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What is the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet?

Updated on January 23, 2017

There are many benefits claimed by people who believe in the powers of apple cider vinegar. Among the most interesting of these is that it is said to be extremely useful in helping you to lose weight.

So what exactly is the apple cider vinegar diet and how can you lose weight thanks to it?

The Basics

You only need to take a small amount of apple cider vinegar ever day in order to try out this diet. It is recommended that you take 1 or 2 teaspoons of the vinegar with a glass of water before each meal. As it is very acidic you won’t want to take any more than this. If you don’t like drinking it even when diluted with water you consider using the vinegar to season a salad as your starter.

How Does It Work - Appetite Suppressant

One of the reasons why apple cider vinegar is effective at helping you to lose weight is that it helps to lower your appetite. A possible reason for this is that apples are a terrific source of pectin. This substance can help to make you feel full quicker than you would do otherwise. In fact, the vinegar has about the same amount of pectin as raw, whole apples but it is believed to be more effective than them as a way of losing weight. So how else does it work to help you lose weight?

How Does It Work – Break Down Fats

Another possible reason for the effectiveness of this vinegar is that it is believed to help the body break down fats. More research needs done on this subject but it is possible that apple cider vinegar “activates” certain genes in our bodies that are useful in breaking down body fat more quickly. A possible explanation is that the acid in the vinegar helps us to digest proteins more effectively. These proteins in turn act as the building blocks for the growth hormone, which is vital in helping to break down fats. It is also claimed that the fact that it stimulates digestion means that fats spend less time in our digestive system. This means that the body can extract the healthy nutrients from the food without too much of the fatty stuff being absorbed.

How Effective Is It?

The problem with assessing the effectiveness of this vinegar is that very few scientific studies have been carried out on the apple cider vinegar diet. One reasonable sized study in Japan looked at 175 overweight people who were given similar diets but while one group took water daily the others took the vinegar instead. After 3 months the vinegar drinkers has lost slightly more weight on average than the others. It appears that it is a useful substance for losing weight more quickly but it isn’t some sort of miracle cure. If you are going to use it then it needs to be part of a long term, healthy approach to weight control. It could help you to lose weight but you still need to be patient and give it time to do its work.

Is It Worth Trying?

Anyone looking for a healthy and completely natural approach to weight loss should consider giving this a try. It is easy to incorporate into your diet and it isn’t going to do you any harm at all. Apart from the weight loss issue, apple cider vinegar is also considered to be helpful in a number of other ways. It can help to control diabetes, increase your potassium intake, keep your heart healthy and help you avoid an upset stomach as well.

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