Honey and cinnamon are having a good run among weight loss enthusiast. Not that the combination of the two as a weight loss strategy is a new discovery. The honey and cinnamon combination is a well established body fat shedding technique, particularly in the Far East where cinnamon is grown. But there is little doubt that, in the US and Europe, the honey and cinnamon mix is on to a revival of sorts. The rule of thumb is that a spoonful of honey and a half a spoonful of cinnamon every day will help you lose weight.
So what’s with honey and cinnamon? Might this be yet another over-advertised weight loss fad doing the round?
There Is Something to the Honey and Cinnamon Combination
There is something to the excitement doing the rounds. It is true, for instance, that honey speeds up metabolism – the conversion of food into energy by the body – which prevents the accumulation of fat. Good metabolism also drains out existing fat reserves, leading to weight loss. Natural raw honey is particularly good at the job, and unlike processed sugar is entirely organic with some vitamins and minerals thrown in for good measure.
Natural raw honey also rates better than normal sugar in the standard rating of foods according to their effect on blood sugar levels – the glycemic index – which means it avoids the rush of normal sugar by being more gradually absorbed into the body.
Cinnamon too has an impressive weight losing resume. It lowers blood sugar levels and cuts down on bad cholesterol levels (LDL) while leaving the good cholesterol level (HDL) undisturbed. Better still, cinnamon neatly imitates the body’s insulin control system by increasing metabolism and cutting down on blood sugar levels – which in turn prevents the body from creating fat reserves. It even follows up on metabolism to prevent the body from turning metabolized sugar into fat.
Combining honey and cinnamon is therefore like taking a double dose of weight loss prescription.
But Honey and Cinnamon Are Only Part of the Equation
Yet it takes more than honey and cinnamon to make an effective weight loss plan. No doubt the two help. As anyone battling weight knows, anything that helps cut down a pound is to be embraced with both arms. But the body is a complicated system that is naturally designed to accumulate weight whenever it gets the opportunity. It’s a natural and quite logical survival instinct – store reserves when the going is good just in case things go south.
It is best therefore to incorporate honey and cinnamon into a more elaborate weight loss plan. Eating the proper diet is key, particularly avoiding sugary snacks, hydrogenated oils and enriched flours. Getting a good night’s sleep is also surprisingly useful in cutting weight, in part because sleep increases the body’s natural appetite suppressant. Avoiding stress – or managing it well when it does come – should also be part of a good weight loss regime. Again quite logically, the body reads stress as an indicator of bad times ahead and increases fat storage efforts.
Does that mean that the raw honey and cinnamon combination is another over-advertised weight loss fad doing the round? No. It is an addition to the tried and tested weight loss strategies. And for a change, it is a sweet addition.