Can apple cider vinegar help weight loss?
That’s the question we set out to answer after hearing the rumors abound. Before we dig deeper into how this works, keep in mind that if you’re a sedentary person who won’t exercise to save your life, and gorge yourself with fat-laden foods or carbs, then apple cider vinegar won’t help your weight loss.
It sounds so unusual and disconnected, doesn’t it? I mean, how can apple cider vinegar that’s used in several home remedies and as a flavoring agent actually help lose weight? Vinegar is widely used in homes for pickling, as a weed killer and even for cleaning utensils. But in recent times, its role in weight loss has made it more popular.
It turns out that the way apple cider vinegar weight loss works is itself pretty unusual. A few teaspoons of the liquid before meals lowers craving for sugary foods and even reduces your appetite and helps reduce the size of your meals. By itself, this doesn’t have any magical effect on your metabolic rate or the speed with which your body burns off fat.
D.C.Jarvis authored a book called “Folk Medicine” in the 50’s which led to the resurgence of interest in apple cider vinegar as a weight control agent. Ever since the book became a best seller, vinegar pills have been widely used as weight loss supplements.
Vinegar is derived as a fermentation product where sugar in various organic materials is converted by enzymes in yeast and certain bacteria into breakdown products. The first step is production of alcohol, which on further fermentation becomes vinegar. The term actually means “sour wine”.
Not only is apple cider vinegar a little more pleasant to taste than other forms of vinegar, it also has detoxifying effects along with anti-bacterial properties. This is what makes it preferable to vinegar derived from other fruits, vegetables and grains. As a home remedy, it has been used for diverse ailments including indigestion and hyperacidity, high cholesterol, and to prevent diabetes. At worst, it has no harmful effects, and so folklore has kept its use popular and prevalent.
In 2009, researchers decided to address the question head on. They studied people in Japan who were overweight, giving them 30 ml of vinegar to drink twice or thrice a day before meals. They reported that almost all subjects admitted to less appetite and no craving for sugary foods which they had before taking the apple cider vinegar.
It is also believed by research scientists that the acetic acid content of vinegar might have a direct effect in suppressing body fat and prevents it from being stored around the waist, thighs and arms. The chemical also lowers glycemic index of your food and brings down high blood sugar levels.
By no means is the case clear. There are detractors and critics who say that the claims of apple cider vinegar weight loss are largely unproven. The role of vinegar in killing lice, as an anti-aging supplement and digestive aid have been thoroughly investigated and found to be bogus. These people claim that vinegar’s only role is as a home cleaning agent!
The ideal recommendation is to drink a glass of water with 2 teaspoonsful of apple cider vinegar before meals. Some people may not be able to tolerate this concentration because of the acidity that can lead to throat and stomach irritation. In such cases, the dilution can be increased or the vinegar can be mixed with fruit juice.
If you’re going to try apple cider vinegar for weight loss, don’t forget to do other common sense things like eating healthy food and exercising regularly. There are several good programs including Shaun Hadsall’s “14 Day Rapid Fat Loss” that can help you with this.
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