Honey and weight loss
The summer is near, which means that the season of weight loss and fast weight loss diets, that promise you to lose up to 5 kilograms in just 10 days, has begun! Sounds awesome, right?
But let’s be realistic. If you’ve ever been to one of these diets, admit how effective they actually are? You may have lost 3-4 kilograms, but these kilos returned immediately after you started eating normally.
Instead of starving yourself, this time try to eat healthy, where consuming one teaspoon of honey a day is the most important thing to do.
Honey and weight loss connection
Most of those diets suggest us to avoid sweets and sugar, but the honey should be an exception because it is much more than an ordinary, excellent taste sweetener.
Teaspoon of honey has only 22 calories, a medium glycemic index and is an excellent source of simple carbohydrates – glucose and fructose that are easy to use in creating energy. Likewise, honey can be very beneficial in losing weight! Although it is a sweetener, honey starts metabolic changes that reduce the desire for sweetness and encourages fat burning during the night.
Why is honey better than a sugar?
Though honey contains sugar, unlike the refined sugar, it also contains useful vitamins and minerals.
The main difference between the honey and the refined sugar we use in cakes and coffee is the fact that during the digestion, refined sugar uses the body’s stored vitamins and minerals, necessary for fat and cholesterol to dissolve. That’s why we call sugar the source of “empty calories”. Besides short-term satisfaction, we have nothing much to gain from it.
On the other hand, the honey equilibrates this effect because the honey itself is filled with vitamins and minerals. Likewise, honey contains slightly less calories than sugar (about 20 kcal per teaspoon), it is twice as sweet as sugar and the glycemic index is about 55 on average, which is a moderate value that can be recommended to diabetics.
Honey diet – What everyone should know about it
Although it is called the diet, it is not a diet that lasts for only a few days. If you want to healthy lose kilograms and maintain body weight, it is essential to change everyday nutrition habits. It is true that honey has many benefits, but still, it is not so wondrous to erase all the negative effects of a hamburger or double cheese lasagna.
Here are some guidelines that should help you:
Guideline 1: Start your morning with a glass of warm water, honey, and lemon
Drink warm water with honey and lemon juice and drink it prior and during the meal, it will give you a sense of satiety for a longer period of time.
Likewise, lemon and honey help the digestive system to digest complex food and clean the colon from undigested food and toxins.
Another advantage of water with honey and lemon is that it is a refreshing drink low on calories. Honey increases the level of energy, water helps to clean the digestive system, and the very smell of lemon eliminates tiredness.
Guideline 2: Replace refined sugar with honey
Although weight gain and cholesterol are associated with excessive consumption of saturated and trans fats, recent studies show that the main reason for obesity is sugar.
Each gram of sugar you eat will be converted into two grams of fat tissue.
In order for the honey diet to be effective, all the sugar you consume should be replaced by honey. This includes artificial sweeteners and hidden sugar that manufacturers add to frozen ready-to-eat food (pizzas, lasagna, and sauces) as well as processed foods such as biscuits and cakes, chips, carbonated drinks and fried food.
For the beginning sweeten your tea, coffee or breakfast cereals with honey. If you craving for sweets, have an integral toast with honey, add a teaspoon of honey in a yogurt or pour a teaspoon of honey and cinnamon over apple slices.
Guideline 3: Eat whole grains and avoid bad carbohydrates
Bakery products such as white bread, pliers, croissants, puff pastry, and products such as pasta and white rice contain refined white sugar that causes a sudden increase in blood glucose.
On the other hand, whole grain bread and brown rice are rich in digestive fibers so make sure that healthy carbohydrates make one-fourth of your meal.
Guideline 4: Proteins and proteins only
Be sure to include proteins in each meal. A higher dietary protein portion can accelerate metabolism, increase a sense of satiety and reduce a sudden feeling of hunger, so you won’t have the craving for chocolate in between meals.
Guideline 5: Follow the principle of a hibernation diet – one teaspoon of honey before bedtime
Have one teaspoon of honey before bedtime and lose weight while you are sleeping. Honey supplies the liver with energy that accelerates metabolism and allows fat burning during the night.
Guideline 6: Honey and cinnamon are the perfect combination for weight loss
Benefits of honey are well known, but little is known about all the benefits of cinnamon. It improves the skin, lowers cholesterol, speeds up blood flow and, most important, it is the best way to burn the body fat. Mix honey with 1/4 cinnamon powder and consume it before you go to bed or use our Cinnamon Honey with propolis.
Cinnamon honey with propolis
Adding another healing substance to the honey (herbs or spices) its healing power will increase and will be more health effective. Cinnamon honey with propolis shows excellent result in dealing with problems of overweight and body fat. It is important to note that it is suitable for diabetics as it increases insulin sensitivity and thus balances blood sugar levels. Besides losing weight, cinnamon honey with propolis will help you to solve the problem of a bad breath, tiredness, digestive disorders and heart disease. Propolis will strengthen your immune system and solve most viruses, fungi, and parasites.