The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet
In the 1950s, Dr. D. C. Jarvis wrote a book that set the stage for Apple Cider Vinegar as a weight loss solution. And despite attempts by other fad diets to push this diet out of the limelight, it continues to resurge among dieters every few years.
Dr Jarvis claimed that regular consumption of the vinegar would cause fat to be burned rather than stored. He also said that it naturally suppresses your appetite, increases your metabolism, boosts energy, reduces water retention, and that the pectin in the vinegar will bind cholesterol and remove it from the body.
Scientists also say that apple cider vinegar interferes with the body’s digestion of starch, which means fewer calories enter the bloodstream.
What is Apple Cider Vinegar?
Apple Cider Vinegar is a tonic made by fermenting the juice of an apple. The apple is crushed, and the juice is squeezed out. The fermentation process occurs when yeast and sugar are added to the juice. A second process involves adding certain bacteria to the juice which converts the alcohol into acetic acid.
Apple Cider Vinegar which is to be used for weight loss should be unpasteurised or organic and will contain ‘mother of vinegar’ – giving it a cobweb-like appearance and it may look slightly congealed.
The Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) Diet
The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet, commonly referred to as the ACV Diet, is seriously easy – simply take 2-3 teaspoons of the vinegar around 20-30 minutes before each meal.
We’re not going to lie, it doesn’t taste very nice at all. It is also very acidic, which will harm the enamel on your teeth, so remember to rinse your mouth out with water or brush your teeth afterwards. Here’s some tips people have came up with to make stomaching the drink a bit easier:
- drink it as a ‘shot’ as quickly as possible
- mix it with water to dilute it before drinking
- mix with apple juice or grapefruit juice to dilute it before drinking
- mix with honey before drinking
Please note, although you’ll find many blogs and reviews on the internet from people who say they’ve lost weight with ACV, there is very little scientific evidence proving that this diet effective. There has only been one human study published (see below) on the effects of ACV on weight loss.
Japanese ACV study
In a double-blind experiment, obese Japanese participants were assigned to three different groups based on similar body weights, body mass indexes (BMI), and waist circumference. Each group drank a 500ml drink containing either 30ml, 15ml, or 0ml of vinegar daily for 12 weeks. All of the groups consumed a similar amount of calories and performed the same exercise.
After 12 weeks, the people in the 30ml and 15ml groups had lower BMI, visceral fat area, waist circumference, and body weight compared to those in the control group who had zero ACV. It was concluded that consumption of vinegar might reduce obesity.
The 12 week weight losses were modest: an average of 1.2 kg in the 15ml group, and 1.7 kg in the 30ml group.
A 2009 study on mice showed that consuming acetic acid (the active component in ACV), upregulates the expression of genes for fatty acid oxidation enzymes in the liver causing a suppression in body fat accumulation.
A miracle cure?
Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for hundreds of years as a health tonic. It has been claimed that it can also cure:
- Migraine headaches
- Chronic fatigue
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Yeast infections (Candida)
- And many more.
There are many people who call this vinegar a ‘miracle healer’. However, there is very little scientific evidence to prove any of these anecdotal claims.
Apple Cider Vinegar within supplements
Many of you have contacted us to ask if we sell ACV. Unfortunately it’s not something we can keep in stock. However, we’ve recently developed a new fat burner supplement called T5 Extreme, which includes powdered Apple Cider Vinegar as one of it’s ingredients. You can buy our T5 Extreme fat burner on our website here.