Can Vinegar Help you Lose Weight?

Tuesday, 30 Nov 2010 03:36 PM

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Does the apple cider vinegar diet actually help you lose weight, can it really curb cravings and provide nutrition?

These are just a few questions that keep surfacing about the correlation of vinegar and weight loss. Dieters are constantly looking for magical diet plans that will help them to lose weight dramatically in a short span of time. Here are a few facts about the vinegar diet. It is up to you to consider if it can really help to lose weight:
 
What is a Vinegar Diet?
Vinegar, especially apple cider vinegar, has been used in folk medicine for centuries as a natural remedy for many ailments and to promote general health. The process of double fermentation is used for the whole apples to produce apple cider vinegar. Since the vinegar is neither filtered nor distilled, the vitamins and minerals present remain intact. There is evidence to show that apple cider vinegar contains decent amounts of enzymes, organic acids, and vitamins that may help in improving blood circulation and controlling diabetes and arthritis.

However, the relation between vinegar and weight loss is still a subject with contradictory viewpoints. While the proponents of a vinegar diet point out the diet’s efficacy as vinegar can be an appetite suppressant and metabolic booster, the medical fraternity clearly dismisses vinegar weight loss diet as a weight loss diet fad.
 
How Does the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet Work?
The vinegar diet advises dieters to drink two table spoons of vinegar just before meals and follow the regime for a week to a month. If one finds it difficult to drink plain apple cider vinegar, it can be diluted with water or mixed with honey, lime juice, or maple syrup. The fact is that apple cider vinegar is quite sour in taste; drinking the vinegar just before meals usually leaves an unpleasant taste in the mouth. This sour mouth makes the dieter feel less hungry. Thus, dieters tend to eat less or reduce food portion sizes. The acidic nature of the cider vinegar also helps to cleanse the body of toxins, improving the secretion of certain digestive enzymes that aid in better breakdown of food, thereby improving metabolism.
 
Pros and Cons of the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet
In conclusion, it can be inferred that though there is no substantial scientific evidence in favor of apple cider vinegar diet, this vinegar diet may indirectly help to lose weight by cutting calories and curbing cravings. Another point in the favor of vinegar diet is that there are not any characteristic side effects that are typically witnessed after taking ephedrine or caffeine containing diet pills. The bottom-line is that one may try this apple cider vinegar diet to lose weight but only in combination with regular exercises and a balanced diet regime and that too without expecting any miraculous results.

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