Apple Cider Vinegar for Fat Loss

It was a one hot humid summer afternoon.

I was enjoying my favorite pick-me-upper when my hubby came over to ask what I was drinking.


I have him take a sip of the ice-cold refreshing drink that I was enjoying so much, and he got curious what it was due to its deliciously distinctive taste.  Boy was he surprised when he found out that it was Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, calamansi or lemon with a dash of cinnamon!

Hubby was actually amazed how, the ACV and lemon / calamansi concoction worked.
Not only that, it gave me that much needed energy to push through with my workout.


Thirst buster.

What got me interested is that studies at UCLA and other establishments show that ACV’s abundant potassium and other nutrients can flatten bloat by flushing water retention from tissues, improve digestion and assimilation of nutrients, fight gallstones / kidney stones, fight arthritis and gout, bring down blood pressure, helps regulate menstruation, and more.

It has been recommended that, to control weight and banish obesity, this fat flushing drink should be taken three times daily. This can also help with skin care by helping reveal new skin beneath outer older layers with a weekly ACV “facial” making your skin more youthful and refreshed.

Note however that commercial ACVs that have been filtered, and refined does not have that effect of ACVs made from organically grown whole apples with no chemicals have been added. What makes it work is the one that contains the “mother of vinegar” which is a natural gelatinous substance formed during the fermentation process.

Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar being the brand that’s available in the local supermarket, has a brownish color that, if you hold up to the light, you will see the tiny “strand-like” substance which is called the mother. This is the most nutritious part of the ACV that is not found in the more processed “non-organic” brands.


Having said all that, I would like to further share what I have discovered (taken from Livestong.com) about this wonderful drink and what it does to belly fat.

*  Aids in Weight Loss

According to a 2009 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry, it was hypothesized that the acetic acid helps suppress fat accumulation, thus aids in weight loss. This speeds up the body’s metabolic rate and helps alkalize the body. This does not mean that ACV is a magic bullet for fat burn, but proper nutrition, exercise plus the ACV boost could be a good game plan.

* Helps Insulin Sensitivity and Minimizes Belly Fat

Another well-studied property of ACV is its ability to improve insulin sensitivity. Insulin is a hormone that enables your body cells to utilize energy from the sugar in your bloodstream ~ however, when levels of insulin in your bloodstream are high, such as after consuming a high carbohydrate meal ~ your body is more likely to store it as fat. If your body is resistant to insulin (from habitually eating high carbohydrate meals), it will produce more insulin in attempt to reduce blood sugar levels, thereby, storing MORE FAT.
ACV helps increase insulin sensitivity according to a 2004 study published in Diabetes Care.

A morning shot of ACV and Calamansi;
Best way to start the day
!

* Increases Satiety thus Making you Feel Full

ACV may help you eat less by increasing feelings of fullness after a meal. According to a study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2005, subjects who consumed ACV with bread reported increased satiety. Another study that year was published in the Journal of American Dietetic Association, found that when vinegar is consumed with a meal, calorie consumption throughout the day drops by 200 to 275 calories (20 minutes of jogging).
Though scientists are not sure why apple cider vinegar helps curb appetite, it could be related to increased insulin sensitivity but if you consume a healthy low-calorie diet full of fruits and vegetables, lean protein and whole grains, adding ACV may help you resist the urge to over eat or needless snacking between meals. For results, one to two teaspoons of ACV in a glass of water before each meal does the trick.


Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, in my opinion is one of the best super drink out there.
1 to 2 tbsp of Organic ACV, 1 to 2 tbsp of honey to taste, calamansi, cinamon and ice cold water (8 to 16 oz), just thinking about it makes me want to prep up one for myself after this article.

It not only optimize wellness and helps with ailments such as the common colds, its ability to cleanse, boost energy, detox and lose body fat is enough reason to grab one and write it down in your planner to add to your routine.

Sadly however, not all would like the taste of Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, though some (including me) take ACV shots as part of their morning routine, if mixed as a refreshing drink, it would indeed taste like a treat.

