10 May Cinnamon Powder for Weight Loss – Best Home Remedy
Cinnamon, also known as dalchini in Hindi, is one of the most commonly used spices in Indian cuisine, also as a Medicine in whole world. Along with its use in sweet and savory dishes, it is also used for a number of medicinal and health benefits. Obtained from the inner bark of various trees, cinnamon is produced at a larger scale in Indonesia, Sri Lanka and India. One of the most common uses of cinnamon is for weight loss, when taken in an appropriate amount during a weight loss diet. I am sure you must be aware of it. But here we shall discuss how cinnamon actually helps in reducing weight and how often you should take it.
How Cinnamon Helps In losing weight and Its Benefits
Cinnamon, if added to your regular diet, can help a lot in weight loss. And how is that? Let me tell you.
Increases metabolic rate: Cinnamon has active properties which takes extra energy levels in your body when consumed. This process helps in activating metabolism and increases your body’s metabolic rate. The carbohydrate levels are used by the body when it consumes cinnamon and thus extra fat is not accumulated. The increased metabolic rate and the carbohydrate consumption allow the body to lose weight rapidly.
Keeps you full: Consuming cinnamon can help you with suppressing your appetite more often and thus reduce hunger. It slows down the process of moving of food in your stomach and thus you feel full for a longer period of time. In this manner, you end up consuming fewer calories and you can easily stick to your slimming diet.
Reduces sugar cravings: We all know how sugar acts as an enemy when it comes to obesity. It is a complete no-no when you need to lose weight. We all know how difficult it is to control dessert and sweet cravings when you desperately lose weight. But consuming cinnamon at this point helps a lot. The sweet nature of cinnamon can effectively reduce sugar cravings and help you reach your goal faster.
Regulates insulin levels: Insulin level plays a major role in maintaining blood sugar levels, which effects on body weight and is quite effective for diabetic patients. The blood sugar level should be in moderation and thus it is really important to regulate the insulin level( View Research here). Consuming cinnamon helps in regulating insulin levels because it lowers the glycemic index by 18-29% and thus is helpful in maintaining blood sugar levels.
Reduces cholesterol levels: Consuming cinnamon on a regular basis can help in regulating bad cholesterol levels. High cholesterol levels are a major cause for weight gain, especially in older people. Cinnamon consumption in your meals can help lower your BMI as well.
Reduces belly fat: According to this study, Cinnamon has active compound called cinnamaldehyde, which help in attacking visceral fat and reducing belly fat as compared to other body parts. Reducing abdominal fat can also help in other health benefits. Those of you who are struggling with the stubborn belly fat issues should start consuming cinnamon with a proper diet right away to see results quickly.
Cinnamon Consumption Dosage
Consuming too much cinnamon on a daily basis can cause side effects. It consists of an element known as coumarin, which is responsible for causing liver damage. So most of you might have this question now. How much cinnamon should you take in a day?
There are a number of ways and forms to consume cinnamon; the dosage depends on which form you are consuming it. For instance,
- if you are consuming cinnamon in the form of a powder then the recommended dosage for the same is 1-4 grams.
- The dosage for cinnamon oil is 1-3 drops per day.
- The most common form is cinnamon sticks. One to two cinnamon sticks per day is recommended.
Best Ways to Take Cinnamon
Let me notify you of a few ways to use cinnamon for losing weight. There are a plenty but I have shortlisted only the best and tested ways.
1. Cinnamon water
This is the easiest and quickest ways of consuming cinnamon in your daily diet to lose weight.
You will need: 2 cinnamon sticks, 250-300 ml water.
Method: Add 2 cinnamon sticks to the water and heat it. Bring it to boil and let it cool for some time. Strain it and drink the tea. Use daily for effective results. It is advised to take this tea in the early morning on an empty stomach for quicker and effective results.
2. Cinnamon and honey tea
Honey is another major ingredient used for losing weight. If you must have gone through our previous articles then you must be aware about the benefits of honey. Let me brief you again on this.
Why Honey – Honey and weight loss are highly connected, it contains certain antioxidants and enzymes which help in cleaning out the harmful toxins out of your body. While detoxifying helps a lot in losing weight, it also cleans your body and organs from within. It helps in controlling your appetite and keeps you full for long hours. It also helps in increasing the metabolic rate of your body, which is helpful in cutting down the extra calories. It is found that consuming honey before bed can cut extra fat in the early hours of your sleep. So, it is advised to consume honey daily in your diet. If paired with cinnamon, the results are super effective. Let us now learn how to make cinnamon and honey tea for weight loss.
You will need: 2 cinnamon sticks or 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder, 250-300 ml water, 1 tablespoon honey.
Method: Bring the water to boil and then add the cinnamon sticks or the powder. Let it continue to boil for a few more minutes. Strain the mixture and let it cool for a while. Add honey and drink it. It is advised to consume it early in the morning on an empty stomach and before going to bed to see effective results.
3. Cinnamon and Ginger in Green tea
You all are well aware about the benefits of green tea in losing weight. But did you know that adding cinnamon to it can add to its effectiveness in burning fat? Adding ginger to it can benefit in further weight loss and enhances its taste.
