Apple cider vinegar is one of those items you simply walk by at the super market. Personally, I never thought about what it could be used for until I really dug deep in the trenches for my weight loss journey. When I was growing up, my mother would use regular vinegar to clean and disinfect. Never would I have imagined at the time how much of an impact apple cider vinegar could make for weight loss.
Before we get into how much to drink and how often, let’s talk about the effects that apple cider vinegar has with your body. There are a couple of things you should know before you start consuming it.
Apple cider vinegar is not an overnight fad diet
Starting to drink this vinegar simply to lose weight fast in a short amount of time is not recommended. If you are thinking about including apple cider vinegar in your diet, keep in mind that you should have a marathon mentality first. Apple cider vinegar is not a meal replacement, nor is it a miracle weight loss drink. If it was, obesity health issues worldwide would be solved. Remember, apple cider vinegar is to be seen as a compliment or an additional tool to aid in weight loss.
The benefits of apple cider vinegar
The biggest weight loss benefit of this vinegar is that it helps regulate glucose levels in your blood. Glucose, or sugar in basic terms, is what your body uses to convert to calories which are then burned to give you the energy. This energy is what allows your body to move and get you through the day. Normally, your body stores the extra sugar not converted into calories as fat. However, this process is minimized by drinking apple cider vinegar.
The vinegar contains an antioxidant called beta-carotene which helps break down and burn unwanted extra fat from your body. This is awesome news if you’re looking to start drinking apple cider vinegar to lose weight.
Apple cider vinegar also helps with digestion and constipation issues. The malic acid in the vinegar has been proven to help clear clogged arteries and help clean lymph nodes.
Some other benefits you may be interested in that don’t really have much to do with weight loss are it helps control and eliminate acne, warts and other skin blemishes. It has been proven to help treat heartburn, helps with sleep quality, helps improve energy levels, and strengthens immune systems.
My Apple Cider Vinegar Drink recipe
Now that I’ve gotten a little bit into some benefits and warnings of apple cider vinegar, you’re probably wondering how you should drink it. There really is no wrong way to do it, but I’ll share how I’ve managed to keep it down (let’s face it; it won’t win any tasty beverage awards.)
- 8 oz of water (cold, cool, or warm – it’s your preference)
- 3 tsp apple cider vinegar (organic works best)
- 4 tsp apple juice (try carbonated apple juice)
- 2 tsp fresh honey (or to taste)
Things to keep in mind
There are some other things you should consider before you go start mixing apple cider vinegar drinks. I don’t recommend you drinking it without a straw due to the fact that apple cider vinegar contains acid which can be aggressive to the enamel on your teeth. I also wouldn’t drink it straight because of the same reason. Getting creative with mixes is okay, but just keep in mind that many popular beverages you may want to mix it with already contain acid thus creating a super acidic drink. These beverages include coffee, tea, lemonade and other juices. I wouldn’t mix it with sports beverages or energy drinks due to their high sugar levels and the fact that they’re just bad for you anyway.
Drinking apple cider vinegar affects people in different ways. I recommend you start drinking it on an empty stomach first thing in the morning and also 20 minutes before dinner to get started. It is okay to consume on average about 10 tablespoons a day which would be around 3-4 of these drinks per day. I would certainly recommend starting slow and see how you feel. Experiment to see what time of the day works best for you.
I hope I’ve provided enough information to help you decide if drinking apple cider vinegar is right for your weight loss goals. One thing to keep in mind as you start trying apple cider vinegar is that you need to take breaks. Apple cider vinegar tends to deplete the production of iodine when consumed for long periods of time. Iodine is responsible for the making of thyroid hormones which control the body’s metabolism and other important functions. Taking 2 week breaks every 3-4 months will help keep your body from getting used to the vinegar and will help prevent the depletion of iodine.
What are some things you have heard about drinking Apple Cider Vinegar to help with weight loss?