Can Cinnamon Help You Lose Weight?

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You may have heard that if you sprinkle cinnamon on your food it can help you to lose weight.

This is not entirely true and you cant just sprinkle it on ice cream to try to cancel out the calories! It has however been scientifically proven to regulate your blood insulin levels and to become more insulin sensitive which in turn can boost your fasting results dramatically.

Many studies have shown that cinnamon regulates your blood glucose and therefore minimises the peaks in your blood sugar after eating which leads to insulin resistance and weight gain. Also because cinnamon has no calories you can easily add it to your diet and take it while your fasting too!

A study in ‘Diabetes Care’ Journal 2003 concluded that taking as little as 1 gram (1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon per day) reduces blood sugar levels, triglycerides and LDL cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes. They concluded that including cinnamon in anyone’s diet (not just diabetics) will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and elevated glucose and blood lipid levels.

‘Insulin sensitivity’ is very important for us iFasters because it enables us to avoid high blood sugar peaks which trigger the body to store the sugar away as fat and go into ‘fat storing mode’.

 

 

We want our bodes to be in fat burning mode when fasting, so if you take a teaspoon, or capsule, or even sprinkle some in your coffee each day and chances are you will boost your fasting results significantly.This especially goes for some of you iFasters who have a bit of belly fat to start with or are over the age of 45.

 

You can buy 1 gram capsules of cinnamon here.

 

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4 thoughts on “Can Cinnamon Help You Lose Weight?

  1. I steeped a Cassia cinnamon stick in hot water for a few minutes. It seemed very sweet. I’m not sure if that is because all flavors are vastly intensified after having fasted 7 days, or because it was actually sugary. I’m worried that it has halted my fast. Any insights?

    1. Hi Kathy, cinnamon does have some calories but if you’re taking it in tablet form (and the recommended 1g daily dose) then it only has about 2 calories and less than 1g of carbs so don’t worry that won’t make a difference at all! If you’re worried about it though just take your cinnamon after your fast ends. If you’e using it in your coffee then yes I guess many teaspoons (which can vary is size depending on your idea of a ‘teaspoon full’) can add up to a few calories. But no need to be podantic about it, a couple of teaspoons won’t make a difference to the results of your fast. Remember some people ‘fast’ by having a set amount of calories throughout the whole day, so if you really want to, just add the cinnamon you had to your calorie allowance. Hope that helps!

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