Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Cinnamon + Honey = Weight Loss??

For about a year and a half, I have always put cinnamon and honey into my tea. Alex thinks that I need to lay off the honey, but I can't help but to give a good squeeze or two to that honey bear! ;)

I drink one cup of tea in the morning on an empty stomach and one or two at night before bed. Again, as Alex likes to remind me, I do my best to keep my honey consumption in check. Some days are better than others. Haha.

I have researched the honey and cinnamon weight loss/cleanse debate and found this from The Doctors show website:

Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. If taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.
The formula for honey and cinnamon for weight loss is ubiquitous.

   1. Use honey and cinnamon in a 1:2 ratio (one part cinnamon, two parts honey)
   2. Put the cinnamon in a cup or bowl.
   3. Boil one cup of water.
   4. Pour water over the cinnamon and let it steep for 30 minutes.
   5. Once the liquid has cooled, add honey. Always add honey to the cooled liquid – hot liquid will destroy the enzymes in the raw honey.
   6. Drink half of the resulting “tea” before going to bed. Cover and refrigerate the rest.
   7. Drink the other half first thing in the morning.
   8. Do not add anything to the recipe. Only drink on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning and right before bed.

Typical claims of benefits that you will find for drinking this concoction include:

   1. Inches will be lost before you will notice the scale creeping downward.
   2. The cinnamon and honey cleanses parasites, fungus and bacteria out of the digestive tract.
   3. You may experience side effects due to the release of toxicity.
   4. You may experience increased energy, better sex drive and a better mood.
   5. The formula will block your body from gaining fat."

So, does it work? Well, I guess so. I haven't really been keeping track, but I'd like to think that this has helped me stabilize my weight.

I also found this from another blogger's website (Almost Exactly). She claims to have also read the above information and did more personal research on the actual cinnamon and honey cleanse:

maybe. if you count about 1% body fat loss over 30 days… lol. statistically speaking, the findings were significant, but it’s surely not as magical as people are proclaiming!! drinking a thick paste twice a day for me to lose 1% body fat isn’t worth it. i’d rather do an extra 50 jumping jacks lol. but, honey and cinnamon have other health benefits. remember, this was just about the cleanse & its weight loss claims."

I'll leave it up to you. I drink the mixture for the flavor, and maybe your body will react like you've cracked some sort of weight loss code?? Don't expect results overnight, but overtime...who knows. I'll be happy to give credit to cinnamon, as long as there is honey involved too! ;)

My man, Mark, also has some thoughts on the goodness of honey too- click here. He also talks about cinnamon as being a "smart spice" here.



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