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Delicious Honey & Cinnamon Weight Loss Drink (Evidence Based)

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Delicious Honey & Cinnamon Weight Loss Drink

Honey and cinnamon are known for their healing abilities. Plus, they are delicious and nutritious. They should feature in every person’s regular diet.  But did you know that the combination of honey and cinnamon can also help you lose weight? While honey and cinnamon will not do the job alone, in conjunction with the right diet and exercise program, this mixture can help you reach your goal faster.

While you’re working hard to shed the unwanted pounds, the combination of honey and cinnamon can assist you lose weight in four ways:


1. Honey and Cinnamon can Help You Burn More Fat

If you take the honey and cinnamon drink in the morning on an empty stomach, it can increase your metabolic rate and promote fat burning while providing you with a steady supply of energy.

A research published in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consumption of honey can “can provide beneficial effects on body weight and blood lipids of diabetic patients”.

The scientific journal Metabolism reported that cinnamon can help you lose weight because it has a substance called cinnamaldehyde that can help burn fat cells quicker. Researchers found that cinnamon can have an anti-obesity effect and help improve metabolic health.

One small study published in the Asian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research found that consuming cinnamon tea helped to lose weight.

Another medical study found that natural honey reduces cardiovascular risk factors, and it does not increase body weight in overweight or obese subjects.

2. Honey and Cinnamon Weight Loss Drink Can Reduce Feelings of Hunger Between Meals

The combination of honey and cinnamon can help you avoid sugar crash. The mixture of honey and cinnamon stops in-between meal nibbling and reduces unhealthy cravings.


Research published in 2007 in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that cinnamon actually reduces blood sugar levels. As sugar doesn’t build up in the blood, this characteristic supports weight-loss.

One peer reviewed study found that honey can help you lose weight because it acts as an appetite suppressant by affecting the hunger hormone ghrelin.

3. Honey and Cinnamon Drink Can Give You More Energy

When taken before workout, honey and cinnamon will give you the energy boost needed to start and complete your exercise session. Increased metabolic rate enhances the effects of the workout.

Pure honey is a healthy and natural sweetener which gives you energy while reducing your consumption of processed sugar.

An interesting scientific study found that honey and royal jelly can reduce feelings of fatigue in people who suffer from cancer related fatigue.

A review of scientific studies about the medicinal benefits of honey says that consuming 15 ml of bee’s honey can reduce stress and fatigue.


4. Honey and Cinnamon can Help You Avoid Food Cravings

In the evening, cinnamon and honey help you avoid night time cravings and they also reduce hunger pangs by providing your stomach with some (healthy) substance to munch on.

Scientific studies have shown that cinnamon extract can help you lose weight because how it affects the feeling of hunger.

The mixture of honey and cinnamon is also suitable for diabetic patients in moderation and as part of their diabetes eating plan, as described in the study published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition in 2009.

People suffering from diabetes were given honey over a period of eight weeks. They experienced decreases in cholesterol and triglycerides levels and lost body weight more easily compared to the control group. If in doubt, consult your doctor before starting a diet or weight loss program.


Recipe of Honey and Cinnamon Mixture for Weight Loss

Mix half a teaspoon of cinnamon (Ceylon cinnamon is the best) with a cup of hot water. Let it cool down and add a teaspoon of raw, organic honey to the water mixture and stir (cooling to a drinkable temperature will help raw honey keep its nutritional value). Drink the concoction.

When to Take Honey and Cinnamon to Lose Weight?

The mixture can be drunk at different times of the day. For best effects, consider consuming it:

In the morning, about 20-30 minutes before having your breakfast.

Between meals, especially if you start feeling hungry and you experience food cravings. The mixture will lessen your appetite and also help you stay focused and alert throughout the day.

Before your aerobic workout, especially if you feel that your energy levels are low. Try to exercise on an empty stomach and abstain from eating for another 30 minutes (or more) after you’ve finished with the session. This helps you burn more calories, as the body doesn’t need to deal with digestion while working out.

In the evening, before bedtime, so you can get through the night easier and get a good night’s sleep.

Read my previous article on how to use cinnamon as medicine, including which type of cinnamon is the best for you.

Also make sure to read my article about scientifically proven ways to use honey for your health.

For more weight loss drinks, read my article: Flat Tummy Water To Help You Lose Belly Fat: 8 Delicious Recipes.

Adding cinnamon to your diet is also one of the 70 habits featured in my e-book 70 Powerful Habits For A Great Health which will guide you how to take positive steps to improve your wellness and overall health.

If you suffer from belly fat, you can find more information on how lose your belly without counting calories or starving yourself in my e-book Blast Your Belly Fat – this is the ultimate guide for losing belly fat.

