Can drinking apple cider vinegar really help you lose weight? The short answer is—perhaps.
This diet has been getting a lot of attention in the news lately thanks to celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Katy Perry. While there is evidence to suggest the active ingredient in apple cider vinegar—acetic acid—does aid in weight loss, there is more to consider. As with most natural health remedies, it should be paired with a healthy diet or lifestyle changes to experience the maximum benefit of adding this to your daily regimen.
If you’re interested in making a few healthy lifestyle changes and trying to add apple cider vinegar into your diet, start small. The weight loss specialists at The Hernried Center for Medical Weight Loss offer a Quick 20 program that can help re-balance your diet and exercise program to help you shed unwanted weight. Next, you can add apple cider vinegar to your routine. Fair warning, apple cider vinegar can be pungent and a little tough to swallow, so if you’re going to give it a try, start with one teaspoon diluted in a glass of water to tap into the potential benefits. As your body adjusts, you can gradually increase to two tablespoons per day.
What are the health benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar?
Apple cider can offer health benefits, including:
- Lowers blood sugar levels
- Helps you lose weight (especially belly fat)
- Lowers cholesterol
- Improves heart health
- May offer protective effects against cancer
What are the health risks of drinking apple cider vinegar?
Apple cider vinegar can pose certain health risks, especially if you overdo it, including:
- Damage to tooth enamel
- Damage to the lining of the esophagus (if you drink it straight)
- Pain, gas or reflux (if you are sensitive to acidic foods)
- Upset stomach
- High blood pressure
- Slow digestion
- Delayed stomach emptying
- Leg cramps and pain
- Sinus problems
- Low potassium levels and bone loss
If you want to live a healthy lifestyle and shed unwanted weight, The Hernried Center for Medical Weight Loss can help you get started with an individualized weight loss program. Call 800-815-4881 to learn more.