Detox Drinks To Lose Weight

Detox drinks is a popular trend followed by people to lose pounds quickly. It is nothing but complete rejuvenation or cleansing of your body through the consumption of fruit and vegetable concoctions and herbal teas, followed by short-term fasting. It claims to remove toxins from your body to aid weight loss, but its long-term effects are not scientifically proven (1), (2).

You can try out these easy home-made detox drinks to boost metabolism and kick start your weight loss journey.

DIY Detox Drinks for Weight Loss

1. Green Tea And Lemon

What You Need
  • Water
  • 1 green tea bag
  • 1/4 lemon
How To Prepare
  1. Boil a cup of water and place a green tea bag in it.
  2. Add the juice of the lemon.
  3. Drink it while it is still hot.
  • Green tea is a good source of catechins, i.e., dietary polyphenols that exhibit anti-adiposity effects (3).
  • A study was done on mice (on a high-fat diet) demonstrated that the lemon polyphenols from a lemon peel extract significantly reduced weight gain (4).

2. Honey, Lemon, And Ginger

What You Need
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 inch ginger root
  • 1 glass warm water
How To Prepare
  1. Heat a glass of water. Do not boil it.
  2. Use a mortar and pestle to crush the ginger root.
  3. Add the lemon juice, crushed ginger, and honey to a glass of warm water.
  4. Drink it while it is still warm.

A study conducted by the San Diego State University on rats has suggested that honey may reduce weight gain and obesity (5).

3. Lemon And Cucumber Detox Water

What You Need
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cucumber
  • Mint leaves
  • A pinch of salt
  • Water
How To Prepare
  1. Cut the lemon into wedges and slice the cucumber. Toss the pieces into the jar.
  2. Add a few mint leaves and a pinch of salt.
  3. Pour water into the jar.
  4. Drink this water throughout the day.

Cucumber is a low-calorie food with high water content (95.2% water) (6). Studies have found that a diet low in energy density (low in calories) is an effective measure to improve weight loss and managing body weight (7). It is one of the most common DIY cleansing drinks to boost energy and metabolism.

4. Pineapple Lemonade

What You Need
  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • A pinch of salt
How To Prepare
  1. Toss the chopped pineapple in a blender and give it a spin.
  2. Pour the juice into a glass.
  3. Add the lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper, and salt. Stir well.

A study done on rats on a high-fat diet revealed that pineapple juice induces the upregulation of fatty acid oxidation by molecular gene regulation. Thus, it has the potential to reduce weight gain and obesity (8).

5. Orange And Carrot Juice

What You Need
  • 1 orange
  • Coriander leaves
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Water
  • Ice
How To Prepare
  1. Slice the carrot and peel the orange. Chop and toss them into the food processor.
  2. Add a tablespoon of honey and throw in some coriander leaves.
  3. Add a little water. Give it a spin.
  4. Add ice before drinking.
  • Carrots are rich in beta-carotene and loaded with fiber. Foods high in fiber increase satiety (feeling of fullness) and decrease subsequent hunger (9). This help can help reduce food intake, thereby leading to weight loss.
  • Oranges are replete with vitamin C (10). Vitamin C is inversely associated with body mass. Adequate intake of this vitamin can help oxidize as much as 30% more fat when combined with moderate exercise (11). Thus, it may help you lose weight.

Do Detox Drinks Really Work?

Certain detox diets – like the lemon detox diet – have shown positive results in aiding weight loss and improving insulin resistance in pilot groups. However, these results cannot be generalized to the general population (19).

Restricting calories and macros and including more water-based concoctions in your diet is an effective approach for quick weight loss. However, this is a temporary water weight loss from the carbs in your body, not fat loss. Each gram of glycogen in the human muscle is stored with at least 3 g of water. Drinking more water than macros breaks the glycogen stored in your muscles for energy (20).

When Should You Drink Detox Drinks?

Detox drinks should not be your meal replacement. They can be taken as early morning metabolic boosters to maintain hydration levels. You can also drink them between meals.

Listed below are a few detox drinks that will keep you hydrated and act as a temporary weight loss solution.


Incorporating lifestyle changes and healthy practices into your daily routine is the best way to lose weight. Detox drinks will add extra hydration and nourishment to your body, but solely depending on them is not an effective long-term weight loss solution. Start your morning hydration with any of these detox drinks, drink them between meals, focus on healthy eating, and get adequate exercise and sleep to lose weight the healthy way.