Does apple cider vinegar really aid in weight loss?

Does drinking apple cider vinegar really help in weight loss?

Why does apple cider vinegar feature in many diet plans? Here is what an expert had to say...

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Apple cider vinegar is a common feature in many diet plans. 

Some people drink it in the morning on an empty stomach, while others drink it before every meal. It is believed to aid in weight loss. But just how true is this?

Popular television personality, Dr Oz, did a feature on 'The Weight Loss Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar' where he interviewed several people who made claims that drinking apple cider vinegar helped them shed weight. 

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Let's look at the science behind all this.

The website World claims that apple cider vinegar is an excellent appetite suppressant.

'When as little as 2 tablespoons per day is combined with high-carbohydrate meals, vinegar can create a feeling of being full while consuming fewer calories. While the average amount of weight loss is less than 2 pounds per month, a reduction in belly fat and waist circumference is an added benefit,' states the website. 

This is also supported by a report by Healthline, which states that 'studies suggest that vinegar can increase feelings of fullness and help you eat fewer calories, which may lead to weight loss'. 

However, the same report states that 'simply adding or subtracting single foods or ingredients rarely has a noticeable effect on weight. Long-term weight loss is created by adopting helpful and supportive diet and lifestyle habits'. 

Personal trainer, Owen Hambulo, the owner of Owen Fitness in Sandton, says “incorporating a healthy lifestyle and exercise is still the best and safest way to lose weight in the long run".

READ: Tips to help you eat less

Disclaimer: Health-related information provided in this article is not a substitute for medical advice and should not be used to diagnose or treat health problems. It is always advisable to consult with your doctor on any health-related issues.

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