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How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Effective Weight Loss

How to Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Effective Weight Loss

Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) has been hailed as a superfood containing a huge variety of nutrients, and it also helps with various ailments, including skin problems. It is known to be a great detoxifier, flushing out toxins in the body which leads to a better functioning body all around. These are just a couple of ways that ACV can improve your health as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle, but incorporating it as a diluted solution on a daily basis has also been known to help with losing weight.

It’s really important to stress that using ACV solely as an aid to weight loss will most likely lead to little or no effect. It’s essential that if you do decide to use ACV to lose pounds, then it should be part of a healthy diet and routine exercise regime, as ACV is only used as an enhancement to your overall healthy lifestyle. With that in mind, let’s find out how exactly ACV has been known to help with shedding those stubborn pounds.

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How does apple cider vinegar help with weight loss?

Although ACV has been used for a vast amount of time as a weight loss remedy, little scientific research had been conducted to find out why it works—until now. Researchers have found through various studies that introducing ACV into your diet actually helps the body feel more full and carry that sensation through to meal times. This is mainly because there is a rich source of pectin found in apples, and in combination with the acid, this allows the body to break down food more easily and quickly. It also increases your metabolism, helping to burn off calories more effectively when moving and exercising.

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It has been found that ACV helps to lower the amount of blood sugar and insulin in the bloodstream which allows you to lose weight steadily over time.

Combining a high protein diet (that gets you feeling full) with ACV will further promote the feeling of satiety and cause you to eat a fraction less for each meal. This obviously results in a lower intake of calories, which inevitably leads to weight loss.

A study in Japan found that over a period of 3 months, obese participants lost fat around their stomachs with daily intake of ACV. This was using different amounts of ACV diluted with water with one study using 2 tablespoons of ACV daily, causing a 3.7lb or 1.7kg weight loss in the three-month duration of the study. It’s not a huge amount, but it is certainly a significant one.

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    Use organic, unpasteurized varieties of ACV.

    It’s important that you purchase the right type of ACV. The type you want is the unpasteurized variety, as this won’t have been through the process of stripping all the much-needed nutrients and goodness that we want from ACV. It’s also a good idea to look for any organic varieties as this will mean it’s free from any chemicals or pesticides used in the treatment of the apples. The purer the vinegar, the more healthy it will be for your body and help aid weight loss most effectively.

    Consume it before meals a few times a day.

    It’s often said that drinking a diluted ACV solution around 30 minutes before a meal will give your body time to get the effects of feeling full and therefore, stop you from overeating and consuming too many calories. This is also an optimal time to help your body get the digestion process ready for your meal. However, any time of the day is good to get your intake of ACV so don’t worry too much if you miss the 30-minute window.

    For best results you can start with using an ACV solution twice a day and increase it to three times a day once you get used to the taste. It’s not necessary to consume large amounts of it and this probably won’t be too good for your body in the long run anyway.

    Try a few different methods to see what works best for you.

    The best way to use it is as a diluted solution with water. Ideally add 2 tablespoons of ACV to a glass of water for each intake. If you really can’t stand the taste then try adding it to fruit juice; however, water is the healthiest and more effective option if you want to see weight loss over time.

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    It is possible to buy ACV in pill-form if you don’t want to have it as a drink, and it is supposed to be just as effective. Just make sure you take the right dosage and remember that a higher intake doesn’t equal more weight loss.

    You can always add ACV to recipes and meals to give an added boost of nutrients. Couple up your meals with high protein to optimize the results. Good sources of protein are eggs, lean meats and fish which will fill you up nicely and stop you from consuming too many calories.

    Consider these cautions.

    • There are some cautions to take when consuming ACV. First of all it can cause tooth enamel to erode if not diluted properly, so in this instance the pill variations would be better.
    • Acetic acid can have an effect on your throat so consuming it regularly might cause it to feel sore.
    • Weight loss isn’t guaranteed as everyone is different, so be aware that this may or may not work for you.

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    5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

    5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

    In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

    Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

    How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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    • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
    • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
    • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
    • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
    • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
    • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

    When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

    1. Realize You’re Not Alone

    Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

    2. Find What Inspires You

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    Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

    On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

    3. Give Yourself a Break

    When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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    Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

    4. Shake up Your Routines

    Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

    Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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    When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

    5. Start with a Small Step

    Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

    Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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    Here are some resources that will help you break out of your current phase:

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