When is the best time to drink lemon-cucumber juice to lose weight and burn belly fat? How many cups per day  |  Photo Credit: Getty
- Lemon and cucumber juice can boost your metabolism and promote satiety, which may help you lose weight
- Lemon-cucumber juice has many potential health benefits, apart from weight loss
- Preparing lemon-cucumber juice is very easy and you can enjoy it at any time
New Delhi: Losing weight, especially around the middle, can feel overwhelming for many dieters. Perhaps, many people feel like it requires a lot of effort and energy to get rid of that stubborn belly fat. While one can choose from a lost list of weight loss plans, from low-carb keto diet to cutting out sugar and salt, it seems there are certain beverages that can help you shed the pounds effectively. In fact, research has shown that beverages such as green tea, lemon and cucumber juice, and high-protein drinks can boost your metabolism and promote satiety, thereby aiding weight loss.
If you’re struggling to melt that stubborn belly fat, drinking lemon and cucumber water may help you do the job while also flushing out toxins from your body. Including lemon-cucumber juice in your diet will also provide you with many essential nutrients, including vitamin C. What’s more, this classic detox recipe is so refreshing and easy to make. Take a look at how drinking lemon-cucumber juice can help with weight loss.
Lemon-cucumber drink for weight loss: How does it work?
Lemons contain significant amounts of soluble fibre, vitamin C, and many important nutrients and antioxidants that may aid weight loss, improve digestion and reduce the risk of diseases. Research conducted on mice has shown that polyphenols – plant compounds that also act as antioxidants – found in the lemons may help stimulate the liver to burn fat. While the same results are required to be proven in humans, evidence suggests that lemons may support weight loss.
Similarly, cucumbers are packed with essential nutrients, including vitamins C and K, both of which play a vital role in losing weight. Also, cucumbers are very low in calories yet high in soluble fibre, making them an excellent food that promotes hydration and boosts weight loss.
According to a study published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, people who drank lemon juice four times a day while fasting experienced reduced body fat mass and improved lipid profile. What’s more, a blend of lemon and cucumber juices not only makes for a nutrient-packed beverage that contributes to weight loss but also great taste and flavour.
How to make and use lemon-cucumber drink for weight loss
Preparing lemon-cucumber drink is very easy. To make one pitcher of lemon-cucumber juice, you would require the following ingredients:
- 1/4 cucumber thinly sliced
- 1/2 lemon thinly sliced
- Ice (optional)
Now, using a pitcher, mix all the ingredients, including lemon, cucumber, water and ice. Let it sit in the fridge for a few minutes before serving. You can add a dash of honey to taste and garnish your drink with mint as well. Your lemon-cucumber drink is now ready to be consumed.
Also, check out the following video to learn how to make this delicious weight loss drink!
Video credit: Chef Ricardo Cooking/YouTube
When is the best time to drink lemon-cucumber water and how much should you consume per day?
For best results, it is recommended to drink lemon-cucumber juice on an empty stomach, although some people like to consume it a half hour before having other foods and drinks or their dinner. Lemon and cucumber water is a delicious hydrating treat that people can enjoy it at any time – just ensure that your cucumber and lemon are organic. Apart from weight loss, it has many potential health benefits, including improving skin health and lowering blood pressure.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.