Whether it’s to exercise more, learn a new skill or spend more time with family and friends, as we head into 2019 many people will be setting themselves some resolutions for the year ahead. However, although these are popular aims for many, according to a recent ComRes poll, a hefty 33% of people intended to lose weight in the year to come.1 There are, of course, many ways you can go about this including eating healthily and exercising more however, apple cider vinegar has also been said to bring some benefits here too. So, does the hype around this product add up or should we really just stick to the likes of broccoli and gym sessions in the month of January?
Taking apple cider vinegar
It is common to use apple cider in its liquid form as this can be added to everything from salad dressings to a home-made hair rinse. However, although this is an effective way to use the product, apple cider vinegar in tablet form has even more to offer.
New Nordic’s Apple Cider Tablets include artichoke, dandelion and choline which together provide nutrients like vitamin C and fibre, as well as antioxidants. These aid everything from immune function to skin health to the stability of blood sugars, but they may also help with water retention and fat metabolism too. So, it seems that alongside apple cider vinegar, this combination of ingredients has a lot to offer but these benefits may even extend to weight management.
First of all, the ingredients of New Nordics Apple Cider Tablets could improve digestion which may then influence weight. Next there is also some suggestion that they could have an impact on metabolism which may further aid weight management plans.2 The tablets are also odourless, tasteless and as you need to take just one a day, they are really convenient as well – bonus!
These New Nordic tablets won Editor’s Choice in the Best Weight Management Category of the 2018 Healthy Awards so they have some influential support to back up these claims. So, with this in mind, let’s take a closer look at how exactly it can help.
What does the acetic acid in apple cider vinegar do?
In order to make apple cider vinegar tablets, apples are picked and then pressed to obtain the juices from them. After this the apple juice is combined with yeast to turn the sugars into alcohol. Fermentation is the final stage of the process whereby bacteria is added to the liquid to turn the alcohol into acetic acid.
When consumed as a liquid, acetic acid gives apple cider vinegar its bitter taste but it may also be beneficial when taken in tablet for to manage weight since studies have shown it could contribute to lower blood sugar levels.3 High blood sugars can trigger the release of insulin and since insulin may prevent your body from burning the energy it has stored for fat, it can result in weight gain. Therefore, lowering blood sugars with the aid of apple cider vinegar may help when trying to manage weight.
Still, it’s worth noting that the research mentioned above did not involve humans however, the results certainly look promising!
Can dandelion help you lose weight?
Dandelion may be seen as a weed by gardeners up and down the country however, it has some health benefits too. It has, for example, traditionally been used to support the liver in its production and delivery of bile. As bile is needed to metabolise fats more efficiently, improved bile function could have a significant effect on weight management.
As well as this, dandelion has a diuretic effect meaning it may cause a reduction in the levels of fluid in the body and help with water retention. This further explains why dandelion may help if you are trying to lose weight. However, it must be noted that this kind of weight loss only affects water weight and not fat so the effects may be more noticeable in the short term.
Dandelion leaves are often included in salads as they support the digestive system and are also high in vitamins and minerals. By improving the working state of the digestive system, dandelion leaves may further aid weight management.
So, dandelion has lots to offer if you are trying to manage your weight but it is still important to approach any weight loss plans with some lifestyle and diet changes too.
What does choline do?
As a nutrient choline plays an important part in many bodily functions. It can be found in foods such and meat, fish and eggs, but is also present in dandelion root too. Choline is particularly nourishing for the liver and this key digestive organ has an important role in fat metabolism.4
The liver is responsible for secreting bile to help ensure the proper breakdown of fats in our diet. Fat metabolism has a direct influence on our cholesterol levels and unsurprisingly our weight balance too – go figure! From this we can see why choline may be considered an important part of your weight management plan.
Can artichokes help you lose weight?
Artichoke is another ingredient that may further aid digestion. This is due to a plant chemical called cynarin found within it which also encourages the production of bile. As above, bile helps your body process fats and absorb nutrients from the food you eat, this highlights how artichoke can improve digestion and ultimately your weight. I’ve mentioned this already but if your insides are working well, it could help you manage your weight more efficiently.5
As well as these benefits, studies also show that globe artichoke can also have a positive effect on cholesterol, another important aspect of fat metabolism, so there are lots of things to be gained from this leafy green veg!6
Other handy tips for managing weight
As New Nordic’s Apple Cider Tablets contain a host of ingredients that may be beneficial for weight management, they are helpful additions if you plan to lose weight in the New Year. That being said, in order to maintain any changes longer term you will have to adopt a range of other healthy habits too. To help you out with this, below are a range of simple tips for managing weight.
- Eat breakfast – studies have shown that skipping breakfast puts you at risk of being overweight whilst eating in the morning has been linked with a lower BMI7
- Top up your fruit and veg intake – research shows that flavonoids in fruit and vegetables such as berries, oranges, apples and legumes may help with weight management however, these kind of foods will also provide you with a range of healthy vitamins, minerals and nutrients as well8
- Eat in a relaxing atmosphere – this can slow down the speed at which you eat and allows your mind to take in the information that food has arrived thus reducing continued feelings of hunger and allowing you to feel satisfied quicker
- Use smaller plates – this means you’ll be less likely to pile up the food and you may even be satisfied with eating less
- Write down what you’ve eaten – you may be less likely to snack in the afternoon and evening if you are fully aware of what you’ve already eaten that day. As well as this, it also highlights drinks which people often forget can ramp up the calorie count!
- Try not to eat late in the evening – you are less likely to burn off calories in the evening than you are during the day so try not to stock up on food late at night. Aim for smaller dinner portions and avoid snacking on unhealthy, sugary snacks
- Keep up a regular exercise routine – this doesn’t have to be anything too extreme as low-impact sports such as walking, swimming and cycling can all help to manage weight when done regularly.
6 Bundy R et al. Phytomedicine 15 (2008), 668-675
8 Bertoia ML et al. Dietary flavonoid intake and weight maintenance: three prospective cohorts of 124 086 US men and women followed for up to 24 years. BJ 2016; 352: i17.