Cinnamon And Honey For Weight Loss – How It Works, Benefits, And Side Effects

Shedding those pounds has never been easier than with this robust and warm concoction.

Medically Reviewed by Sarah Spann, Adv Dip (Nut Med), mATMS
By Charushila Biswas, MSc (Biotechnology), ISSA Certified Fitness Nutritionist

A balanced diet and exercise are great for weight loss. But if you have plateaued and want to shed the few extra remaining pounds, try cinnamon and honey. The use of cinnamon and honey for weight loss has been popular for ages. The antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties of these ingredients help flush out toxins and reduce low-grade inflammation.

Continue reading to know and understand how cinnamon and honey aid weight loss and how you can use them. Regular use can give you the desired results.

Cinnamon And Honey For Weight Loss

Benefits Of Cinnamon
Benefits Of Honey
Cinnamon And Honey Weight Loss Recipes
When To Consume The Cinnamon And Honey Weight Loss Drink
Tips And Precautions
Side Effects Of Honey And Cinnamon Drink
FAQs

1. Benefits Of Cinnamon

  • It cleanses the body and eliminates bacteria, fungi, and parasites in the digestive tract.
  • It helps in the stabilization of blood sugar levels in your body (1). It prevents an increase in the storage of fat that is caused by high blood sugar levels.
  • It increases metabolism of glucose by 20 times.
  • It helps in improving insulin function, thus helping you lose weight (2).

2. Benefits Of Honey 

  • It is loaded with vitamins and minerals that help increase the energy levels in your body.
  • It can suppress psychological food cravings naturally.
  • It has a glycemic index value that is healthier than sugar, which means that it is absorbed by your body progressively and gradually (3). It also prevents sugar rush.
  • It contains enzymes and antioxidants that have various health benefits (4).
  • Studies showed that patients with diabetes who consumed honey regularly experienced a significant decrease in the levels of triglycerides, cholesterol, and body weight (5).

3. Cinnamon And Honey Weight Loss Recipes

1. Cinnamon Bark Tea And Honey

What You Need
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon honey
How To Prepare
  1. Boil water.
  2. Put the cinnamon stick in a teapot and pour the boiling water into it.
  3. Let the water take up all the goodness of the cinnamon for about 10 minutes.
  4. Strain the tea to discard the cinnamon stick and serve the tea in cups.
  5. Add honey.

2. Green Tea, Cinnamon, And Honey

What You Need
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons green tea
How To Prepare
  1. Mix cinnamon powder and honey in a bowl.
  2. Boil water in a tea kettle and add green tea to it.
  3. Strain the water into the bowl containing the cinnamon and honey mixture.
  4. Stir well and serve. 

3. Cinnamon, Honey, And Lemon

What You Need
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
How To Prepare
  1. Boil water in a kettle.
  2. Mix cinnamon powder, honey, and lemon juice in a bowl.
  3. Add boiled water to the mixture and stir well.Drink this to get rid of the extra inches.

4. When To Consume The Cinnamon-Honey Drink

There are four instances when you can consume the cinnamon and honey drink to make sure it has the desired effect:

a. In The Morning

When you are trying to lose weight, it is important to start off the day well as it helps in setting the tone for how the rest of your day goes. When it starts off all wrong, there are greater chances of you eating an unhealthy fattening lunch and following it up with anything you want to eat for dinner.

To make sure that you always start your day off on the right note, you should make it a habit of using a weight loss aide that is all natural like the cinnamon and honey recipe. Remember to drink it as soon as you wake up, and half an hour before you eat your breakfast.

How It Helps

When taken in the morning, cinnamon and honey can help in reviving up your digestive system as well as your metabolism and level of energy through lunch.

b. Between Meals

When you are trying to shed those extra pounds, you may have found that the time between meals is when food cravings and temptations make you most vulnerable. With the cinnamon and honey weight loss recipe, you can curb your cravings as cinnamon helps in lessening your appetite. You can wait for your next meal without giving in to an unhealthy snack. It also lowers your blood sugar levels, keeping you focused and alert throughout the day without the common after-lunch crash.

It is important to make food choices that are healthy when you are trying to lose weight, and the combination of cinnamon and honey can help you do just that.

