Honey for Weight Loss 

image001People in India will frequently prescribe honey for obesity management at home. They believe that consuming honey will help to “mobilize” fat so it can be used as energy. This technique is taken by combining it with water and drinking it in the morning.

Using honey for weight loss is still a technique that is debated in scientific circles. Although honey does't have any calorie advantage over regular sugar, it contains other benefits that may be helpful for those trying to lose weight.

Nutritional Facts for Honey

Nutritional Components

Honey (1 tbsp.)

Standard Table Sugar (1 tbsp.)







Vitamins and Minerals

Phosphorus, calcium, selenium, sodium, potassium, fluoride


While honey has a denser amount of calories, it has the same influence on the blood sugar levels. Honey is also naturally sweeter than table sugar, so many people find it is easier to use a smaller amount of honey to sweeten beverages and foods, lowering the amount of calories you consume overall.

Benefits of Honey for Weight Loss

The idea of using honey to lose weight is somewhat common in spite of the fact that honey is very sweet and high in calories compared to sugar because honey contains vitamins and minerals that sugar does not.

  • Honey allows your body to preserve its stores of fat burning nutrients so it is easier to lose weight. The following methods are found to be effective for this purpose.
  • Studies indicate that honey is not as likely to promote weight gain as other sweeteners because it has qualities that suppress the appetite, leading to a lower calorie intake overall. Honey can be used this way to help support your weight loss goals, but because it has a high level of calories, consuming honey in excess can make you gain weight instead. Use honey in moderation while exercising and maintaining a well-balanced diet for best results.
  • Sugar must use nutrients in the body to be digested instead, depriving your body of these vital nutrients that help you dissolve fats and cholesterol. This is why consuming a great deal of sugar causes you to gain weight.

How to Use Honey for Weight Loss

Fat is often an unused resource that creates excess bulk on the body. It is believed that honey helps you mobilize this fat so it can be burned for energy rather than sitting in storage, gradually lowering your weight levels.

  • Honey & Warm Water. Mix a tablespoon of honey in warm water and drink every day to take advantage of these effects. You can also use this cure to relieve discomfort from overeating.
  • Honey & Lemon Juice. Combining a mixture of honey, warm water and lemon and consume first thing in the morning to lose weight.
  • Honey & Cinnamon. Combine a cup of water with a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of cinnamon powder and drink this solution on an empty stomach. This will help to cleanse the digestive system, ridding your body of fungus, parasites or bacteria that could interrupt proper digestion or send toxins into the body. This cure can also help to reduce cholesterol levels to reduce the risk of heart disease.

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Precautions for Using Honey

  • Limit the Amount. While it is known to promote weight loss, honey will still raise your blood sugar level. The high calorie count in honey will also cause you to gain weight if you consume large amounts of this product every day. Use honey in moderation and cut other calorie sources to compensate for the amount of calories you will be getting when you use the remedies above.
  • Pay Attention to Possible Allergies. Those that are allergic to bees or bee products may be allergic to honey. Talk to your doctor before using any of the outlined remedies to reduce this risk. Those that are nursing or pregnant should also talk to their doctor before using honey for weight loss.
  • Keep Honey Away from Infants. You should not give honey to children under 1 years old. Honey may contain toxins or botulinum spores that could cause infant botulism, a life threatening disease that may cause paralysis. Honey that is produced in polluted areas may also contain pesticides, heavy metals or antibiotics that bees in this area are exposed to. Those that will be consuming honey regularly are advised to seek an organic products that will not contain these items.