Apple cider vinegar for weight loss is the latest buzz phrase around the fitness and weight loss industry. Most people think that the apple cider vinegar diet is a new invention but contrary to this popular belief it is in fact quite old, just now returning to popularity. The purpose of this post is to get to the bottom of all the hype, and share our experiences and observations.
Apple cider vinegar can be used for many things. I just happen to use it for weight loss. Hopefully I can shed some light on whether this really is the miracle people have been waiting for, or just another gimmick created to make money.
Apple cider vinegar has the ability to naturally accelerate weight loss. One study to test its efficacy in people was done in Japan. One hundred seventy-five obese people took either vinegar or water daily for twelve weeks. They were all on similar diet and were asked to keep food journals. At the end of the study it was found that those who used vinegar had lost slightly more weight. On average, the vinegar group lost 1-2 pounds over the 3-month period. It was also observed that they gained all the weight back after the study was over. Of course, as what we always emphasize in this site, there is no magical potion that will make those few extra pounds disappear instantly. A healthy and active lifestyle which consists of a balanced diet and regular exercise is truly the key to successful weight loss. However, we do appreciate natural helping hands every now and then. For those who have slow metabolism, many people believe that apple cider vinegar could also act as a gentle digestive catalyst that naturally kick-starts your metabolism. This is beneficial for your weight loss. It could be the extra burst your body needs. Moreover, with apple cider vinegar, it is an unprocessed and additive-free product. The Japanese researchers suggest that vinegar may turn on certain genes involved in breaking down our body’s fat deposits.
But remember, not every apple cider vinegar is equal. Use raw unprocessed apple cider vinegar (ACV).
This is important because it is the raw unprocessed apple cider vinegar that still contains the “mother” which is the cloudy bits that should be floating around in the liquid. The “mother” retains many of the health benefits of ACV. Filtered apple cider vinegar will not give you the benefits. You can buy any brand of ACV as long as it is raw and unprocessed.
Any brand of ACV that is unpasteurized, unfiltered and organic can be used for weight loss. There is no specific magic brand. To help you with your search though, one of the most well-known organic, unfiltered ACV brands is Bragg which can be purchased online. It is also easily available in many supermarkets and health food stores. You don’t need to worry that the ACV is not pasteurized since the high acidity level is high enough to kill bacteria such as E.coli. Keep this in mind though, remember that many doctors recommend pregnant women to avoid consuming any unpasteurized foods to reduce the risk of foodborne illness that could potentially harm the baby.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) For Weight Loss
If you are not used to the taste and effects of apple cider vinegar, integrate it into your diet gradually. This will help you get used to the taste. You can start this by adding 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to a cup of water and drink it once a day. This is best done in the morning, when you wake up. Then, increase the amount of vinegar per serving, and the frequency of drinking.
According to research on ACV and weight loss, you should consume a daily amount of 2 tablespoons of vinegar mixed with a cup of water.
One thing to remember is that apple cider vinegar is very acidic. You should not take it in it’s “pure” form. You need to dilute it to protect your teeth, throat, and the lining of your stomach. Please do not skip this part. Taking it without dilution will just bring in health problems instead of solutions. Don’t drink undiluted ACV as it can do more harm than good. You can also drink the diluted apple cider vinegar with a straw to protect your tooth enamel.
The best diet and exercise program I have tried together with apple cider vinegar is the 3-Week Diet and/or the Venus Factor Program. I slowly integrated ACV with my food intake while following the exercises recommended in these two programs. The results were amazing. Try this method out and please do not forget to share with us your experiences, results, and tips.