Better Living through Nutrition - Apple Cider Vinegar Miracle
I have been on every diet known to man, since I was 15. I feel like I confused my body when I was younger taking it from starvation to over-eating so many times. I think that diets are short-term attacks on our daily eating regime, that do not strive for balance. They are unhealthy because they deprive our bodies of the nutrients they need to be the efficiently fine-tuned machines we were born to be!
So, now, when I come across something that works, I run it through a filter of..."is it sustainable"?, and "is it healthy"?, and "does it allow balance?" I prefer to never talk about "diets", but instead about nutritional changes in our daily eating that make us better and stronger. I did the Atkins plan for a while, and found that to be effective in reducing the weight I had gained when I took up running. (Yes, I found that for me, too much exercise, just like too much eating, can cause me to gain weight). And after a year or so, I realized that I was getting leg cramps, caused by low-potassium, because I had taken potatoes, bananas and other potassium rich foods out of my diet.
I also tried the Raspberry Ketone thing that Dr. Oz had a show on, but found that just didn't work for me.
Then, at the end of last year, I came across an article about Apple Cider Vinegar, written by a Nutrition Major at Cornell who did a research project on it.
The information was compelling, but because she pairs this with Regal Slim Garcinia, it sounded like a bit of a scam. My husband, the love of my life, helped me do some research on it, and found that the vitamin had some unhealthy side effects, but the Apple Cider Vinegar, appears to be very healthy. It supposedly has even more health benefits than just weight loss. As found in this following article by AuthorityNutrition.com
The kind they recommend is organic, unfiltered apple cider vinegar with the “mother” left in. They sell it everywhere…but some (like Bragg’s, recommended in the article) are a lot more expensive than others. I got it at GNC and bought their brand for $7.99. However, you can get it online at Walmart, most supermarkets, etc. According to the article, you just need to make sure it is “unfiltered” and contains “mother” which is described as the brownish colored sediment that gives a cloudy appearance when the bottle is shaken. They suggest you take 1 - 2 tablespoons a day and plan on 7-10 days before you see results. You can take it straight or mix it into a salad or over vegetables, etc.
I decided to try it. After a week, I definitely could tell something was working. When I started using it, the first week of January, we were still eating leftover cookies and birthday cake from my husband's birthday. And in spite of that, I could actually see a noticeable difference in my waistline...my pants fitting so much better than the typical "after-the-holidays" period. I can't tell you if I lost weight or how much, because I never get on the scale. (I find it to always be discouraging and would much rather not know the exact details).
The label on the bottle of Apple Cider Vinegar shown here, indicates that it is 5% acidity. And the directions call for taking 1 Tbsp between or after meals. It says that intake can be increased as personal needs require, but I also read something that suggests you don't want to overdo it!
This lead me to reflect on a time of much stress in my life when I was working out a lot and grabbing a Greek salad with Balsamic Vinegar dressing, at Lifetime Fitness practically every day after my workout, because it was easy and delicious. I lost about 20 pounds in 6 months and had not been trying at all. I attributed the weight loss to stress...but I now wonder if it was the Balsamic Vinegar in the salad, which is also 5% acidity.
This lead me to ask my oldest daughter, Alicia, how she had lost so much weight after she graduated college. She was never heavy, but she is now very slim and because she is dating a chef, she is always eating rich, delicious foods. She reflected on her history and said she didn't really know why. When I told her my theory, a lightbulb came on and she told me she always shared "Greek Salads" with her boss at Muse (a delightful boutique in Oak Park, IL, which has since, sadly closed...like the shop around the corner in the beloved movie "You've Got Mail".)
I also reflected on my childhood and remember that my Dad (sadly no longer with us) used to always eat vinegar on his vegetables. He never had weight problems and was a big fan of Pepsi and Potato Chips.
I'm now experimenting with family and friends to see if any type of vinegar added to your daily diet can help you lose weight and reduce abdominal fat or just the Apple Cider Vinegar.
I can tell you one thing, it is working for me...and will report back once I have done more research. If you've had an experience yourself, or know someone who has, please share!!