If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: There’s no silver bullet when it comes to weight loss. No gimmick, pill or cream will bring you a lifetime of satisfaction. Maintaining a healthy weight and happy heart requires diligence and a bit of work, but when done right, it will pay off and stay off. Don’t fall for the quick tricks that seem to flood our email and social feeds. Losing weight successfully and maintaining a healthy physique doesn’t happen by accident — it’s a lifelong commitment that requires a solid plan. That’s why we’re here to help debunk some of these “get-thin quick” weight-loss gimmicks.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR
While it certainly won’t do you any harm to drink a shot of diluted apple cider vinegar each morning, the research isn’t compelling enough to support the weight-loss claims. It has, however, been linked to better blood sugar control. Acetic acid, which is found in apple cider vinegar, can help regulate blood sugar levels by lowering the glycemic response (in other words, causing less of a sugar spike). It leaves some starches undigested — in the form of prebiotics — which feeds good bacteria in the gut. A healthy gut microbiome can help support digestion, immunity and even brain function. If you like the flavor, adding it to your plate along with more fruits, salad and veggies certainly won’t do any harm.