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August 23, 2008 7:26 PM
My health nut tongue friend squeezes a full lemon into each 16 oz glass of water. She said it helps to burn fat and rev up your metabolism.

Anyone have pros or cons of this comment. Sounds good to me, but then lemons add calories also.

I heard grapefruit/juice does the same thing.

Really want opinions on this one. Thanks.

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  31795
August 23, 2008 8:53 PM
happy I have read the same things in magazines but I don't really know if that is true.. I do know that it adds flavor with very little calories so.. it's beneficial for that!!
  6851
August 24, 2008 10:57 AM
i haven't heard of it burning fat but i think it helps when your retaining water to get it out of your system, at least that's what i do when i feel like i'm retaining
August 24, 2008 11:00 AM
Helps burn fat? Not that I've ever heard of. I can't even think of a way this would be conceivable since the digestive tract doesn't contribute to or control fat loss.
August 24, 2008 11:04 AM
My naturopathic doctor recommends I take hot water and lemon every morning as a liver detox and to "cleanse" the system... bottom line is that regardless of the health benefits, it does make me feel great! The fresh lemon would also add vitamin C, amoung others, and does add taste to sometimes flat water. I also add it to green tea to enhance the nutritional benefits of the tea. flowerforyou

Depending on the size of the lemon the juice of half a lemon (which is plenty for me) is 4-6 calories. IMHO, that's nothing!! smile

As for burning fat... if so, I'd already be a skinny lady!!! tongue
August 24, 2008 11:18 AM
Okay-at 4-6 calories per glass of water.....
Maybe they mean it's a "negative calorie food" Meaning it takes more calories to process the item than you take in? I know "they" say you burn more calories drinking cold water than room temperature, but then wouldn't water itself burn calories.

I hate all the health mythology. It's depressing, frustrating and downright misleading.
August 24, 2008 11:20 AM
I like the taste of it...but if burning fat were that easy everyone would be slim and the price of lemons would be through the roof.
August 24, 2008 11:26 AM
I love lemon in water b/c it tastes great! I figure if it helps me drink my 8-10 glasses then it is worth it. But like someone said, if it were just lemon water that burned fat, I'd be a stick!laugh
August 24, 2008 11:29 AM
drinker What I have heard is lemon helps with water retaintion, I dont think it helps burn calories, but if it did, all the stores would be out of lemonsdrinker drinker drinker Zoe
  86442
August 24, 2008 11:31 AM
No, but it's a diuretic, so it'll help reduce bloat if you're carrying extra water. When you take it with warm water, it helps keep you regular, but so does any warm liquid. Plus it's yummy. smile
  312
August 24, 2008 1:31 PM
It has been recommended as a way to jump start the digestive system. Have a cup of warm water with lemon juice, before bf, wait about 20 minutes,then have breakfast.
  76525
August 24, 2008 1:58 PM
Okay-How does warm water help you stay regular, as opposed to cold water?
August 24, 2008 3:32 PM
tongue Ok so I clarified what my friend was saying. She listened to Tony Robbins speak about PH balance in the body ( she loves him...he is a great motivator but now is he a dietician? noway )

I am a bit confused, but share what she learned in hopes we can better define the theory.

Anyway-apparently the show was geared towards people trying to lose the last 10. The theory is the body is too acidic and needs to be 'balanced'

He stated the easiest thing we can do is put lemon in water, but this alone will not balance our body. We must think green when we eat, the greener the food the better for the alkaline balance.
here is what my friend relayed from the program: (not quoted =))

Bad micro organisms can't grow In an alkaline environment, this is good.

In an acid environment, yeast and other micro organisms grow. They need food so they eat your nutrients and you keep the empty calories.

Also said something about our bodies holding onto fat in defense of the acid in our body.

Foods that provide alkaline:
" Go Green" which means any live food that is green
Lemon in water is #1 simple thing you can do to increase alkalinity.
Almonds
Carrots
Dates
Avocados
Limes
Coconut
Celery
Cucumbers
Walnuts
Wheat grass
Peppers
Tofu
Spinach
Onions
Asparagus
Green beans
Figs
Radishes

Foods to avoid:
Processed fats
Animal meats
White flour
refined sugar
Cows milk
Cheese
Lobster

If you do eat a food that is on the bad list, load it up with other foods that are good to balance it.

Any comments? I am curious what everyone thinks. I have never made it the the last 10 so what would I know!! laugh laugh laugh
  31795
August 24, 2008 3:52 PM
QUOTE:


Bad micro organisms can't grow In an alkaline environment, this is good.

In an acid environment, yeast and other micro organisms grow. They need food so they eat your nutrients and you keep the empty calories.

Also said something about our bodies holding onto fat in defense of the acid in our body.

