Apple Cider Vinegar's Newest Health Benefit: Body Fat Scorcher?

Study finds that ACV can accelerate fat loss without your having to change your diet.

Fat loss products and supplements are hot commodities. However, the magic pill to healthfully shed fat has been elusive.

But one effective way to accelerate fat loss could be sitting right in your kitchen cabinet: Apple cider vinegar.

Apple cider vinegar, or ACV for short, is known for its alleged health benefits. The fermented liquid is thought to improve immune system function, digestive health and skin health. I've personally seen ACV cure a stubborn wart in only a few days.

And it appears to be a potent fat loss booster.

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Dr. Jacob Wilson, an exercise physiologist and researcher, recently highlighted a study about the effects of ACV in an Instagram post.

The study assessed the impact of apple cider vinegar on body composition in 155 obese but otherwise healthy people. After 12 weeks, the individuals who consumed a mere two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar every day lost an average of 2.6 pounds without changing their diets. The individuals who didn't consume ACV weighed about the same at the end of the study.

As shown in Wilson's post below, fat loss appears to be the primary reason for the subjects' weight drop.

It's thought that a compound in ACV called acetate interferes with the body's ability to create new fat. It also may cause the body to use fat as a source of energy.

Is this the silver bullet for fat loss? Absolutely not.

Significant and lasting fat loss can only be achieved through hard work in the gym and careful eating. It takes time and effort. There's no way around it.

However, adding two tablespoons of ACV to your diet every day might accelerate your fat loss without your having to invest in expensive supplements.

Can't stomach the idea of drinking apple cider vinegar? You're not to blame. The taste is not for the faint of heart.

To make it more tolerable, add two tablespoons to a glass of water. If it's still too gross, split the dose into two glasses over the course of a day. Diluting ACV also helps to protect your teeth from the acid in the vinegar.

Also, make sure to drink unfiltered vinegar, such as Bragg's, to receive the full benefits. An easy way to tell if it's unfiltered is if the vinegar appears cloudy and needs to be shaken.

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Topics: FAT LOSS | VINEGAR