Hot water honey benefits – How Far It Really Helps?

There are many Ayurvedic home remedies for weight loss. Hot water honey is one of the most hailed weight loss drinks. Though it is quite simple to make, there are some reservations to consider. 

The Ayurvedic reference:
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praatarmadhuyutam vaari sevitam sthoulyanaashanam | Bhaishajya ratnavali 39/3

Meaning: Daily taking honey along with water is a remedy for obesity.


Take half a spoon of honey.  Mix it with half a glass of water. Drink it.

Early morning. empty stomach. Do not eat or drink for at least 15 minutes.

How long to take water – honey –
As long as you are not diabetic, this weight loss drink can be taken for 3 – 6 months.

Can diabetic people take this?
It is better not to follow this method if you are diabetic.

Can this be followed by obese kids?
It can be followed by anyone who is obese and wants to decrease weight.

Any precautions?
There are some advice of taking hot water with honey. But according to Ayurveda, hot water and honey are not compatible with each other. Hence, at the best, the water can be lukewarm or boiled and cooled water.
Because, heat processing of honey or using it with too hot substances is contra-indicated as per Ayurveda. (Reference: Ashtanga Hridayam Sutrasthana 5/ 53 and Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana 26/84)

Click to read about honey qualities of honey, according to Ayurveda and why you should have honey at home.
Click to know how hot water can be the best of the remedies for many of the ailments – Is hot water good?
Click to know how cinnamon and honey combination is good for you – Cinnamon and honey benefits

Q: Is it safe drinking warm water with lemon and honey in the morning for pregnant women?
Warm water, lemon juice extract and honey combination is used for cleansing, detoxing, weight reducing purposes, called as Langhana therapy or Shodhana in Ayurveda.

During pregnancy, the opposite of it – Brihmana – nourishing therapy is required. Hence, the above combination is not required during pregnancy.

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  1. sir namasthe. i have gone through this article.its very good.i hope this will help more people who are obese

  2. vaidya paul says:

    hello ,

    I was told that honey should not be consumed with hot water?
    Can you comment please

    • As per Ayurveda, heat treatment of honey is not encouraged.
      the warm water / hot water that I am referring to in this article is just about 40 – 50 degree celcius. So it is fine to have this drink.

    • Jasmine says:

      Yes, it will destroyed all the good vitamins and minerals. Should be taken with luke warm or room temperature water. Otherwise it doesn’t serve the purpose of taking it.Got it?

  3. Get slim says:

    It is really a nice and helpful piece of information. I am glad that you shared this helpful info with us. Please keep us informed like this. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Anu sharma says:

    I have heard to add 1 lemon’s juice also in honey and warm water.
    Is it right…if yes then is it more benificial than only honey and water.

    • Yes, one table spoon of lemon juice with one cup of warm water and one table spoon of honey in the morning is also used as a weight loss remedy. Yes, it is more effective than the one which is explained above.

      • anu sharma says:

        Sir, Thanks a lot for your reply. You give response to all members from your busy sechdule, which is quite appreciable. I again thanks you for your reply.

      • Will it be safe for liver and sperm production ?

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:


          • Xavier says:

            Can you please give in detail?
            Which time is sufficient to drink this?

            (one table spoon of lemon juice with one cup of warm water and one table spoon of honey in the morning is also used as a weight loss remedy. Yes, it is more effective)

  5. SIr, can you please tell me for the diabetic people how they can make this drink and loose weight i am diabetic and over weight and desprately wants to loose wight thanks sir.

    • Honey is richer source of glucose than sugar. Hence, this drink is ideal for diabetes.
      There are other natural methods to lose weight such as –
      1.adopting fiber rich diet.
      2. Replacing at least one regular meal in the day with oats.
      3. Having only fruits and vegetables, in one day of week.
      4. Regular exercise / yoga / gym / outdoor games.
      5. There are also a few Ayurvedic supplements. Consult your doctor for the same.

      • sk.roohid says:

        Hello sir….by how much weight can we reduce by this method…and how many days it will help to reduce weight…

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          This method as a stand alone technique to lose weight may help in losing a couple of kilograms by 2 – 3 months.
          But diet control and exercise will further increase the results.

