Lemon and cayenne pepper drinks have recently been promoted as a type of ‘detox’, and ‘fat burning’ drink that can easily be consumed before breakfast. It claims to that ‘kickstart your metabolism’ and help you lose weight. Sounds too good to be true? I’m afraid it is….
Read on below for the low down on this type of Fad diet..
There is a lack of scientific evidence behind the proposed benefits of lemon water and cayenne peppers for weight loss and overall health. An obvious effect of using lemon water as a replacement for meals is that it is naturally low in energy (kilojoules), because, well, its just water! You will find that in most cases all fad diets will help in weight loss by creating a kilojoule/ calorie deficit. However, replacing food with just lemon water is likely to create nutritional deficiencies, and isn’t really a sustainable option in the long term.
The bottom line
Overall, it appears that lemon and cayenne pepper water isn’t the magic trick to weight loss or a healthy diet! Adding cayenne pepper can help to naturally flavour your recipes, but cutting out meals or food group isn’t a sustainable dietary pattern. If you are worried about any aspect of your health, speak to your GP or seek out a dietitian!
For tips on how to lose weight without FAD diets check this out: https://theconversation.com/health-check-six-tips-for-losing-weight-without-fad-diets-52496.