Monday, May 7, 2012

Apple Cider Vinegar- Quick Weight Loss Remedy

Weight loss is an idea that penetrates the minds of many people and for this reason scientists are working endlessly to find more and more weight loss remedies every day. The ingredients we would find at the local market or those in our homes are now being studied carefully so scientists can improve diets for weight loss. A diet which limits itself to salads only is now being known to void the body of nutrients which are needed and the weight loss through this process would also be temporary. Thus efforts are being made to make this diet more comprehensive, while also allowing remedies for permanent weight loss to be developed.
Apple cider vinegar has recently caught the attention of many scientists in terms of weight loss. While the effectiveness has been confirmed by many who have used it over time, the technique which the apple cider vinegar uses to help weight loss is still being studied. Some of the results have confirmed a few factors, while others remain a mystery. It has been established that consumption of two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in a glass of water with every meal would help to reduce weight. The estimate comes to fifteen pounds in a year and the weight loss has been known to be permanent. This is because the weight loss is not sudden, but gradual. The body gets used to the change in metabolism and reduced body weight and thus does not promote the brain to stimulate hunger to try and regain the lost body weight.
However the apple cider vinegar should not be processed filtered or distilled. It should be with the mother, which is the cloudy component in the vinegar that gathers at the bottom. Without this, it would be useless because the vinegar would have been stripped of its nutrients and beneficial chemicals.
1.      Appetite Suppressant: The consumption of apple cider vinegar during meal times helps one to eat less and eat healthier. This is because the pectin in the vinegar absorbs water and fills the stomach with water to a certain extent. This helps one to feel full much quicker. It prevents one from indulging in snacks in the middle of the meals because the person feels full for most of the time.
2.      Balances Glucose: It has been established that apple cider vinegar helps to balance the amount of glucose in the blood. This is particularly beneficial when a person may be suffering from type 2 diabetes. This is because when there is lack of glucose in the blood, a person may wolf down any available form of carbohydrates to balance it out. This kind of binge eating is substantially reduced because of the balance in glucose. This also reduces insulin surge in the body which helps the body to reduce the amount of fat being stored.
3.      Reduced Water Retention: Since 70% of our bodies are made up of water, it is crucial that the water content in the body needs to be reduced to be able to reduce weight. The reason why losing the first 2-3 inches is the easiest is because that is when the body burns away the water more quickly. Apple cider vinegar soaks in water and allows it to pass through the system quicker, thus helping in weight loss.
4.      Increase in Metabolic Rate: It has been speculated that apple cider vinegar helps release more iron from the food. The increased iron absorption helps improve the oxygen efficiency in the body, releasing more energy, and thus burning fats quicker.
5.      Better Mood: Apple cider vinegar is a rich source of the amino acid - tryptophan which is responsible for the production of serotonin. This serotonin helps induce a sense of wellbeing and cures depression. The reduced symptoms of depression help to regulate one’s diet, putting less pressure on their body weight.
6.      Reprograms Genes which Promote Fat Storage: The genes which induce the need to store fat in the body are turned off by the apple cider vinegar. The acetic acid prevents the release of the protein which is needed to convert glucose to fatty acid, thus preventing fat collection in the body.
While most of these have been recently established and studies continue, the effects of the apple cider vinegar remain unchallenged. The only research point is being able to understand how it contributes to weight loss and thus incorporating it into the diet in a more effective way.