Drop a dress size for the party season by having a spoonful of honey before bed – and following our delicious recipes
- Honey has a unique combination of natural sugars
- This makes it a near-perfect weight-loss food
- The honey diet triggers metabolic changes ensuring you won’t crave sugar
- There’s no calorie counting, no expensive diet foods, no starvation plan
- And you can easily lose up to 3lbs a week on the programme
- What if someone told you that you could drop a dress size by Christmas simply by eating a spoonful of honey before bed each night? It sounds far too good to be true, but it’s actually the keystone of a revolutionary new, scientifically backed way to slim.
The Honey Diet harnesses the proven powers of honey to trigger metabolic changes that ensure you won’t succumb to diet-busting sugar cravings, and mean you even burn fat while you sleep. There’s no calorie counting, no expensive diet foods, no draconian starvation plan – and you can easily lose up to 3lbs a week.
- The programme is the result of a lifetime’s research by nutritionist Mike McInnes, who discovered that honey’s unique combination of natural sugars make it a near-perfect weight-loss food. On this plan you can enjoy delicious family meals, snacks and treats usually banned on diets – including puddings, bread, muffins and even biscuits – as long as they are made with honey rather than sugar.
Indeed, by substituting sugar for honey throughout the day, and taking a large spoonful of honey in a hot drink before going to bed, the mechanisms in the brain that spark ruinous sugar cravings can be shut down altogether.
- So how does it work? Mr McInnes believes the main reason so many of us struggle to lose weight is because we eat too much sugar and processed food.
‘Even supposedly healthy low-fat foods are very often packed with hidden sugars or white flour [which the body swiftly converts to sugar],’ he says. ‘This means our blood-sugar levels bubble away on maximum all day long.’ The body deals with this sugar overload by releasing the hormone insulin, which filters it out of the blood and sends it off to be stored as fat.
But Mr McInnes has identified an additional mechanism that the body uses to protect delicate brain cells from possible sugar overload, which means the brain gets ‘hungry’.
This discovery is significant, he argues, because it is the ‘hungry brain’ that instigates impossible-to-resist sugar cravings, which make dieting even more difficult.
Every brain cell, he explains, is surrounded by ten or more special ‘feeder cells’ (called glial cells), which monitor and control the amount of blood sugar in the brain.
These cells have the important job of ensuring a precisely measured supply of sugar reaches the brain cells. Each one houses a microscopic pump, which measures the density of sugar in the blood, and then supplies the brain cell with exactly the right amount of fuel.
Through analysis of numerous studies, Mr McInnes discovered that if we eat too many biscuits, chocolate, fizzy drinks or pastries, these pumps are prone to sudden ’emergency shut-downs’ to protect the brain cells from sugar overload. This means only the tiniest trickle of fuel is allowed to reach brain cells until the potentially dangerous sugar-rush is over.
This mechanism would work well if the glut of sugar was only short-lived, but thanks to our modern diet most of us are likely to be nibbling and grazing on sugary foods all day.
The result, says Mr McInnes, is that the glial cells are switched off for long periods, leaving brain cells surviving on emergency fuel rations.
‘A hungry brain is a stressed brain,’ says Mr McInnes. ‘In desperation, it will send out a cocktail of chemical messages to try to drum up sugar from any other possible source.’
Some of these chemical messages trigger insatiable sugar cravings, leaving us feeling powerless to resist finishing the whole packet of biscuits, indulging in another slice of cake or grabbing a sweet cup of tea.