How Does Apple Cider Vinegar Work for Weight Loss?

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Apple Cider Vinegar is a folk remedy that has been used for centuries on many ailments including weight loss.

The vinegar is made from fermenting apple cider and contains acetic acid, potassium, pectin, copper, zinc, sodium, selenium, manganese, magnesium and iron. It is also a source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C and E.

When talking about apple cider vinegar for weight loss it is important to note that we are talking about organic apple cider vinegar with the mother. The mother is the stringy cloudy bits that gather at the bottom. Distilled and perfectly clear vinegar has all the nutrients stripped out and will not do the job.

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How Does It Work?

The science on how apple cider vinegar works for weight loss is unclear. Several studies have been done on distilled white vinegar, where preliminary findings showed evidence to support the weight loss theory. However there have not been any good studies done on the effect of apple cider vinegar.

Nevertheless there are a myriad of anecdotal evidence supporting apple cider vinegar for weight loss. Being a natural product and with so many other medicinal uses there is no harm in trying it.

1. Appetite Suppressant

One of the theories is that apple cider vinegar works as an appetite suppressant. Cravings are controlled and you stop binge eating. The theory is that the pectin in apple cider vinegar absorbs water and fills the stomach a little bit before each meal making you feel full faster.

A study was done using normal vinegar where volunteers were given three amounts of vinegar diluted in water with a piece of wheat bread. Those with the higher concentrations of vinegar felt the fullest.

This is the theory that I can personally vouch for. Whenever I am taking apple cider vinegar I eat less and I eat healthier. It happens on autopilot and I only really notice when I stop taking it. I also sleep less but sleep better and have a better mood throughout the day.

(Editor's note: My appetite would diminish, too, after swallowing this stuff anyway... lol)

2. Metabolic Rate Increase

Another theory is that apple cider vinegar increases your metabolic rate therefore helping you burn fat faster. The hypothesis is that the acetic acid in the vinegar releases more iron in food. With more iron absorbed by the body more oxygen is utilized in digestion and therefore more energy is consumed.

The acetic acid also dampens insulin spikes and reduces the rate that glucose is released into the bloodstream. This results in lower amounts of insulin, and with lower amounts of insulin in your bloodstream you will store less fat.

3. Better Mood

Apple cider vinegar is also a folk remedy for depression. Apple cider vinegar increases the amino acid tryptophan, which helps produce serotonin. Serotonin reduces stress and increases well being.

The better we feel and the less stress we are carrying the less likely we are to participate in binge eating due to stress.

4. Turning Off Genes That Promote Fat Storage

Another study found that acetic acid prevents genes that promote fat storage from fully developing. In essence it switches off these genes by inhibiting a protein that regulates the genes required for the conversion of glucose into fatty acid.

Slow and Steady

Apple cider vinegar does not deliver rapid weight loss. Therefore commit to it for a long period of time and do not be disappointed if you do not see immediate results. It is a long term investment in your health.


About The Author

Thomas writes about how to maintain a healthy bedroom at his website He recommends Apple Cider Vinegar as a sleep disorder remedy as well as for weight loss.

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