  6. dinesh says:

    sir i am drinking hotwater one glass with 2 teaspoon of honey and lemon juice,along with this after 10 min i drink amla juice(goosberry) juice 1 glass, along with this i drink 3 glass hot water,i want to know is this harmfull to my body as i want to reduce body weight and fats ,and reduce my stomach belly [hip waist ].kindly reply asap

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      I do not see any wrong thing with what you are doing. Please go ahead.
      I presume that lemon juice and amla juice are sugarles.
      Good luck with abdominal crunches 🙂

  7. sanaa maki says:

    sir i need to know the effects of drinking hot water bcoz i have developed an habit of taking hot water every nigt before retiring to bed. does it add any value to my health?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes it is really helpful to drink hot water at night. It cleanses the large intestine and eases the motion next morning.
      it helps to keep away respiratory allergies, cold and cough.
      It helps to keep body warm during winter.

  8. salman.. says:

    i used ths therapy before ,6months ,and i wl reduce my weight 7kg ….sir bcz of my examination i wl drop ths therapy..sir i want to start it again …plz raply how i rrealize tht its effect started………and how long i wl take ths….(1 teaspoon full honey ,lemon and aglass of hotwater……

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Start now and consider exercise and diet restrictions. You should be successful in losing weight.

  9. Lakshmi says:

    I am recently married (before 4 months) I am 30 years old and trying to conceive and also want to loss weight (tummy fat). Shall I drink honey+lemon+warm water, does it affect my pregnancy.
    Kindly reply.
    Thank you in advance

  10. aarthi says:

    Am drinking green tea for tummy fat reduction.
    Also, am working out for an hour daily in gym.
    Please advise if i can take Green Tea in hot water mixed with honey and lemon or only with honey.
    I am at correct weight and only my tummy needs to be reduced. Please advice

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      You can surely add lemon to the tea. No issues.
      If you are adding honey, better to drink tea at luke warm temperature only. Heating honey is not advisable according to Ayurveda.

  11. Valentine says:

    I really appreciate your responses to all the question and inquiries, drinking hot water with honey help to reduce fat in the tummy, my belly is getting fatty and I want to burn the flat.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      It is one of the methods to burn fat. But nothing is as effective as diet control and abdominal workout.

      • Valentine says:

        what are the effective diets that will enhance flat tummy?

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          Abdominal crunch exercise, jogging, walking, taking water with honey, limited oily foods, non veg, sweet, relying on low carb, more fibrous diet are the best way for a flat tummy. There is no specific diet for flat tummy.

  12. Preethi says:

    Dear Sir,

    I have PCOS and I am advised to reduce weight. I had been drinking honey with lemon early morning in empty stomach and before i retire bed. But there is no difference in my weight and I do walking for 1 hour per day. Please help and give me a solution

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      If the honey is not of good quality, then this may not help.
      Stop taking honey with water at night. You can only take it in the morning, on empty stomach.
      Do regular exercise – walking / jogging / yoga / outdoor games / dance – for at least 15 minutes a day.
      Restrict coffee or tea intake to only two small cups a day.
      Restrict the amount of sugar intake and oily food intake.
      If you consult an Ayurvedic doctor, he would prescribe you with some simple medicines which would help you to fight cysts and to reduce weight.

  13. Sir, Instead of lemon juice, can i drink amla juice+warm water+honey in the morning(empty stomach).

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      You can surely drink it generally for good health.
      But for the purpose of losing weight the honey and warm water is the said formula.

  14. Kesavan says:

    Hi, I have been drinking honey with luke warm water every morning in empty stomach, but i have stopped having my morning meal since i don’t any hunger till 12 noon is it good for my health. I am trying to reduce my weight and also my belly fat. I am also doing abdomen workout. please guide me in this.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      If you are not suffering from lack of energy, by skipping breakfast, then it is good for you. But if your stomach is feeling sick, you feel tired very easily and feel dizzy, vomiting sensation etc, then better to stop this practice.

