Honey for Weight Loss

If you cannot imagine life without table sugar, honey may be the solution. Honey is a great whole food that may help you lose weight by providing the sweetness you want with the nutrients you need. In addition to the nutrients, honey also provides the quick energy you need to exercise more and longer to help burn off fat and start shedding the pounds.

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4 Ways to Use Honey for Weight Loss

There are several ways you can incorporate honey into your diet to help you lose weight.

1. Honey and Warm Water

Each day, mix a tablespoon of honey in a cup of warm water and drink the mixture. Some studies show that taking this small amount of honey each day may actually help to move the body fat out of storage in your body to make it available to burn for energy. As the fat is burned for energy, it will no longer be stored in your body as extra weight.

2. Honey and Lemon Juice

For an extra boost, try mixing a tablespoon into the mixture of honey and warm water. The extra vitamin C you get will act as an antioxidant to neutralize the free radicals and will act to increase the metabolism of mobilized fats while increasing the functioning of your liver.

3. Honey and Cinnamon

Instead of lemon juice, try adding a tablespoon of cinnamon to your honey and warm water. Drink this mixture first thing in the morning before you eat to help regulate the metabolism of glucose in your body. Cinnamon seems to lower serum glucose levels. This means that your body will have to turn to fat stores for energy instead of sugar. The result will be burning fat and losing weight.

4. Homemade Honey Energy Drinks

Given the controversy over the healthiness of energy drinks purchased in the store, it is good to know that you can make your own energy drinks with honey that may actually help you have energy and lose weight while not having the negative side effects of the drinks that are full of caffeine. Start with one-third cup of your favorite unsweetened juice – grapefruit, pomegranate or cranberry juices are perfect. Mix in one-third cup of raw honey and 6 cups of water. If you will be sweating a lot during exercise, throw in a small amount of salt. Blend the concoction and store refrigerated in glass or plastic bottles. If you prefer the taste of tea to juice, simply substitute your favorite tea for the juice. Steep the tea in 6 cups of water and then mix with the honey. Again, refrigerate in bottles until you are ready to use the drink.



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