By now, you’ve probably heard of apple-cider-vinegar and many of its health benefits.
You may even use it on your salads, or keep some in your bathroom as a face-wash or hair rinse!
But did you know that apple-cider-vinegar can be an effective weight-loss aid? It’s true.
Here are 5-ways in which this fermented tonic can help you drop excess pounds:
1.Reduces Body Fat
Quite a bit of research shows that simply adding apple-cider-vinegar to the diet can reduce fat accumulation.
A human study confirms that When obese individuals were given daily doses of vinegar over an 8 week period,
They enjoyed reduced belly-fat, waist circumference, lower blood triglycerides, and weight loss.
2. It’s Probiotic for Gut Health
The human gut is a complex system which exerts a great deal of control over the health of the whole body
In fact, it houses around 80% of our immune system.
Improving the health of the gut has been found to reduce low-level inflammation and may even help prevent obesity.
One study found that obese people were able to reduce their abdominal fat by nearly 5%, and their subcutaneous fat by over 3%,
Just by drinking a probiotic-rich beverage for 12-weeks.
3.Promotes Better Sleep
How will better sleep help you lose weight, you might ask?
There is plenty of evidence to show that a good night’s sleep can reduce excess body fat.
Sleep deprivation lowers levels of leptin – the appetite suppressing hormone while increasing ghrelin, the hormone responsible for stimulating feelings of hunger.
UC Berkeley researchers who examined the brain regions that control food choices have even found that sleepless night makes us more likely
to reach for doughnuts or pizza than for whole grains and leafy green vegetables, shedding new light on the link between poor sleep and obesity.
A study published in the International Journal of Obesity found that people with high stress and poor sleep were less likely to achieve a 10-pound weight loss goal.
Satiety refers to the feeling of being full and satisfied after a meal. Apple-cider-vinegar can help in this respect too when taken before or with food.
When participants in a 2005 study were given varying levels of apple-cider vinegar along with carbohydrates in the form of white bread, the participants who had the most apple cider vinegar reported they felt fuller and were more satisfied after their meal than the others.
Increasing feelings of fullness without increasing caloric intake – as is the case with taking apple cider vinegar – is one of the most effective methods for losing weight over time.
5.Balances Blood Sugar Levels
One of the most solid pieces of evidence on apple cider vinegar is its effect on blood glucose levels.
Maintaining balanced blood sugar levels is one of the biggest keys to unlocking better overall health and Dr. Oz claims it’s also the secret behind losing weight and keeping it off.
When blood glucose levels rapidly rise and fall – as they do after a carbohydrate or sugar heavy meal – this leads to mood swings, headaches, shakiness, cravings, and hunger.
While apple cider vinegar is a probiotic-rich food, as opposed to a medicine, it is generally safe to take when diluted in water. Dilute 1 tablespoon with a glass of water before bed and let it do its work.