Honey – A Sweet Way To Lose Weight!
Honey, often described as the Nectar of the Gods, is a thick, sticky, golden liquid produced by bees. Honey is a natural sweetener, but it is not calorie free. In fact 100 grams of honey has about 300 calories (sugar has about 400).
What makes honey better than sugar?
Honey is natural and less refined than sugar. It is sweeter, so you need less of it to sweeten things. Honey contains nutrients like B vitamins, zinc, and antioxidants. It is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and immunity boosting. The body has to spend more energy digesting honey and it is less likely to be stored as fat when compared to sugar. Honey has a lower glycemic index than sugar and is suitable for diabetics. It doesn’t contain additives and preservatives, and last but not least, honey has more flavor than sugar.
How can honey help with weight loss?
One of the hottest weight loss trends these days is honey, cinnamon, and lemon. Cinnamon is an appetite suppressant, lemon kick-starts digestion, and the natural sweetness of honey causes your brain to stop sending sugar-craving signals. This makes honey, cinnamon, and lemon a potent weight-loss trio, and this is perhaps the single most important metabolism-boosting detoxifying drink you can sip every day to lose weight.
When should honey be consumed?
You should aim to replace all refined sugar with honey, but first thing in the morning, make yourself a cup of this weight loss elixir: Add half a teaspoon of cinnamon powder to boiling water, allow to cool, add lemon juice, and stir in one teaspoon of honey. This concoction provides amino acids and minerals that are essential for good metabolism, regulates your digestive system, and keeps you energized.
During the day, if you are craving unhealthy food, drink a cup of this honey, cinnamon, and lemon potion to effectively control appetite and prevent snacking on junk food.
Eating anything just before or immediately following exercise is not a good idea, but this mix of honey, cinnamon, and lemon water is an excellent choice for instant energy and to amplify the effects of your workout.
Our metabolism is at its lowest when we are sleeping as the body recognizes this as a resting state. British pharmacist Mike McInnes invented the hibernation diet – a simple way to lose weight while sleeping! It is as easy as taking a spoonful of honey in warm water at bedtime. He found that this fuelled the liver, speeded up metabolism while sleeping, and reduced the level of stress hormones in the body that lead to fat storage.
What are the other benefits of honey?
Since ancient times, honey is known for its medicinal uses. Warm water with lemon and honey is used to sooth sore throats and disinfect the mouth. Honey is also used as a laxative and has been used to dress wounds, burns, and ulcers. Honey absorbs moisture and is even used as a cure for nappy rash.
Which honey is best?
Some of the better varieties of honey you can look for at your local health food store or supermarket are Sidr, Hymettus, Beech Honeydew, Heather, Tualang, Manuka, Ulmo, and Slovenian. Raw honey is considered superior to commercial honey, but may not be easy to source. Honey that is local to your region is more likely to boost immunity against seasonal allergies, but honey from New Zealand is known for its exceptional quality. The best quality honey is 100% pure and organic.
Honey will not make your weight magically disappear, but if you are trying to get in shape, it is a smart choice. Honey has a distinct edge over the empty calories of refined sugar. It can speed up a sluggish metabolism and satisfy sweet cravings. In combination with a healthy diet and plenty of exercise, honey can help you attain and maintain a healthy weight.
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