What’s the deal with apple cider vinegar and weight loss? Does it help with weight loss, or is it another internet marketing fad?

Some people swear by it, and others say it’s just in their head.

Who’s right?

 

 

Apple Cider Vinegar FAQ

 

What is Apple Cider Vinegar?

-In a nutshell, ACV is made by adding yeast to apples (fermentation). The alcohol from the fermentation is then treated with bacteria, which converts it into acetic acid <== this is what gives vinegar its sour taste.

 

What Does Apple Cider Do?

-Depends on who you ask because you can read a myriad of health benefits and ranges from gut health, skin health, heart health, weight loss, fat loss, better personality, hair growth, dandruff… 

Yeah, it’s all over the place.

Truth be told, very few studies back up many of the claims you may read online, so it’s difficult to say what it does or does not do. 

With that said, from my experience, it depends per individual, but the most common theme that we see is that it helps with gut health, and that’s anecdotal at best. 

 

Does Apple Cider Vinegar Help with Weight Loss?

-Depends. Tricky answer, I know, but let me explain…

What ACV can do is help with gut bacteria and digestion issues in some individuals. When the gut is not as bloated or inflamed, then a person MAY notice their waistline goes down, and they don’t look, or feel, as bloated. The inflammation and bloating is mostly water and waste. So in that context of helping SOME people not feel as puffy and inflamed, they will see a scale decrease. 

 

Will Apple Cider Vinegar Cause Fat Loss?

-No. NOW… what it can do, again I stress for some people, is when your stomach is feeling less inflamed and less bloated, these people may be more active since they don’t feel as crappy. With more activity increase, you will see a decrease in fat, BUT just adding in ACV does not guarantee fat or weight loss.

Side note: There is a difference between weight loss and fat loss. Weight loss can be anything from water, waste, muscle, fat, bone, glycogen, etc. But fat loss is ONLY fat loss. 

 

Is Apple Cider Vinegar Healthy?

-I wouldn’t say it’s healthy, but I wouldn’t say it’s NOT healthy. Again this depends on the person, and the only way to find out is… (read below)

 

Should I Take Apple Cider Vinegar?

Organic Apple Cider Vinegar-Unless you are aware that you have an allergy to apples or vinegar, then I think it’s worth a shot, and let explain. 

Though ACV will not help with fat loss, what it can help with is gut health and the feelings of bloated and puffiness in some people. Just like stated above the less puffy and bloated you feel the more like your going to be more active and make better food choices; and when your more active and make better food choice THAT can lead to weight or fat loss. 

The only way to know is to give it a shot for about a month and see how you feel.

If it’s something that you want to try, it’s less than $10, and you can get it at any major grocery store. 

 

As of HOW to take it? Personally, I mix it (1-2 tablespoons) with my morning fiber drink, but I know some people take it like a shot (shudders….). Look, people don’t buy ACV for the taste, so don’t expect it to taste great, but if your gut feels better, then it’s well worth it. 

 

 

 

 

In Health and Awesomeness,
Travis Merritt, BS, CPT, (and other letters behind the name) is the Owner of Rowlett Transformation Center in Rowlett, TX.

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