No one wants to gain weight after they get married, but sadly, almost everyone does eventually. I’m no exception: after I got married 13 years ago, I quickly put on five pounds.
I’m still at a healthy weight, though, and I consider myself lucky to have maintained it over the past 12 years, even after three kids.
But this year, the scale has crept up another three pounds and hasn’t budged no matter what I do. Lucky 13, I guess! Granted, three pounds isn’t anything to get too concerned about, but if possible, I’d definitely prefer to lose it.
Recently, I came across an article touting the many benefits of apple cider vinegar, and one of them was for weight loss.
I found myself wondering, could apple cider vinegar actually help you lose weight? According to dailynaturalremedies.com: “The acetic acid found within vinegar suppresses your appetite and reduces your water retention, which stops you from gaining excess fat and holding too much water weight. Amazingly, the acid also increases your metabolism, making it simpler to burn off calories that you’ve eaten during the day.” That was enough to convince me to try it.
Most people know that there are scores of apple cider vinegar uses. Household cleaning, trapping fruit flies, reducing body odor, healing sunburns, and killing weeds are just a few. It also helps with digestion, controls blood sugar levels, and aids in calcium absorption. According to howstuffworks.com: “Acetic acid, like other acids, can increase the body’s absorption of important minerals from the foods we eat. Therefore, including apple cider vinegar in meals or possibly even drinking a mild tonic of vinegar and water (up to a tablespoon in a glass of water) just before or with meals might improve your body’s ability to absorb the essential minerals locked in foods.”
So, does this funky-smelling, multifaceted elixir actually help you lose weight? I tried drinking it for a week to see.