Does Honey and Cinnamon Tea Really Help You Lose Weight?
I was curious. I’d read several articles, blog posts, and comments about how honey and cinnamon in a cup of hot water will make you lose weight like magic.
I like magic. I like losing weight. People were reporting that they lost three to five pounds a week – it sounded good to me.
What was there to lose?
I think I’ve told you before that I had my thyroid removed three and a half years ago. The combination of my last pregnancy and a screwed up thyroid left me about 35 pounds over the top of where I like to be.
I have, over the last year and a half or so, lost 30 of those pounds. At this point I would really like to lose another ten but it just doesn’t want to budge. Since people who are dependent on synthetic thyroid really do have trouble losing weight and maintaining a weight loss, I am pretty proud of what I have accomplished, but I still want that last ten pounds gone.
There were various instructions. Some said you had to have a certain kind of cinnamon and some said you could only use raw honey. The amounts of each ingredient varied from article to article.
The only thing that I do know for sure is that if you are going to do this, you buy the Ceylon cinnamon and not cassia. Cassia has a substance that is sort of like coumadin (a blood thinner they give to stroke patients). It can eventually cause kidney problems as well as a variety of other issues.
So, the recipe that I followed called for a tablespoon of honey mixed with a tablespoon of cinnamon in warm water. You drink this mixture 30 minutes before breakfast and then the last thing before you go to bed.
The first night I furtively warmed up a cup of water in my favorite mug after everyone had gone to bed. I felt a little silly and I didn’t want anyone to know I was trying it. I am like that with everything, it’s weird. I don’t like to exercise in front of people, either.
Anyway, once the water was warm I stirred in the cinnamon and honey. It wasn’t too bad. It tasted a lot like a sweet, cinnamony tea – which in all actuality, it is. I sipped it without any problems until I got to the last bit of it that was left in the cup. There was a soggy slurry of cinnamon and water.
I drank that in one disgusting gulp. It was sort of like drinking the last bit of coffee with the grounds in it.
I did the same thing in the morning and again the next evening. In fact, I did it for several days. Guess how much weight I lost?
I wasn’t overeating and I was getting exercise, so that should not have had an effect on my results. I did notice that I seemed to have fewer cravings and I was less hungry, but I don’t know if it was from the combination of ingredients or the fact that I was rinsing cinnamon granules out of my mouth for hours after drinking it.
If you have tried this ‘fess up. What were your results?