When you’re trying to lose weight, the last thing you want to do is eat more. Especially when you consider that many foods that help you lose weight also happen to be delicious. It’s a lose-lose situation. But just because something tastes good doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Especially when you consider the many different ways that your body interacts with food. That’s why it’s important to know how certain foods affect your body – before, during, and after your meals.
Does Vinegar Apple Cider Help You Lose Weight?
To find out, we spoke with Lisa Morrison, RD, CSSD, of the University of Toronto. She told us that while it’s typically considered ‘healthy’ to drink apple cider vinegar, it is not always a good idea to put it on your skin. However, eating it may be a different story.
“ACV has a lot of awesome health benefits, but it’s not necessarily a weight loss food,” she noted. “It promotes good digestion, and it’s rich in antioxidants. So there are definitely health reasons to eat or drink ACV. But we don’t necessarily recommend applying it to the skin.”
So if you’re drinking the vinegar, either eat it or use it in food recipes. But, if you’re applying it to your skin, wash your face afterwards because it will clog your pores. And while we’re on the subject of pores, make sure you’re washing your face every day because dirt and oil can cause acne. And what’s worse is when you have acne, it tends to get worse when you get older. So if you’re not taking care of your skin, expect to break out even more as you get older.
What About Taking Vitamin C?
While we recommend against using apple cider vinegar on your skin, there is one food product that many people consider to be a weight loss food and it happens to be a fruit: the tomato. Of course, tomatoes are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants, and that’s what makes them so beneficial for your health. But, most people don’t realize that tomatoes are also high in citric acid.
So if you’re looking to shed some pounds, adding tomatoes to your diet could be a good idea. The reason is that citric acid inhibits the absorption of carbohydrates, making it a potential weight loss food. So if you combine tomatoes with carbohydrates, you create an acidic environment which prevents the carbohydrates from being absorbed by the body. This makes them less available for energy and hence more likely to be stored as fat.
Now, it’s not all bad news. The antioxidants in tomatoes protect the body’s tissues from damage, resulting in fewer ailments and improved overall health. So, while we don’t recommend applying apple cider vinegar to your skin, it’s not completely hopeless. You just have to figure out which one helps you lose the most weight in the shortest amount of time. And for that, you have to consult with a nutritionist or a dietician.