Have you ever tried apple cider vinegar for weight loss? Apple cider vinegar—ACV—has dozens of uses that vary from the medical, such as lowering blood sugar levels and soothing a sore throat to being a great deodorizer and cleaning solution. It has many beauty uses, including rinsing out shampoo and product residue from the hair to make it shinier, acting as a natural deodorant and even weight loss. There are so many claims for usage with some mere folk lore, but others found legitimate in scientific studies. Once thought folk lore, it seems there’s something to using ACV for weight loss.
Fat rats gave the proof, or did they?
There’s a lot of talk about how ACV can help you lose weight, but much of it is based on studies with rats and mice. In those studies, acetic acid, which is only 5% of ACV was given to those chubby rodents and found it helped prevent fat deposits and boosted their metabolism. Another study from Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry noted ACV helped reduce the amount of body fat gained. They were more active, had a higher oxygen intake and burned more calories. When you consider that acetic acid is what burns your skin when you apply it, maybe you don’t want to take it straight, even if it made you run around more. The authors of the article, however, suggested it might suppress the body from creating fat.
It’s time to move on to how humans respond.
Don’t worry, there are some studies involving humans. One of the most noted is a trial using 175 subjects that was conducted in 2009. The people were divided into three groups. One group took no ACV, one group took 1 tablespoon and one took 2 tablespoons a day. The ACV taking group had a weight loss between 2 and 4 pound and lower levels of triglycerides compared to those who took no ACV. One more small study noted that it made people feel fuller, but don’t rejoice yet. That was accomplished by making them nauseated. Another study showed it wasn’t nausea that filled people up, but how long it took to empty the stomach, leaving participants feeling fuller. Now that’s better!
There’s nothing wrong with home remedies or ACV, but it’s not the whole story to weight loss.
I’m all for going natural. There’s so many ways we can keep our body healthy without drugs. In fact, there’s now a movement in medicine called, “Food as Medicine,” where they’re looking at diet as a way of healing cancer and heart disease. If you’re serious about losing weight, there’s no magic pill, but don’t worry, the basics are actually painless. If you want to lose weight, eat a healthy diet. It’s not dieting, but making smarter choices when it comes to what you eat.
- Do you want to try some ACV in your diet? Try an 8-egg salad with a blend of 2 mashed avocados for the creaminess, 1 tablespoon dijon mustard and 1/8 cup ACV for the tartness. Mix in paprika, salt and pepper and toss some chives on the top. Enjoy.
- Apple cider vinegar helps promote fullness in part due to delayed stomach emptying. This may naturally lead to lower calorie intake. However, this could worsen gastroparesis for some.
- If you have gastroparesis, talk to your health care professional. Slowing the emptying of the stomach can exacerbate gastroparesis for some people.
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