As a self-proclaimed science nerd, I love NutritionFacts.org; however, many clients to whom I’ve referred to this site find it a bit over their heads, and/or they can’t stand Dr. Greger’s monotone voice.
Whatever the case, below is a summary of Dr. Greger’s video, to save you from the science jargon and boredom:
Your body requires energy to metabolize solutions of acetic acid (vinegar). The metabolism of acetic acid activates the enzyme AMPK, which is the trigger in your body that tells it to stop storing fat and to start burning it instead.
A clinical study in Japan evaluated the effects of ACV on fat loss at various dosages and found that those subjects in the “high dose” group, who were consuming 2 tablespoons in a beverage daily, consistently lost weight over a 12-week period without any further changes to their diet or lifestyle. Measurements and abdominal scans of the 3 test groups confirmed that the ACV subjects were also able to remove a significant amount of visceral fat from their abdomen. (Visceral fat is stored around your internal organs and is active, meaning that it can interfere with organ function and affect normal hormonal functions. It’s often linked to insulin resistance, high blood pressure, heart disease, and various cancers).
One month after the study, the ACV subjects gained the weight back. This confirms that the ACV was playing a key role in their fat loss.
In summary: ACV helps you burn fat!
If that info isn’t convincing you to add ACV to your weight-loss plan, here are some other reported benefits that it can offer to your health, beauty, and home:
- It regulates your blood sugar levels, which help you to manage your appetite and cravings, leading to weight loss
- It supports digestive enzymes, which help you to break down your food, absorb nutrients, and, consequently, lose weight
- It can break up mucous and help with congestion and allergies
- It supports the body in eliminating candida
- It has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties.
- It adds a shine to your hair when used as a rinse after shampoo
- It acts as a natural aftershave and a sunburn-soother
- It repels fleas from pets
How to Add ACV into Your Daily Routine:
Don’t drink it straight. Add it to salad dressing or make a beverage with it.
Try this recipe I adapted from the lovely ladies at Tone It Up!
Pour ingredients into a cocktail shaker over a couple of ice cubes. Shake and serve!
Note: Watch out for your teeth!
Even if you have strong tooth enamel, be careful with your consumption of vinegar (and other acids). It can cause erosion. Drinking with a straw, rinsing with water, or brushing your teeth after consuming vinegar is a good idea. Those with weak enamel should check with their dentists before bringing ACV into their daily routines.