The benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar have been preached for years. People have been taking it for hundreds of years (much like fish oil) and these kinds of Old School approaches to diet and exercise shouldn’t be ignored. They are time tested and proven. This leads us to the question -What is an Apple Cider Vinegar Diet?
It’s too bad many of the dated approaches to getting in really good shape and being healthy get ignored. Most people want to be on the cutting edge but let’s look at the reality. People have found ways to get lean since the dawn of time. The Greeks and Spartans were ripped and over the years especially more recently the majority of people or more overweight. So clearly the cutting edge science and gimmick might not be as good as the old fashioned eat less move more logic from centuries back. Want to get big huge muscles lift heavier and heavier weights. Want to get ripped? Eat less food so your body uses all the fat wrapped around your torso for energy. That’s what it’s there for anyway, it’s extra calories in the form of fat. Fuel to burn!
However, health elixirs have existed for a long time too, and some of the ancient stuff is great for you, while other stuff, long forgotten, was probably poisonous and that’s why it’s not around. Apple Cider Vinegar is one of these, mostly ignored, old fashioned approaches to help get people leaner and be healthier overall.
The benefits associated with taking Apple Cider Vinegar include increased energy, lower blood sugar, increased insulin sensitivity, fat loss, improved hair and nail health, and several more.
I have read that it helps burn fat. The article didn’t say how or why but we know that if this were true it could only be for one of two reasons. It would have to be because it suppresses appetite causing less calorie intake, or increases metabolic rate.
It may be that both are true. However, it’s not as good as it sounds. In my experience Apple Cider Vinegar does work,. Note that it’s not a magical potion that makes you ripped. Apple Cider Vinegar does suppress appetite naturally for various reasons. It also gives an energy boost both mentally and physically.
The actual physiological reasons Apple Cider Vinegar works is backed up by years of peer reviewed research studies.
Both Apples and Apple Cider Vinegar contain pectin which expands in the stomach making you feel full. This leads to less calorie consumption for most people who aren’t pigs (I am often a pig and eat way past when I am full so don’t take offense).
Lowered Blood Sugar/Insulin
This is pretty cool. When insulin is low you can burn fat. When insulin is high fat burning is difficult AND often times hunger gets spiked (that’s why when we eat candy, doughnuts and ice cream we can’t or don’t want to stop). Apple Cider Vinegar not only lowers insulin when taken but if taken with foods high on the glycemic index (like potatoes) insulin levels did not get as high when compared to eating the high GI foods alone.
Increased Metabolic Rate
The research behind this one has mixed results. It’s safe to say if it increases the metabolism, then the increase is not significant. It is much like drinking coffee and green tea. Is it there, yes, but the real benefit is the consumption of less calories. If you feel more energetic and clear headed after drinking it then great, but not everyone reports this.
How to Incorporate Apple Cider Vinegar into your diet
It is simple to incorporate Apple Cider Vinegar into your diet. Drink two teaspoons mixed with 16 oz of water two to three times per day. Many recommend the morning, pre-workout and evening.
However, you can be more creative if you don’t like the taste.
- Mix it with Honey
- Mix it with your favorite tea
- Use it as a salad dressing
- Sprinkle it on your baked potato
- Make a delicious sliced cucumber, olive oil and Apple Cider Vinegar salad
That last one is a favorite. The recipe is very simple and delicious. You can add salt and pepper to taste. Plus the only significant calories you are getting is from healthy fats in the olive oil. So in essence this is a low calorie salad with the added benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar!
That pretty much wraps it up. I recommend adding this to your diet and exercise program. Have you tried Apple Cider Vinegar before? What was your experience?
Generally speaking, the risks of taking occasional apple cider vinegar are quite low granting that your intake is of small amounts. But nobody can deny the fact not even the apple cider vinegar diet proponents that its main ingredient is acetic acid, present in most forms of vinegar. Whether it helps burn fat in our bodies or not, excessive amounts of acids in our body are dangerous for our health especially in the digestive tract. And it will take years of successful studies and researches before this diet plan can get the nod of the medical community. Until that day, those who are into apple cider vinegar diet are taking it at their own risks.