Monday, December 16, 2013

The Honey Diet

With Christmas and New Years around the corner, I'm sure a lot of you want to look perfect and lose those few extra inches. Now, I find it impossible to follow a diet but I read about one which claims to make you lose 3 pounds in a week and decided to share it with my readers. As you may know, honey is really good for health and from personal experience I can say that it probably helps me control my weight and definitely keeps my skin soft and nice thanks to the occasional dollop of honey I add in my lime water on certain mornings.


According to this diet, you need to start and end each day with one or two teaspoons of honey in hot water with a squeeze of lemon. The natural sugars in honey trigger metabolic changes in your body so that you don't crave sugar thus keeping you away from pigging out on cakes, biscuits and other sugary goodies which we women often seek comfort in.

So for those of you with great determination and willpower who want to lose weight fast for the festivities, here goes the honey diet -

Day 1 - The No-carb day

BREAKFAST: Two grilled rashers of lean bacon and a grilled tomato
SNACK: A handful of olives
LUNCH: A three-egg omelette with onion, peppers, mushrooms or large salad with cold chicken
SNACK: Celery sticks dipped into a mini-pot of cream cheese
DINNER: Pan-grilled salmon steak with steamed broccoli and French beans


DESSERT: Plain yogurt with honey and a sprinkling of toasted seeds

Day 2
BREAKFAST: Two poached eggs on a slice of wholemeal toast
SNACK: Small handful of nuts and seeds
LUNCH: Hearty soup with lentils/beans and two oatcakes


SNACK: Crudites of cucumber, celery and carrot with mini pot of hummus
DINNER: Lean mince (5 per cent fat) with onions, peppers, courgettes and tomatoes, topped with a layer of mashed sweet potato and a grating of strongly flavored cheese
DESSERT: Small pot natural yogurt with honey and berries

Day 3

BREAKFAST: Bowl of no-added-sugar muesli with natural yogurt and chopped dried apricots
LUNCH: Large mixed salad with hard boiled eggs, tinned tuna, and honey dressing - plus a pear and a small piece of blue cheese


SNACK: Slice of honey cake
DINNER: Pork casserole with beans and a tomato sauce, served with steamed cabbage
DESSERT: Small pot of fruit salad (in fruit juice)

Day 4
BREAKFAST: Two sausages (meat or vegetarian) with a large grilled tomato
LUNCH: Open sandwich with a slice of ham, cheese and salad on one slice of wholemeal bread
SNACK: Curls of smoked salmon spread with a dab of cream cheese
DINNER: 'One pan chicken' (a skinless chicken leg roasted in a drizzle of olive oil with a roughly chopped red onion, red pepper, chunks of butternut squash, garlic cloves and sliced courgette)
DESSERT: Small pot of natural yogurt with honey and berries

Day 5

BREAKFAST: Bowl of home-made granola with milk and a spoon of natural yogurt
SNACK: Apple and walnut cookie
LUNCH: Frittata (eggs and left-over cold vegetables) served with salad


SNACK: Small pot of cottage cheese with cucumber sticks
DINNER: Stir-fry of steak strips with mixed veg, served with a small portion of wholewheat noodles
DESSERT: Berries scattered with shredded coconut and topped with a dollop of creme fraiche

Day 6

BREAKFAST: Two scrambled eggs with smoked salmon pieces on one slice of wholemeal toast


SNACK: Handful of nuts
LUNCH: Cream of chicken soup with wholemeal croutons, handful of grapes and piece of cheese
SNACK: Honey banana muffin
DINNER: Curry (chicken or tofu) with apples, apricots, sultanas, tomatoes and coconut milk, served with a small portion of brown rice
DESSERT: Grilled peaches drizzled with honey

Day 7
BREAKFAST: Two rice cakes sandwiched together with a slice of brie and ham.
SNACK: Carrot sticks dipped in hummus
LUNCH: Mushroom omelette and a clementine
SNACK: Olives with feta cheese
DINNER: Meatballs in tomato sauce with a small portion of wholewheat pasta and a large side salad (with honey dressing)



DESSERT: Rhubarb and banana crunchy crumble

And there you go. I once followed an alcohol and ice cream diet (self invented) when I was 19 and it definitely worked! You guessed it right, I ate less food, drank a lot and ate ice cream at regular intervals. Worked for me but heck, everything works when you're 19!! Please let me know in your comments below if you've tried any diets and if they've helped.

DISCLAIMER - Hunting for images for this post made me hungry. Very hungry. Am off to the kitchen. Lentil soup maybe?

34 comments:

  1. Very nice post. Gosh, i need this :)). I love my carbs though but i will be trying it out for sure. They all look so delicious. Thanks for sharing June.

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  2. This diet sounds pretty good, June:) Very appropriate for sure for the New Year's resolutions:D

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  3. Lovely diet plan :)

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  4. Hi June! Oh this is really interesting, you know I really love honey and often have it!:P Kisses dear! xo

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  5. Great breakdown of your diet food looks delicious.
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  6. Great diet. I think that´s perfect, because almost everyone loves honey. :)
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  7. I've read about the honey diet before. Your Day 1 and 2 diet sounds really little though delicious. I think I wouldn't be able to survive on that amount of food but as the days go by, the menu looks so healthy and delicious ans I love the accompanying pictures. Yummy!

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  8. Such a good post because I have been extra bad this holiday season. It sounds a bit like the belly fat melt diet which totally works, so you are a good inspiration for me :)

    xo Mary Jo
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  9. Hello gorgeous. I really want to get just a little more into shape because next week with all the upcoming celebrations

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  10. All the food looks lovely. I could certainly stick to that diet, but for me it's the exercise that is important. I need to shape up, not to diet, so any diets are a no no for me.
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  11. Your alcohol and ice cream diet sounds more fun!

    Corinne x
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  12. wow, interesting post, great diet!!
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  13. Hey June!!
    thanks for your visit on my blog :)
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    I've been leaving in Pune during 6 months ;)

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  14. Really interesting.... tnx for sharing!!!
    Kisses doll!

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  15. Great diet!!!
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  16. Nice ! It is very interessant ! :)

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  17. Hi June, amazingly interesting and useful post. I am really inspired now to try having more honey in my daily diet. Thanks for the great advice. It was great hearing your views on my last post. Happy Holidays!

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  18. Thanks for your love of comentario.Por course I'm happy to go through your blog and has been encantada.Me I like it. Dare to follow me and I'll be back too.
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  19. Hi June,

    Great to hear your secret for helping with weight loss - I have been trying to do the non carbs too - potato and bread have not been on my diet lately.
    Wishing you a wonderful Christmas
    hugs
    Carolyn

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  20. The food looks good. Though, I don't really believe in diets, just eating healthy and exercising! Love honey. Thank you for your visit doll, sure we can follow each other, am following you now on GFC, so you can follow me back. If you'd like to follow anywhere else, just let me know :) Have a great Friday xx

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  21. Nice!

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  22. LOL alcohol and ice-cream diet!!! Omg I have to try this!!! The food looks yummy :D

    xx Mira

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  23. Hello June! This is a great post!! I will take note about these tips! kiss kiss and happy weekend!
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  24. Brilliant! Gosh,It's gonna be hard to practice this diet,I wish i could cause they all look super Yum! Yes! Lets follow one another,Following u now,waiting for u babes.
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  25. I´m very bad with diets I prefer just eat healthy and low in calories, and eat many salads.
    Because I really hate the Honey!
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  26. a great post, thanks for sharing :)
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  27. this diet seems great, I'll try it!
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Thank you so much for your comments!! I will try and get back to you as soon as possible

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xx June

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