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Although many fad diets that create rapid weight loss have come and gone over the years, it is encouraging to note that the apple cider vinegar diet leads to gradual weight loss. It would be nice if we could shed pounds quickly and never see them again, but experience has shown that weight that leaves easily comes back easily. If you lose weight quickly, your body will oblige you by kicking in mechanisms to make it more likely this weight will slip back on in no time. But if you can be patient and do not expect instant results, your fat cells will adjust to their new size more willingly and not insist on contributing on your waistline.

Apples are a good source of pectin, and including pectin in your diet can make you feel fuller and more satisfied. Since apple cider vinegar contains the same amount of pectin as apples (one apple has about 1.5 grams pectin), it can suppress your appetite in a similar way.

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There is good science behind why apple cider vinegar would encourage weight loss even more effectively than eating raw apples. In general, acids help with the digestion of protein, the building blocks for some of our hormones, especially growth hormone. We’ve seen how this hormone is instrumental in breaking down fat cells. By increasing the acid present in your stomach before a meal, you’ll ensure the chances for thorough digestion and increase the availability of protein for hormone synthesis.

Greater protein utilization helps the formation of growth hormone, the substance that keeps the body’s metabolism going while we’re at rest. This is why it is important to drink apple cider vinegar before or with your evening meal.

Because apple cider vinegar stimulates digestion, it also reduces the amount of time that fats remains in the digestive tract. It’s important that your body gets a chance to remove key nutrients from your food, and conditions that contribute to diarrhea can be life-threatening. But at the same time, it can be unhealthful to have food remain in the intestines for too long. If fats present longer than necessary during digestion, more fats will be absorbed.

Apple cider vinegar can improve the body’s utilization of iron, a nutrient that acts like firestarter for fuel. Iron is a key component in substances that carry oxygen to the cells and hold it there. Acids (like the acetic acid found in apple cider vinegar) help release iron in the food you eat and make it more available to be a building block for oxygen-carrying hemoglobin and oxygen-attracting myoglobin. Oxygen is as essential for burning energy in the body as it is for a fire to burn in a fireplace. It’s the ability of apple cider vinegar to increase iron utilization and energy consumption in the body that makes it such a supportive food for weight loss.

Here is my recommendation for taking apple cider vinegar to lose weight:

1 to 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar + 1 glass of water
Drink before meals 3 times a day

5 thoughts on “Can Apple Cider Vinegar Actually Aid Weight Loss?”

  1. I want to start using Apple Cider Vinegar with Honey and warm water to assist in weight loss. I’m told just as i take my thyroid meds on empty stomach the apple cider-honey drink is also to be taken on an empty stomach. What i am confused about is, if i take my thyroid medicine first thing in the morning and then wait an hour and take the apple cider/honey drink will that be considered as empty stomach? And will the cider-honey drink help? I am already into exercising and walking but i would like to drink the cider-honey concoction to get a little extra help to loose weight.

    1. Yes, take your meds first and then the apple cider vinegar after (weight loss for purely ‘superficial’ reasons should never be put above your health) this is still considered to be an empty stomach. There are proven studies (on rats) to suggest an increase of the enzyme, AMPK present in their bodies, which increases fat burning and decreases fat and sugar production in the liver. These findings are promising for those of us who want to rev up our metabolisms, though it’s not clear how big of an improvement it would make since every organism reacts differently. It’s definitely worth a try as apple cider vinegar has many health related benefits besides potential weightless therefore you really have nothing to lose. Hope this helps.x

    1. I add it to my water daily and have done for a long time, however I exercise daily plus have a healthy and balanced diet so in terms of weight loss it’s impossible to know the effects of consuming ACV alone. I add ACV and green tea to my water because I love the way that it tastes (it makes drinking soo much water a little more enjoyable), also for the numerous health benefits so really theres nothing to be lost by doing so. I feel anyone looking for a miracle weight loss solution that starts drinking apple cider vinegar without implementing a fitness routine and healthy / balanced diet will be sadly disappointed.

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