelly, I’m not a doctor and don’t know if drinking lemon water will help you lose 10 pounds. I personally use lemons (not limes) and drink it throughout the day. I use anywhere from 1 – 4 lemons per day depending on how juicy they are. So experiment with the right amount for you. Good luck!

  78. Kae  March 10, 2014

    how long till you started seen results ?

    • Katrina Mayer  March 20, 2014

      Everyone is different Kae. I saw a difference in two days, but not everyone has those results.

  79. tiger  March 14, 2014

    hi does the water have to be worm because i usually drink cold lemon drink. what about the effect of cold and worm

    • Katrina Mayer  March 20, 2014

      I drink it room temperature myself, Tiger.

  80. Katherine  March 15, 2014

    I just found out about this amazing juice and I was wondering whether there are any side effects to it later?

    Many thanks :)

    • Katrina Mayer  March 20, 2014

      I have not felt any side effects, Katherine. But, if you are concerned you should do more research. Good luck!

  81. Star  March 18, 2014

    How long do I have to drink lemon water and how many glasses of it? Please tell me ASAP.

    • Katrina Mayer  March 20, 2014

      Everyone is different, Star. Start drinking it and see how it works for you. Good luck!

  82. Bilvashree  March 20, 2014

    i am 24 in age and my height is 5.2 and my weight is 65. i want to become slim and my stomach is too fat. so please tell me which food i have to take in the morning, afternoon,and in the night.

    • Katrina Mayer  March 20, 2014

      I am not a doctor, Bilvashree, so I don’t know what foods you “should” eat. You may want to speak to a nutritionist or a doctor about that.

  83. Bilvashree  March 21, 2014

    Thank u Katrina for your reply. Have a good day.

  84. Kashmira Patel  March 27, 2014

    Dear Katrina,

    I like your blog. I am also starting with the lemon juice from tomorrow. I would like to know how many times in a day you can drink lemon water. I am working and my job is to seat for many hours without much activity? What if I can carry lemon water from home to office and drink? Please suggest.

    • Katrina Mayer  March 30, 2014

      Thanks for your post, Kashmira. I drink lemon water throughout the day because I enjoy the taste. If that works for you, please try it as well. Wishing you a beautiful day!

  85. Louie Abella  April 6, 2014

    I just want to ask if lemon juice cannot harm the kidney

    • Katrina Mayer  April 18, 2014

      Louie, I am not a doctor so I can’t tell you whether lemon juice can harm the kidney. But, I have been drinking it and don’t have a problem with my kidneys. If you are concerned, please check with your doctor.

  86. Tiffany  April 8, 2014

    Hello! How many cups (measuring) and how many lemons? Like a half? Thank you :)

    • Katrina Mayer  April 18, 2014

      It is different every day, Tiffany. But most days I drink about 60 ozs. of lemon water.

  87. Tiffany  April 8, 2014

    Also I forgot to ask,
    If you don’t mind answering how much weight did you lose and how long did it take and also did it make your tummy flat or what! Thank you :)

    • Katrina Mayer  April 18, 2014

      This was a year ago and I don’t remember the exact amount of weight I lost, Tiffany. I think it was 4 – 5 lbs over about 2 weeks. But I’m not positive. My flat tummy comes from doing exercise, not so much from the lemon water. I hope that helps. :-)

  88. seun  April 8, 2014

    Hi katherine
    What I do is wash the lemon very well and slice(with rinds)in bits into my stainless steel water bottle to work..and whenever its empty,I just refill the bottle and leave for about 30mins bfore drinking again.and make sure I chew the inner parts at nite bfor bed. is this okay or do I peel off the rind,bfore slicing into the bottle..thank you

    • Katrina Mayer  April 18, 2014

      I like eating organic lemons also, Seun. It sounds good to me. Enjoy!

  89. Adela  April 8, 2014

    I just made a batch of lemon, cucumber, and mint water that will be waiting for me in the morning before I hit the gym! If I’ve let the lemon and other ingredients soak, is it ok to just drink the water without the fruit in it? Thanks!

    • Katrina Mayer  April 18, 2014

      Sounds delicious to me, Adela. Enjoy!

  90. Crystal  April 11, 2014

    I have a question would it work if I drink it every night instead of mornings ? – Crystal

    • Katrina Mayer  April 18, 2014

      I drink it throughout the day, Crystal. You can try it at night and see how it works for you. Good luck.

      • Abdul Aisha  April 26, 2014

        Hi Katrina, am from Uganda and really i loved the u answer to every one. Would u plz send me ur Email or ur phone numbers. About lemon Juice it really works even me i take it every morning. Be blessed. Thnx.

      • Katrina Mayer  May 10, 2014

        Thank you for your kind comments, Abdul, but I do not give out my phone number. Have a blessed day!

  91. Katrina  April 22, 2014

    Hi, Katrina
    My question to you is. Is it safe to drink the lemon water throughout the day I have a hard time drinking just plain water. I’m really trying to up my water intake by drinking a gallon a day, but I want to make sure drinking a gallon of lemon water is safe. I fill my gallon jug up and use 1 lemon for my gallon of water.

    • Katrina Mayer  May 10, 2014

      I do drink lemon water throughout the day and it works fine for me.

