Honey, Your Weight Loss Partner!
When a person is on a weight loss spree, he or she tries everything, from diet to workouts. Spending hours in the gym, cutting down on calories and so much more. One simple thing which most people do not try out is consuming honey. But doesn’t honey contain sugar? How would it help in weight loss then?
As per a study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, honey curbs appetite.
Consuming honey right before bedtime can help you burn more calories during the early hours of sleep.
This ingredient is enriched with essential vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats as well. Essential hormones in honey suppress appetite and aid weight loss. If you’re overweight, honey not only helps you reduce weight but also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disorders.
Honey does contain sugar. However, when compared with refined sugar, honey contains beneficial vitamins and minerals as well. Refined sugar, on the contrary, is considered as “empty calories”, which means that there is no benefit in eating it. Therefore, when you eat too much sugar, you tend to gain weight not only because of the calories but due to the lack of vitamins and minerals. Honey, on the other hand, balances this effect as it is a good source of nutrients that help people in their weight loss efforts if consumed in a limit.
A study has shown that athletes who ate foods rich in fructose, such as honey, burnt a lot more fat and had increased stamina levels as well. Honey acts as a fuel to make the liver produce glucose. This glucose keeps the brain sugar levels high and forces it to release fat-burning hormones. Most of us struggle to lose weight because we consume too much sugar and processed food. When we consume honey, the body begins to burn more fat. When you go a step further by replacing sugar with honey, you re-balance the brain signal that compels you to consume more sweet stuff.
Ways to consume honey for weight-loss:
Below mentioned are a few of the ways in which you can use honey for weight loss:
Honey & Warm Water
It is believed that honey has the ability to mobilize stored fat.
When this fat is burnt to provide energy for your daily activities, you will see a gradual decrease in your weight and relief from the problems of obesity. Honey has also been shown to positively increase the levels of HDL or good cholesterol in the body and also reduces cardiovascular strain with a regular physical activity routine and a balanced diet, which means you can lead a more active, and have a healthy life. This will further promote weight loss since you won’t be worried as much about atherosclerosis or the risk of heart attack or stroke while going for a morning run. Research suggests that drinking honey (about one teaspoon i.e. 5 grams daily), mixed in 150ml of lukewarm water can stimulate this beneficial process.
Honey & Lemon Juice
Honey can help in weight loss when consumed with lukewarm water and lemon juice (fresh juice without sugar or salt). Many people drink this formula at the start of their day as a way of stimulating weight loss. Honey is packed with 26 amino acids and a number of valuable vitamins and minerals mentioned above, many of which benefit the body’s metabolism. By regulating the metabolism, food is digested, assimilated, and utilized properly, fat is converted into usable energy. Thus, improving the overall health. The lemon juice in this mixture is loaded with vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid), which cleanses and increases the liver function and speeds up fat metabolism. Furthermore, lemon juice increases the function of glutathione, which is a key antioxidant for fighting free radicals in our body and increasing immunity.
Combining the weight-loss powers of lemon juice with the metabolism-stimulating effects of honey, this elixir, if drunk once a day, can give you attractive results.
Honey & Cinnamon
Another popular recipe combines cinnamon with honey and warm water. Research studies suggest that the use of cinnamon is beneficial for weight loss. Mix one teaspoon of cinnamon powder with one tablespoon of honey and one cup (150ml) of lukewarm water. Thoroughly mix these ingredients and drink on an empty stomach. Cinnamon has also been shown to have a regulating effect on blood sugar levels, and the metabolism of glucose. High blood sugar levels can lead to increased storage of fat in the body, so cinnamon has a positive impact on this aspect of weight loss. Combined with the metabolism power of honey, this mixture can be a powerful boost to your weight loss efforts.
Research has not clearly explained how this mixture helps in weight loss, but many people claim to have seen positive results from its regular consumption.
Honey & Garlic
The combination of garlic and honey for weight loss is an excellent way to keep your body healthy and fit. Consuming raw garlic with a teaspoonful of honey first thing in the morning will help in detoxification and improve digestion. This combination is also beneficial for boosting immunity and helps reduce stress, high blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. So what are you waiting for? Add a spoonful of health in your water for healthy weight management today!