Does Apple Cider Vinegar Help Get Rid Of Belly Fat?

There are loads of people raving online about how apple cider vinegar (ACV) has helped them to lose belly fat.

Check out what others are saying about how ACV has shrunk their waistlines (taken from Earth Clinic’s weight loss page):

“I’ve lost 8lbs and 2 inches from my waist in only 1 week!! I am amazed at the results. I’ve NEVER lost weight this quickly using diet and exercise alone. I’m now a believer in ACV. My skin is glowing and my energy levels are thru the roof! No more bloating and I just have an overall sense of well-being. Try it! It works!!“

…Nursejane, Texas, June 3, 2010

[On using ACV + Baking Soda] ”In the last 8 months, I lost about 35 pounds, but an additional 3 pounds in the past week and a half. I lost 7 inches off my waist during that time, and an additional 1/2 inch in the past week and a half. Results are supposed to slow down, not accelerate, the longer you are on a diet plan. Not too bad for a 49 y.o. guy.”

…Will, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 04, 2015

”In 1972 my father was in his late 40's. Being from Wisconsin his diet included quite a bit of fatty food. Most of his weight was in his belly. Not uncommon in Wisconsin. At that time, I don't know where he found it, but he came home one day and announced that he was going to cut out 25% of the fat in his diet and drink 8 oz of luke warm water every night with 1 Tbsp of Cider Vinegar and 1 Tbsp of Honey. …In a matter of two months, all of his belly weight had disappeared.“

…Page, Los Angeles, California, May 31, 2008

From the research I’ve done, it seems ACV is a promising candidate for getting you that flat mid-section that will turn heads at the beach.

The few weight loss studies that have been done with ACV, show signs that ACV preferentially reduces belly fat more-so than fat on other areas of your body.

A good measure of how much belly fat you have is your waist circumference. Studies have found that waist circumference goes down more-so in people taking ACV than in people not taking ACV.

In a 2009 study, 155 obese men were split into 3 groups. For 12 weeks, one group received 1 tablespoon of ACV a day, another group received 2 tablespoons of ACV a day, and the third group acted as a control group, receiving no ACV.

By the end of the study, both ACV groups had a significantly larger reduction in their waist circumference than the non-ACV group, and the 2 tablespoon ACV group had a larger reduction in their waist circumference than the 1 tablespoon ACV group.

What this means is people taking ACV lost more belly fat than people not taking ACV. And the higher the dose of ACV, the more belly fat they lost.

In a 2018 study, 39 subjects were put on a low calorie diet. They were randomly assigned to 2 groups: one group received ACV, the other group did not. 

By the end of the study, since both groups were on a low calorie diet, both groups had a reduction in their waist circumference.

But the ACV group saw a greater reduction in their waist circumference than the non-ACV group, meaning the ACV group lost more belly fat than the non-ACV group.

The truth is, that the studies show you get a reduction in waist circumference with any successful natural weight loss method, be it diet, exercise, stress reduction, or improved sleep.

It’s just that the few human studies that have been done on ACV, show that you get a greater reduction in waist circumference (i.e. belly fat) with ACV than without ACV.

One reason I think ACV is particularly good at reducing the size of your belly, is that it’s good at burning both visceral fat and subcutaneous fat.

Visceral fat is the internal fat that surrounds your organs. This stuff is particularly bad for your health, as it’s associated with diseases like type II diabetes and heart disease.

Subcutaneous fat is the stuff that lies under your skin — it’s the stuff you can pinch.

Your belly is the only part of your body that is made big by BOTH subcutaneous AND visceral fat. Other areas of your body are made big by just subcutaneous fat.

What’s unique about belly fat is that it’s the only area of your body that’s made bigger by BOTH types of fat. Every other area of your body, be it your chest, thighs, arms, or face, is made bigger only by subcutaneous fat.

Studies show that diet and exercise is particularly good at reducing visceral fat, but not so good at reducing subcutaneous fat.

In the above 2009 study, the researchers found that the ACV groups lost the same amount of visceral fat as they did subcutaneous fat.

So if the belly is the only part of the body that’s made fat by both types of fat, then it’s likely that ACV, by being equally good at reducing both types of fat, will result in your belly shrinking faster than other areas of your body.

Saying that, other areas of your body will shrink with ACV too. 

The other areas of your body, like your chest and thighs, only contain subcutaneous fat, which is tough to get rid of with diet and exercise. ACV on the other hand, is just as good at removing subcutaneous fat as it is at removing visceral fat.

So ACV may not be this magic bullet that blasts away belly fat first before touching fat anywhere else, but in reality, it’s better than that, because it gets rid of fat ALL OVER, and that INCLUDES belly fat.

ACV is so good at getting rid of both belly fat and fat all over the body, that countless people have written online and posted videos of how ACV has helped them to lose belly fat.

We still need more scientific studies for conclusive evidence that ACV can help reduce belly fat, but we know enough for me to say that anyone who wants to lose belly fat should give ACV a try.

In the studies above, people saw their bellies start to shrink with ACV after 4-6 weeks of continual use, with better results after 12 weeks. If you continue beyond 12 weeks, you’re likely to see even better results.

So if you're ready to get started with ACV, you'll find the 4 best ways to take apple cider vinegar for weight loss in the following article:

But ACV having a horrible taste, I find it’s hard to keep up the practice of drinking it twice a day for so many weeks. The acidity of ACV can also damage your teeth. But thankfully, there's a solution…

People are finding a lot of success taking ACV capsules. The natural capsule shell dissolves in your stomach, conveniently releasing the ACV straight into your stomach, so you bypass the horrid sour taste and the tooth destroying properties of ACV.

For a good ACV capsule that is working well for me and for my clients, do a search for “hewis acv” on Amazon, or click the link below:

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