6 Impressive Benefits of Honey for Weight Loss

The benefits of honey mostly apply to the weight loss programs. If you are trying to lose weight, honey can be very helpful but before we discuss the benefits of honey in weight loss, we should address some of the concerns that people often have regarding honey.

Many people ask: Isn’t honey a type of sugar? Doesn’t it contribute to weight gain? Won’t the calories in honey negate weight loss efforts?

Honey does contain sugar. However, unlike refined sugar, honey contains beneficial vitamins and minerals as well. Refined table sugar, which people often use to sweeten their food, is considered a source of “empty calories”, which means that there is no ulterior benefit to eating them.

Normally, to digest sugar, vitamins and minerals stored in the body are utilized, which uses up many of these essential nutrients. These nutrients are essential to dissolve fats and cholesterol, so ingesting pure sugar is somewhat wasteful. Therefore, when you eat too much sugar, you tend to gain weight not only because of the calories but from the subsequent lack of vitamins and minerals. Honey balances this effect because it is a good source of nutrients that help people in their efforts to lose weight.

Honey contains nutrients such as protein, water, energy, fiber, sugar, and various vitamins and minerals. It contains minerals such as iron, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, and calcium. Honey is a good source of vitamins that include folate, niacin, riboflavin, vitamin C, and vitamin B6.

For people who are overweight or obese, honey not only reduces the risk of cardiovascular disorders, it also does not increase the body weight.

Findings of research study suggest that consumption of honey may help in reducing cholesterol as compared to sugar. It also leads to a comparatively lower increase in the plasma glucose levels.

Benefits of Honey for Weight Loss

Mentioned below are the most common benefits of honey in relation to weight loss.

Honey & Warm Water

Normally, fat remains as an unused resource in the body, adding bulk and weight, but it is believed that honey has the ability to mobilize this stored fat. When this fat is burnt to provide energy for your daily activities, you will see a gradual decrease in your weight and a relief from the problems of obesity.

Honey has also been shown to positively increase the levels of “good” cholesterol in the body and also reduces cardiovascular strain, which means you can lead a more active, 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 tablespoon daily), with an equal amount of warm water can stimulate this beneficial process.

WeightlosshoneyHoney & Lemon Juice

Honey can help in weight loss when consumed with warm water and lemon juice. Many people drink this formula at the start of their day as a way of stimulating weight loss. Honey is packed with 22 amino acids and a number of valuable vitamins and minerals, many of which benefit the body’s metabolism. By regulating the metabolism, food is utilized properly, fat is converted into usable energy, and overall health is improved.

The lemon juice in this mixture is loaded with vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid), which increases liver function and fat metabolism. Furthermore, lemon juice increases the function of glutathione, which is a key antioxidant for detoxification and quick slimming.

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 tablespoon of cinnamon powder with one tablespoon of honey and one cup of warm 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.

Hibernation Diet

With all of the new diets that spring up every year, it is difficult to know which one will benefit your body and weight loss efforts. One aspect of the hibernation diet to lose weight is to consume a spoonful of honey before going to bed. As you sleep, honey will continue stimulating the liver function, keep your metabolism burning fat, and ease a number of stress hormones which are in your system. As the name implies, it helps you hibernate in a healthy and relaxing way.

Improves Digestion

Honey improves your digestion, which can help in reducing static weight in your digestive system. Therefore, honey can be consumed after dinner, particularly after eating a large meal.

Good Substitute for Sugar

Honey is a good substitute for sugar. It can be used in different beverages such as tea and lime juice. Among other food items, it can be used in desserts and pancakes instead of sugar. One may add honey to oatmeal and peanut butter sandwich for additional nutrients, good taste, and a lower risk of weight gain.

Many people stop eating to reduce their weight, but this is a potentially dangerous practice. If you don’t eat enough food, which is the primary way of acquiring calories, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, your immune system will weaken.

Your weight loss program should focus on reducing the intake of calories, rather than stopping the intake of calories. Furthermore, you should also increase your daily elimination of calories through regular exercise.

