Kourtney Kardashian drinks it, Miranda Kerr made a whole speech about it, and Megan Fox loves it.
So what about this tonic that is so miraculous? They say if it’s too good to be true, then it probably is. However, there has been science-backed claims about apple cider vinegar (ACV) on our overall wellbeing and gut health. And as you will have already known by the title of this post, it has slimming properties too.
The secret lies in the acetic acid it contains, making ACV so potent when it comes to weight loss. Let’s have a look at how ACV can help you stay slim and trim.
1. Boosts metabolism
Research has shown that those with a higher intake of acetic acid naturally produced more AMPK, an enzyme that can help to boost fat burning and decrease fat production.
Fats require energy to be burnt, so by burning more fats, more energy will be used, speeding up your metabolism.
2. Blasts belly fat
A high-fat diet supplemented with acetic acid resulted increasing the production of genes responsible for fat burning, which led to less body fat accumulation.
No need for restrictive diets: ACV melts your fat away without depriving you of all that glorious food. Assuming you’re eating within reason, of course.
Shed those pounds in no time!
3. Prevents fat storage
An experiment carried out on rats found that those treated with acetic acid encouraged the production of genes responsible for reducing fat storage in the belly, while protecting them from gaining weight.
So now you know that the fat you lose won’t come back so easily!
4. Stimulates digestion
With faster digestion, the fats remain in the digestive tract for a shorter period of time. This gives your body lesser chances to take in the fat.
Nutrients from the food consumed are also better absorbed, while unwanted bacteria is filtered out.
Those with stomach issues can also benefit from ACV, as the acid present in your stomach is increased. Thus, digestion will be more through.
So now you’re wondering “That’s great, but how do I incorporate ACV into my diet?”
Here are some ways you can use it
1. Just drink it
Mix some ACV into water and voilà, your drink is ready!
Just note that it is crucial that you dilute ACV first.
It is highly acidic, and should never be drunk straight up. Unless you want to burn the inside of your mouth and oesophagus. It’s not fun!
2. Less is more
The recommended intake is 1-2 tablespoons per day. Chugging ACV like no tomorrow won’t benefit you in any way, and you risk eroding your tooth enamel with large doses of this acidic drink.
3. Sneak it into dishes
Not everyone likes the taste of ACV. If you can’t bear drinking it, then try including it in your salad dressings, or as marinades for your meats. A low-calorie way to infuse your food with more flavour and get the benefits of ACV at the same time!