  15. Anvit Shankar says:

    Hello Doctor Hebbar,
    At the time of my general health check-up the Doctor advised me to lose some kilos after calculating my Body Mass Index. Since I have a little tummy which is visible prominently, I am desperate to get rid off this asap. My weight is 82 KGs and height is 5’11. Thereafter, I started drinking a table spoon of honey with warm water every morning immediately after getting up. I have been following this method over a month now and currently I can feel a difference of 10% reduction. There are two questions I would like to ask. Firstly, by when I will be able to lose reasonable amount of weight and flatten the tummy? 😉 Secondly, I am unable to remove time for any workouts and outdoor games due to my busy office routine, so are there any alternatives to workouts which may further help to reduce my weight? Thank you very much in advance!

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Even if you do not time to workout, as soon as you get up, before doing anything, do abdominal crunches lying down – at least 100 per day.
      Drink good quantity of water through out the day.
      Quit smoking / alcohol, if any.
      Avoid snacks and eat fiber rich marie biscuits.
      Replace a meal with oats or corn flakes.
      Completely avoid deep fried and non veg food.
      There are a few suggestions that you can try based on your convenience.

  16. devesh goyal says:

    Sir, can honey + hot water can be taken by slim person to detoxified the boby

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      No. For a lean person, this combination does not suit.

      • devesh goyal says:

        Sir , can honey + cold water ?

        • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

          In a lean person, overall body cleansing (as required in obese) is not required.

          • It would be helpful to know the reason why overall body cleansing is not required in lean person.

            Thank you,

            • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

              Hi, overall body cleansing, in other words, strong Panchakarma treatment is not advised for lean people, simply because the body may not tolerate the power of the treatment. Hope it is helpful.

          • Can’t it b drunk for other purposes?? As it has other benefits as well apart from weight loss

            • Dr Malini Bhat says:

              Yes madam it can be drunk to
              1. Suppress cough: A concoction of lemon and honey with hot water can help loosen mucus causing the irritation and calm the throat.
              2. Boost the immune system: Honey contains vitamins and minerals that help combat bacteria. A regular dose of honey will definitely give your immunity a boost.
              3. Boost energy

  17. Sir i am very obese i really want to reduce! i just statrd taking honey with warm water. Hopefully i will reduce
    Everyone please pray for me

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi Neha, congratulations on your first step towards health. May you take many more such steps. 🙂

  18. Ashwini says:

    What if one does exercise after having warm water with honey? Is it okay to do?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Ideally it is better to avoid exercise at least for 20 – 30 minutes after taking warm water with honey.

  19. rafiq jiwani says:

    Sir., i am 18 years boy ., i have just start lemon+honey+warm water., can it help me to decrease weight

  20. Manikandan says:

    Hi Dr Hebbar,

    I am planning to reduce my tummy fat. Before that I have a question about adding lime to this mixture(hot water+honey). I have read some articles saying that having lime daily is not good for health since it has citric acid in it. Does it creates any harm to body?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, except for the condition, of being advised not to take citric acid, it is not harmful to take this home remedy for 2 – 3 months.

  21. shonali says:

    I just started taking honey with warm water. Hopefully i reduce……

  22. sandeep says:

    Thanks for sharing very valuable information. Thanks Doctor for giving reply to every post.

  23. jeevitha says:

    Sir i am very obese i really want to reduce my weight and my belly. i just start taking honey with warm water. Hopefully i will reduce.
    thankyou so much ……………….

  24. Anvit Shankar says:

    Dr. Hebbar,
    Thank you for your advice. I certainly am grateful to you for showing me the right direction. I am happy to inform you that I have reduced 90% of my tummy and also lost around 7-8 kilos since January.
    I would now like to seek your advice on further continuing the hot water+honey+lemon drink in the morning. My friends and colleagues are advising me to avoid mixing honey in the drink as I have reached an optimum point.
    Kindly let me know if I should discontinue the entire drink or only remove honey from it. Also please let me know if now I can eat 2 chapatis with a bowl of pulse and curry as dinner instead of oats/cornflakes. Once again I thank you for your guidance.


    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi Anvit, because it is summer now, you can stop the remedy for next 3 months and can continue later, if you want to further reduce weight.
      The diet described looks good to replace oats.

