Vinegar and Fat Loss: Hope for the fat masses

July 9, 2009 at 9:41 am 7 comments

For all you ladies who are struggling to lose weight for this bikini season, there may be hope for you. Did exercise not work? Dieting not work? Liposuction not work? Starvation not work? Restriction not work? Cutting out bread and pasta?

Try vinegar.

Yup. The stuff that Chinese people dip their dumplings in. The stuff that the English dip their fish and chips in. The stuff that flavors certain chips these days because it’s just so cool to have a flavr, u no?

From a news release from the American Chemical Society, a new study done by Japanese researchers show that vinegar might help avoid weight gain, besides being low in calories. They used mice, as always. One group was fed a high-fat diet along with acetic acid (main component of vinegar) for six weeks. The others were fed the high-fat diet (chips? Fries?) but merely given water.

Both of these groups of mice gained weight but the ones who had vinegar gained up to 10% less than the ones who had water instead.

Apparently, the acetic acid kept body fat and hepatic lipids from accumulating. It increased the “expression of genes involved in fatty acid oxidation.” Those genes then produced proteins that helped break down fats, preventing such fats from being stored in the body.

741460265_dc738157caLike, on the parts exposed by a bikini.

And of course, though Glamour underscores that the research was done on mice and not people (how horrible that would be) and this is only ONE study, it’s something to feel good about. Judging from the comments, people are really happy about eating vinegar, which is a good thing. Yum.

However, Gabe Mirkin, M.D., proclaims that though vinegar can preserve food and clean household items, it is “not a medicine or weight-loss drug.” He says,

It is very low in calories, but the only way vinegar could possibly help you to lose weight is by causing you to eat lots of salads while you cut back on other sources of calories.

This ezine article states that you can make belly fat loss occur quickly simply by drinking apple cider vinegar daily. The writer says that ACV has been used for years as a treatment, starting from the ancient Egyptians or even earlier. It’s supposedly (according to the writer) why they didn’t get fat.

You will gradually see your stomach fat reduced over a period of time as you drink apple cider vinegar daily.

*chokes on fries*

What we can get from that story is that some people will try to gain hope from anything that might make them thinner, more attractive, prettier, and more. We are searching for that one product which will make make all our dreams come true. One study shows that vinegar MIGHT MIGHT MIGHT make you lose weight? Sure, why not? One ad says that drinking apple cider vinegar daily will make your belly fat go down. Why not?

However, I’m not going to start drinking it specifically to lose weight just yet.


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. alantru  |  July 9, 2009 at 11:23 am

    I drink it to get buzzed. But it’s a bad trip. So I stopped that nonesense. Then I tried bathing in it to lose weight. All I got were 3rd degree burns. Things aren’t working out with me and vinegar.

    • 2. deathinfrance  |  July 9, 2009 at 3:37 pm

      So you’re going back to robitussin for your kicks Al?

  • 3. Sheila DeChantal  |  July 9, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    I am off to pick up a case now…. can I grab anybody anything?


    Great post!

  • 4. Kate  |  July 9, 2009 at 11:39 pm

    I am so going out to the store right now and by a gallon size of vinegar. I will drink it like it is water. I am so looking forward to it!

  • 5. Dennis the Vizsla  |  July 10, 2009 at 1:11 am

    DRINKING apple cider vinegar? Like, straight up? Is it the vinegar that makes you lose weight, or the vomiting that occurs after chugging a glass of it?

  • 6. Rebecca  |  July 10, 2009 at 3:24 am

    Right, so as long as you have vinegar on them, fries are actually a health food?! I’ve heard that cider vinegar is supposed to have a whole heap of health benefits but I’m not tempted to down a bottle or too just yet….

  • 7. Amy Bai  |  July 10, 2009 at 6:47 pm

    Well hell, I’m going to put me some apple cider vinegar on my next ice cream cone and cancel all those calories RIGHT OUT.


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