Many health and fitness experts swear by apple cider vinegar, touting its efficacy on weight loss.
Keeping ourselves in shape involves a healthy diet and regular workouts but even then, belly fat can be hard to get rid off. Many celebrities and fitness gurus shared that consuming one or two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar is an effective way to help us get rid of our muffin top. But how much of this is scientifically proven? Or did their weight loss result from changes in their lifestyle?
What is apple cider vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar is made with a two-step fermentation process, and acetic acid is the main active component of the concoction. Acetic acid makes up about 5% to 6% of apple cider vinegar, and it has a sour taste and a strong odour which may not sit well with everyone. Hence, many who are put off by the taste of it either dilute it with water, or mix it with honey water before consumption.
Apple cider vinegar and belly fat
Apple cider vinegar increases satiety, which in turn, will decrease calorie intake and help in weight loss.
Animal studies have proven that acetic acid helps to promote fat storage, increases fat burning, improve blood sugar and insulin response, and reduces appetite. All these may lead to weight loss and a reduction in fat. However, few human studies have been done. But according to Healthline, in one study that was done on 144 obese Japanese adults, those who took 1–2 tablespoons (15–30 ml) of apple cider vinegar daily for 12 weeks lost weight and body fat.
We would say that apple cider vinegar is worth trying since it comes with weight and fat loss benefits, but an overall lifestyle change will give you better results rather than depending on apple cider vinegar alone. However, do remember that it is acidic and always remember to rinse your mouth, or dilute it with water so that the acid doesn't erode your tooth enamel away. Those with diabetic conditions should also consult your doctor before embarking on an apple cider vinegar journey.