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Coffee And Lemon For Weight Loss: Does This New TikTok Trend Work 2023

Mitchelle Morgan

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Coffee and lemon drink for weight loss

Have you come across the new trend among Tiktok users of drinking coffee and lemon drink to lose weight?

Well, it’s taking the world by storm as many more people try out the ‘magic’ combination. The increase in popularity is wanting, so it’s best to find out if you can achieve weight loss this way. There’s a lot of confusion surrounding the lemon coffee myth.

In this article, we get to explore what science has to say about the coffee-lemon drink. Can a combination of the two help lose weight, or is it all hype? What are the effects of consuming lots of lemon coffee? Are there better ways to promote natural fat burning?

Is Coffee and Lemon Mix a Good Idea?

Many homes have coffee and lemon juice at hand for different uses. You get coffee by brewing roasted coffee beans.  For many people, having a cup of coffee in the morning is a necessity. The main reason for the high intake is that coffee has caffeine.

Caffeine[1] is a stimulant that impacts your central nervous system and general mood. It helps you focus better and be more alert once it kicks in.

Many people like lemon juice because it’s a great source of vitamin C and citric acid.

Besides, a lemon slice has antioxidant properties that help the body tackle free radicals[2]. For centuries, people have used lemon for all sorts of medicinal purposes. Since lemons and coffee are quite popular today, it’s not a surprise they’re currently trending.

A new Tiktok trend encourages taking coffee-lemon drinks for weight loss. But, is this a good idea? The notion is to mix a cup of coffee with fresh juice from one lemon cut into slices and drink it. While the two drinks have their benefits, it’s not accurate that a mixture can help you shed weight.

Frankly, lemon juice and coffee can’t melt your body fat. Even when you take the simple drinks individually, the results are the same. There are better ways to shed excess weight, like eating fewer calories[3]. But, taking lemon coffee mix that has lots of vitamin C isn’t one of them.

Experts Talk about the Trend

Experts have a bit to say about the lemon coffee[4] Tiktok weight loss trend that’s now quite popular. Erin Palinski-Wade, a registered dietitian, said, “Adding lemon into coffee will not promote weight loss, just like drinking lemon water has little impact on body weight.”

Michelle Rauch, a registered dietitian at The Actors Fund Home, also stated, “The Idea that combining coffee and lemon juice creates a ‘fat burning’ elixir is false. While each component may have their own health benefits, there is no scientific evidence to prove that pairing the two would promote weight loss.”

Does Coffee Help You Lose Weight?

Still, there is evidence that drinking coffee can help you lose a little weight. It’s because caffeine exposure[5] can induce browning features in adipose tissue. The BAT (Brown Adipose Tissue) can generate lots of heat at a higher rate. Once this happens, it metabolizes macronutrients like lipids and glucose in the body. This is the reason that caffeine is included in most fat-burning supplements.

Some studies also show that caffeine can increase your metabolic rate. When this takes place, you can burn more calories which benefits your body’s goal of losing weight[6]. However, this only happens slightly, so finding other ways to achieve weight loss is better.

Lemon coffee isn’t a guarantee that you’ll lose weight. Some people believe that it can help you eat less. This is through appetite suppression since it promotes satiety. However, science[7] suggests no link between taking coffee and body mass index (BMI).

So, it’s better to steer clear of lemon coffee drinks with vitamin C for weight loss, as suggested by Tiktok users. You might end up taking too much of the drink, which has its side effects on the body like:

  • Nervousness
  • High blood pressure
  • Nausea
  • Shakiness
  • Dehydration
  • Dizziness
  • Abnormal heart rhythm

Does Lemon Water Help You Lose Weight?

Lemon is an excellent fruit that serves so many roles at home. Lemon juice can give you citric acid plus vitamin C, which are needed nutrients. That’s why many people chose it as the fruit of choice to make different simple drinks and dishes. Some even include herbs and spices like cinnamon in their recipes.

However, there’s been a Tiktok trend of taking lemon water to lose weight for a long time. But is this true? Can squeezing lemon juice into a glass of water each morning be a good way to lose weight?

Frankly, lemon water is quite healthy because it contains a calorie deficit. It means when you start your morning with a glass of lemon water, you kick start your metabolism by taking in this beverage as opposed to a high-calorie drink. For this reason, lemon water can help you lose weight[8].

But, remember, you can’t live on lemon water alone. If you choose to take it in the morning, you have to follow this with a healthy, low-calorie breakfast. Drinking lemon water alone isn’t a solution for weight loss despite it having citric acid.

The water is good for your metabolism and digestion since your body has better hydration[9]. Plus, a glass of lemon juice leaves you feeling full. Therefore, you’re more inclined to eat less food because of the satiety effect of the lemon water.

Better hydration induces thermogenesis[10], a metabolic process that will promote natural fat burning. Still, there’s limited research proving lemon juice can help you lose weight. It’s better to combine it with healthy meals and physical activity.

What Makes Lemon Coffee A Sham

The way a Tiktok fake video thrives is by creating a trend. It’s easy to create this when you have an issue that many people face. For instance, billions of people want to lose weight globally. The majority of them will try any coffee-lemon challenge that promises results.