How It Helps

The combination of cinnamon and honey helps you avoid snacking on junk food in between meals. It is also a much better option than going hungry.

c. Before Aerobics

When you are ready for an aerobic workout, there are certain things you can do to increase its effectiveness. One is stretching. But did you know that what you put in your body prior to your workout matters? The blend of cinnamon and honey can give you more energy to push you through your aerobic session. You do not feel drained after working out, and you also have enough energy to work out effectively.

Cardio workouts can also be more effective when you do a few things. Firstly, work out without eating. Secondly, do not eat anything for at least half an hour after an aerobic workout. If you can wait, make it an hour. This allows your body to burn more calories as its focus is not on digesting your next meal.

How It Helps

The natural sugar in honey will help in boosting your energy levels while you work out, and cinnamon’s ability to boost metabolism will help in amplifying the effects of your cardio workout.

d. Before Going To Bed

The amount of time between dinner and sleep can be the toughest to get through when you are trying to shed those unwanted pounds. Your goals will experience a setback when you make midnight trips to the fridge or indulge in late night snacking.

During this time, your closest ally can be the cinnamon and honey blend. Since it is not a solid food, it will not weigh on your stomach or digestive system before you go to bed. The honey will help satisfy your craving for something sweet at night while the cinnamon will work on your digestive system, aiding it as it resets itself while you sleep.

How It Helps

As mentioned earlier, it curbs cravings that occur during the night and makes sure you do not suffer from hunger pangs that prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep.

5. Tips And Precautions For Using Cinnamon And Honey For Weight Loss

  1. Always use at least half a teaspoon of honey.
  1. Add honey only after the water has boiled.
  1. If you are using a cinnamon stick, make sure you give time for the hot water to take up all the flavor and goodness of the cinnamon.
  1. Avoid using sugar or salt.
  1. Never boil the cinnamon with water.
  1. Do not reheat the cinnamon tea for drinking.
  1. Include fruits and vegetables in your diet.

6. Side Effects Of Honey And Cinnamon Drink

  • Use Ceylon cinnamon instead of Cassia cinnamon, which has a high amount of coumarin that can damage your liver and kidney if it is used for about two weeks.
  • Coumarin, if taken with anticoagulants such as aspirin, may lead to blood thinning, which can be fatal.
  • Cinnamon can cause premature labor. Hence, it is better not to take cinnamon if you are pregnant.
  • Cinnamon increases the heart rate, so avoid cinnamon if you have a heart disease.
  • Swallowing only cinnamon powder without mixing in honey and water can lead to choking, lung infection, and even death.
  • Excessive use of cinnamon can increase your body heat. Avoid cinnamon if you are going through menopause. 

Using cinnamon and honey for weight loss can be an effective dietary strategy due to the range of benefits these ingredients offer. For example, cinnamon cleanses the digestive tract, increases glucose metabolism, improves insulin function, and induces satiety. On the other hand, honey has a low glycemic index, and it boosts metabolism, suppresses food cravings, and improves energy levels. So, consume cinnamon-honey drinks in the morning, between meals, before exercise, or before sleeping for effective weight loss. However, these drinks have a few side effects, like blood thinning, premature labor, and high heart rate. So, practice caution.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can cinnamon and honey reduce belly fat?

Anecdotal evidence suggests that daily consumption of cinnamon and honey may help reduce belly fat.

How much weight can I lose with cinnamon and honey?

The number of pounds you lose varies from person to person and may depend on your body composition and various other factors.

References

  1. Cinnamon improves glucose and lipids of people with type 2 diabetes.” Diabetes Care, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
  2. Chromium and polyphenols from cinnamon improve insulin sensitivity.” The Proceedings of the Nutrition Society, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
  3. Effects of honey, sucrose and glucose on blood glucose and C-peptide in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus.” Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
  4. Traditional and Modern Uses of Natural Honey in Human Diseases: A Review” Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
  5. Effects of natural honey consumption in diabetic patients: an 8-week randomized clinical trial.” International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
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Charushila is an ISSA certified Fitness Nutritionist and a Physical Exercise Therapist. Over a span of 5 years, she has... more

Sarah Spann

(Adv Dip (Nut Med), mATMS)
Sarah Spann is a clinical nutritionist specializing in gut health and is based in Brisbane, Australia. She is dedicated to... more

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