  25. naveen jain says:

    every day morning i mix two spoon full of honey and lemon water with two glass full of luke warm water, so please advice me the weather this is good to reduse excess weight or not

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      you can mix 2 spoon of honey to just a glass of water and have it. It is good for weight loss.

  26. lakshmi says:

    Greetings ! I normally dont comfortable to drink honey+hot water in morning. When i have my dinner at night i will be tempted have honey+hot water+lime. Is that ok ??
    I am so concerned that my weight should NOT increase. I have heard that honey+milk at night will increase weight. Is the same applicable for honey+hot water at night
    Is it ok to drink honey+hot water at night ? or will that also put on weight.

  27. sk sharma says:

    i am diabtic and take insulin for treatment. i have started taking honey+hot water+lime. is it good for a person to take honey with diabtic. Also advice any ayuric medicine for weight loss.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Dear Mr Sharma,
      Please note that it is not good for a diabetic person to take honey. It also contains sugar.
      For medicine for weight loss, I suggest you to consult a doctor directly. This is the first and best choice.
      If you wish to consult me, please note that it is a paid service. Write about your health issues here –

  28. Hi Dr,
    How many time we can take green leaf tea per day(ML)
    I have read some articals that green leaf tea is not good for health .is it ture?
    Taking green team causes high urination and it will effect internal organs due to caffeine.
    Will it have any side effects?

    Kindly help me with the data.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      The amount of caffeine in it is very minimal. Hence it does not cause much of caffeine side effects.
      one cup for day looks good. With this, I do not see any chances for side effects.
      Those who are not accustomed to tea, may not like it.
      Whether green tea causes high urination or not depends on its ingredients.
      Green tea is not recommended in hypothyroidism.

  29. Hi Dr,

    You havementioned there are some weight supplements to reduce weight,are they ayurdedic?are there any side effects?
    please revert

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes, they are Ayurvedic.
      They are directed towards cholesterol management, easy bowel evacuation (detoxification), liver stimulation for quick fat metabolism, hunger suppression etc.
      Often, a Panchakarma therapy along with Ayurveda medicine helps.
      But you will need to consult an Ayurveda doctor directly for choosing the right medicine and right treatment.

  30. Savitha says:

    I have a question, can females take warm water+honey+lime during the mensturation cycle?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      It is best to avoid during menstruation period, because, overall effect of this remedy is hotness, which is undesirable during periods.
      By the by, the warm water should be not be hotter than lukewarm, while taking it at other times.

  31. Savitha says:

    I am differentially abled with polio in left leg and right hand. I cannot exercise, but I want to reduce my tummy which I gained during my two pregnancies. I am 5′ and I am 60 Kgs. I want reduce 15 Kgs so that it will be easier to carry out my daily chores(I am working). Can you please help?

  32. Sir, can i teke two teaspoon amala juice ( instead of Lemon ) + Hot water + Honey for weight loss

  33. Naina Singhal says:

    Hi, I just want to know is there any side effects of taking Honey+lemon juice+lukewarm water in the morning, because I heard it effects on bones.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      If the water is just lukewarm and not hot, then there is no problem. Usually Ayurveda recommends to avoid usage of honey with hot substances.

  34. sameena says:

    I heard by so many people that u can eat any type of food except rice… if i stop eating rice will it help in reducing belly fat???

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, replacing rice with wheat / corn / oats will help in losing weight, to some extent.

  35. I am having pcod and day by day I am gaining weight too, will this be beneficial to me, I have started it for few days, n I have also heard tat churned mustard seeds +water too is helpful in losing weight, is it true doctor. ..?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, it will be best to consult an Ayurveda doctor for full fledged Ayurvedic treatment for PCOD. As general home remedy, you can take this and churned mustard seed with water.

  36. simran says:

    i started this about a week ago but… i get hungry so fast. so is this going in right way or not? please reply me doctor

  37. thank you so much for guiding doctor…. i want to know that does this have any side effects and how much time does it take to reduce weight…

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      It does not have any side effects. But it should not be taken by diabetics, because it can increase blood sugar levels.
      It may not be as fruitful as a standalone remedy for obesity. Good diet control, exericse etc are also needed. This remedy may take two months to show results.

