The Amazing Hibernation Honey Diet

The recent revolutionary Hibernation Diet makes a stunning connection between poor sleep and obesity. Created by a British pharmacist and a nutrition expert, this extraordinary theory advocates incorporating mild resistance exercise and a healthy, balanced, and wholesome diet free of highly refined, processed foods such as white bread, pizza, burgers, chocolates, beer and sugar, and suggests taking a generous spoonful or two of honey before bedtime, either as a warm drink, a smoothie or straight from the jar. This fascinating honey hibernation diet promises to help us sleep at night and lose weight at the same time by using our biology and working with our bodies, rather than against them ‘ “recovery biology”. A fresh approach to fat metabolism, neither does it require any straining from aerobics exercise,or wearing out on a treadmill and pounding it out in the gym. Sounds too far-fetched, too miraculous or too good to be true?

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 oldest natural sweetener also 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.

What I learnt about the Hibernation Diet is that honey provides a fuelling mechanism for the body at night, keeping blood sugar levels balanced and letting your recovery hormones get on with burning fat stores. This proposition that honey reduces blood glucose level was published in the Journal of Medicinal Food in April 2004. However, to most people, it seems to defy common sense since honey comprises two sugars, namely glucose and fructose in a 1:1 ratio. Moreover, eating late at night is often discouraged by many people who believe that during bedtime, metablic rate is low and the body cannot burn calories and would easily put on weight. Being a honey enthusiast, I naturally wanted to know more about how the hibernation diet works scientifically for the good of the body.