I was flipping through channels and I landed on a documentary talking about the apple cider vinegar (ACV) diet. I have never heard of this diet, so I thought I would look into it and let you guys know my thoughts.
What: ACV has been used for centuries for a multitude of reasons such as an anti-bacterial agent to clean, enhance the flavor of food and for other beauty and health benefits. However, it is now being touted as the new “magic pill” for weight loss.
How can ACV promote weight loss, you ask?
Unfortunately, there isn’t any concrete information on the mechanism. But scientists believe that AVC inhibits the body from converting sugars into fat storage and stimulates the breakdown of stored body fat. It can also increase the body’s metabolism and suppress an individual’s appetite.
Well, here is the problem. The lack of data supporting ACV for weight loss is almost non-existent. There is one study, where 14 obese individuals drank 3 servings of ACV throughout the day and lost about 2-4 lbs. However, the trial only ran for 12 weeks and every adult gained their respective weight back after the conclusion of the study.
James, do you believe that apple cider vinegar is the cheat code for weight loss?
I would have to say NO! I don’t know if you guys remember the 1st generation of HydroxyCut, but that is probably the closest thing we will have to a magic bullet for weight loss.
However, if ACV is combined with an exercise regimen and good eating habits it can potentially result in weight loss. Based on my hypotheses, AVC can help prevent fat storage and increase satiety. Due to this, I feel like people should incorporate this type of vinegar in their diet.
If you are still interested in trying the ACV diet I recommend that you try Dr. Jarvis’s recipe (below) since he is the originator of the linkage between ACV and weight loss.
- 1 to 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar + 8 ounces water
- Drink before meals 3 times a day
Also, be aware that since apple cider vinegar is acidic, over-consumption can lead to tooth enamel erosion, mouth or throat burn, upset stomach and other reported side effects.
Let me know below, what your experience is with the ACV diet or if you are thinking about trying it.