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How does this help?
Insulin is one of the key hormones when it comes to gaining and losing body fat. Whenever you eat, insulin is secreted from your pancreas into your blood stream, with its main job being to facilitate the uptake of glucose (sugar) from your bloodstream.
There are 3 main places where your blood sugar gets stored:
- Muscle (where it’s stored as glycogen)
- Liver (where it’s stored as glycogen)
- The rest is converted to body fat and stored in various areas of your body
Here’s the problem
Your muscle only has the capacity to store 500 grams of glucose and your liver can only store another 100 grams. This leaves the rest to be converted and stored as body fat. Thus, insulin plays a powerful role in controlling fat storage, but the key controlling insulin is sugar – The level of sugar in your bloodstream is what determines how much fat you store in your body. And since nearly all sugar comes from carbohydrate foods (like bread, pasta, rice, etc.), limiting how many carbs you eat is the most effective way to reduce fat
Want to keep eating the carbs? Try this.
But, targeted supplementing with Apple Cider Vinegar can effectively buffer this process. Recent research has shown that taking 1.5 – 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar before eating a carb-heavy meal improves muscle insulin sensitivity by 19-34% and significantly lowers blood sugar and insulin responses.
In other words, the carbs (sugar) you eat gets better partitioned into building muscle tissue and not stored as fat. Further, additional studies have showed taking 2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar before bed lowered waking blood sugar levels by 4-6% in Type 2 diabetics.
The takeaway tip
Use vinegar in your foods. Or take two tablespoons (30mls) of Apple Cider Vinegar mixed in 300mls of water before your biggest, carbiest, non post-workout meal of the day.
If that doesn’t sound appetizing to you, try mixing the Apple Cider Vinegar into your salad dressing.
Let us know how it goes!
Mitrou, P., Petsiou, E., Papakonstantinou, E., Maratou, E., Lambadiari, V., Dimitriadis, P., Spanoudi, F., Raptis, S. and Dimitriadis, G., 2015. Vinegar Consumption Increases Insulin-Stimulated Glucose Uptake by the Forearm Muscle in Humans with Type 2 Diabetes. Journal of Diabetes Research, [online] 2015, pp.1-7. Available at: Vinegar Consumption Increases Insulin-Stimulated Glucose Uptake by the Forearm Muscle in Humans with Type 2 Diabetes..
Petsiou, E., Mitrou, P., Raptis, S. and Dimitriadis, G., 2014. Effect and mechanisms of action of vinegar on glucose metabolism, lipid profile, and body weight. Nutrition Reviews, [online] 72(10), pp.651-661. Available at: Effect and mechanisms of action of vinegar on glucose metabolism, lipid profile, and body weight.