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111 Responses to Delicious Honey & Cinnamon Weight Loss Drink (Evidence Based)

  1. kakra says:

    can a pregnant woman take the honey and cinamon mixture to shed excess weight.

    • Jenny says:

      Generally speaking honey and cinnamon are safe in normal food quantities, but large amount of cinnamon can interact with certain medications. You can combine this drink as part of a healthy nutrition and exercise (depending on how you feel and the stage of your pregnancy) to maintain a proper weight during pregnancy.

    • M says:

      After. Shouldn’t mess with nature. You’re reproductive organ is in gear. Hold up until afterward otherwise you may get the body but who knows how it could affect the baby.

    • Romojesu Akinola says:

      yes you can take cinnamon and honey, it has no adverse effect on pregnancy

  2. Spank Master Boogie says:

    I will try it in my smoothies cause I just got a ninja the blades on that one are very nice!! great article

  3. Lari says:

    This is technically 3 ingredients…

  4. Indira Wagh says:

    Nice information. Is it good for health along with lemon juice+cinnamon +honey?

  5. maria says:

    Hi can substitute with manuka honey instead of raw?

  6. evelyn martha says:

    Thanks slot health and natural world, please advice me whether i should take honey becouse am diabectic 2.will be waitng.

  7. JSL says:

    Does this interact with blood thinners?

  8. Jodi Gelzer says:

    whats the difference between Ceylon Cinnamon and Cinnamon Bark?

    • Jenny says:

      There is Ceylon cinnamon and Cassia cinnamon. If you buy a cinnamon stick, Ceylon cinnamon has a different texture than cassia stick. The bark of Ceylon cinnamon is thinner and the stick will show multiple layers of a thinner bark. Cassia stick, on the other hand, is thicker, comes in one piece and doesn’t show multiple layers of any kind. If you buy in powder form, there is no way to distinguish between Ceylon cinnamon and cassia cinnamon. So try to find on the label the source of the cinnamon or call the customer service or manufacturer to find this information.

  9. Navpreet says:

    I started using this 4 weeks ago. But after a week my throat started paining. As if i m having sore throat. I stopped using this, within 2-3 dayz it became ok. Then again i started taking this mixture again same problem reoccur. Why this happen??

    • Jenny says:

      I’m not really sure to be honest. I personally didn’t have any issue with that but every person is different. Perhaps you have some sensitivity to the cinnamon, but I’m not really sure.

    • AJ Johnson says:

      Actually you need to be careful. Some people are allergic to cinnamon but don’t know it! Also, be certain that you’re buying real, organic cinnamon. It’s been reported that lots of grocery store chains have stocked brands of cinnamon that have very little of the spice but lots of fillers such as sawdust. So try switching brands of cinnamon. If you have problems with a high quality cinnamon too, then you really may be allergic. Best wishes for your good health!

  10. yams says:

    will cassia cinnamon be any good or the perfect results will only be achieved by Ceylon cinnamon.

    • Jenny says:

      Cassia cinnamon also offers health benefits, however if you decide to use a lot of cinnamon, you do need to use Ceylon because it will lower your risk of liver damage. Cassia cinnamon contains substantial amounts of coumarin, a natural substance that can cause liver damage if consumed in excess. Ceylon cinnamon, on the other hand, contains only trace amounts of coumarin, so from a safety point of view, Ceylon cinnamon is better. I suggest that you also read this article for the Wall Street Journal.

  11. Melissa says:

    Where can I buy Ceylon cinnamon in New York City?

  12. krishna says:

    Hi! My age is 26 and I want to loose 10-12 kgs , so plz suggest me how much I should take?

    • Jenny says:

      The mixture is not a miracle solution for losing weight – it needs to be combined with the right diet and exercise program, but it can help you reach your goal faster. You can drink it in the morning and in between meals to reduces unhealthy cravings, or in the evening, before bedtime to get a good night’s sleep.

  13. krishna says:

    OK thanks!!! I have changed my diet habits. I want to reach my goal faster. I hope this will work for me ! thanks again !!! Jenny!!!!!

  14. Denise says:

    Could you make a larger quantity of it.. store in fridge and drink as needed and get the same results??? Or does it have to be made fresh each time??? Thnxs

  15. seema says:

    can I let cinnamon stay for overnight instead of puttin it in hot water?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Seema, I’m not sure I understand the question, but if you mean steeping the cinnamon in warm water overnight like preparing a tea, that this is fine.

  16. vidya says:

    Can breastfeeding moms have this regularly?? Or is it also ok if I take it twice or thrice in a week?? And hope it’ll not affect the baby..

