Looking for an easy peezy life hack? This was one that I wished I would have learned earlier on – especially when it came to digestive distress and weight management.
So what is it??
Apple Cider Vinegar.
(You probably guessed that one based on the title, right?)
But how does this magic juice help to promote weight loss??
Hang with me and I’ll show you:
→ What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
→ How to use Apple Cider Vinegar for weight loss
→ The 6 Ways Apple Cider Vinegar will help you to shrink your waist line! (Backed by science!)
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple Cider Vinegar is produced organically by fermenting the sugars from apples.
This fermentation causes the apples to break down to form acetic acid, a primary component of vinegar.
And while this can be done naturally, many store bought brands are reasonably priced (around $5 – $10) for a bottle and have already done the hard part for you!
NOTE: I personally recommend Raw, Unfiltered Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar with “The Mother” – which just means that it’s the most potent dose.
(“The Mother” is part of the vinegar that contains beneficial enzymes, minerals, and probiotic components that add in the extra dose of health!)
How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss
It’s no shock that Apple Cider Vinegar has quite the tart taste (I mean, it is vinegar right?) but the benefits far outweigh those few moments when you’re left shaking your head as it goes down.
There’s a few ways you can drink Apple Cider Vinegar and finding which one is for you is best to keep this hack a sustainable part of your daily routine.
The first way is to dilute the 1-2 tablespoons of vinegar in water and sip on the drink before meal times.
This allows your body to have digestive enzymes all geared up and ready to go for mealtime!
The other method is the straight shot method – which is up to your digression for safety.
Taking a shot of ACV makes it go down faster, but you take the risk of the vinegar burning your throat – so you want to exercise caution and make sure you drink at least 8 ounces of water post shot.
Whichever way you choose, you want to implement 1-2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar each day (split 2-3 times per day and before meal times) to experience the greatest results.
Top 6 Ways Apple Cider Vinegar Will Promote Weight Loss
→ 1. Reduces Blood Sugar Levels
When we eat food, our blood sugar levels rise due to the glucose (sugar) found in our foods.
Insulin is the hormone that comes in to counter this response, lowering blood sugar levels back to their “normal” state.
But what happens is nowadays – so many of the foods are processed, filled with artificial flavors, added sugars, and chemicals that hook us on the taste, all while spiking our blood sugar levels.
So having a dose of apple cider vinegar will work to reduce these blood sugar levels, which then ultimately end up storing as fat.
(And who wouldn’t want to reduce the storage of fat, am I right?)
→ 2. Burns Fat
Speaking of reducing fat storage, apple cider vinegar also works to counter the preexisting fat cells.
So by working to prevent the sugars in your foods from storing as fat, ACV also reduces body fat buildup.
(I’d say that’s a win – win situation right there!)
→ 3. Suppresses Appetite
The best times to take your doses of apple cider vinegar are before meals.
Want to take a guess as to why?
Apple Cider Vinegar has been proven to trigger a response in the brain the reduces appetite, which then decreases the amount of food one consumes.
So instead of those raging “hangry” feelings of needing to scarf down some food, you are better able to begin your meals feeling balanced and in control of your portions.
→ 4. Lower Insulin Levels
At first, lower insulin levels appears that it could be problematic.
Don’t we NEED the insulin to counter rising blood sugar levels?
Yes – except for when your body takes the more natural, holistic approach by using the enzymes and probiotics found in the apple cider vinegar.
This way, the apple cider vinegar keeps your blood sugar lower, preventing those unwanted sugar spikes – and calling for less insulin to even come into play.
→ 5. Speeds Up Metabolic Rates
Your metabolism is key for helping you to lose weight since it is the central control center for the body’s energy use (ie – can burn fa cells!).
Apple cider vinegar has been proven to increase the enzyme AMPK – which reduces fat and sugar production in the liver, ultimately helping you to burn off stored fat.
The faster the speed of the metabolism, the more your body works to counter the fat that is stored on your body, and the sugar that wishes to become stored as fat cells alongside it.
→ 6. Kills Harmful Bacteria
Our gut – the part of the digestive system that consists of the stomach, small intestine, and large intestine – is made up of trillions of strains of bacteria.
And this bacteria can either be beneficial for us, helping us to carry out vital life processes, including but not limited to:
➯ Healthy Digestion
➯ Weight management (and weight loss)
➯ Skin Health
➯ Nutrient Absorption
➯ Heart Health and Cholesterol Levels
➯ Brain Clarity and Mental Health
➯ Hunger and Appetite
➯ Bloating and Inflammation
➯ Chronic Illnesses
It’s as simple as this…
☐ Good gut bacteria comes from healthy foods – and beneficial gut microbes help to support the gut with its many, many functions
☐ Bad gut bacteria comes from unhealthy foods – and the inflammatory causing gut microbes hurt our ability to support the gut with its many, many functions
So to sum it up… apple cider vinegar supports the presence of good gut bacteria which allows our bodies to naturally detox the harmful, weight causing, inflammatory toxins.
Incorporating apple cider vinegar into your daily routine will ultimately help to detox and cleanse the inflammatory causing toxins from your digestive system, allowing you to reduce bloating and lose weight quickly.
Be sure to exercise caution as it is vinegar and a very potent mix that could burn your throat if not careful.
But the best tips of advice that I could give to you (beyond ACV of course) is to check your gut health. Because if you’re interested in losing weight (or detoxing), those are both vital signs that your gut health is off balance.
Here are some articles to help you discover the health of YOUR gut…