“Lose 20 pounds overnight! How Coconut Oil & Apple Cider Vinegar Can Help You Lose Weight!”
Ok, well that last one is a bit of a stretch. But you have probably seen the headlines from countless social media posts, Pinterest HCG diet recipes, and articles touting the health benefits of apple cider vinegar and coconut oil, both in everything from diet to skin care to cleaning your kitchen counters.
Let’s see what all the fuss is about when it comes to weight loss with these two ‘miracle’ foods…
Apple Cider Vinegar – Your Gut’s Secret Weapon
Apple cider vinegar (ACV), especially unfiltered and raw, has been shown to stimulate digestion, reducing the amount of time fat stays in the digestive tract.
This can potentially aid in weight loss by ushering fat out and at the same time helping in the absorption of key nutrients such as potassium and magnesium.
Recent studies show ACV can also help in the regulation of blood sugar.
This is a great benefit as most popular diet programs focuses heavily on reducing or eliminating sugar intake to reverse diabetes.
ACV, even in small doses, can help with this by adding a small amount of water at bedtime or even as an ingredient in homemade dressings.
Some diet gurus have declared that ALL oils are something to avoid while trying to lose weight and while true that many oils can add unnecessary saturated fats to your diet.
Coconut oils are proving to be an exception to the rule. One study even showed a small reduction in abdominal fat in women when using coconut oil. Take THAT, gurus!
Coconut oil is made up of MCT (medium chain triglycerides) which are fatty acids of medium length, and they metabolize differently in our bodies than other oils.
MCT is sent immediately to the liver and used for quick energy which in some studies has been shown to help increase calorie burn over 24 hours by 5%.
Coconut oil has also increased HDL (good cholesterol) in small studies which can boost heart health. Cholesterol synthesis overall decreased when subject ingested small amounts of coconut oil daily.
Coconut oil has also been reported to help subjects feel fuller longer which can lead to reduced hunger.
ACV & Coconut Oil…How Do They Fit in the HCG Program?
Most conventional HCG protocols, including the original from Dr. Simeons, prohibited oils entirely and allowed only plain white vinegar as a condiment for vegetables and salads. But our unique plan incorporates both in small amounts.
Coconut oil can be used for sautéing vegetables to add some much-needed flavor, and apple cider vinegar can be helpful in making raw greens softer to eat.
It can also reduce the bloating that can come with an increase in fibrous vegetables.
No matter what weight loss program you may be considering, don’t shy away from either coconut oil or ACV in small amounts. It could use one of many sound nutritional weapons in your fight to slim down and get healthy