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Benefits of Honey in Weight Loss

The benefits of honey mostly apply to 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?

That is correct, because 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”, meaning 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, sugars 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 risk of cardiovascular disorders, it also does not increase the body weight.

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

Benefits of Honey in Relation to Weight Loss

Honey and 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 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, which will further promote your weight loss programs, since you won’t be worried as much about artherosclerosis, or the risk of heart attacks or strokes when 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 and Lemon Juice

Honey can also help in weight loss when consumed with warm water and lemon juice. Many people drink this formula as a start to 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 function of the metabolism, food is utilized properly, fat is converted into usable energy, and overall health is improved.

The lemon juice in this mixture also 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 some seriously attractive results!

Honey and 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 power with one tablespoon of honey and one cup of warm water. Thoroughly mix these ingredients and drink it 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.

honeyforweightlossHibernation 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, the honey will continue stimulating liver function, keep your metabolism burning fat, and easing the amount 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 also 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 of Sugar

Honey is a good substitute of sugar. It can be used in different beverages such as tea, lime juice. Among other food items, it can be used in desserts, pancakes instead of sugar. One may add honey to oatmeal, 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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What do you think?

  • Keeley Tilby

    Can you use any honey or got to be organic

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  • Marie

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

  • Vicki

    2 months to lose a pound?

  • Ciara Hogan

    Check the USDA Data sheets, get your facts right and stop confusing consumers! There is absolutely no fiber or protein in honey and its micro-nutrient value is negligible,save for magnesium. Honey does have many benefits but these are attached to different properties such as the phenols and hydrogen peroxide it contains.

  • chaitanya

    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?

  • Nagaraj

    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?

    • invisiblewoman

      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!

    • dawhoda

      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.

  • Manisha Munshi

    Good information. Enjoyed reading the article on honey.

  • Barbara

    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.

  • keerthi

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

    • Erin

      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

    • invisiblewoman

      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.

  • mahesh gupta

    impressive article :)

  • peter magua

    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?

  • alinakhan

    Honey really wightloss

  • Cosettee

    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.

  • Louis

    I buy organic raw honey locally.

  • Louis

    I buy organic raw honey locally.

    • ron

      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…

    • ron

      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…

    • Jessica

      I keep bees in the US. I can assure you, our honey isn’t fake.

    • Simran Hanspal

      Thank you Patrice Carington.

      Team Organic Facts.