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Mohammad Sehrai

THIS Was The REPORT On Honey,I was LOOKING For,It Covered Every Question I Had --- THANKS

I used to make a tonic for my husbands grandfather who experienced a lot of pain from diabetes and sleeplessness... he loved it and said it worked great. I used powdered honey granules, because I was not making it fresh every day, his wife was. Here are the ingredients I used: Pure dark chocolate cocoa powder (1 cup), powder honey (but you can use regular honey if your making it at home) (4 Tablespoons), Tumeric (1 Tablespoon), Ginger (1 Tablespoon), Cinnamon (1 Tablespoon)... blend all ingredients well and then store in a container. I would put 1-3 teaspoons of the mixture in hot water (not boiling) and serve. I am betting you can add 1 teaspoon each of organic lemon juice, and organic apple cider vinegar with mother and it will still taste fine, but you will get all the benefits!!! If you want to take it a step further.... put teabag of green tea in the hot water and let it steep for no more than 6 minutes, remove and then add the dry ingredients and the lemon and vinegar. This may make some a really nice night time ritual before going to bed! This is a super antioxidant drink that will also assist an weight loss while you sleep. Drink it every night, and you will sleep better as well...

Christine Baldwin

What about apple cider vinegar with honey?

Can I mix honey, cinnamon and lemon?

Mohammad Sehrai

Yes In WARM Water In Mornig On EMPTY STOMACK

I didn't knew honey had such great benefits. I will definitely add this to my blue fat freeze system which has already helped me lose 3 inches around my waist in 2 months

Can i use red wine + lemon?

i need to start this but instead of warm water+honey+lemon+cinnamon can i just use hot tea instead of warm water? it would seem like a no-brainer but since no one is mentioning it, i thought i would ask.

and how much lemon juice should i use? half a lemon? full lemon?

I would try green tea since it also has weight loss properties! And I second the hot water ruins nutrients, so wait for it to cool first before adding the extra nutrients!

hot liquids actually destroy many of the benefits of honey, as pollen and other nutrients can be destroyed with high amounts of heat. I'd recommend you to stay with warm tea instead. Same goes for the tea leaves - many anti-oxidants are destroyed in tea if they are soaked in hot water.

Summer Acidre

that's actually a great idea, I usually add honey on any kind of tea to sweeten it a little bit, sometimes I add a few drops of lemon on a cup of tea or omit the juice and add the rinds instead.

for a regular pitcher of tea use 1 whole lemon and add some lemon rinds, for a cup of tea just a few drops of lemon will do or depending on how much "lemony" you want it to be 🙂

Can i use with low fat milk in morning green tea

if your adding lemon, then the answer is no- it will curdle!

Can you use any honey or got to be organic

honey+lemon+cumin+warm water helps me loose 3kg for 2months.

2 months to lose a pound?

Honey is really a good medicne as well as good for weight reduction. But you will have to take it for atlease two months

I'll take it for life, why not?

hai frnds..Iam taking lemon and honey with warm water on early morning after doing brush immediately..Is there any problems occur when I take immediately after brushing?

very fine article - educative and informative. I have been using herbalife skipping two meals a day, this has brought down my weight from 91 to 82 kgs in a month (my height 176 cms). Any suggestions please?

invadev stays learning

Water and Lemon with Honey will give you extremely result for weight loss. Plus weekly running/jogging at least once a week for 4 kilometers and eat vegetables everyday.

kendra nelson

can you mix honey, lemon, cinnamon and luke warm water together and drink it on an empty stomache?

Of course, there is nothing harmful in any of the ingredients mentioned to not be able to use on an empty stomach. But you should eat normal size meals also.


Yes. I started drinking exactly that, it's called the detoxification drink. Nothing was helping me lose weight until I started drinking it. Good luck!

Manisha Munshi

Good information. Enjoyed reading the article on honey.

I just got put on a Phase 2 diet by my holistic provider, and I guess I'm supposed to have no sugar and only 2 carbs in a whole week! I went to bed and my stomach felt uneasy like I was hungry (I DID have an early dinner yesterday and was up till 5am), so I took one of my straws of buckwheat honey and put THAT down, and I don't know WHEN I fell asleep after that, but it was pretty quick.

how mch weight can be reduced in one month by drinking lemon and honey water


It works. I drink 1 tablespoon honey, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, and the juice of two lemons in 16 oz of room temperature water. I started losing weight for the first time in forever.

You can't just make one small change to lose pounds. Threes no way around it. Diet and exercise are BOTH needed consistently over an extended period of time to get results. Honey is great (especially if you have seasonal allergies like me) but it's one of hundreds of foods to add or substitute into your diet

impressive article 🙂

am starting a honey project in kenya to reach as many people as possible and needs funding. i need a hand in this, plz. any one ready to help?

Honey really wightloss

I eat forest honey which are taken from wild bees in forest near my town and after a month i feel much healthier than before.

I didn't know they produced fake bees here and in Europe. I get my honey straight from a local supplier and see the bees making their magic...

I buy organic raw honey locally.

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