Loosing weight is not easy, because it needs you to be really dedicated and disciplined during the whole process. There are many supplements or pills on the market that are promising to help you lose weight, but only few of them are proven to be effective. Also, most of them have not even been tested or approved for consumption.
How Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) can help you to lose weight
Apple cider vinegar may not replace your cup of tea or coffee, but it is certainly worth a try.
ACV improves blood sugar levels
The higher the blood sugar levels are, the more you crave for sweet food. Your body is continuously supplied with energy from low-sugar and complex carb meals, because they take time to convert into glucose. Snacks with high level of sugar are quick to metabolize and only supply our body with a quick boost of energy. When your blood sugar levels go up and down very quickly, your body will crave for more sugar.
In combination with complex carbohydrates, vinegar has strong anti-glycemic properties, so it stabilizes blood sugar. In fact, the vinegar can lower postprandial glycemia (plasma glucose concentrations after eating) by 20% more than the placebo.
ACV makes you feel full
According to a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2005, patients who were given white bread soaked in vinegar felt less hungry than the other group, who consumed bread only. Taking one tbsp. of ACV before a meal can help you eat smaller portions because it will make you feel more full before and during the meal.
ACV impacts insulin receptors
The insulin influences the digestion of dietary fat and the way the fat is stored in the body.
If the levels of the insulin are higher, the lipases (the enzymes that break down the fat) are highly active. On the other side, if the levels are low, the lipases are inactive. In this case, the fatty acids are converted into a fat molecules and they are stored as fat droplets.
ACV prevents fat accumulation
According to a study, the dietary acetic acid in the apple cider vinegar is reducing the cholesterol and triacylglycerol in the blood. This is happening through the inhibition of lipogenesis (the transformation of energy into fat) in the liver.
ACV reduces belly fat
The findings of a study from 2009 suggested that people who we are consuming 15ml – 30ml of ACV with 500ml of water per day for 12 weeks, reduced their belly fat, waist circumference, and they lowered their blood triglycerides.
- 15mL (1 tablespoon): Lost 2.6 pounds or 1.2 kilograms
- 30mL (2 tablespoons): Lost 3.7 pounds or 1.7 kilograms
ACV detoxifies the body
Apple cider vinegar can help you eliminate toxins, because it absorbs them in the digestive tract. It prevents toxic buildup by regulating the bowel movements. As soon as your body can get rid of toxins efficiently, the other processes, like digestion and metabolism are easier to manage.
How to take ACV
You always have to choose an organic and unfiltered apple cider vinegar with cloudy deposits at the bottom of the bottle. This means that it has not been filtered too much, and all the good stuff is still in the bottle.
At the beginning, add a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water and drink it once a day. You can increase the amount of vinegar over time. You should get to 2 tablespoons of vinegar in your cup of water and drink it 1-3 times a day.
In order to stimulate your metabolism, take it in the morning and one hour before a meal as well.
You should never drink undiluted ACV, because the ACV is very acidic, so you need to dilute it in order to protect your throat, teeth and the lining of your stomach.