Honey and lemon diet: how to lose weight by drinking a glass of lemonade daily

Does is sound a bit fairytaley? Well, good. Any diet that sounds too good to be true should sound. But let’s make things straight! This diet does not mean that all you’ll be “eating” would be a glass of lemonade per day (though we’ve heard of some even stranger diets). Nor does it mean that you will drink a glass of lemonade daily, continue to eat just as much and start losing weight immediately. Though the supporters of this diet stand by the claim that even if you do not change anything in your daily diet or lifestyle, you can still benefit from having this drink on a regular basis. All you need to do is to drink every morning a glass of water to which you’ve added some fresh lemon juice and a teaspoon of honey. You can also drink it after a heavy meal, to stimulate digestion. Here is why it works:

It reduces the appetite

Lemon contains a type of fiber called pectin, which reduces hunger and cravings.

It creates an alkaline environment in the stomach

And this is beneficial for your overall health, but also for weight loss.

It dislocates fat

The honey and lemon drink has an astringent effect on fatty cells, meaning that it stimulates the body to transform them into energy for your daily activities.

It stimulates digestion

Lemon stimulates bile production, while honey is anti-inflammatory, protects the stomach and has a mildly laxative effect. If you drink it in the morning, this basic lemonade will hydrate the colon, stimulate digestion and soften the stool, therefore preventing constipation.

It prevents bloating

Honey and lemon drink stimulates the absorption of nutrients and the elimination of toxins.

It eliminates excess water

The honey and lemon drink is mildly diuretic, therefore it helps eliminate the excess water, but also the toxins, from the tissues.

It boosts energy

The more energy you have, the more physical activity you’ll do and that will become noticeable on the scale soon enough.

Lowers cholesterol

Lemon contains vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant that protects your cells against the damage caused by free radicals, lowers cholesterol and stimulates collagen production.

It accelerates your metabolism

Certain micro-nutrients in honey are believed to influence the way the digestive system processes food. This can stimulate far burn and cause a more rapid weight loss.

Weight Lifting Stimulates Your Memory. Here Is Why!

If you needed one more reason to hit the gym, here is one you didn’t expect: studies have revealed that short episodes of high intensity training can improve episodic memory (the memory of autobiographical events).

The study was conducted by researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology, who concluded that high intensity training, even for just 20 minutes, can improve memory by up to 10% in young, healthy individuals.

Episodic memory is the memory where events from the past get stored or, if you will, a collection of personal experiences.

What is even more interesting is that, if many previous studies have suggested that aerobic training, such as running, can help memory, this particular study was conducted on subjects performing weight lifting.

At the beginning of the study, the subjects were shown 90 photos on a computer. The images were split into positive (such as, for example, children playing), negative (such as, for instance, mutilated bodies) and neutral (a clock). The participants were not asked to memorize any photo, but each of them stayed, at all time, on a leg extension fitness machine. Half of them strained their muscles on each leg at a maximum level of effort 50 times each, while the participants in the control group just stayed on the machine, while another person was moving their legs. During the test, each participant has their blood pressure and heart rate measured and saliva samples were collected in order to measure the level of neurotransmitters that indicate the level of stress.

The participants came back to the lab 48 hours later and view again a series of 180 photos, among which there were 90 of the initial photos. Those in the control group remembered and identified approximately 50% of the photos from the first session, while the others remembered approximately 60% of them.

Previous studies made on animals have shown that after the learning stage, excitement or stress caused by physical effort is beneficial for memory. In this particular study, although all participants remembered the positive and negative images better than the neutral ones, this was made more obvious in the case of participants who have exercised during viewing and who had the strongest psychological response.

Why does it work? Well, some research has connected memory stimulation with stress, while other studies have identified a hormonal response of the body that helps access memories. Either way, scientists agree that you don’t have to be fit to get this results. You just have to be determined enough to do your exercise.