Apple Cider Vinegar For Weight Loss?

Miracle cider or just another gimmick? Here’s the truth.

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For decades I have heard about Apple Cider Vinegar as being the thing you should drink to lose weight and be healthy. And depending on who you are around, the benefits extend even further to infections and cancer.

Now, despite vinegar showing up in Egyptian Urns dated to 3,000 B.C. or the hundreds of claims that have been conjectured over the years, we still don’t know much about it.

Not because it’s this elusive potion, but rather because we haven’t taken the resources to conduct many studies on it. Even though the small amount of studies we have completed revealed positive outcomes.

Leaving us still in a better position than the Egyptians, but far from a place that can dole out any firm science-based recommendations.

But it’s not like that hasn’t stopped people in the past. So, let me tell you how it’s thought that Apple Cider Vinegar can help you lose weight.

Fad, Bad or…

Yes, the health industry does seem to hyper-focus on one thing every 2–3 years. The last time this happened, it was the keto diet. Before that was avocado toast, and today, well, it seems the “in thing” is all things fermentation and probiotic health.

I’m not saying this is a bad thing, it’s just a thing.

It’s also worth noting that Apple Cider Vinegar knows how to stay relevant;)

In any case, fermentation helps improve the health of our gut biome, and our gut biomes health seems to be linked to heart disease, cancer, mood, and obesity. A fact I’m sure has perked the interest of anyone not previously aware, and I’ll have more on this a different day.

But, let’s get to the important questions. Like, when is the new season of Ozarks coming out? No. Sorry, that’s mine.

What you want to know is if Apple Cider Vinegar will play any role in your weight loss.

What’s The Deal?

Heed the warnings I have already given and will give later, but the answer is…maybe.

A study revealed that,

“During the 12-week treatment period, the subjects in each group ingested 500ml daily of a beverage containing either 15 ml of vinegar (750 mg AcOH), 30 ml of vinegar (1,500 mg AcOH), or 0 ml of vinegar (0mg AcOH, placebo). Bodyweight, BMI, visceral fat area, waist circumference, and serum triglyceride levels were significantly lower in both vinegar intake groups than in the placebo group.”

Okay, this sounds good. Right? Well, that’s because it is.

Many studies in the past have only used mice as test subjects. The study I am referencing conducted a double-blind trial with over 100 obese Japanese people.

Which, is great, but its still just 100 people and just one study. So, take it with a grain of salt. But, it is one of the most prominent studies that corroborate any claims that Apple Cider Vinegar can aid in weight loss.

The Catch

There are some issues. First, if you drink undiluted vinegar, the high acidity can erode away your tooth enamel. So, if you don’t know this prior to drinking it or you drink too much, this can be a very unwanted consequence. Duh.

Not to mention the possible complications of taking it while on certain medications.

So, again. Heed caution. Find something else to help you lose weight if you can. But if you’re feeling risky. Maybe try the low-dose of 15ml to see if it can help you lose weight.

And as always, I have to say that none of this is going to matter if you’re not eating right, eating less, and exercising. Never lean on anything other than diet and exercise to lose weight.

I hope this helps.

Good Luck.



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