Apple cider vinegar is a popular health supplement used to treat a wide range of health conditions, from heart disease to arthritis. Fad diets, such as the vinegar diet, also claim apple cider vinegar can boost your metabolism and result in faster weight loss. In reality, no super food can magically boost your metabolism and cause rapid weight loss without making other changes to your dietary habits and lifestyle.
Apple Cider Vinegar
No evidence confirms that apple cider vinegar boosts metabolism and stimulates weight loss. Although some people may believe their metabolism is increased by taking apple cider vinegar, no scientific, clinical trials have tested this effect.
A popular diet known as the vinegar diet, or the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet, involves taking apple cider vinegar before each meal, as well as eating smaller food portions and exercising more. While no evidence supports apple cider vinegar for weight loss, eating smaller portions and exercising more are well-tested ways to boost your metabolism and lose weight, explains the Mayo Clinic.
Dangers of Health Supplements
Be very careful with apple cider vinegar supplements or other health supplements that claim to boost your metabolism and stimulate fat burning. In 2007, the manufacturer of a dietary supplement with the brand name "Metabolism Apple Cider Vinegar" recalled the product due to the presence of a powerful prescription drug known as sibutramine. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has banned sibutramine because of risks of stroke and heart failure. The FDA does not normally regulate over-the-counter health supplements unless recurring health issues trigger an investigation. As a result, many products on store shelves may contain dangerous chemicals not listed on the label until the FDA investigates consumer complaints.
Exercise and proper diet are the safest ways to boost your metabolism and lose weight. Strength training increases your muscle mass and boosts your resting metabolic rate, which is the amount of calories your body burns without doing anything. Additionally, physical activity like aerobic exercise, and even small activities like walking up the stairs, increase your metabolism during the activity and for a short while after, explains the Student Nutrition and Body Awareness campaign at the University of California, Los Angeles. You can also ensure your metabolism stays high by not skipping meals. When you starve your body, it responds by switching into starvation mode and slowing down metabolism to conserve energy.
- Weight-control Information Network; Statistics Related to Overweight and Obesity; February 2010
- MayoClinic.com; Metabolism and Weight loss: How You Burn Calories; October 2009
- FDA; METABOLISM Apple Cider Vinegar Brand Dietary Supplement Capsules; August 2007
- Student Nutrition and Body Awareness campaign at the University of California, Los Angeles: Nutrition Basics
- FDA: Beware of Fraudulent Weight-Loss ‘Dietary Supplements’; March 2011