Most of you will agree that weight loss is never too easy. In fact, it requires a lot of determination and patience along with a suited dietary regimen and regular physical activity.
Even though there are a number of over-the-counter products that vouch to burn excess fat overnight, these are nothing but a marketing trick to make you spend money on something that will never give you the desired results.
Even worse, most of the magical weight-loss pills and teas have not even been properly tested, which means they aren’t entirely safe for consumption. That’s why losing weight naturally, which includes a healthy diet and regular exercise, is the best possible way to shed extra pounds. Not only is this the healthiest way, but it also gives long-lasting results along with a number of other benefits, such as better sleep quality, reduced stress and good overall health.
There’s one thing that can really help you lose weight faster and it’s a common kitchen ingredient you probably already have – apple cider vinegar. Read on and find out what ACV can do for your health and weight if you include it in your diet on a regular daily basis.
Apple cider vinegar is extremely effective in removing toxins from your body by binding to them in the digestive tract. Plus, it inhibits the buildup of toxic substances by regulating your bowel movements. This in turn improves your digestion and boosts your metabolism into burning more fat.
High blood sugar levels lead to frequent sugar cravings. You can easily supply your body with energy by consuming low-sugar and complex carb meals, which are transformed into glucose your body needs for proper function. It also helps you to keep your blood sugar levels in balance.
Conversely, sugar-rich foods give your body only a quick energy boost. They are metabolized fast, which is why you get more sugar cravings.
But, if you combine complex carbohydrates with apple cider vinegar, you take an advantage of its strong anti-glycemic properties, which means you can naturally regulate your blood sugar levels.
A 2005 study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that patients who were given white bread soaked in vinegar felt less hungry than the control group, who consumed bread only. Consuming ACV before meals will help you eat less.
Apple cider vinegar has dietary acetic acid, which reduces total cholesterol levels, as well as blood triacylglycerol. Plus, it prevents lipogenesis, i.e. the conversion of energy into fat in the liver and increases the production of faecal bile acid.
A 2009 study revealed that overweight people who drank 15ml-30ml ACV diluted in 500ml water on a regular daily basis for a year reduced their belly fat and waist circumference, lowered their blood triglycerides, and shed weight.
- 15mL (1 tablespoon): Lost 2.6 pounds, or 1.2 kilograms.
- 30mL (2 tablespoons): Lost 3.7 pounds, or 1.7 kilograms.
Insulin plays an important role in the digestion of dietary fat and the way this fat stored in your body. High insulin levels trigger active lipases, which account for the process of fat break down. If insulin levels are low, these lipases are inactive, which converts fatty acids into fat molecules and stores them as fat droplets.
Regular consumption of ACV can reduce postprandial glycemia (blood sugar levels after eating) by 64% in subjects with insulin resistance. Moreover, it increases postprandial (post-meal) insulin sensitivity by 34%. This means ACV consumption regulates insulin levels and insulin sensitivity in diabetics.
How to incorporate apple cider vinegar into your diet in order to lose extra weight:
Organic, unfiltered, raw vinegar is the best dietary option because it packs most of the health beneficial ingredients important for your body. Always look for cloudy deposits at the bottom of the container as these are the important components.
- Start by adding a teaspoon of ACV into a cup of water. Take this drink on a regular daily basis, gradually increasing the ACV
- After you’ve been on this dose for some time, continue by adding 2 tablespoons of vinegar to a cup of water and drinking this 1-3 times a day, preferably before meals.
- Taking this drink on an empty stomach first thing in the morning and an hour before your meals is the best way to boost your metabolism.
You can also add ACV to salad dressings or combine it with turmeric for optimal results.
Last, but not least, have in mind never to consume ACV undiluted, because it can damage your tooth enamel, your throat and stomach lining.