Why in Green Tea – Green tea is loaded with antioxidants which help in detoxifying your body and burning fat. It has certain essential elements such as vitamins and catechins which act as antioxidants and fat burning substances.
Why Ginger – Ginger is helpful in weight loss and fat burning as well. It has anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants which help in releasing all harmful toxins from the body and boost metabolism. It also lowers down the cholesterol levels.
Drinking green tea, cinnamon and ginger everyday helps a lot in losing weight.
You will need: 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder, 1 teaspoon crushed ginger, 2 teaspoons green tea leaves, 1liter water,
Method: Bring the water to boil and then add cinnamon and ginger to it. Let it boil for a few more minutes and add green tea leaves. Let the mixture to cool for a while and then strain it. You can add honey for a sweet taste. You could either prepare the tea fresh each time or prepare it beforehand and store for future use.
When to Take Cinnamon and Honey
Consuming the right food and proper diet is really necessary to lose weight but one important factor to consider is to when to consume it. Eating and drinking weight loss promoting food at the appropriate time and in an appropriate amount can accelerate the process of weight loss. As we have discussed the method of preparing cinnamon and honey tea, we shall now throw light on when exactly to consume it for proper and quick weight loss.
- Early morning – Morning meals and food consumption are the most important diet routine of the day. This is the time to break your long 8-hour sleep fast and put some energy in your body. Drinking cinnamon and honey tea in the early morning on an empty stomach can help in boosting your digestive system and increasing the metabolism rate. Consuming this tea early in the morning also helps you in keeping full and gives you the energy to rush through the morning.
- Snacking timeThere are high chances that you often get super hungry in between the main meals and you crave for high calorie snack even though dinner time is round the corner. Drinking cinnamon and honey tea during snacking time has been considered quite effective in reducing hunger and controlling appetite. The tea keeps you full till your main meal, which ultimately helps you to consume fewer calories.
- Prior workout – Consuming cinnamon and honey tea 30 mins to an hour before work out helps in boosting energy levels during your workout. The sugar in honey helps elevate your energy levels. Cinnamon has metabolism enhancing effects which burns more calories and helps you lose weight.
- Before bedtime – Many of us are habituated to late night snacking and always crave for sweet food at night. Drinking cinnamon and honey tea before bedtime helps in controlling hunger pangs late at night. The digestive properties in honey help in making the digestion better and aids in better sleep.
Cinnamon Nutritional Facts
100 g of cinnamon contains:
Carbohydrates: 50.6 g
Dietary Fiber: 53.1 g
Protein: 3.99 g
Fat: 1.24 g
Iron: 8.32 mg
Calcium: 1002 mg
Copper: 0.339 mg
Magnesium: 60 mg
Zinc: 1.83 mg
Vitamin A: 295 IU
Vitamin C: 3.8 mg
Many More Ways to Take Cinnamon during the Day
Apart from cinnamon water and cinnamon and honey tea, there are a number of ways through which you can intake cinnamon during the day. I have discussed those ways below.
1. Adding it to your meals
Cinnamon powder is used widely as a spice in Indian households to sweet as well as savory dishes as it enhances the taste. You can add whole cinnamon sticks or simply add cinnamon powder to the dishes and mix it well for the taste.
2. By sprinkling it on your food
Sprinkling a pinch of cinnamon powder on the top of your dishes such as oatmeal or hot coffee can enhance the taste as well as gives you the health benefits of cinnamon. Adding cinnamon can also be beneficial in cutting down the sugar content as cinnamon provides a sweet taste. This is especially beneficial for those who are watching their weight and for diabetics.
3. Adding it to smoothies
Adding cinnamon powder to your smoothies can be very beneficial for weight loss. You can combine a number of fruits or vegetables and add cinnamon to it. Some of the combinations are strawberries- banana- kiwi- cinnamon smoothie, banana- coconut milk- oats- cinnamon smoothie, spinach- banana- honey- cinnamon smoothie and apple- banana- almond milk- cinnamon smoothie. The taste of cinnamon helps you to avoid sugar and thus is completely healthy.
You could also add cinnamon powder to fruit and vegetable juices like lauki juice instead of smoothies. I can understand how you must be avoiding drinking plain carrot or spinach juice due to its bland taste. Adding cinnamon powder to it just gives a dash of flavor that will make you consume these juices every day.
4. Mixing it to butter, spreads and yogurt
Adding cinnamon powder to butter or spreads can help in achieving a number of health benefits which cinnamon provides. You can also add it to plain Greek yogurt and the combination is simply healthy for those who are watching their weight.
5. Adding it with protein shake
Those who consume protein powder regularly should take this into consideration. Adding cinnamon powder to your protein shake can help in weight loss benefits as well as other health benefits, plus you get the enhanced taste!
Cinnamon powder is completely healthy and beneficial if taken in moderation. You should definitely consider adding cinnamon to your daily diet to lose weight and achieve its nutritional benefits. Try considering the cinnamon and honey tea every day in the morning with a proper diet to speed up your weight loss process. You could also try the various combinations of smoothies or juices for breakfast as we have discussed above.
NOTE - Friends, I am not dietitian or Doctor, I write information here on the basis of my own 25 kilo weight loss experience and sometimes from online research. Please take doctor advice before applying any tip, as each and every human body is different.