How To Use Honey For Weight Loss: Benefits And Precautions

by Priyanka Sadhukhan , Nutritionist, CDE, Reviewer & Writer

When it comes to losing weight and shedding some extra pounds, we always search for easy and quick options. Drinking honey and lemon water as a morning detox drink is a common practice to lose weight.

People often mix honey in lukewarm water, green tea, or milk to lose weight.

This article will tell you the benefits of honey and how to use it for weight loss. Read on to know more!

How To Use Honey For Weight Loss

1. Honey And Lemon For Weight Loss

Mixing lemon and honey creates an effective and easy DIY detox drink to lose weight.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of organic honey
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • 300 ml of water
  • Grated ginger (optional)
  • Black salt (to taste)

How To Prepare

  1. Heat the water in a pan, but do not bring it to a boil.
  2. If your overheat the water, set it aside to cool down a bit.
  3. Stir in the organic honey, lemon, grated ginger, and black salt.
  4. Your detox drink is ready to serve.

Benefits For Weight Loss

A study conducted by the San Diego State University on rats has suggested that honey may reduce weight gain and obesity (1).

Lemon is also effective in detoxifying your body to aid weight loss. A study on the lemon detox diet showed positive results in aiding weight loss and improving insulin resistance in premenopausal women (2). However, these results cannot be generalized to the general population.

2. Milk With Honey For Weight Loss

If you love milk, you can enjoy it with a tablespoon of organic honey to lose weight.

Ingredients

  • A glass of milk
  • 1 tablespoon of organic honey

How To Prepare

  1. Boil the milk, then let it cool down to a lukewarm temperature.
  2. You can boil it with bay leaves and cardamom to enhanceits taste.
  3. Add honey and stir it well.

Benefits For Weight Loss

A cup of whole milk contains 7.69 g of protein (3). Protein intake boosts metabolism, increases satiety, reduces belly fat, and lowers blood pressure (4). Adding honey to it can accelerate this process.

3. Honey With Warm Water For Weight Loss

You can even enjoy honey with warm water to reduce weight.

Ingredients

  • A glass of lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon organic honey

How To Prepare

  1. Heat a glass of water and heat it to a lukewarm temperature.
  2. Mix a tablespoon of organic honey and drink it while it is still warm.

Benefits For Weight Loss

A study published in the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research found that drinking more water increases thermogenesis, which reduces body weight and body mass index and improves the body composition of people who are overweight (5).

4. Green Tea With Honey

If you are a tea lover but worried about gaining weight, green tea is a healthy beveragethat you canenjoy.

Ingredients

  • 1 green tea bag
  • 1 teaspoon organic honey
  • A cup of water

How To Prepare

  1. Boil a cup of water.
  2. Steep the teabag in the water for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Mix in a teaspoon of honey once the tea cools down to room temperature.

Benefits For Weight Loss

Many studies have concluded that drinking green tea can help reduce body weight if you are consistent with the habit (6). Adding honey to it further increases metabolism and accelerates weight loss.

5. Dalchini (Cinnamon) And Honey For Weight Loss

This a natural and effective way to kickstart your weight loss journey.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tablespoon honey
How To Prepare
  1. Boil the water.
  2. Put the cinnamon stick in a teapot and pour the boiling water into it.
  3. Let the water steep for about 10 minutes.
  4. Discard the cinnamon stick and mix in the honey in the water.
  5. Drink hot.

Benefits For Weight Loss

A study conducted at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences found that cinnamon supplementation helps reduce fat mass and is, therefore, an effective weight-reducing supplement (7).

Still wondering how honey aids weight loss. Scroll down to the next section to find out more.

Benefits Of Honey For Weight Loss

  1. Honey is loaded with vitamins and minerals that help increase energy and boost immunity (8), (9). This could help you stay active and work out more.
  2. Honey helps boost metabolism, which causes more fat to burn. A study conducted on rats showed that honey may help reduce weight gain and obesity (10).
  3. Honey is said to have a low glycemic index due to its high fructose content (11). A study conducted on people with diabetes found that natural honey consumption led to a decrease in their body weight. However, the researchers recommended people with diabetes to exercise caution when consuming honey as it can also cause a significant increase in hemoglobin A(1C) levels (12).
  4. Another study conducted on rats fed a high-fat diet found that Malaysian honey can reduce weight gain and control obesity regulating lipid metabolism (13).
  5. Honey acts as a prebiotic that clears your digestive tract and removes toxic wastes from the body (14).

Honey consumption was also found to lower the fat percentage in rats. Thus, it may help prevent the diseases associated with metabolic syndrome such as obesity, diabetes mellitus, and hypertension (15).

As you can see, honey can help you manage your weight. Here are a few ways to incorporate honey into your diet.

Other Ways To Use Honey

We already know that honey can be added to warm water to help with weight loss. However, here are some more ways to use honey:

  1. Cut an apple into slices and dip them in honey.
  2. If you want a quick treat before heading out for the day, slice an apple. Then, sprinkle a few tablespoons of honey and a dash of cinnamon powder on the slices.
  3. Granola and honey serves as a healthy breakfast option or evening snack. All you need to do is mix yogurt with a few spoons of honey, a couple of spoons of lemon juice, and half a cup of granola. This breakfast option is nutritious and rich in fiber.
  4. You can always make things interesting by marinated chicken pieces in honey and spices before grilling them over a barbeque or open fire. This low-calorie caramelized grilled chicken is quite delicious.

Honey with warm water is effective for weight loss and boosting metabolism.But at the same time, you should be aware of some precautions while using it.

Precautions

  • Though honey is considered to be an anti-diabetic agent and has better glycemic control compared to sugar, using it cautiously is key if you have fluctuating glucose levels (16).
  • Honey is high in calories (8). This could overpower the amount of nutrition it provides. Therefore, measure the amount of honey you add to warm water carefully to regulate the calorie content.

Conclusion

Honey detox drinks help lower weight gain. But, you also need to eat healthily, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy lifestyle along with this natural remedy to lose weight in a healthy way. Have you tried honey detox drinks for weight loss? Comment below and let us know about your experience.

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Priyanka Sadhukhan

Priyanka is a nutritionist and a Certified Diabetes Educator. She has over 8 years of experience in nutrition and dietetics with a strong research background. She is passionate about science and how it can be applied to one’s daily lifestyle. According to her, food is the best medicine, and proper nutrition is key to achieving good health. She has also written a book on PCOS and its management for doctors and patients. When she is not working, she loves spending quality time with family and friends. She loves creating innovative, healthy recipes and endorses healthier alternatives to junk foods to promote good health.
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