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Vidya, according to Livestrong website, “Because the safety of cinnamon in supplement form has not yet been sufficiently studied in regards to nursing mothers, women who are breastfeeding should talk to their doctors before taking it. A woman who enjoys eating cinnamon in doses found in foods can continue to eat it this way without concern unless her baby develops a reaction”.
      I believe half a teaspoon a day is considered to be a normal food quantity, but perhaps start only from 2-3 a week to see how your baby reacts – Some babies may react negatively to the taste or smell of cinnamon in the mother’s breast milk, but other babies may ignore or enjoy the flavor.

  17. Mariam Hassanien says:

    Can somebody who has fatty liver can take this cinnamon and honey mixture?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Mariam, I suggest that you talk to your doctor about it. I was able to find a study suggesting that taking cinnamon daily may be effective in improving non-alcoholic fatty liver characteristics (see reference here). On the other hand, cassia cinnamon contains large quantities of coumarin which in large quantities could cause or worsen liver disease. While both Ceylon and Cassia Cinnamon contain cooumarin, Cassia variety has much higher levels than Ceylon variety. It is not possible to distinguish between Ceylon and Cassia cinnamon powder. However, Cassia cinnamon sticks are thicker than Ceylon sticks which are thinner and come in layers. Consult with your doctor if Ceylon cinnamon is suitable for your condition in the amount specified in the recipe.

  18. sito jessica says:

    I don’t know this cinnamon how does it look like

    • Jenny says:

      Read my article about cinnamon health benefits which provides information about the difference between Cassia to Ceylon cinnamon – see here.

  19. Saraswathi says:

    Very good information.. to everyone.

  20. Charl says:

    Yes, it is found that mixture of honey and cinnamon cures most of the diseases so no wonder it can help reduce weight also. Another thing, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet. Now that’s a fact. 🙂

  21. Daisy says:

    I’ll try your mixture of cinnamon & honey…I’m diabetic and always have high cholesterol & tryglicerides…

  22. Funky says:

    I have been using it for a while now, not working for me.

  23. chris says:

    The cinnamon congeals into a glob at bottom of cup after it cools..are you suppossed to drink that? Or just the steeped liquid?

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Chris, you don’t have to drink it, you can just drink the steeped liquid. If you want you can mix it while you drink so it mixes in the liquid but it’s up to you.

  24. Anonymous says:

    I want to ask a question is this suitable drink for summers as I m living at a place where temperature reaches 50degree.
    I took it for 10 days my body temperature got increased and there was too much sweating problem.

  25. Felisa Caborda says:

    Can i drink boil cinnamon with honey

    • Jenny says:

      Don’t add the honey to boiling water as it will destroy the nutrients in the honey. Wait until the water has cooled down for a little bit and then add the honey to the warm water (not boiling hot).

  26. stac2 says:

    How much of everything so you use and is it hot cold water?

  27. Aaquib says:

    Can we use castor oil with coconut oil and at what proportion. Can we us this mixture daily.

  28. Rasika says:

    I have been taking this n really felt I had reduced. However I felt a chest burning like acidity so then stopped it.
    But any one looking for weight loss this is the best recipe.

  29. RLR says:

    Can you mix the honey cinnamon and apple cider vinager together and drink it and still get the same results

  30. Judith says:

    I’m really glad that I’m from Sri Lanka because i can find ceylon cinnamon anywhere in my country!!! I never thought that it’s soo valuable !!!

  31. Nelly says:

    This can be true but for me nothing beats the warm lemon water and honey to battle the bulging tummy. I’ve been using this combination for 3 weeks and I just can feel the positive results day after day after day 👍👍👍

  32. Himali agrawal says:

    Can i drink cinammon powder with only lemon as we don’t get pure honey

  33. Sagarika panda says:

    My father is 75 years old having constipation for week’s please advise some herbal remedies

  34. danvrutti says:

    This can be true.. I’ve been using this combination(1 glass water,1 teaspoon honey, cinnamon and lemmon )for last month and I just can feel the positive results day after day. BUT when i took this some days later whole body gets etching and spreads ;ilke as achne or some skin deseased, after that i stopped the liqid.
    But, nowadaysfrom last 2,3 days again i started the mixture. again same problem may occur so pls advice me. thankx…

    • Jenny says:

      I’m not sure why you have these symptoms – Perhaps you have an allergy to honey or cinnamon. In this case discontinue to drink it.

  35. Chandni Lalwani says:

    I usually drink hot lemon water with ginger n honey in the morning before breakfast. Should I replace this drink with that? Since we keep this overnight in the fridge it will be cold, and my other drink is hot. Can I wake up and drink this before my workout and then after my workout drink lemon+ginger water before breakfast…Please suggest!

