5 Weight Loss Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Find out how this ingredient may support your weight loss efforts.

5 Weight Loss Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

By Reina Berger

Apple cider vinegar has long been considered beneficial when it comes to keeping your weight down and as it turns out, there are five main reasons for this welcomed side effect. While there’s no such thing as an easy fix, by incorporating apple cider vinegar into a healthy diet and workout regimen, you may notice a shift in pounds. It may not be a magic elixir, but this ancient ingredient can lend a helping hand in the battle of the bulge.

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Burns Fat

In a study where mice were fed a high-fat diet, they found a significant increase in the genes responsible for fat burning. In a test conducted on humans over a 12-week period, obese Japanese participants were split into three groups, one of which consumed 500 ml of a drink that had either 15 ml, 30 ml, or 0 ml of vinegar. When measuring the body weight, BMI, visceral fat, waist circumferences, and serum triglyceride levels at the end of the study, they found that those numbers were significantly lower in the 15 ml and 30 ml group, as compared to the people consuming 0 ml. These results show a connection between apple cider vinegar and a reduced likelihood of developing metabolic syndrome.

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Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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