  38. I m 24year old gal n I want to reduce my weight can I take honey v th hot water .and doin ths vl it cause any prob for periods.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, assuming that you are not diabetic, take a teaspoon of honey with a cup of lukewarm water in the morning. Do not take this with too hot water.
      It does not have any bad effects over periods.

  39. Hi Doctor,

    I have hypothyroid for the past 2 years. I have put on heavy weight of 10 kgs. I cannot lose weight through yoga. As im having thyroid, i have to take tablet in empty stomach. So i cannot drink hot water with honey in empty stomach as we cannot eat anything for 15 mins after tablet. Can i take honey with hot water at night before bed? Will it help for losing weight and belly fat? Pls advice. Suggest me any other options if there are any as well. Thanks in advance..

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, you can take honey with cold water, at night, around 8 pm. Please also consider exercise, diet control, strict lifestyle etc.

  40. aditi aich says:

    How long after taking honey n warm water can I have soaked almonds?

  41. Anand Parab says:

    what is proportion of honey in glass of cold water / warm water to be taken after dinner and after how much time after taking dinner

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      After half an hour after dinner. – 5 grams / ml of honey in 30 ml (one ounce) of water.

  42. Ravindra Agrawal says:

    I am very thin, can i take honey with other things like butter milk, aloevira juice etc..without getting more thin.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, because honey is a cleanser and useful in weight loss, it is not recommended for people who are already lean.
      However, if a lean person is, say, suffering from cold, such a person can take Neem as a co-drink along with Talisadi Churna, to relieve cold and cough.
      But as a general rule, for a healthy person, seeking weight gain, better to avoid honey and opt for ghee.
      Read more about honey health benefits –

      • Santhosh Nair says:

        Hi – I am not very thin but just about right (6 ft 2 inches and 83 kgs) but have a pot belly…is it possible to have honey and water for “general wellness” and also reducing pot belly without going udnerweight ..? I have just started doing crunches for reducing belly as well…

  43. Sir,is there any side effects of this?? Because am gonna advice my mom to take this,she can’t exercise. She is 50 now,so plz advice me. And han,i have heard some people saying it will reduce blood in our body! Lol i don’t know about all these..plz advice me.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, make sure to use not-very-hot water. Assuming that your mom is not diabetic, she can use this.

  44. Hello Mr. Hebbar,
    I have started taking lemon-honey warm
    water but then came across many people who developed liver disorders after consuming this for sometime, so discontinued.Please enlighten me on this or if any other sideaffects I should be aware of. As I really want to resume if its safe asap.

  45. Sir,

    How many kgs will be decreased by drink honey+warm water?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      If you follow
      1. No sugar diet
      2. Honey + lukewarm water on empty stomach in the morning
      3. No non veg, oily foods
      4. Exercise for half an hour a day,
      You can lose around 2 – 3 kgs per month.
      Read more about weight loss tips –

  46. lyrasij says:

    During mensuration time honey+lemon+lukewater is good for our health,if it is not good how many days we can avoid it?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      It is best to avoid honey+lemon + lukewarm water. Because, this combination is cleansing in nature, but we require nourishing treatment during periods.

  47. lyrasij says:

    sir ,
    During mensuration time can we use this drink ? if it is no ,how many days we avoid it.

  48. sunita says:

    Hi sir myself thyroid patient since 3years ltake 75mg tablet daily myage is35 sir iwant loose my waight with lemon and honey and iam having it from 5 to 6 months but sir icant find any result . Sir pls help me . Can thyroid patient have lemon and honey twice a day .?does it has any sid effect ..reply it sir plz

  49. gopinath says:

    Sir I just wanted to make sure that we can consume brands like dabur honey or lion dates honey or we need to use only natural honey?

  50. Sir, i want to reduce weight. I’m taking honey and lemon along with normal water. Is it ok that im not taking it with warm water? I have also bought apple cider vinegar for weight loss. Is it ok if i take the honey mixture and cider mixture one by one after the otherin emty stomach? Or will it react with each other?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, honey, lemon with normal water is okay.
      It is best to give a gap of at least half an hour between the above recipe and apple cider vinegar.

