Weight gain comes out of a multitude of influencing factors such as poor eating habits and underlying health conditions. A slow metabolism, high cholesterol, diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, arthritis, hypothyroidism, and a wide variety of other deficiencies and disorders cause serious weight gain and sometimes inhibit weight loss as well. Heck, even dehydration can cause weight gain as the body craves water and causes you to binge constantly in hopes of extracting water from the food that you eat. (Yes, the body isn’t very good about coming forward with a thirst demand. It just gets hungry even when you’re actually thirsty so be wary of your water consumption.)
Although there is a long list of diseases and disorders that cause weight gain, the two most prominent such health conditions are high blood sugar and off-beat thyroid functionality. Luckily, ACV plays a significant role in improving both conditions, in turn aiding weight loss for those who are struck by them. Let’s talk about the science behind it all so that this new information that you’re learning isn’t just something you’ve “read online,” but something that is deeply rooted in facts.
Apple Cider Vinegar Lowers Blood Sugar
Apple Cider Vinegar is known to aid in the regulation of blood sugar and treatment of diabetes. When you consume excessive amounts of sugar or have a high amount of it in your blood, it signals your pancreas to produce more insulin. As more insulin is produced in the body, it facilitates your body in storing your excess consumption as fat stores, directly piling them onto your body. As sugar is not nearly as satiating as other complex foods, you end up eating far more of it than you would of anything else and that just piles more and more fat onto your body.
According to the American Diabetes Association, Apple Cider Vinegar has been proven to lower insulin production in a high-carb meal by 19-34%. According to the ADA’s research, if you take two tablespoons of ACV before bed, you can observe a 4% drop in your fasting blood sugar in the morning. ACV has also been tested to reduce blood sugar by 34% after the consumption of 50g of white bread according to research by the US National Library of Medicine & the National Institute of Health. Hundreds of other studies citing its benefits in this regard have also indicated its effectiveness in lowering blood sugar and consequently cutting down on fat stores (and the likelihood of depositing them in the first place).
Apple Cider Vinegar Improves Thyroid Function
As we age, our thyroid glands fall weak and many people in their late 30’s or early 40’s find themselves dependent upon thyroid function regulating medication for the rest of their lives. Although this medication helps within its capacity to improve the glands’ function, increasing the acidity of the stomach can help in the absorption of this medication to increase its effectiveness.
Apple Cider Vinegar already comes with the benefit of regulating hormone levels. Aiding with the absorption of thyroid regulating medication makes it pivotal to the thyroid care. Since thyroid disorders cause people to put on immense amounts of weight, taking care of your thyroid functionality this way can ensure that you easily shed the pounds that are keeping you most unhappy.
Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss
Although there is a long list of other health conditions that turn themselves over into weight gain, if you find yourself steering clear of all of them and are just looking to gain weight, Apple Cider Vinegar brings direct benefits to your weight loss journey as well. According to a study documented in the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health in which 175 obese people were given either 0mL, 15mL, or 30mL of ACV in a 500mL beverage, it was found that over the 12-week period, those that took 15mL of ACV lose 1.2 kilograms and those who took 30mL of ACV lose 1.7 kilograms on average.
This was the first major study conducted on the impact of ACV for weight loss giving us significant evidence to believe that ACV is a weight loss aid. The acetic acid compound has not been found to directly burn fat off, but the surrounding effects of the compound cause the body to feel fuller faster, curbing appetite, and they also target imbalances in the body that create an environment for easy weight gain or difficult weight loss.
As concluded by the scientists behind the the ACV study on 175 obese Japanese people, individuals looking to lose fat should consume 1 – 2 tablespoons of ACV a day (15 – 30 mL). People have also found it beneficial to consume this concoction first thing in the morning to boost the metabolism and get a fresh flush of fluid through the body before it starts to go about eating things throughout the day. Be careful, though, to monitor your ACV consumption as it is highly acidic and harsh, and it may cause tooth enamel, tissues, and the stomach lining to wear away.