The Hibernation Diet Review

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The Hibernation Diet was developed by Mike McInnes, a British pharmacist and his son Stuart McInnes, a nutritionist. Its theory is that is uses the body’s recovery system to burn fat. The main new idea is to take a spoonful of honey before bed, which will both help you sleep and recharge your liver so that your body can recover and burn fat while you sleep and your resting metabolism is at work.

The McInness authors propose their diet in a book by the same title. In the book, they explain the theory of the spoonful of honey, suggest simple resistance exercises done regularly, and give guidelines for healthy eating, including recipes.

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The science idea behind The Hibernation Diet’s spoonful of honey before bed is that honey is made of glucose and fructose. Glucose triggers a chemical cycle which eventually produces melatonin, a chemical that helps the body sleep well. Fructose goes to the liver, where it is converted to liver glycogen which keeps the brain going through the night. This allows the brain to start the recovery cycle which repairs tissue and burns fat during the night. Honey is also universally recognized as a healthy sweetener containing many vitamins and nutrients, including B1, B2, B5, and B6.

The Hibernation Diet also addresses exercise and diet. It recommends working out with mild resistance exercises. It suggests a balanced diet without highly processed foods. The book The Hibernation Diet includes recipes for healthy daily meals.

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  • Honey includes multiple vitamins, especially B vitamins, and other nutrients.
  • Honey is a healthier sweetener than sugar or manufactured sweeteners.
  • The diet emphasizes a healthy lifestyle, including exercise and healthy eating habits.
  • The book is an average price, around $15 to $30 online.
  • If it works, it is a fairly simple, easy-to-follow plan that does not require drastic lifestyle changes.


  • Does not have a working website for easy information access.
  • Has a lack of before/after photos.
  • Has no money-back guarantee.
  • Has no free gift with purchase.
  • Does not have scientific evidence proving its effectiveness.
  • Aside from the addition of honey, does not propose any original ideas.
  • Taking honey just before sleeping may not be suitable for diabetics.
  • Taking honey daily may not work for people who do not like honey.


The Hibernation Diet is certainly not revolutionary. Aside from the addition of honey, the exercise and eating habits suggested are typical of any low-key diet. The simplicity of the diet seems a little too good to be true. While it may improve your general health, it is probably not a plan for any kind of dramatic weight loss.

This is a diet plan, not an herbal weight loss supplement.

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2 User Reviews about The Hibernation Diet

  • 1

    From what i have read, you need raw honey. Two tablespoons before bedtime fuels the liver, speeds up fat-burning metabolism, eases stress hormones, and helps us get a better nights sleep.


  • 2
    susan keeble

    there are so many honeys on the shielfs does it have to be manuka honey or manuka active honey or any honey that you can buy in a supermarket