Any comments? I am curious what everyone thinks. I have never made it the the last 10 so what would I know!! laugh laugh laugh


No, no, no.
I hereby promise myself I will not get sucked into a long debate with regarding this. I don't have the time to track down refutes for all the misinformation. (sorry)

But I will post one link. http://www.ncahf.org/articles/o-r/robbins.html

(Sorry, I have a dear elderly family member who falls for every pitch she hears and it is a sore subject for me.)
August 24, 2008 3:59 PM
hey, that is why i posted it. It sounds like crap to me, but my freind has washboard abs at 45 so i thought.....see what everyone else thinks.

thanks for the link, i will check it out!glasses
  31795
August 24, 2008 5:38 PM
The body self regulates. You will have symptoms if you have a ph out of balance. If you aren't getting severe heart burn, lots of yeast infections (for the ladies) or other acid/alkaline based symptoms, then you're probably just fine. It took millions of years for our bodies to develop into omnivores, and the body knows how to handle it's food. Follow the RDA and the food pyramid and you will be fine.
August 24, 2008 6:44 PM
thanks banks.
  31795
August 24, 2008 6:54 PM
I was told it helps with not feeling so hungry. I don't know how true that is.
August 25, 2008 2:19 AM
It's not really a fat-burner so much as a detox thing. I think it's supposed to get the digestive system going, too, using the same principle as drinking "bitters". But detox is the main thing.
  11896
August 25, 2008 2:25 AM
When I was under professional Weight loss institute, they told me to have lemon in water in morning, and 2 glasses of warm water before bed. I think they were addressing my constipation issue.
Anyways, whenever I crave chocolate, I drink warm lemon water. I loose the taste for choco thereafter.
Otherwise, seems to work for me. Has been a week, I have started it over again.
  85589
August 25, 2008 4:48 AM
QUOTE:

tongue Ok so I clarified what my friend was saying. She listened to Tony Robbins speak about PH balance in the body ( she loves him...he is a great motivator but now is he a dietician? noway )

I am a bit confused, but share what she learned in hopes we can better define the theory.

Anyway-apparently the show was geared towards people trying to lose the last 10. The theory is the body is too acidic and needs to be 'balanced'

He stated the easiest thing we can do is put lemon in water, but this alone will not balance our body. We must think green when we eat, the greener the food the better for the alkaline balance.
here is what my friend relayed from the program: (not quoted =))

Bad micro organisms can't grow In an alkaline environment, this is good.

In an acid environment, yeast and other micro organisms grow. They need food so they eat your nutrients and you keep the empty calories.

Also said something about our bodies holding onto fat in defense of the acid in our body.

Foods that provide alkaline:
" Go Green" which means any live food that is green
Lemon in water is #1 simple thing you can do to increase alkalinity.
Almonds
Carrots
Dates
Avocados
Limes
Coconut
Celery
Cucumbers
Walnuts
Wheat grass
Peppers
Tofu
Spinach
Onions
Asparagus
Green beans
Figs
Radishes

Foods to avoid:
Processed fats
Animal meats
White flour
refined sugar
Cows milk
Cheese
Lobster

If you do eat a food that is on the bad list, load it up with other foods that are good to balance it.

Any comments? I am curious what everyone thinks. I have never made it the the last 10 so what would I know!! laugh laugh laugh


I think we can all agree that most of the foods on the "avoid" list should be avoided, and most of the foods on the "good" list are excellent, healthy foods. Many people (not just people trying to "sell" something - but health practioners) in the wholistic health community would agree with that list.

I'm not sure about the specifics of the alkaline/acid part though. I think a focus on live, colourful food, that you prepare from the most "natural" state possible is best!
flowerforyou
August 25, 2008 11:45 AM
I think that cow's milk, cheese and animal meats should remain on the "good" list for many reasons. But moderation is the key.
August 25, 2008 12:11 PM
I've also heard the bit about Grapefruit is supposed to "burn" fat? Nobody could ever explain it in a way that made sense to me, so I thought it was just me. Thanx for real deal in setting it straight in here (another reason I abso heart MFP!). But I still like grapefruit and lemon anyways... drinker
  83249
August 25, 2008 12:16 PM
QUOTE:

I think that cow's milk, cheese and animal meats should remain on the "good" list for many reasons. But moderation is the key.


Yes - some people think those to be "good" and obviously others avoid them. Personal preference on that one for sure.

Even some foods that are devoid of nutrition I still eat in moderation (e.g. gravy every Thanksgiving!).
flowerforyou
August 25, 2008 3:05 PM
yes I am a meat eater. Dont care...must...have...meat. I tried to eat soy products as substitute and got migraines 3 days in a row. I love milk, chicken, fish and cheese. I now eat them in moderation-measuring every peice.

thanks for all the input
  31795

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