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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

At the grocery store on Sunday I saw the current issue of Woman's World and it had a cover story about a "safe, natural supplement" that allowed women to "lose 500% more weight". Being bored as I waited in line, I decided to pick it up and flip to the full story. This wonder drug turned out to be cinnamon and a recent British study showed that women who took four 500mg cinnamon capsules a day lost 500% more weight than women who took a placebo.

Usually these sorts of claims seem ridiculous to me, but the fact that it was just cinnamon and not some sort of crazy chemical made me think, "what could it hurt?" So I decided to head over to the vitamin isle and look for cinnamon capsules. Unfortunately, the grocery store didn't seem to carry them.

Yesterday I did a little searching online and found out that CVS carried cinnamon capsules, even has their own store brand, and they were reasonably priced. So, I stopped by CVS after work today and picked up a bottle. I also bought a copy of the magazine, since I'd feel bad "stealing" their advice. I took my first capsule with dinner tonight.

In the study, women took one 500mg capsule with breakfast, two with lunch, and one with dinner for a total of 2000mg per day. Everything I've found online seems to indicate it's perfectly safe to take that dosage of cinnamon daily unless you have diabetes or issues with blood sugar levels. The article in Woman's World cites a few different studies that indicate that cinnamon reduces blood sugar levels, prevents spikes in blood sugar levels that can cause cravings for starchy foods, and helps you retain more muscle.

It all sounds a little too good to be true to me, but I guess it can't hurt to see if it really ends up making any sort of a difference. I will keep you all posted on whether or not I see any reduction in food cravings and my weekly weigh-ins should give us a clue as to whether or not I actually lose more weight.
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    I'm going to go look and see what you have said about your results of cinnamon, but in case I don't find it I wanted to just ask. Is it doing anything for you? I read someone elses BLOG earlier this week and they were talking about it. I just took the cinnamon sugar that I have in my kitchen and sprinkled it in my cereal or oatmeal each morning, I think a total of 4 days. I weighed 177.6 (or something) the day I first did it, the next time I weighed myself was yesterday and I was still that weight, but today I weighed 175.2. I don't think I can attribute that to the cinnamon sugar because that was one day to the next and I know yesterday I only had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch, and didn't get to exercise, so it wasn't was one of my normal days.
    2537 days ago
  • TEEJAY2009
    I have heard this about cinnamon. Honey (as I think someone else mentioned) and Apple Cider Vinegar aid in weight loss as well. Definitely let us know how things go for you. I might have to look into some cinnamon caps myself. :)
    2549 days ago
  • BROUS5
    I read the same article and I bought a bottle of cinnamon capsules today. I actually took 2 at lunch and 2 for dinner since I bought it so late. I will take the right combination tomorrow. Keep us posted.
    2550 days ago
    wow that's very interesting! I love cinnamon in my oatmeal and cereal :-) let us know how it goes!
    2553 days ago
    Thanks for sharing this info! I'm going to go seek out my own bottle of cinnamon!
    2553 days ago
    I felt the same as you, heard about this yesterday and thought what can it hurt?! LOL
    Keep me posted. I used ground cinnamon this am but will get capsules tonight
    2553 days ago
    Iiiiinteresting! I'm a big fan of cinnamon myself. Inspired by this post, I believe I shall sprinkle some in my morning cup of joe, haha!

    Let us know how it goes. I know I can't ingest that many MG in cooking and coffee, so I might look into the capsules, too. I mean sometimes natural stuff like that really works. For instance, I use asparagus to keep me from getting bloated during my TOTM because it's a diuretic and it REALLY helps. Also, I instinctively craved lemon juice during my first trimester of pregnancy, and later my doctor recommended lemon juice to cut my heartburn and nausea, which seemed counter-intuitive to me because it is acidic, but it also works. So... who knows? Maybe cinnamon works, too!
    2553 days ago
    Let me know how you feel?? You always seem to lose a lot of weight when you weigh in, so I may not know if it's the cinnamon or you, but please, let us know how you feel!!!
    2553 days ago
    Wow!! I can't believe I saw your blog this morning emoticon
    My friend who knows I am starting to loose weight with Sparkpeople sent me an email containing 'The benefits of cinnamon & honey' last night.
    It said to have cinnamon & honey in your tea first thing in the morning and it would assist in the weight loss process emoticon
    I have just finished my 'TEA' as I read this emoticon Who knows if it will work or not but I guess (so long as I record the honey on my tracker) there is no harm done in giving it a try as the ingredient's are natural. Good luck with it & keep us informed if you think it is working emoticon
    Ps, We are both English so this obviously is coming out of studies done there....
    2553 days ago
    I read the same artice in the magazine - thank you for doing the research. I am going to buy the capsules & see what happens.

    2553 days ago
    VERY interesting!!!! Keep us posted please!!!! It sounds like it is worth a try!!!! emoticon
    2553 days ago
    I personally use a lot of cinnimon in my cooking and coffee. It helps control your blood sugar
    2553 days ago
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