  51. Pankaj kumar says:

    Lemon and honey with warm water when It’s better after exercise or before exercise??

  52. Pankaj kumar says:

    Dear sir,
    Good morning
    I am daily using lemon with warm water last 2 month ,thereafter my weight is not losing so,
    Please tell me what i have to do??

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Please follow these tips –

  53. Hlo sir,I am taking honey +lemon with luke warm water, empty stomach. Can I take my breakfast after taking honey+lemon juice

  54. Yvonne says:

    I’m drinking honey and water every night. I hope it works.

  55. I have hypothyroid for the past 3 years. I have put on heavy weight of 10 kgs. As I m having thyroid ,I have to take tablet in empty stomach. Can I take honey with hot water after taking thyroid tablet. Pls advise me.

  56. Biswajit says:

    Hello sir,
    I am taking warm water with Honey and Lemon at early morning (Empty Stomach) from last 20 days and from last 2/3 days I am feeling Acidity and burning pain in my throat and chest for whole day and also not feeling hungry. Could you please suggest , if this is happening as i m taking Honey+lemon+Warm Water or some thing else you are guessing.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, I do not think it is because of the honey, lemon and warm water remedy. Do not use hot water for this remedy. Use only lukewarm water. Take it 30 minutes before breakfast.
      If symptoms persists, then stop it for a week just to see if it really is the culprit.

  57. Pallavi says:

    Can children aged 5 yrs be given warm water with honey everyday or will it have any effect on their weight?

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      It is basically a cleansing drink and I do not see its use in 5 year old children, who need more of nourishment than cleansing.

  58. sushil says:

    Sir please let me know ayurvedic medicine or supplement for muscle again i workout regularly.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      You can try Ashwagandha capsule – 1 capsule at night after food for 2 months time. Better to consult a doctor directly.

  59. N K Singh says:

    I am taking lemon and honey with lukewarm warm in the empty stomach.but only problem is tooth become sour.Any remedy for this.

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Dear sir, This problem arises when the amount of Lime juice is more. Please do take it in same amount. And do take warm water rather than luke warm.

  60. hello doctor…can i have honey with warm water at night for weight reduction or should i have it in morning only??? And how much weight can i reduce by this method???

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Dear Madam, It is more effective in the morning in empty stomach with Yoga and Pranayama will give best results within 3 – 6 as months as said in the article.

  61. shriti says:

    Dear sir
    Honey with luke water can help to weight loss?

  62. S.GIRI RAO says:

    I am 89 kg with obese, my weight is almost consistent in past two years, recently I have started honey with lemon drink in the early morning and at night before going to bed.
    will honey over heat the body resultant cold or any other side effects.

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Sir, Would advise you to take the honey and lemon drink only in the morning empty stomach and with that Pranayama and Suryanamskara for best results. And no , honey would not over heat the body.

  63. chandan says:

    Can we take only honey with warm water for weight loss

  64. Kaviyhs says:

    Hello sir, I am 32 yrs old female and I have been found with thyroid multinodular goitre. Can I drink warm water + honey with a spoon of ginger water combined on empty stomach. Will it be effective to reduce my goitre. My Tsh, t3 , t4 are normal.

  65. Ashima Deka says:

    Hello sir, thank u for ur valueable article. I am 27 years old. And these days I am trying to conceive. Can I have honey and lemon with lukewarm water in the morning?

    • Dr Malini Bhat says:

      Namaste Madam, Warm water, lemon juice extract and honey combination is used for cleansing, detoxing, weight reducing purposes, called as Langhana therapy or Shodhana in Ayurveda.

      During pregnancy or conceiving, the opposite of it – Brihmana – nourishing therapy is required. Hence, the above combination is not required during pregnancy.

  66. Santosh patra says:

    Can take hot water and honey mix a 11 years boy whose weight is 43 kg..

