21 Jan Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good For Weight Loss?
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has grown in population as a remedy for various health issues, including weight loss. But can it actually make you lose weight? Let’s take a detailed look at the key aspects of using apple cider vinegar for weight loss.
WHAT IS APPLE CIDER VINEGAR?
Apple cider vinegar is a type of vinegar made from fermented apple juice. It contains acetic acid, with some claiming that it has numerous health benefits. The health benefits of ACV are reported to include weight loss, blood sugar regulation and heart and gut health, and while there is not significant research on its efficacy, some studies have shown positive results.
CAN APPLE CIDER VINEGAR HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT?
Yes, studies show that acetic acid, which is found in apple cider vinegar, can be effective in supporting weight loss.
HOW DOES APPLE CIDER VINEGAR HELP WITH WEIGHT LOSS?
Apple cider vinegar is believed to aid in weight loss via several mechanisms. It may help reduce body fat percentage, particularly belly fat, and decrease blood triglycerides (a type of fat). Additionally, it is thought to slow stomach emptying, leading to increased feelings of fullness and reduced calorie intake.
HOW DO YOU TAKE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR FOR WEIGHT LOSS?
The recommended amount of apple cider vinegar for weight loss is 1–2 tablespoons (15-30 mL) per day, mixed with water. We recommend spreading out this dose throughout the day, consumed before meals. You can also combine it with olive oil and dress salads and vegetables with it. Be cautious about taking high amounts or allowing the vinegar to have prolonged contact with your teeth as it has the potential to erode tooth enamel.
WHAT’S THE BEST ACV SUPPLEMENT?
We recommend choosing a high-quality apple cider vinegar, ideally an organic product that contains the “mother” – a combination of yeast and bacteria formed during fermentation. Opt for the liquid form over capsules or gummies. You’ll likely get a higher dose in the purest form.
WHEN SHOULD YOU TAKE IT?
It’s best to consume apple cider vinegar before meals to potentially help with blood sugar stabilisation, feelings of fullness and reduce overall calorie intake. However, the timing of intake can vary based on individual preferences and tolerance.
IS IT SAFE FOR EVERYONE?
While apple cider vinegar is generally safe for most people, there are some considerations to keep in mind. It can cause adverse effects such as throat irritation and digestive issues in some individuals. Additionally, those with specific medical conditions or taking certain medications should consult a healthcare professional before using apple cider vinegar regularly, so speaking to your GP or a qualified nutritionist before making serious changes to your diet is recommended.
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