    Thank you


    • Jenny says:

      Hi Chandni, don’t replace one drink with another. They both have their benefits. I’ve read it’s not recommended to drink in the morning cold beverage but rather warm or at a room temperature. You can drink them according to what suitable for you and the way you suggested is fine.

  36. Roop says:

    Can i add apple cider vinegar in this drink?

  37. mildred chan says:

    Can i use anykind of cinnamon like mccormick cinnamon brand

    • Jenny says:

      Hi Mildred, the best type of cinnamon to use is Ceylon cinnamon. You can find more information on how to tell the difference between the cinnamon types in this article. The problem is that you cannot distinguish between cinnamon types when they come as powders. So when you purchase cinnamon powder, try to find on the label the source of the cinnamon or call the customer service or manufacturer to find this information if possible.

  38. Carla w says:

    Hi my name is Carla I suffer from fybromyalgia what natural home remedies help for pain and inflammation I’m tired of taking drugs it makes me sick oh and really bad headaches thx .😀

  39. Hyacinth says:

    How many days do you have to take cinnamon with honey to see the results.

    • Jenny says:

      It takes time to gain weight and it also takes time to lose weight. Combining it with the right diet and exercise program, I believe that you will start noticing results within several weeks.

  40. Karen f says:

    I found a product with cinnamon and honey mixed together,would that work?

    • Jenny says:

      It depends what exactly the product contains. What I mean is that often commercial products contain a lot of honey, or other additives. When you make your own drink with available ingredients such as cinnamon and honey, you have a control over what you put in it and what goes into your body.

  41. Nina says:

    I hear lots of good bennifits of this mixture….but i use this just one time…i cant take it bcoz of its taste is very sharp..kindly give accurate ingredients

  42. Cintra says:

    Hi! Can I add coconut oil to the honey and cinnamon mixture? Also, where can I find healthy smoothie recipes that I can use as meal replacements?
    Thank you!!!

    • Jenny says:

      You can add coconut oil to the mix – read my article about utilizing coconut oil to lose weight. I can’t recommend a specific source of smoothie recipes as meal replacement as there are numerous like these, but the most important thing is when you see a recipe, you need to evaluate it – for example: you can get too much of any nutrient from a smoothie (such as too much carbs if it’s loaded with fruits) or it can also lack nutrients, like protein or healthy fats. Pack your smoothie with some of each major nutrient and not too much of any other nutrient. Also smoothie meals can be easily over-consumed so make sure your smoothie is one serving.

  43. Siddhi says:

    Is it ok to mix 1 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp cumin in hot water n let in cool down n thn mix 2 tsp honey in mixture. Would tht work?

  44. sarah says:

    Can you use just regular cinnamon

  45. Susan says:

    I don’t like the taste or texture of the honey cinnamon water. Does it have to be in water or can I just have the honey and cinnamon combined in a paste that I mix and then eat?

  46. peter mwangi kariuki says:

    Am I supposed to sieve the honey/cinnamon solution before drinking?

  47. Myra says:

    Thank you for the great information! Is using cinnamon bark just as good?

  48. Sheila says:

    Could you mix it in plain yogurt instead of drinking it? Would it be OK to mix cinnamon,honey and cumin in yogurt for breakfast?

    • Jenny says:

      Yes, you can mix it with yogurt and add cumin, as cumin also aids in weight loss as per my previous article. As a side note – the advantage when you drink it with water is that water plays an essential part weight loss. When your body is dehydrated it slows the metabolism and sends signals that your brain mistakes as hunger. Drinking a glass before you eat will help curb your appetite much quicker and keep you from excess calories, so make sure you are well hydrated.

  49. reinach says:

    I have been using the recipe for about a week now.i feel more cravings.

  50. ZOE says:

    the Cinnamon and honey drink has been helpful. thank you

  51. Emma Sanford says:

    I am going to start this drink tomorrow and was wondering if it has any effects on prescription pills? I take amantadine 100mg, buproprion , escitalopram 5 mg first three in the morning also once a day and 300 mg of gabapentin at night with 10 mg of melatonin. Will this drink affect anything?

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Hi Emma, I’ve seen that cinnamon can interact with certain medication (see webMD website regarding cassia cinnamon), however I’m not a doctor and don’t have a knowledge to give specific advice. It’s best to consult with your doctor to be on the safe side.

  52. Pat Young says:

    what is the recipe? how much cinnamon, honey and water

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Hi Pat, please read the article. It says: “Mix half a teaspoon of cinnamon (Ceylon cinnamon is the best) with a cup of hot water. Let it cool down and add a teaspoon of raw, organic honey to the water mixture and stir (cooling to a drinkable temperature will help raw honey keep its nutritional value). Drink the concoction.” (see under the title “Honey and Cinnamon Mixture for Weight Loss”).

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