Backers of the Apple Cider Vinegar diet claim that just a small dose of apple cider before meals can help increase your metabolism, burn fat and lessen your appetite. Various proponents of the diet claim that different amounts are needed to be effective, but the question most people want to know is does it work? The answer unfortunately is no. If you look into how the Apple Cider Vinegar works, you’ll find a variety of different theories. None of the proposed ways that the miracle liquid works have been proven by doctors, scientists or other medical specialists.
Effects on Blood Sugar
The first theory is that it works on blood sugar. This theory actually has a little bit of research behind it because of the potential benefit to diabetes patients. Under normal circumstances, you eat carbohydrates and foods that consist of simple sugars. Your body then breaks the food down into glucose which then travels throughout your system. Glucose is the scientific term for blood sugar. People with diabetes have a hard time regulating their blood sugar levels. Apple cider vinegar is supposed to prolong the time it takes to break down the food into glucose for a more gradual increase in blood sugar that’s easier for the body to handle. Because the blood sugar is well regulated thanks to the vinegar, you no longer crave unhealthy foods to offset the imbalance of sugar and insulin. That’s just a theory, and it hasn’t been proven to be true.
Another potential benefit of consuming apple cider vinegar before meals is that it supposedly makes you feel fuller. The idea is that the vinegar should be consumed with a glass of water. Apple cider vinegar is supposed to contain pectin that reacts with water and acid before eating to provide a full feeling before a single bite is consumed which causes you to eat less and thus take in less calories.
Finally, some just think that apple cider makes you feel better. When you feel better you suddenly have more energy and less cravings for unhealthy food. You may even be more likely to feel like exercising. The way that the vinegar makes you feel better is up for debate, but a popular belief is that it increases seratonin levels and helps you to sleep better at night. When it comes right down to it, there is no research that can say that apple cider vinegar helps people lose weight. On the same token, there is no research that says consuming vinegar regularly can be bad for you, so if you think that it will work, give it a try and see what happens. You’ve got nothing to lose and everything to gain.