  92. Tom Siegel  April 29, 2014

    Hey Katrina,
    Have you ever squeezed the whole lemon, rhine and all, for your lemon water. Supposedly, there are good bioflavonoids in the rhine, thanks?

    • Katrina Mayer  May 10, 2014

      I have done that too, Tom. I enjoy it both ways. Thanks for giving people another suggestion.

  93. Rosie  April 29, 2014

    Hi Katrina, can you share with us what is your daily routine? For example,
    At what time you get up, what do you have for breakfast and lunch, at what time you exercise and what tipe of exercise you do etc. I understand that everybory’s circumstances Are different but you look so beautiful, healthy and happy that I want to have that too.
    Thank you,
    Much love,
    Rosie Pre

    • Katrina Mayer  May 10, 2014

      Rosie, Thanks for your kind comments and great questions. It would take me a long time to answer them all. I actually created an online course that goes into all the details of my daily habits. You can find it at this link: if you are interested.
      Wishing you a wonderful day! Katrina

  94. Mitha  May 4, 2014

    I’m starting this tomorrow…your article really motivated me! I hope to lose weight using this trick 😉 thx

    • Katrina Mayer  May 10, 2014

      Excellent! Thanks for letting me know, Mitha!

  95. Mitha  May 4, 2014

    I’m starting this soon…your article really motivated me! I hope to lose weight using this trick 😉 I read so many articles about this…most of them use maple syrup…do you think it’s important to add that? Or is it perfectly fine by just drinking the lemon and water mixture?

    • Katrina Mayer  May 10, 2014

      The recipe that uses maple syrup is called the master cleanse. That is different from what I describe in this blog post. One is a cleanse that you do for a certain number of days and the other is a daily habit of drinking water. Only you will know what is best for you. Have a great day!

  96. Top Citrus Juicer Sale  May 9, 2014

    Lemon could be so helpful in our daily lives.

  97. Kim  May 10, 2014

    Hi Katrina,
    I agree the lemon water does help with the digestion and weight loss. I also add cucumbers and cayenne pepper to increase the metabolism. This may be a silly question but I must ask. :-) How long can you keep the lemon mixture before having to replace the lemons? Thank you.

    • Katrina Mayer  May 10, 2014

      That is a good question. Some days I cut up one lemon and use it the whole day (sometimes two.) Other times I use fresh lemons each time. It depends how motivated I am and how many lemons I have. Thanks for asking, Kim!

  98. Niki  May 16, 2014


    • Katrina Mayer  June 4, 2014

      Niki – I am not a doctor and cannot give medical advice. Just make sure you are eating a healthy diet and exercising. I drink several glasses of lemon water a day and that is what helped me. But everyone is different. So, try it and see if it works for you. Hugs, Katrina

  99. Maame Serwa  May 29, 2014

    Am fat and want to lose weight. So how many do I have to take the lemon drink in a day

    • Katrina Mayer  June 4, 2014

      Every body is different, Maame Serwa, so I don’t have an absolute answer for you. I drink two or three glasses a day myself so you can try that and see if it helps you also.

  100. Brenda  May 29, 2014

    Hi Katrina, I must say it started as a 35days fasting from my church. The Pastor advised us that we should first thing early in the morning take a glass of warm water with an added fresh lemon, 30min before breakfast. I am telling you it is so amazing, the lemon water is doing wonders. I am drinking lemon water even during the day. I am losing weight that everyone is telling me, could also feel from my clothing. Thank you for sharing it is working

    • Katrina Mayer  June 4, 2014

      That’s wonderful news, Brenda. I’m so glad the lemon water is working for you! And thank you for your kind words. Hugs!

  101. manisha  June 11, 2014

    hi katarina
    one question if i am hypo thyriod patient when should i take my lemon juice before a tablet or after my tablet

    • Katrina Mayer  June 11, 2014

      Manisha – speak with your doctor about this situation. I am not a doctor and do not give medical advice.

  102. kerry  June 15, 2014

    do u have to use warm boiled water or can u use from the tap

    • Katrina Mayer  June 30, 2014

      Sometimes I use warm water and sometimes room temperature. Whatever you like is best, Kerry! Have a wonderful day!

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  105. Xtine  June 20, 2014

    Is it ok to drink lemon water as substitute to my daily water intake?

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  107. Naseema  July 10, 2014

    Wow!! That’s sounds cool :) nice article!! So… how much weight u lost now!?!

  108. Kathelene  August 9, 2014

    How much weight do you think you dropped in the first two weeks in drinking lemon water?

    • Katrina Mayer  August 15, 2014

      I don’t really remember, Kathelene. I think it was about 4 – 5 pounds. Everyone is different so my results may be different than your results. Once you try it you will know.

  109. Kathelene  August 9, 2014

    Also, could I sip/drink lemon water all day or should I reduce my intake to before breakfast and after dinner?

    • Katrina Mayer  August 15, 2014

      I sip my water throughout the day. You can try that if it works for you.

  110. Becky  August 21, 2014

    My sister told me about drinking lemon water and some of the health benefits that you mention in your article. Thank you for sharing. I will try it and let you know how it turns out.
    Beware: Healthy eating (and drinking) habits can lead to exercising. 😉

  111. Melissa  September 11, 2014

    Does it help you loose weight if it does how fast