Over the years, we have all seen some crazy weight loss plans, pills and products introduced to our health community; so it is definitely refreshing to see something natural like honey and cinnamon tea taking the rounds this time. But even then it’s always good to investigate how viable the claim of it helping with weight loss is. The spicy cinnamon and the sweet honey sure sounds like a delicious way to lose weight. But is it too good to be true? Let’s find out!
How to make the honey and cinnamon tea
Use honey and cinnamon in the ratio of 2:1, which is two parts of honey for every 1 part of cinnamon. Boil a cup of water and pour it over cinnamon, and let it sit for 30 minutes. Once cool, add honey to this mixture. It is important to add honey only once the liquid gets cooled off, otherwise the heat can destroy the important enzyme in the honey. Pour half of the tea in a cup to drink before bed, and refrigerate the rest to drink the next morning. Make sure to drink this tea on an empty stomach.
Cinnamon and Weight loss
Cinnamon can indirectly promote weight loss. Research shows that cinnamon helps with glucose regulation. It is recommended to those with Type 2 diabetes, a disease that is induced from obesity. Cinnamon decelerates the absorption process of glucose from the intestines and increases the synthesis of insulin. Cinnamon normalizes the blood sugar level in Type 2 diabetics; this might indirectly aid with weight loss.
In one study 44 type 2 diabetic patients were given either 3 gram cinnamon supplement, or a placebo pill, every day for eight weeks straight. Results showed a significant decrease in BMI and body fat mass among participants who were given cinnamon supplements.
In another study, 22 participants with metabolic syndrome where given 500 mg of Cinnulin (purified cinnamon) or placebo for 12 weeks. Results showed that the Cinnulin group had statistically significant, but very small reduction (0.7%) in body fat.
By imitating insulin cinnamon helps increase glucose metabolism. Because high blood glucose can promote fat storage, cinnamon helps prevent this which then causes weight loss. It also inhibits the conversion of sugar into fat. It slows down the passage of food, keeping you feeling full for longer periods of time. This also promotes weight loss.
Honey and Weight loss
One study showed that when compared to sucrose, honey inhibits weight gain, adiposity and triglycerides. The body-weight-gain of the group of rats that was fed honey based diet was 14.7% lower than those that were fed sucrose based diet.
Moreover, it is speculated that honey provides our brain with a constant stream of fuel. It lowers our nocturnal stress, promotes healthy sleep which indirectly causes weight loss. It also helps in the recovery and repair, a process that burns fat.
Cinnamon and honey tea does induce weight loss, but it’s not a massive result. Relying solely on this drink to help you lose 10, 20, 30 pounds is not a feasible weight loss plan. However, using this in conjunction with a rigorous workout and a healthy diet will help you reach your weight loss goal much faster.
Honey and cinnamon have tons of nutritional benefits. Honey, for example, contains antioxidants and flavonoids that reduces the risk of cancer and heart disease. It helps with ulcer and gastroenteritis. Plus, it is filled with antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Cinnamon can help lower cholesterol, treat type 2 diabetes, reduce the progression of leukemia and lymphoma, relieve arthritis, enhance cognitive functions, inhibit bacterial growth and stabilize blood sugar. It also has powerful anti-fungal properties and anticlotting effect on blood.
The cinnamon honey tea is a fantastic way to start your day. It might not be the best mode for weight loss, but then there is no shortcut to it. You have to adopt the right attitude to actually see results. To burn fat requires work, which comes in the form of exercise. To prevent the storage of unhealthy fat, comes through adopting a healthy diet.
In the comments below, please tell us. Have you ever tried Honey and cinnamon tea? If yes, please share your results with us!