  67. pristine says:

    It’s really very useful post. Thanks doctor. I’ve started consuming lemon and honey in lukewarm water as you directed. I mixed1 tsp lemon and 1 tsp honey to around 300 ml water. But I found it too sour, I had a very acidic feeling in my teeth and throat. So now I’m drinking it with 2 tsp of honey and 1 tsp lemon. Can I continue like this?
    I’m doing a weight loss course which includes 30 – 45 min workout daily. I’m a 30 F.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, you can continue with2 teapsoon of honey with a teaspoon of lemon + water. All the best. 🙂

  68. Sir , I have now started drinking 1 glass of lukewarm water with lemon n honey in it..Immediately after this , i drink 2 teaspoon of amla juice…Is it a right combination or should i drink amla juice n lemon water in alternative days.

  69. is it healthy in consuming honey and water during summer even? because honey actually helps in keeping the body warm i heard!

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, yes, honey is hot in nature. If you are taking this remedy throughout the year, and want to take a break, then summer is the right time to stop it. If the slight hotness of this remedy does not cause any burning sensation during summer, then this can be continued even during summer.
      For people with Pitta body type it is best to stop this during summer.

  70. Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

    With a teaspoon of honey in a cup of cold water, due to the excess volume of cold water, due to coldness, this might reduce Pitta to some extent.

  71. I have heard to add 1 lemon’s juice also in honey and Tea decasion warm water (i.e,Tea poddi heated in water).Is it right…if yes then is it more benificial than only honey and water.

  72. Can I eat immediately after drinking warm water with honey in empty stomach?

  73. Madhusudan says:

    I have chronic cold and throat trouble which increases because of increased body heat. Also the problem increases with lemon. Can I still take honey,lime and lukewarm water together.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Try it for a week. If you do not come across any problem, you can continue.

  74. I am a student and don’t have enough time to exercise but i regularly walks for about 30 min should I take honey+water to reduce weight and belly fat

  75. Ritika says:

    Dear Dr Hebbar,

    For a long time, I am intending to have water + honey. Can you please suggest some good brands of honey which are less adulterated with sugar?

  76. Saurabh says:

    As a morning routine I drink 3-4 glasses of normal water everyday just after waking up even before brushing my teeth. Can I drink warm water with honey and lemon after it. Or should I take warm water with honey lemon before anything else. Actually my doctor suggested to drink 3-4 glasses of water after waking up to fight my constipation problem. I am feeling good after following the routine but I also want to lose weight. Please suggest

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      You can take plain water + lemon + honey, 30 minutes after having 3 – 4 glasses of water.

  77. Jisha finny says:

    Doctor I’m taking lion honey with lemon and lukewarm water for past few days…is there any problem for taking lion honey for this purpose..?

  78. Nimai Bastia says:


    I am starting from last 3 days…and u am feeling so good after taking thus drinks….

    I want to know that which brand honey will be good….

  79. 8 years old child can have lemon honey drink for losing weight?

  80. Raghavendra says:

    Can we do yogasanas and suryanamaskara after having honey with water?

  81. Shweta chugh says:

    Dr i drink honey lemon ginger water from 1yr and am facing weight loss
    But I don’t consume it in morning empty stomch i face constipation problem
    What i should do to overcome my problems

  82. Sarita says:

    Hello sir, please suggest me about timing if drinking lemon honey in every morning then at wat time can drink amla juice.

  83. Sarita Anoop says:

    Dr I have gained weight post maternity, can lukewarm water and honey effectively decrease my belly fat. How much weight can approximately be reduced in a month?

  84. Sunitha says:

    After taking hot water with honey in empty stomach..When can we have green tea

  85. Can we sleep after drinking honey lemon water?

  86. Hi.. Dr….
    Water+Honey / Water+Honey+Lemon Juice..
    Which onr is better.. ??

  87. Hi Dr…
    Is it better to have Honey+Lemon+Water at Morning and also Night…??

  88. When i should drink honey lemmon water After brushing or before ,which is more beneficial

  89. GURJEET SINGH says:

    Dr I have started from last two months take hot water with honey and I also loose my weight also Dr now I am facing hypertension with as like upper is 130 to 140 and lower is 90 to 105,b it my age is 30 years so, please can suggest me this is may side effects of this drink or not , because I met a BAMS CONSULTANT he said me that this drink may be harm with very long time.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, I do not think it will cause hypertension. If so, stopping this remedy for one month should bring BP back to normal.

