Could the ol’ wives tale of Apple Cider Vinegar for weight loss hold true?! We’ve all heard the health benefits of adding apple cider vinegar to our diets, such as lowering blood sugar and improving metabolism, but can it really help you lose weight? I decided to put this wives tale to the test and I was impressed to say the least!
Before we begin, let’s explore a little bit about what apple cider vinegar actually is and how it is made. It is made through quite a simple two-step process. The apples are cut or crushed and then combined with yeast to convert the sugar into alcohol. Then, bacteria is added to ferment the alcohol into acetic acid. While if you were to make this at home, it would generally take about a month for it to ferment, most companies have automated this process down to one day!
The acetic acid is the main component of the vinegar, which is what gives off the strong (sometimes offensive) odor and bitter taste.
The acetic acid may promote fat loss in several ways. Many studies have concluded that it can reduce fat storage, increase fat burning, improve blood sugar and insulin response, AND reduce appetite. Sounds like an overall win to me?
High-level, many researchers have found that adding apple cider to your diet can:
In the morning, the first thing I like to do is drink the Apple Cider Vinegar. I find that if I do it before anything else it gives me less time to think about it. I also drink this in a coffee cup so it decreases the smell!
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 TBSP Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 TSP Organic Honey
- 2 dashes of lemon juice
Throughout a two week period of taking the apple cider in the morning, I found a huge improvement in my bloat and less excess water weight. While I categorize myself as “skinny fat” I know that I in noway fit into the category of obese that many studies used to analyze weight loss through the use of the vinegar. My body type is a normal inclination of slim, but I gain all of my weight during fluctuations to my lower stomach (we call it the ‘Mull pooch’) and my hips. During the past year, I have been unable to workout due to my car accident and have found that my clothes have been fitting less and less (not fun)! At the end of the two weeks, I not only felt better in my clothes, but I saw a visible difference in the level of such ‘pooch’. I will say I am hooked and now a firm believer.
Disclaimer: You should always contact a doctor when trying to lose weight and no recipe alone will help you reach that goal. Proper nutrition and exercise are key!
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