how to lose weight with apple cider vinegar
Using vinegar to aid weight loss is nothing new. In fact it’s been used that way for around a few hundred years. This article will look at the reasons you can lose weight with apple cider vinegar, and then briefly touch on some of the other health benefits associated with it. Finally, we will tell you exactly what you need to know in order to lose weight with apple cider vinegar.
The Reasons you Lose Weight with Apple Cider Vinegar
Vinegar is merely dilute acetic acid, which has been shown to activate an enzyme called AMPK. AMPK acts a bit like a fuel gauge, which tells the body to stop storing fat and start burning it instead, if energy levels are low.
A study of 150 overweight people looked at the effects of vinegar intake on the reduction of body fat. Within just one month, statistically significant drops in weight were noticed, which just got better month after month. More importantly, abdominal CT scans showed that the fat lost was mainly visceral fat, the killer fat that builds up around internal organs, and causes the belly to look bigger, particularly during menopause.
Effects on Blood Sugar Levels and Insulin
It has been shown that consuming vinegar with a meal reduces the spike in blood sugar, insulin, and triglycerides. It also appears to work particularly well for those who are insulin resistant, and in danger of developing Type II Diabetes.
Researchers at Arizona State conducted a study with pre-diabetic people. The results were quite amazing. It took just one week for fasting blood sugar levels to drop. How significant is this? Well just one tablespoon of vinegar twice a day, worked better than some of the leading drugs, used to control levels. Two teaspoons of vinegar with a meal can significantly cut down on the blood sugar spike of a refined carbohydrate meal too.
As well as cutting the blood sugar spike mentioned above, studies also show that taking apple cider vinegar with a meal works great as an appetite suppressant. It can make you feel twice as full, compared to not consuming any.
As we now know, AMPK gets the body to start burning fat. However, it is also believed that acetic acid, as found in apple cider vinegar, blocks fat accumulation too. This gives you a double plan of attack when you try to lose weight with apple cider vinegar.
Other Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar
There are a great many other health benefits too, besides just trying to lose weight with apple cider vinegar.
As part of a detox program, apple cider vinegar is great at helping you flush toxins from the body during a detox. It also helps you better absorb nutrients from your food, and can help get your digestive system working more efficiently. Some studies have even linked apple cider vinegar with the ability to slow down the growth of cancer cells too.
It has also been beneficially linked to helping the following: Headaches, Nausea, Hair Loss, and improving the Skin.
How to Lose Weight With Apple Cider Vinegar: all you need to know
Ok. The moment you’ve all been waiting for. We have set out below everything you need to know in order to effectively lose weight with apple cider vinegar.
What brand should I buy?
This is perhaps the simplest question to answer. Regardless of whether you are in the US or UK, the number one brand to purchase is Bragg. Their Organic Raw Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar with The Mother is readily available in health food stores and online.
What is the nutritional content of Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple Cider Vinegar contains zero calories. In fact it contains zero fat, carbohydrates, sugar, and salt too. It doesn’t get much simpler and better than that.
What is the shelf life of Apple Cider Vinegar?
To be perfectly honest, you will have used it way before it needs to be thrown away. However, officially it has a shelf life of between 3 – 5 years.
How do I store Apple Cider Vinegar?
Just make sure you keep it out of direct sunlight and all will be fine. There is no need to keep it refrigerated either. We keep ours in a food cupboard (pantry) in the kitchen.
What is the best way to consume Apple Cider Vinegar?
There are a couple of ways to effectively use Apple Cider Vinegar, depending upon your specific needs.
Routine 1 – For maximum weight loss
- Day 1 – Add 1 tablespoon to an 8-ounce glass of water. Consume 30 minutes before breakfast.
- Day 2 – Repeat day 1 and add another glass 30 minutes before lunch.
- Day 3 – Repeat day 2 and add a third glass 30 minutes before your evening meal.
Once you reach the maximum 3 glasses each day, you can then start to add an additional tablespoon to your drinks as follows.
- Day 4 – Add 2 tablespoons to the 8-ounce glass of water before breakfast. Keep the other two drinks at just a single tablespoon.
- Day 5 – Repeat day 4 and add another tablespoon to your drink before lunch.
- Day 6 – Repeat day 5 and add another tablespoon to the drink before your evening meal. You are now consuming 6 tablespoons each day.
The above routine will assist your digestion whilst, at the same time, help reduce your appetite. This will maximise your weight loss.
Routine 2 – To reduce food cravings
If you find that you are suffering quite a lot with food cravings, then try this variation on the above routine.
- Days 1 – 3 are the same.
- Day 4 onwards. Instead of adding an additional tablespoon to each drink, keep the before lunch and dinner drinks at a single tablespoon. Instead, consume the two additional glasses, both with a single tablespoon in them, whenever you feel a craving trying to take hold.
This could be between breakfast and lunch, lunch and dinner, or both! Just make sure you get the maximum 6 tablespoons each day.
Don’t worry too much about mixing up the routines, as everyone is different and will have different needs on different days. Judge the situation by how you feel and you can’t go far wrong.
Alternative Apple Cider Vinegar drinks
I prefer to keep things nice and simple and stick with the traditional way of just adding apple cider vinegar to water.
However, there are a couple of alternatives that you might like to try if you need a change.
Drinking lemon water first thing in the morning has numerous health benefits. So why not try this slight variation to get the best of both worlds:
8-ounce glass of water
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
This variation will help support the immune and digestive system, and work wonders for your weight loss goals too.
Green Tea Weight Loss Boost
Having one or two cups of green tea each day is great for boosting the metabolism and revving up the fat burning. Give this a try:
1 cup green tea
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Make sure you let the tea cool sufficiently before you add the apple cider vinegar. Otherwise you run the risk of the hot tea destroying some of the beneficial nutrients.