Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss
Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits one of which is its assistance in curbing excessive weight gain and even contributing to weight loss. If you are considering including vinegar in your diet, make sure it is unfiltered and non-pasteurized apple cider vinegar. Some health stores sell the organic version. You need to be aware that apple cider vinegar has a specific odor not resembling the smell of freshly picked apples.
Why Is Apple Cider Vinegar Effective?
Apple cider vinegar acts on your system in different ways to help reduce weight gain. One action is due to the compound content called pectin. Pectin assists in giving a feeling of ‘fullness’ in our stomach, which reduces hunger and subsequent temptation to overeat.
Apple cider vinegar is rich in potassium which is essential to good health and vitality. Potassium assists in nourishing our cells and keeping our tissues youthful. A lack of potassium can manifest itself as an appearance of premature aging. Potassium is critical to maintaining correct electrolyte balance in our cellular system. From a weight loss perspective, it is especially helpful in removing excess sodium from our cells which can cause fluid retention. Even though retained fluids are not fat they contribute to overall weight discomfort.
Many people are deficient in their potassium intake. Potassium is found in fresh fruit, notably apples and bananas. A big advantage of vinegar as a source is that it be stored in the cupboard for long periods. Unlike fruits, it does not require refrigeration.
Apple cider vinegar additionally contains acetic acid. The benefit of acetic acid is that it helps in promoting iron absorption when it is mixed with food. The better the absorption rate of iron in the body, the higher the metabolic rate, which equates to more calories burned. Anything which naturally increases the metabolic rate helps to overcome feelings of sluggishness and raise energy levels.
Many of us have a tendency to eat more at the time of stress. The foods people reach for under stress are usually salty or sweet. These are not the type of foods you want to be reaching for if you are trying to lose weight. Taking apple cider vinegar before you eat anything when you feel a craving coming on can significantly improve your mood as it facilitates a release of serotonin. The serotonin will help stop your mind and body from feeling stressed and allow you to make better and more rational food choices.
Apple cider vinegar is not a magic fat burner, but it is a natural and beneficial dietary addition to your weight loss program. As you can see, it has many other benefits to healthy body function and wellness.
How to take it
It is a good idea to start every day with a drink of apple cider vinegar diluted in water. Start with the smaller amount: mix one teaspoon in a glass of water. If you feel you can tolerate higher dose, take 1-2 tablespoon per day in a glass of water prior to eating. I need to warn you that the taste may not be pleasant but the results are worth it.