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Although honey and cinnamon cannot magically melt the fat away, as some Internet sites say, there is a small amount of evidence behind the claims, and they may help you lose a small amount of weight when combined with a healthy diet. Consult your doctor before attempting any weight-loss diet, and don’t rely on any food to be the “magic bullet” for weight loss.
*For more weight loss tips, including How to Lose Belly Fat or the 10 Best Foods to Eat to Lose Weight, scroll to the bottom of this article to learn more.
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Honey and cinnamon as an aid to weight loss is a diet trend that has circled the Internet, reports WeWomen.com. It’s a not a diet but a cleanse that consists of a beverage made with the two ingredients that you drink twice a day. Proponents of the diet say that it helps you lose weight and fat without having to starve yourself or restrict your intake.
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The cleansing drink is simply a mixture of cinnamon and honey in a 1-to-2 ratio in water. To make the drink, put your cinnamon in a cup or bowl, add boiling water and allow it to steep for 30 minutes. Once the cinnamon water has cooled, mix in the honey.
Drink half the liquid on an empty stomach before bed and the rest when you wake up in the morning before you eat breakfast. Store the drink covered in the refrigerator overnight.
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WeWomen.com reports that there’s no evidence that the honey and cinnamon beverage can help you lose weight. But there is some evidence that, individually, cinnamon and honey may offer some assistance in your weight-loss efforts.
A 2008 study published in Proceedings of the Nutrition Society found an improvement in body-fat percentage and lean body mass in a group of people with metabolic syndrome who were supplementing their diet with cinnamon. Their progress was compared to a control group.
Additionally, a study published in 2008 in the Scientific World Journal found that honey also helped promote a mild loss of body weight and fat in a group of obese people supplementing their diet with honey compared to a group supplementing their diet with sugar.
While these studies provide some evidence that cinnamon and honey may assist in weight loss, more research is necessary before valid claims can be made.
In addition to weight loss, honey and cinnamon offer other health benefits. The subjects in the 2008 cinnamon study also showed an improvement in blood sugar and blood pressure levels. Cinnamon may also help improve blood lipid levels, as well as reduce inflammation, according to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Honey is rich in a variety of nutrients including antioxidants, which help your body’s fight against free radicals and may reduce your risk of chronic illness such as cancer. Honey also has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that help prevent infection. In addition, it may soothe a sore throat and help reduce a cough.
Everyone knows it’s important to start your day with a healthy breakfast, but that doesn’t mean it always happens. Often, it’s little more than coffee or you wind up grabbing a calorie-packed pastry. Even with breakfast cereal, it’s easy to end up with something that’s mostly sugar and simple carbs, which will leave your stomach growling in no time. When choosing a breakfast cereal, you’ll always want to go with an option that’s balanced with a good amount of carbohydrates, protein, and fiber, without too much fat or sugar. If cereal is your go-to meal in the morning, these are seven of the healthiest options you can eat.
1. Kashi Cinnamon Harvest Whole Wheat Biscuits
Think of Frosted Mini-Wheats, except slightly better for you. This cereal has only four ingredients: organic whole-grain wheat, organic dried cane syrup, organic cinnamon, and natural cinnamon flavor. While it does have 9 grams of sugar, it contains 2 grams less than a serving of Frosted Mini-Wheats. While the carbohydrates are relatively high (like with most cereals), this option boasts 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of protein per serving. This minimally processed cereal will give you energy to start your day and keep you full for much longer than the average bowl.
If you’re mindful of your sugar intake, the original version of Barbara’s Puffins Cereal is a great option. It only has 5 grams of sugar for a ¾-cup serving that offers 90 calories, 1 gram of fat, 5 grams of fiber, and only 23 grams of carbohydrates. It’s also made with no GMOs, wheat ingredients, or dairy. Opt for this cereal if you’re craving something crunchy with just a touch of sweetness.
It’s no secret that fruit is a smart part of a healthy diet. When a snack attack hits, pay a visit to your fruit bowl. Whatever’s in there is likely to be better for you than the contents of your pantry. But is all fruit created equal? Let’s investigate which fruits are best if you’re looking to lose weight.
Apples are a common favorite. They’re the ultimate snack: filling, juicy, crunchy, and portable. Studies have even shown that eating three apples per day can help with weight loss—not surprising, considering they’re chock-full of fiber, a nutrient that’s known to boost feelings of fullness and ward off hunger pangs.
There are plenty of ways to get your daily dose of apple: Chow down on a whole Fuji (apples are such a packable snack!), add pieces to your oatmeal, throw slices into a salad, bake some with your chicken, or cook up a low-cal dessert.
1 medium apple: 95 calories, <0.5g fat, 2mg sodium, 25g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 19g sugars, 0.5g protein
Watermelon is a double whammy: It’s low in calories with a high water content. This means you can eat two entire cups of watermelon for less than 100 calories and your stomach will feel like you’ve eaten more because the fruit is more than 90 percent water. Staying hydrated helps you feel full!
If you’re looking to lower your daily calorie intake, incorporating watermelon into your diet is a smart move. Munch on it whenever you feel the urge to snack. This way, you’ll avoid higher-calorie foods and satisfy your sweet tooth.
1 cup diced watermelon: 46 calories, <0.5g fat, 2mg sodium, 11.5g carbs, 0.5g fiber, 9.5g sugars, 1g protein
Raspberries are small but mighty! These babies are low in calories, and even lower when you consider that they’re high in insoluble (indigestible) fiber. When you eat a 64-calorie cup of raspberries, you’re really only digesting about 32 calories. Put that together with the fact that raspberries have the highest fiber content of any fruit (1 cup = 8g fiber), and we’ve got ourselves a weight-loss winner. If you want to get creative with your berry intake, make this Creamy Coconut Raspberry Smoothie!
1 cup raspberries: 64 calories, 0.5g fat, 1mg sodium, 14.5g carbs, 8g fiber, 5.5g sugars, 1.5g protein