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14.11.2010


Vinegar as a slimming aid

If you consume acetic acid [structural formula shown below] you'll lose a little weight, but nothing to write home about. Acetic acid is not a body-recompositioning supplement. You'll be better off doing a minimal amount of cardio training extra.

Vinegar as a slimming aid

Vinegar as a slimming aid
Manufacturers of supplements containing vinegar and apple cider vinegar swear that their products help you lose weight. The claim is not completely unfounded: if you give acetic acid to people with type-2 diabetes, their blood sugar level goes down. This may be because acetic acid reduces the rise in sugar levels after a meal, and because, when taken on an empty stomach, it makes muscles cells thriftier with glucose.

Mizkan produces apple cider vinegar, like the bottle pictured above. The researchers gave 155 test subjects either 0 [placebo], 15 [low dose] or 30 ml [high dose] every day. These amounts correspond to 0, 750 or 1500 mg acetic acid. The subjects mixed the acetic acid with half a litre of water, and drank 250 ml after breakfast and 250 ml after lunch.

The figure below shows the results of scans taken after 12 weeks – of the subcutaneous fat [SFA], the visceral fat [VFA] and the total fat [TFA].


Vinegar as a slimming aid


Looks like good stuff, you'd think. But if you look through the article for figures indicating exactly how much fat and lean body mass the subjects lost, you don't find them. What you do find are the figures listed below.


Vinegar as a slimming aid


If your social life is as non-existent as ours, you'll have time to get out your calculator and come up with the figures in the table below.


Vinegar as a slimming aid


If you lose weight just by eating less, and without taking supplements, then 65 percent of the weight you lose will be fat and the rest lean body mass. That's a rule of thumb. So the Japanese results were nothing special. If you’re going to use a supplement to lose weight, the least you can expect is that it will protect your lean body mass.

Source:
Biosci Biotechnol Biochem. 2009 Aug; 73(8): 1837-43.

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