What do we learn about the Hibernation Diet: due to its 1:1 ratio of fructose to glucose?
According to the writer of this article, honey is the most ideal food that can provide a fuelling mechanism for the body at night, keeping blood sugar levels balanced and letting your recovery hormones get on with burning fat stores.
The suggestion is to take a generous spoonful or two of honey at night, either as a warm drink, a smoothie or straight from the jar.
Natural honey when taken prior to bed is believed to be able to fuel the liver, speed up fat burning metabolism, ease stress hormones and help us get a better night's sleep.
This is because when sugars are absorbed from the gut into the blood they are first absorbed by the liver, which is the only organ in the human body with the fructose enzyme to process this sugar. In the liver the fructose is converted into glucose, stored as liver glycogen or human starch, and released only if and when blood glucose falls.
Fructose also triggers the glucose enzyme in the liver allowing the liver to take in as much glucose as it requires.
This natural blood glucose regulator found in fruits, vegetables and honey, regulate blood glucose levels and stabilize blood glucose to maintain a regular supply of glucose to the brain.
Honey contains a wide variety of vitamins, including vitamins B6, B1, B2 and B5, and minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, sodium and zinc, anti-oxidants and amino acids, the building blocks of proteins.
The honey hibernation diet is neither a mystical cure nor hype. The rationale for eating honey before bedtime has much to do with liver care and our fat metabolism during sleep.
The writer of this article feels that the honey diet is not intended as a magic diet or one-time programme, but a way of life based on good science, followed in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle to derive far reaching health benefits.
A Honey Fan wrote and shared his experience: “All I exactly have to do is to consume honey one hour before bed as well as to have healthy meals everyday. I usually take two tablespoonfuls of honey or three and literally "it works while I sleep". I weighed 85.6kg at the beginning of November in 2006 when I began this diet. After twenty months, my weight hovers around 70kg these days. I lost about 16kg without doing any exercises in only twenty months! It's amazing!”
I don’t know you, I believe and I will try from now on.