  90. Nitin R says:

    Its said we should do yoga in empty stomach…
    How long after drinking honey+ lukewarm water can we do yoga….

  91. which is more beneficia taking ut before brushing my teeth or after it

  92. Hello sir…i just want to know that can i take this honey+lukewarm water+lemon at night…and should i walk for some time or just go to sleep…one more thing after taking it in night can i hv it again on next morning

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      You can take it at night and go to sleep. You can take it two times a day. Use only one teaspoon of honey in this recipe.

  93. Hello sir..i want to know that can i take this drink on bedtime….nd should i need to walk for some time after having it or just go to sleep…bd can i take this on next morning also…

  94. Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

    Hi you can make the ginger tea without honey first. Allow it to cool down to lukewarm and then add honey and lemon juice. Consume it when it is still lukewarm.

  95. Hello sir…Can I take honeuylukewarm water & honey for my whole life….I m in luv with this drink…

  96. Shibani says:

    Hi sir,
    After how many days I can see the result if I will continue.

  97. Anju Sharma says:

    Dr. Greetings…can lemon+honey betaken during monthly periods

  98. Varun khanna says:

    Hello sir just wanted to know how many times can we consume hot water with honey.

  99. Sir is honey with water also suitable for an IBS patient?

  100. Surender Mohan says:

    Hello doctor,
    Can I continue taking (warm water + lemon + honey) every morning even in summer season? I am 69 and want to reduce weight.
    -Mohan from New Delhi

  101. Manikandan says:

    Hi Dr.
    Am working in ngt shift. I use to reach home @ 5am then I will have hot water mixed honey and I will start my joking @5.15, After joking will reach home @ 6 will have my breakfast and will start sleep @ 7.15am.
    Will this work to reduce my weight and fat????

  102. Hello sir can i take honey with luke warm at night

  103. Aradhana says:

    Hello doctor,
    I have skin problem n advised not to take lemon.So can I to only honey with Luke warm water in the morning..Will it b effective in weight loss.If yes then plz suggest how much and at what time I should take it.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes. 1 teaspoon of honey with a cup of lukewarm water in the morning, before food.

  104. PRASANNA HAZARI says:

    Hello Doc… Can I give honey and lemon water to my 9 yes old boy to reduce belly fat….

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Yes, but for children, physical activities and outdoor games are the best way to lose weight, apart from avoiding junk foods and excess sweets.

  105. pavithra says:

    Can I have honey with warm water before bed at night. Does it reduce belly and overall weight since I couldnt have at early morning …

  106. Diksha Arora says:

    how much time it take to lose weight… nd what precautions i follow after nd before. i take cold water in morning is it safe to take.. this drink after that

  107. Ashish Pathak says:

    Hello Sir,
    I have been doing yoga for about 9 months for weight loss. Also, I am consuming water+lemon+honey after coming from exercise. Although I have lost good amount of fat near the stomach area but the weight remains the same.
    Also, recently I have started drinking lukeworm water after meals.
    Kindly suggest if it’s ok and whether any changes are required for further fat loss



  108. SHUBHAM says:

    hii sir,
    should i drink wArm water with honey before or after exercise in the morning ?

  109. Hi sir…

    If we drink warm water plus honey mixed daily early morning.. is there issues like stomach upset like that? Sir..

  110. Sameer says:

    Sir..i am in habit of taking milk before leaving for office. So can I have a glass of warm milk half an hour after taking this drink?

  111. Sumit Gupta says:

    Sir can i drink the lemon and honey water before bedtime.


  112. Jayesh Toke says:


    After taking the above mentioned drink(lime juice+honey+warm water) can we go to gym?

  113. Hi Doctor : previously I used Honey with warm water , My colleague suggested also take Fennel seeds with sugar in day time around 20 grams . to keep weight loss and Obese in control. is it a safe How effective. kindly comment.

    • Dr J V Hebbar MD(Ayu) says:

      Hi, sugar does not cure obesity. Hence, it is best to take fennel seeds as it is.
      Honey with lukewarm water is fine.

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