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Is Lime Good For Weight Loss?

This article has been Fact-Checked by Kendall Kennedy MS, RD, RYT

Putting together your weight loss diet can be confusing with all the food options. One of these is lime, is it good for weight loss?

A lime is a green citrus fruit. Limes are usually combined with certain dishes or drinks but you can also consume them on their own.

Eating limes will most likely help you lose weight by helping you feel fuller without adding too many calories to your diet. This will help you avoid overeating on calories. Do keep in mind that eating too many limes can also cause side effects.

Micronutrients in lime

The first thing to look at is the amount of micronutrients in lime.

Micronutrients are a group of nutrients your body absolutely needs to survive and thrive. Micronutrients include vitamins and minerals. These are involved in basically every aspect of your health, including weight loss.

100 grams of lime provides you with approximately (1):

  • Vitamin C: 48% of the DV (Daily Value)
  • Calcium: 3% of the DV
  • Iron: 3% of the DV
  • Potassium: 3% of the DV
  • Copper: 3% of the DV

And some other vitamins and minerals in smaller amounts. Lime is not the food of choice if you want high amounts of a wide variety of vitamins and minerals. Only the amount of vitamin C in lime is really worth talking about.

Lime also contains antioxidants, substances that can help your body deal with oxidative stress.

Micronutrients in lime

Fiber in lime for weight loss

Another very important factor for weight loss is the amount of fiber in your food.

Lime contains around 2.8 grams of fiber per 100 grams.

That’s a good amount of fiber per 100 grams and this is a good thing.

Fiber has multiple benefits for weight loss. First of all, it feeds your microbiome, the microbes that live in your intestines. The health of your microbiome influences your body’s health and weight. Feeding it well is usually not a bad idea.

Fiber also helps you feel less hungry without adding a lot of calories to your diet. Hunger and cravings can be a big pitfall for people trying to lose weight, so avoiding this is a big plus.

With the amount of fiber in lime you can reduce the time you spend craving for food.

Will lime help you lose weight?

Let’s take a closer look at the macronutrients in lime.

Limes contain around 30 calories per 100 grams. 26 of these calories come from the carbohydrates (10.5 g per 100 grams of which 2.8 g fiber).

You can definitely fit in lime in low-carb diets like the keto diet. They are even high on the list of the best low-carb fruits.

The amount of calories in lime is really low compared to most whole foods. Even compared to other fruits lime is one of the most suited for weight loss.

By eating lime you will feel fuller without adding almost any calories in your diet. It is highly likely that this will help you lose weight by stopping you from eating other foods with more calories.

It is close to impossible to gain weight from eating limes. If you are gaining weight while eating limes the first place to look at is the rest of your diet and other habits.

Can you eat lime every day?

For most people eating a small amount of lime every day is not bad. Variety in your diet is generally a good principle. Limes are also not very nutrient-dense so you want to eat enough of other foods for good health.

That being said eating too many limes can cause negative side effects. First of all, if you are allergic to citrus fruits you should avoid limes.

Because of its acidity, some people may also experience acid reflux from eating limes.

The acid in limes can also erode tooth enamel (2). To keep your teeth healthy you can rinse your mouth with plain water after eating limes and drinking lime juice.

Does lime help burn belly fat?

Targetting fat loss in a specific area like your belly is generally not possible. Not by eating more of a specific food or by doing a specific exercise. To lose belly fat you have to lose weight overall.

Since limes can help you lose weight in general they can also help you lose belly fat once your body wants to lose fat in that area.

Is lemon or lime better for weight loss

A popular comparison people wonder about in terms of effectiveness for weight loss is lemons vs limes.

The conclusion is very simple. They are about equally effective for weight loss. They contain almost exactly the same amount of calories, fiber and micronutrients.

Lime isn’t better or worse than lemon in terms of nutrients. Which one is better depends on your personal preference. Both make a great addition to water.