Learn how to lose weight with apple cider vinegar! Read the facts behind apple cider vinegar and weight loss, as well as some recipes you can make that use it specifically for weight loss!
We’ve all heard of them, right? Those “drink this and lose 10lbs in one week” miracle drinks. But guess, what? They don’t work. There is no “miracle drink” or “special herbal potion” that is going to allow you to eat whatever you want, not exercise, melt pounds away and keep them off.
But while drinking apple cider vinegar isn’t going to make you magically drop 2 dress sizes in a week, there are various studies that have shown that apple cider vinegar can be an effective tool for weight loss.
Clinical Studies of Apple Cider Vinegar For Weight Loss
In this 2009 study, Japanese scientists discovered that rodents who were given acetic acid (the key component of apple cider vinegar) while consuming a high-fat diet gained up to 10% less body fat than the rodents that weren’t given acetic acid.
That’s all well and good for the mice who are kickin’ back eating cheeseburgers for breakfast, but what about us, you know, actual humans?
Well, Japanese researchers evidently thought the same thing. Based on their “rodent study” findings, they decided to complete a similar study on humans. Over a 12-week period, obese Japanese adults were divided into three groups. The first group was given 15mls of vinegar to drink daily, the second group was given 30mls, and the final group was given nothing.
Lo and behold, at the end of 12 weeks, researchers found that body weight, body mass index, visceral fat area, waist circumference, and serum triglyceride levels were significantly lower in the two groups who had drank the vinegar that the group that hadn’t.
Further, in a 2012 study, Dutch researchers noted that in North-African culture, generations of women have been using apple cider vinegar for weight loss. The researchers noted that the women who consume apple cider vinegar do experience greater weight loss than those who don’t.
There’s also evidence to suggest that apple cider vinegar can be beneficial for digestive issues and increasing good bacteria in the gut. And it’s one of the main ingredients of my miracle cough syrup recipe that I swear by.
All of this sounds pretty encouraging that apple cider vinegar can help with weight loss.
But don’t go off and chug an entire bottle of apple cider vinegar.
Side Effects of Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar
Before you start drinking apple cider vinegar, be cautious of the following possible side effects:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Erosion of tooth enamel
- Damaging of the esophagus
- Lowering of potassium levels
- Bone loss
- Drug interactions
I would highly recommend starting with small amounts and increasing to ensure the side effects are not serious. In addition, I recommend using a straw for any drinks containing apple cider vinegar and it will help reduce the erosion of tooth enamel.
**I am not a doctor and this should not be construed as medical advice. Consult with your doctor before starting any new health care routine or taking any products for weight loss.
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss
I don’t recommend drinking apple cider vinegar undiluted. Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic, so drinking it straight can cause throat irritation and stomach upsets. It also increases your risk of tooth enamel erosion.
I have tried to drink shots of it before and it can cause temporary throat irritation and heartburn.
You can consume apple cider vinegar by diluting it as follows: Mix 9 ounces of water with 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and one teaspoon of honey.
If you’re just getting started with apple cider vinegar, adjust the amount to taste (you might want to start with 1 teaspoon and gradually work your way up to 2 tablespoons.)
How to Get the Benefits of ACV Without The Nasty Taste
However, if you just can’t stomach drinking apple cider vinegar, then these naturally fermented ACV capsules are the best way to get the benefits of ACV without the nasty taste. Note that this is a far more expensive option than mixing your own concoction above.
Final Words on using apple cider vinegar for weight loss
It’s important to remember that ACV is not a miracle potion. Research has shown that it can help to boost weight loss, but this should be in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise.
You may want to try these 10 meal prep ideas for weight loss, or these 17 healthy weight loss smoothies as part of a balanced diet.
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While apple cider vinegar is not going to be a miracle weight loss remedy, it can be an effective addition to a healthy weight loss strategy. Always remember to start small before the side effects can be worse for some people.
Have you had experience in using apple cider vinegar for weight loss? Comment below and let me know what your experience has been!