Some Ways to Incorporate Honey in a Weight Loss Program
1. Ayurveda, the respected system of traditional Indian knowledge, recomments using honey to cure obesity in a variety of ways. Start the morning with a glass of warm water mixed with a tablespoon of honey and fresh lemon or lime juice. This drink can be taken several times a day, up to a half hour before each meal. Mint tea or ginger tea with honey is suggested. Raw ginger slices with honey can be eaten to stimulate the metabolism. The herb guggul may also be combined with honey and ginger and used two to three times a day.
2. The ancient Unani healing system often used honey as a base. For weight loss, honey was combined with cinnamon. Current versions of this remedy suggest drinking a concoction each morning made by boiling a half cup of water with a half teaspoon of cinnamon powder and a teaspoon of honey. Since boiling honey destroys important enzymes, modify this recipe by pouring boiling water over the cinnamon then stirring in honey, to taste, after the water has cooled somewhat.
3. A small amount of honey helps you look forward to replacing an unhealthy meal with a fruit smoothie. Place approximately a quarter cup of each of three types of fruits (such as pineapple, mango, grapes, apple, banana, blueberries, strawberries, peaches, etc.) in a blender along with a tablespoon of honey and several ice cubes. Process until fruit and ice are smooth. Top with yogurt or nuts for protein.
4. Many herbal teas are known to assist in weight loss, in addition to the mint and ginger teas suggested above. Honey added to the tea not only improves the flavor but helps curb hunger. Green tea raises te metabolic rate, nettle tea reduces appetite and chickweed tea is said to diminish cravings.
5. Use honey to support a healthier exercize routine. The University of Memphis found that honey is a highly effective pre- and post-exercize energy source. Researchers studied the performance of athletes supplemented with honey during endurance cycling trials. The cyclists' power and speed were significantly improved using honey compared to those using a placebo. Honey was found to boost performance equal to glucose, a more common carbohydrate source. But honey promotes steady blood sugar, helping sustain energy and promoting recovery, while glucose does not.
6. Replace expensive, unhealthful energy drinks with those you make yourself to support a more active lifestyle and loose excess weight. Mix 1/3 cup unsweetened grapefruit, cranberry, pomegranate or other tart juice with 1/3 cup honey. Add 6 cups of water. If necessary for exercise in hot weather, add a few grains of sea salt. Blend well, distribute in sports bottles and refrigerate till ready to use. Or steep four bags of your favorite herbal, green or flavored black tea in tow cups boiling water. Add five additional cups water and 1/3 cup honey, stir well and store in sports bottles in the refrigerator till ready to use. Experiment by mixing teas, juices, supplements, water and honey in your own proportions for a sports drink that supports your exercise program and provides a healthy boost of energy.
7. The Hibernation Diet was developed by a pharmacist and sports nutritionist. The initial results were published in the journal of Medicinal Food and are now in a book by the same name. This diet supports liver and adrenal function. A central feature of the diet is taking a dose of honey before bedtime. Check (www.benfits-of-honey.com/hiberna-tiondiet.html)to see if you meet the criteria for this approach.
Remember, it's about balance. Honey shouldn't be the main product in your overall diet. If you use no sweeteners, you might want to add a spoonful of honey to your diet for the benefits it offers. If your diet currently includes sugar, high fructose corn syrup, aspartame or other sweetners, consider making honey your sweetener of choice but keep your focus on the taste and appeal of whole foods eaten in moderation.
Please contact your doctor for an advice before making changes to your diet.