Try it out and tell me how ACV had helped you reach your health goals. As they say, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.

And with that I say, bottoms up!

*Adding FAQ link from Bragg*

Fruits, My New Best Friend

Just recently, Xhi and I had decided to go on a 7-Day Detox Diet.
The first part of the diet is an “All Fruit Day” challenge.

When I was planning my groceries for the week, I was thinking to myself “Yeah, the most common would be oranges and apples” how hard could that be? But checking out my favorite grocery store near our area, I was amazed of the wide range of options I have in the fruit section!

There I saw blueberries, raspberries and all the other colorful anti-oxidants wrapped up in packs. I opted to go for a melon, seedless orange and some fruits that were all new for me — nectarines, red pears, plums and persimmon.

The day ended with me filling up on fruits and just that. Cool. Today is All-Veggie day, but I do recommend that you try it out some time.
Sharing these ideas I read might stimulate your fruit consumption. 
So, why do we have to eat five to nine fresh pieces a day, organically grown if possible?

Republishing a post from thefruitpages.

 
For the largest part fruit consists of water just like the human body does
80% of our body is water so does 80% of fruit consist of water!

If you think about it, it’s logical for the human body to consume food that contains as much water as the body itself. The nutrition that meets that requirement is fruit. There is no other food than fruit on this planet that contains on average 80% water. Vegetables also contain a lot of water and are therefore second best.

Fruit stimulates the memory
If you didn’t know yet: fruit is the ultimate brain fuel. Fruit has a positive effect on our brains. The way this works still has to be found out and many scientists are looking into it as we speak. What we do know is that if you consume fruit effectively, your brains can recall information faster and more easily. This is very useful information for people who are preparing for an exam. 
 
The idea that fruit is an expensive nutrition
Did you always think that fruit was an expensive product? Take a good look at how much money you spend on other food. It could be worth something to replace some of those expenses with fruit. We think that fruit is the healthiest food on earth and therefore it is well worth spending our money on.
 
The miraculous healing effects of fruit
Spectacular stories about people that cured from uncurable diseases by a strict diet of raw fruits and/or vegetables are well known but do we want to believe them? We still don’t know that much about fruit and its contents.
 
Fibers
We do know now that a diet with plenty of fibers helps against high blood pressure, and other factors that increase the chance for a heart disease. The consumed amount of fibers maybe even a more important factor than the amount of fat that is consumed by people! The food that contains these healthy (natural) fibers is…. right: fruit! (vegetables as well). The American Heart Association advises to consume 25 to 30 grams of fibers out of fresh fruits and/or vegetables. In practice this means: have five to nine portions of fresh fruits or vegetables a day. 

Fruit makes you feel better
Several stories have told us about people that were frequently depressed and how they got out of their depression slowly but surely after consuming substantial amounts of fresh fruit on a regular basis. Eating much fruit can have a mysterious healing effect on human beings. Even better is to drink a lot of freshly squeezed fruit drinks on a regular basis. It will take approximately 30 days until you start to notice the effects. Don’t forget to drink these smoothies 20 minutes before the consumption of other meals. This way the fruit will not ferment in the stomach and the nutritious elements can be absorbed by the blood effectively.
 
Fruit is the most natural food
When you see a piece of fruit hanging from a tree you could easily imagine that tree saying: “Pick my fruits and help me spread the seeds.”  That’s how nature works. Humans eat vegetables and fruits and consequently help the plants to spread. Humans use animals to work the land to grow the plants and trees that produce these fruits and vegetables.
 
A human diet 
A healthy diet should consist for a great deal of freshly squeezed fruit juices, raw fruits and vegetables. Some tips:
  • A good start is to eat and drink more fresh fruits;
  • it’s as simple as that. Before you know it you will feel much better;
  • Don’t forget to eat fruit on an empty stomach, not after other meals and;
  • inform yourself about the substances that our ‘modern’ food contains.

 

So fellow pinayfitness sisses, what are your favorite fruits?