LEMON WATER: Benefits & How it Affects your Fast!
Today we are talking about lemon water - specifically are these little yellowy tasty flavorful fruits healthy for us? And should you be taking lemon water before your fast? Will it break your fast? Are lemons healthy? Well, this is an easy one - they certainly are and the reasons why are simple:
1. They can help our digestion right off the bat that is great news!
2. Secondly, they also give us a feeling of fullness which again translates into another huge benefit specifically if you are trying to lose weight and burn fat.
*I'll talk about those two factors in a little more in detail because they tie into the fasting part in the second part of this blog post.*
3. Thirdly, they also help our skin give us nice healthy skin
4. Finally, they are packed full of vitamin C which is massive for our immunity and also for our overall well-being.
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When our body is healthy and our immune system is strong, we can be healthier and our body can function on all cylinders which is very very important when we are on our weight loss journey! If our body is deficient in certain nutrients like vitamin C, it is very difficult to have your metabolism firing on all cylinders so those are the main benefits of lemon water.
Lemon water and Fasting
The second part of this blog - because I know a lot of Squadies and a lot of people who are doing the 90 day lean plan practice intermittent fasting - I do to! So, does lemon water break your fast? This is a question that has been asked over and over again and the answer is NO!
A lemon only has about 2 grams of carbs! Having such a low carb percentage allows us to be able to have lemon in our water without affecting our fast! So that is the good news! Lemon water will not spike your insulin, it will not break your fast, instead it will do the OPPOSITE! Like I said it earlier, lemon water actually aids in your digestion, it fires up your immune system, which means it puts you into a deeper fasted state QUICKER! Which is very very good, becuase it allows you to get MORE out of your fast! That is why I love having a lemon water first thing in the morning before I even have my coffee! Second of all, lemon water and weight loss go head in hand because of that feeling of fullness it gives you. It's filled with fiber, and that feeling of fullness means we're going to be able to feel satiated for longer we're not going to be picking at snacks throughout the morning which again is another huge benefit and it makes fasting that much easier!
So despite what you may think, lemon water is actually very healthy and also aids the fasting process which is why I recommend you give it a go! You don't want to just give it a go for 1-2 days, give it a go for a few weeks and see how it feels because truly it makes me feel great and I get very excited every morning about my lemon water!
FINAL LEAN NOTES
Finally just a last few lean notes, I get asked this one a lot:
Does it matter if the lemon water is hot or cold?
NO it doesn't! you're still going to get the benefits either way! I prefer it hot so what I do is heat up some water, add the lemon juice and then add one or two ice cubes so I can drink it right away the first thing in the morning.
Secondly, try and drink it through a straw.
The lemon water is actually really bad for the enamel on your teeth! It breaks it down and that is not something we want so if you drink it through a straw you're going to avoid that and you're going to be able to have lemon water day after day, day after day without any of the negative consequences on your enamel!
Last but not least Squadies , subscribe to my Youtube Channel, LEANSQUAD tv because you do not want to miss any of the leanness and you can also check out all the other videos I've done like the video on intermittent fasting that ties in to this one! It's another lean building block to help you get leaner more confident forever!
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