Have you ever been curious as to why people combine cinnamon and honey for weight loss purposes? Below, we will explore the science behind this combination and exactly why it is effective for weight loss.
When losing weight, it is all about keeping blood sugar levels stable in order to prevent cravings. If you do this, you are guaranteed to have a very easy time losing weight because you will not have to deal with cravings. The way cravings are produced is simple:
1. You ingest some sort of carbohydrate. Your body digests it and glucose is released into your bloodstream and as a result you have more energy.
2. In response to this, the pancreas begins to secrete insulin, which is the body’s storage hormone. It signals the body to begin storing the glucose into fat and muscle cells.
3. Insulin will drop your blood sugar quickly, leading you to experience a sugar crash and crave something sweet in order to feel more energetic.
4. This cycle can continue, leading to overeating which will lead to weight gain.
Cinnamon has some very interesting effects on blood sugar which make it a very effective weight loss tool. Cinnamon has been proven to act as a strong glucose disposal agent. This means that when you ingest cinnamon with some carbohydrates, the cinnamon will influence your body to store the carbohydrates you eat instead of releasing them into your blood stream. The main benefit of this is stable blood sugar levels, which will keep insulin and cravings low. In fact, cinnamon is so effective that it is often included in products found in vitamin stores intended for pre-diabetic and diabetic people to manage their blood sugar levels and depend less on insulin. The carbohydrates will be stored primarily in your muscles, refilling the muscle glycogen. If you do not exercise and your glycogen stores are full, then it may be converted into fat and stored in fat cells (you do not have to worry about this as long as you are in a calorie deficit). The difference between a glucose disposal agent such as cinnamon and insulin is that the glucose disposal agent will generally make sure that the glucose goes straight into storage instead of being released into your blood stream.
Although honey is composed mainly of fructose, glucose, and water, its effects on blood sugar have been studied and it was found to have a much lower effect on blood sugar levels than refined sugar. Additionally, it has many antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals which also help out on any diet.
Cinnamon and Honey
Why Cinnamon and Honey for weight loss? The primary reason for consuming cinnamon and honey together is to cover up the cinnamon’s taste. If you go to youtube, and search for “cinnamon challenge”, you will see how people ingest large quantities of cinnamon and end up coughing violently because of how the huge quantity of cinnamon irritated their mouths. Additionally, the cinnamon and honey together will taste good, keep blood sugar stable, and keep you full for a long period of time.