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Apple Cider Diet--Does it work?

By C. Devin Hastings

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According to Elizabeth Somer, MA, RD, the apple cider diet won't do one bit of good in helping you lose weight.

This is an old diet fad that dates back to the 1970s, when a combination of apple cider, kelp, vitamin B-6, and lecithin was touted as the miracle cure for weight loss.  

The unproven idea behind this interesting recipe was that it tricked your body's metabolism into somehow getting rid of the fat.  

According to the claims, lecithin emulsified body fat, B-6 metabolized the loosened fat, kelp supplied iodine to stimulate the thyroid gland to manufacture more thyroxin to speed metabolism, and vinegar supplied potassium.  

This “interesting” idea was likened to how oil and vinegar don’t mix in salad dressings and similarly the fat would more or less ‘separate’ from the body.  Oh boy…. 

The fact is this: there is no scientific basis, or even rational reason, for any of these claims. For example, a teaspoon of vinegar contains only five milligrams of potassium, a meager amount compared to the 400 milligrams in a cup of grapefruit juice.  

Furthermore, swallowing more iodine will jump start a thyroid gland only if you are deficient in this mineral and you would know because you would have an enlarged thyroid gland. 

The only reason people lost weight on this regimen is because they also followed the accompanying supplementary diet suggestions.  

Like all the other diet fads, from starch blockers and collagen products to herbal diet teas and hydroxycitric acid (HCA), the vinegar pills fit most or all the criteria of a useless gimmick:  

They promise to melt away fat.
They promise fast and effortless weight loss.
They promise weight loss greater than one to two pounds a week.
They focus on one or a few foods and limit or exclude whole food groups.
They are based on pills or "secret formulas." 

Be sure to read the other articles on this website because in most cases, weight loss is an inside job. 

“To lose the weight on the outside, you have to first get rid of it on the inside.”

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