Hundreds, if not thousands of different plans and suggestions have been designed and given from person to person in recent years in hopes of discovering something that can help humanity put its weight problems in the past.
While we may have not exactly found the magic cure yet, some pretty interesting discoveries have been made in the past few years, and one of the more intriguing ones revolves around apple cider vinegar weight loss. Wait… what? Apple cider vinegar? What does that have to do with weight loss? Well, as it turns out, it has a ton to do with it, and what follows is an examination of how the two are related.
Apple Cider Vinegar Makes You Feel Fuller
One of the greatest problems with losing weight is that feeling of emptiness you have inside of you, and not in a metaphorical sense. Having an empty stomach can be a painfully nagging experience as it starts to release acids and eat itself. However, for most people staying below their calorie intake limit is more important than anything, and so they power through this unpleasant experience.
However, as it turns out a 2005 study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has demonstrated that adding small amounts of vinegar to your meals will make you feel fuller, and the more apple cider vinegar you put in there, the stronger that feeling is going to be. The best way to ingest it would be to sip it along with a glass of water, or simply add it in a drink of your choice, bit by bit.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Stabilize Sugar Levels for Diabetics
Let’s face it, most of us who want to lose weight aren’t just self-conscious about how we look… we are doing it because we start to feel the toll of being overweight.
A 2005 study performed on a few test subjects with diabetes demonstrated that apple cider vinegar helped to stabilize their sugar and cholesterol levels; lessening the need for them to eat carbs and sugar in order to stabilize themselves. If you aren’t diabetic, then it can still help by controlling your sugar cravings.
Apple Cider Vinegar Lowers Cholesterol
Last but not least, apple cider vinegar is actually quite handy in order to stabilize people’s LDL (bad cholesterol) and HDL (good cholesterol) levels.
An experiment performed on rats which did not suffer from diabetes demonstrated that by simply consuming apple cider vinegar on a daily basis in small doses they can significantly lower their LDL cholesterol levels while raising the HDL ones.
Regardless of whether or not you are trying to lose weight, this is something which can still be useful to you; your cholesterol levels can very well be out of whack, even if you think yourself to be in good shape.
And so, as you can see, the apple cider vinegar weight loss benefits are quite impressive, but that’s the least of it; our research into the potential behind this vinegar has only just begun.
It is very possible that apple cider vinegar has other, untold advantages, and at this point, the only excuse not to consume it is an unfortunate allergy to vinegar. Yes, it isn’t exactly the tastiest drink in your house, but there are always practical ways to dilute the taste, such as the ones mentioned above (sipping it along with water or mixing it into a drink bit by bit).
How to Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
Given all these health benefits of apple cider vinegar many of you reading this in Africa will be asking, where to buy the stuff? I’m sure some of the high end supermarkets carry it. Still, if you can get raw apples cheaply where you live you may consider making it at home. Apparently its very easy to make… and I will be trying this at home myself! Here are some instructions for homemade apple cider vinegar: Source – TalesOfAKitchen,com
Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 2-3 months
3 small apples (core and peel included, no stem)
3 tsp raw sugar (I used muscavado)
filtered water to cover
Wash and chop your apples into medium sized pieces (or use the peels and cores of 6-7 small apples after making a pie). Place them in a clean, rinsed and sterilized wide mouth jar.
Mix the sugar with 1 cup of water and pour on top of the apples.
Add more water if needed to cover the apples.
Cover the jar with a paper towel or a cheesecloth and secure it with a band. This keeps nasties away while letting the liquid breathe.
Place the jar in a warm, dark place for 2-3 weeks – I just kept it in my pantry.
Strain out the liquid and discard the apple pieces.
Return the liquid to the same jar and cover it again (same paper or cheesecloth).
Return the jar to the same warm, dark place and leave it do its thing for roughly 4 to 6 weeks, stirring with a plastic or wooden spoon every few days or so. I’ll be honest with you, I wasn’t that organised with my stirring (oftentimes forgot), but my vinegar still loved me.
After the first 4 weeks, you can begin to also taste your vinegar and once it reaches an acidity you like, you can actually transfer it to a bottle with a lid and begin using it.
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Image: benefits of apple cider vinegar- Source: DietOfLife.com