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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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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