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18 May 17
I’m tired of feeling like crap and having negative energy. So I’m giving this a go to feel differently. So I’ve app’d a timer. What do people think about just drinking green tea with honey on a fasting day?
19 May 17
You’ll get lots of different opinions, especially regarding honey (raw vs processed, etc)!
On one hand, as long as you stick to the 5/600 calorie limit you meet the goals of a 5/2 diet. On the other, depending on how often you have the honey, you may be defeating one goal of fasting which is to get/keep your insulin levels low (my interpretation of 5/2).
Personally I now try to avoid carbs, & often do total fasts, on fast days but that is a personal choice. When I first started 5/2, I went with what the book stated – one of my breakfast meals for FDs was old fashioned rolled oats (porridge) with blackberries (~200 kcal) & I had no issues dropping weight.
The magical powers of honey have been way over spruiked. Honey is about 85% sugar with the rest made up of water and some trace minerals. The 85% sugar is composed of 40% fructose and 60% glucose. Your body can not use fructose as an energy source directly. It is sent to the liver and converted to fat. Glucose is able to be used directly as an energy source. You need 4 grams (one teaspoon) of glucose in your blood stream at any one time. Anything in excess of that is stored as glycogen and if your glycogen stores are full it is stored as fat.
Glucose inhibits the production of a hormone called CCK in the small intestines. CCK suppresses the feeling of hunger. So not good if you are wanting to avoid the feeling of hunger. Fructose inhibits the uptake of CCK and other hunger related messenger hormones from being taken up by receptors in the brain. Once again not good if you want to avoid the feeling of hunger.
Certain foods make it real hard to be successful. Id put sugar, honey, and any processed carb into that category. This is not my opinion but based in science. Read the book Fat Chance by Robert Lustig a paediatric doctor specialising in child obesity.
Have the tea with full fat milk.
Actually, honey and table sugar are both made up of fructose and glucose, two monosaccharides. Honey has a little more fructose than glucose and has some natural enzymes and other things in the mix. The biggest difference is that the fructose and glucose and bound together in the table sugar but stay separate in the honey. The fructose is the same as the fructose in fruits and some vegetables. Glucose is corn syrup, or it could be derived from wheat or a few other grains. Glucose in honey can be used directly for energy. The glucose in sugar, being bound to the fructose, has to go to the liver for processing. The fructose in honey goes to the liver for processing as well.
Almost every cell in our body uses glucose. One of the biggest users of glucose in our bodies is our brain. Although it represents only 2% of the weight of an adult, the brain consumes 20% of the energy (glucose) used by the body. Luckily our bodies can convert other carbohydrates to glucose and it’s a slower process so you don’t feel that “sugar rush” and the inevitable rebound effect. If the body runs out of carbs it will convert proteins to glucose. Got to keep that hungry brain supplied!
That’s why energy drinks and gels usually contain large amounts of glucose, often in the form of corn syrup or tapioca syrup. They are the quickest source of energy. The glucose in the honey works the same way, while the glucose in the sugar, being bound to the fructose gets sent to the liver and takes a little longer. Fruits, veggies and grains also contain fiber and other nutrients so they take longer to covert to glucose. Your body gets a nice steady supply rather than one big rush.
Aren’t our bodies amazing that they can accomplish all these complicated procedures? One more reason to take good care of them by keeping our weight in healthy ranges!
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