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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Decreases Insulin Levels

Apple cider vinegar has also been shown to alter the ratio of the fat storage and fat burning hormones in the body; reducing the ratio of insulin to glucagon, which favors fat burning. Having lowered insulin encourages the breakdown of fat, which can then be used as an energy source. Insulin causes the body to store up excess fat, and glucagon signals the body to release the fat and use it as fuel, so it’s beneficial that apple cider vinegar can lower one and increase the other.

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