You have often heard that in order to lose weight, you need to exercise regularly and watch what you eat, which is true.
What you probably heard even more often is numerous quick-fix fads about weight loss. Almost every day, a new substance and/or combination of substances is claimed to have magical effects on weight loss.
These fads are just what they are, fads! However, the topic of today revolves about something you probably didn’t even think was possible; losing weight using honey!
Honey For Weight Loss
When people think about honey, the first idea that comes to their minds is a thick liquid loaded in calories, which is exactly the opposite of what you want to eat, in case your goal is to lose weight, correct? Well, not quite.
You see, honey has this metabolic power that suppresses your sugar cravings; as a result, you will be consuming less sugar and ultimately, fewer calories.
While it’s true honey is relatively richer in calories compared to table sugar, as the former contains 64 calories per tablespoon while the latter contains only 45 calories, the real benefit of honey resides with its ability to reduce sugar intake and stimulate the metabolic pathways of lipid degradation, this effect is believed to kick off from consuming as little as one tablespoon a day.
Moreover, if you want to boost this effect even further, replace all your daily sugar intake with honey. For instance, instead of putting sugar in your tea, put a teaspoon of honey and mix it with the tea; it will taste good and provide you with valuable nutrients that are not found in sugar.
Honey And Blood Glucose Spikes
In a 2010 study published by the journal of the American College of Nutrition, honey and table sugar were compared to see which substance has the highest glycemic index.
In other words, researchers wanted to see which compound causes higher blood glucose fluctuations that lead to insulin spikes.
The study found that honey is less likely to cause glycemic spikes, and therefore, the feeling of hunger will subside for longer periods of time.
However, it’s too early to start recommending honey as a hunger-suppressing agent for people, as the evidence supporting this claim is still limited and more research is granted.
What is important to remember is that honey is still a calorie-rich food that needs to be consumed in moderation and as the saying goes “too much of a good thing is as bad as too little”.
The Combination of Honey And Cinnamon
This is one of the hottest diets used to lose weight today; while this combination might seem a bit odd at the beginning, their supporters swear it has some serious fat-burning properties.
It is believed that cinnamon and honey will have a synergetic effect on your liver to increase the rate of fat metabolism; in addition to that, cinnamon is very rich in polyphenols, which are a type of antioxidants that will decrease the active inflammation in your body, and as a result, the size and number of adipocytes (fat cells) will be reduced.
Some people prefer adding this mixture to their cup of tea to get a healthy, tasty beverage.
Nonetheless, the scientific evidence and clinical trials that support these claims are scarce. While you could find a study or two that support the positive effects of honey or cinnamon on weight loss; there are no reliable, large-scale studies that align with these findings.
However, and as we learned from our previous mistakes, we should never refuse promising data because of a lack of evidence; on the contrary, it should be a gateway for more research about the potential benefits of this mixture in the weight loss field.
Honey is considered to be relatively safe since it is a rich source of antioxidants, as well as antibacterial and anti-inflammatory compounds.
However, this does not mean that honey has no adverse effects on our health.
The first and most obvious side effect of honey is weight gain. While we tried to tackle the role that honey plays in weight loss, it is still a rich source of calories that can lead to a considerable weight gain if consumed in excess.
Additionally, honey can cause a rare but severe gastrointestinal condition known as “infant botulism” if taken by infants under the age of one year old.
Honey is also known to contain large amounts of bee pollen (a known allergen); this can result in severe allergic reactions that may lead to a fatal medical condition referred to as anaphylactic shock.
Signs and symptoms of allergic reactions include:
- Asthma exacerbation is known asthmatics
- Nausea and vomiting
- Lethargy (weakness)
- Profuse sweating
- Cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms)
- Tachycardia (rapid heartbeat)
- Polypnea (fast breathing rate)
- Blood hypotension
If this is the first time you consume honey and you experience any of these symptoms, you should go to the nearest hospital to eliminate any vital emergency.
Conclusion. Is Honey Good For Losing Weight?
In this day and age, you will read about new ways to lose weight at an insane rate almost every day. While some of these claims might hold some truth to them, the vast majority are mere commercial advertisements to make money.
Your job as a consumer is to be aware of what’s real and what’s fake; ask yourself a few questions about whether the people trying to sell you these products are genuinely honest and want what’s best for you, or are they just after your credit card? And I say credit card because most of these advertisements are found on the internet, where there is practically no law and you can sell any product you want.
You should also ask yourself if there are any published peer-reviewed studies that support the claims of the seller.
When it comes to honey; however, we cannot deny or confirm its potential benefits on weight loss, since there are only a few studies out there with contradicted findings.
Nevertheless, if you have used honey for weight-losing purposes before, and found it to be helpful, feel free to share your story in the comment section below.