TikTok Users Are Adding Lemon To Their Coffee To Lose Weight. But Does It Actually Work?

There's a new weight-loss trend making the rounds on TikTok, and it involves adding lemon to your coffee (via Today). The idea is that the citrus fruit will help boost your metabolism and burn fat, leading to weight loss. But does this so-called "lemon coffee diet" actually work?

There's no scientific evidence to support the claim that lemon can help with weight loss. The idea probably comes from people who believe drinking lemon water can help them lose weight, but experts say there's no evidence behind this practice either. Registered dietitian Samantha Cassetty explained that while adding lemon to your water can make it taste better and stay hydrated, the only way to lose weight is to create a calorie deficit by eating fewer calories than you burn. "I can't think of a single benefit of adding lemon to your coffee," Cassetty noted.

It really doesn't matter what you add to your coffee if you're trying to lose weight as long as you are in a calorie deficit with everything else you eat and drink throughout the day. Experts also warned TikTok users to be wary of dietary advice from unqualified people online. There is no quick fix when it comes to weight loss. If you're looking to shed some pounds, focus on eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, rather than relying on any one food or drink to magically melt away the pounds.

How to have a healthy weight loss journey

Losing weight can be a healthy and sustainable process, but it requires commitment and effort. If you're overweight or obese, losing weight can improve your health in many ways. It can help reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. The best way to lose weight is to do it slowly and steadily (via Mayo Clinic). Aim to lose 1 or 2 pounds per week by making lifestyle changes that include a healthy diet and regular physical activity. Be patient and consistent with your efforts, and you'll be more likely to achieve your goal.

Some small changes you can make to help you lose weight include stocking your pantry with healthy snacks, planning ahead for meals, and making time for regular physical activity (via Medical News Today). Getting enough sleep at night is also important for weight loss. People who get enough sleep at night are far more likely to be successful with their weight loss journey than people who don't get enough sleep. If you need more help, consider working with a registered dietitian or a weight-loss coach. Avoid following fad diets or listening to weight-loss advice from unqualified sources online. Weight loss comes down to making long-term, healthy lifestyle changes. With commitment and perseverance, you can achieve your weight-loss goals.