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The Skinny on Olive Oil & Vinegar: The Ultimate Fat-Burning Combo

Updated on October 27, 2011
Getting to the "heart" of fat-loss with olive oil & vinegar
Getting to the "heart" of fat-loss with olive oil & vinegar

The combination of olive oil & vinegar is more than just a healthy alternative for salad dressing. The combo also serves as a potent fat-loss elixir. Maybe they can’t be mixed together in a bottle, but olive oil and vinegar can both be part of your fat-blasting concoction for toned thighs, a shapelier butt and a flatter tummy.

Olive oil is primarily made up of monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) which promote heart health by decreasing ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol without reducing ‘good’ HDL cholesterol. Studies have found that a moderate intake of monounsaturated fats, especially olive oil, helps with weight loss.

Research indicates that substituting MUFA-rich olive oil for saturated fat can result in eating less and better weight management. Several other studies have suggested that monounsaturated fat enhances the body’s breakdown of stored fat.

Olive oil is metabolized differently than other fats, as olive oil is more rapidly converted for energy use compared to fats such as vegetable oil. So you may want to ditch the Crisco for some extra-virgin olive oil if you want to enhance fat loss.

Vinegar has held high praises for its health properties since ancient times. Japanese researchers have discovered that the main component in vinegar, acetic acid (AcOH), has potent effects on fat metabolism. The study found that AcOH regulates genes involved in glucose metabolism or lipogenesis (the formation of fat), resulting in a suppression of body fat buildup. The results of the study suggest that AcOH suppresses body fat accumulation by increasing fatty oxidation and thermogenesis (elevated calorie burning).

So just because the dynamic duo of olive oil & vinegar has potent effects on fat metabolism, doesn’t mean you can go crazy and pour a bottle on your salad thinking it’s going to transform you into a fitness model overnight. Although a few small servings may enhance your weight loss, the key ingredients are adding healthy eating and exercise to your daily routine.


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      FAZSTAR 2 years ago

      I have try the apple vinegar , and one spoon off olive oil ! Every day for one month ! I lose 25 lb Thank Bye

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      maria venegas 3 years ago

      I had try this for over a month one spoon of vinegar and one of olive oil every morning before breakfast lost 19 pounds happy with the results u should try it :-)

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      tmouse1 5 years ago

      BeeFAB (love the screen name!)

      Great hub! I am always preaching about the benefits of dietary fat and the evils of a low-fat diet. Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar is my go-to salad dressing,

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      BeeFAB 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanx so much for the HubLuv, Gen-Rev! I'm glad you enjoyed the article. I tried to make it an easy and enjoyable read without a lot of the "scientific" stuff, but if you are interested in more of the science behind it I'll be more than happy to send it over to you. :)

      I wish you much success in your wellness journey!

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      Gen-Rev 6 years ago

      Thanks BeeFAB,

      I'd heard that both these elements have health benefits, but now you've explained how and why. Hopefully this will motivate me to increase my use of them!

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      BeeFAB 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Thanx so much for the HubLuv, point2make! I'm so glad you found the info useful and I wish you much success on your path of healthy living... :)

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      point2make 6 years ago

      Great tips thanks. Fortunately I enjoy olive oil and vinegar so I will work on increasing them in my diet. voted this hub up!