But, lemon coffee is a TikTok trend that will leave many disappointed. This is quite evident after checking the facts about coffee-lemon water. While the two drinks can boost metabolism, they can’t melt the fat[11] in your body.

Also, it’s worth noting the side effects of drinking too much coffee. You might end up with a bad case of insomnia. Caffeine intake all day long keeps you alert[12]. It means you might find yourself battling insomnia.

This does not mean that coffee and lemons are bad. These two drinks are quite healthy and have loads of benefits[13] that improve your quality of life. However, it’s not true that drinking lemon coffee every day will give you your dream body.

Achieving your dream physique is only possible with physical activity[14], better eating habits[15], and healthy foods. You can add coffee and lemon water to this and develop a fantastic weight loss plan[16]. Just ensure you speak with a doctor. Also, ensure you take fewer amounts since too much lemon consumption can affect your tooth enamel.

Things You Should Never Add to Coffee

Coffee is a popular drink of choice for many. In fact, by September 2021, global coffee exports[17] were 10.07 million bags. However, not everyone is a fan of drinking black coffee. You might prefer to add a few ingredients to make it taste and smell better.

However, it’s worth being cautious about what you add to your black coffee. Not all ingredients are healthy, which can affect your weight loss journey. Some of the ingredients to avoid adding to your cup of coffee are:

Room-temperature Creamers

Any person seeking to live a healthier lifestyle has to steer clear of creamers. While they look appealing, they aren’t the best for your body. Those who make these creamers add synthetic additives to increase their shelf life.

These additives aren’t good for your health and wellbeing. Studies[18] show that they contribute to ailments such as heart disease. These aren’t real food and are bad for your nutrition.


The worst thing about most flavored syrups for black coffee in the market is the sugar content. Most of these coffee syrups contain upwards of 50gms of sugar which isn’t good for your health[19].

Condensed Milk

Have you ever come across a Spanish coffee with condensed milk as part of the ingredients? Is this your favorite brew? Well, it might be time to check out a different coffee that’s healthier.

Condensed milk is bad for you[20] because it has a high caloric content. Some producers even go further and add artificial flavoring to make it sweet.


Sugar isn’t healthy. However, many people are guilty of adding it to their cup of coffee. It makes the simple drink more palatable and refreshing. However, it’s worth noting that sugar isn’t your friend[21] as you try losing weight.

Having coffee and lemon juice isn’t a solution for weight loss. Tiktok users in their fake videos might swear by this trend, but this is far from the truth. It’s better to stick to your regular cup of coffee and not add even spices like cinnamon in it.

Apart from this, there are other weight loss myths you might not hear about worth looking into.

Other Weight Loss Myths You Might Not Hear

The coffee lemon drink isn’t the only myth surrounding weight loss journeys. Some others you might not hear about include:

  • No carbs is the only way to lose weight
  • Aloe Vera juice will help you lose weight
  • Lots of smoothies will help you lose weight

These myths will only land you into problems regarding weight loss. However, when you want to shed the extra pounds, there are better ways to do so safely.

How to Lose Weight Safely

Curbing Carbs

A low-carb meal can work wonders for you when you want to lose weight[22]. Carbs supply you with glucose which it needs to burn as energy. However, excess amounts are stored as fat. One way to avoid storing more fat is to lower your carbohydrate intake with each meal.

Lift Weights

The best way to burn excess fat is to boost metabolism. Research shows that lifting weights[23] can help your body achieve a higher metabolic rate, which helps you lose weight.

Vegetable Juice

Vegetable juice is quite healthy[24] because it contains less sugar. Unlike fruit juices, the low sugar content is excellent for anyone who wants to shed extra fat. Plus it helps promote satiety.


Weight loss pills are another popular trend across the world that can help you lose weight. Combining the supplements[25] with other solutions, you can eat less and work out more.

Green Tea

Green tea is a healthy drink[26] that can increase fat burning in the human body. The drink isn’t too tasty. But, it aids the body in breaking down the stored fat before burning commences.


TikTok users continue to hype lemon coffee as the number one way to lose weight fast. Some even phrase it as the lemon challenge and hype the fact that it has citric acid.

But, research shows that this isn’t the case. It’s better to go with proven ways to shed extra pounds. These include curbing carbs, lifting weights, vegetable juice, weight loss supplements, and green tea. Still, speak with your doctor before coming up with any weight loss plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does adding lemon to coffee help lose weight?

No, there’s no scientific evidence that shows adding lemon to black coffee will help you achieve weight loss. In fact, drinking lots of this combination can be dangerous for your health.

What should I drink in the morning to lose belly fat?

Lemon water is excellent to have in the morning to lose belly fat. This is a low-calorie drink that also encourages metabolism.

Which drink is best for weight loss?

You can have many drinks when losing weight is on your mind. Among the top picks is green tea. The drink contains lots of healthy compounds and boosts metabolism in the body.

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Mitchelle Morgan is a health and wellness writer with over 10 years of experience. She holds a Master's in Communication. Her mission is to provide readers with information that helps them live a better lifestyle. All her work is backed by scientific evidence to ensure readers get valuable and actionable content.

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