Do you think this question is the same as asking, “Can sugar help you lose weight?” Does honey make you fat? After all, honey is sweet and many use it as a substitute for sugar. No doubt, like me, you’ve been told all your life that you should avoid sugary things if you want to lose weight. So, isn’t it a big fat (no pun intended) contradiction to say that honey helps with weight loss?
Let’s start with a simple explanation of how your body responds to both honey and table sugar.
Table Sugar – Sugar, after it has been processed, is stripped of its nutrients. So, in essence, it is a “naked” carb. In order to be used by the body, it must depend on your body’s nutrients. So, the body is drained of important minerals and vitamins.
Sugar is stored in the liver. If you continue to have a diet that is high in sugar, the liver will eventually swell. When this happens, the excess sugar is returned to the bloodstream as fatty acids. These acids are then stored in your belly, breasts, butt, and thighs. Sound familiar?
Honey, unlike table sugar, is a natural ingredient. It contains vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. These all work together to help in fat and cholesterol metabolism, and that helps prevent obesity.
Honey has a healthier glycemic index (GI) than sugar. What that means is that when you eat honey, it doesn’t cause a sugar rush, but it is gradually absorbed into your body, thereby providing a stable source of energy. Therefore, you won’t get a sugar “high” and then a “crash” afterward.
So now that we’ve learned how wonderfully honey is accepted by your body, how can honey help you lose weight?
Usually, the problem with losing weight is self-control, low energy, and choosing the wrong foods to help burn fat and contribute toward good health. Honey takes care of all three problems.
1. Honey Is Sweeter Than Sugar So You Use Less
That’s right. Honey is very rich, sweet and delicious, so you use about half of what you would use in sugar to sweeten your food and drinks. Honey has the ability to provide a sense of well-being after you consume it, so that will also help with weight loss. Try using a small amount in your coffee or tea during the day to help satisfy you and your sweet tooth, thereby avoiding sugar binges.
2. Morning & Evening Honey Cocktails To Melt Away The Fat
In the morning when you rise, and before breakfast, drink a glass of very warm water combined with 1/2 teaspoons of powdered cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of raw honey. There has been excellent results reported after only a week of using this “pre-breakfast” cocktail.
Alternatively, in the mornings and again in the evening, drink a glass of very warm water mixed with 1 teaspoon of honey and 2 teaspoons of lemon juice. This drink can be taken several times per day. The beauty of this citrus cocktail is that it will help to keep you hydrated, energized, and “alkalized”. This will help to rid the body of unwanted fat deposits.
3. Honey Is Excellent Before & After Exercise
In order to melt the pounds away, it is important to keep moving. You don’t have to run a marathon, but you should do simple things each day to move you closer to that slimmer you. Even a walk of just 20 minutes per day has shown to help significantly.
And the great thing is that honey has been shown to really help athletes in their performance by sustaining energy over time and it helps you recover faster. So before you start that walk, fill up your water bottle with fresh, cool water mixed with a teaspoon of raw honey. Sip on this before, during and after your walk and you will be amazed at how great you feel afterward.
A good raw honey that I like (if you can’t find it from a local beekeeper) is found here.
So, there you have it. Can honey help you lose weight? Honey definitely can help you lose weight. Put this amazing ingredient in your arsenal of weapons in the fight against obesity. Use it wisely, and before long, you will look upon this ingredient as a ‘sweet’ remedy to weight loss.
How many of you have used honey in your weight loss efforts? Let’s hear your results.