…a high waist circumference can be a sign of having a lot of visceral fat – this is the fat that is between all your different organs. Belly fat can be a sign of increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure – and especially for the ones among us with the South-Asian genes (like myself) it can very often mean diabetes…so keep an eye on that belly!
Last week I tried out a new fitness class (ie. new for me) called Body Combat that I’ve watched other people do over the past years but never tried myself – I’ve been quite scared of it, but decided my jiggly bits are reaching a whole new level of jiggle that requires drastic measures…
AND wowsers, it is so full on! This body combat class really showed how terribly, insanely, disgustingly out of shape I really am – pow pow all the way! I really pushed it and thought I was going to be sick and needed to throw up halfway through the class…luckily I didn’t!
Here’s a little breakdown of all the different classes gyms tend to normally do – I have only done Body Pump (quite a few times) and now Body Combat – but thinking of trying out the Body Attack as well maybe – I’m going to keep doing Body Combat until I get really good at it FFS!
Sometimes I go into a crazy healthy phase and eat really well and go to the gym about 5 times a week. But as said – this is often a “phase” and limited to maximum a few months. However during each “phase” I seem to discover a new thing that is supposedly apparently super super good for you in some way and then I go and get it – but often as the phase ends, my fascination with said healthy-thing ends as well. This seems to be how I’ve ended up with quite a collection of natural supplements – hello Holland & Barrett you know I love you really – so, I thought I should look into this little supplement collection to try and figure out what is really good and what maybe isn’t at all…hopefully the start of a new informative series of blog posts…here we go!
Today we’re looking at: Apple Cider Vinegar (capsules)
What: pretty much exactly what it claims to be – a vinegar made from either apples or cider – made by crushing apples and squeezing out the liquid.
Why: supposed to help with weight loss by curbing hunger/ appetite and creating a feeling of being full eating less.
From: you can get it pretty much at any health food store, whole foods, pharmacy or even supermarket.
Double blind tests carried out in Japan have come to the conclusion that ACV or Apple Cider Vinegar helps curb appetite through it’s acetic acid and also helps treat obesity and supports weight loss. The main known side effect when consumed in very large amounts is that it can cause Osteoporosis (and increase bone fragility). It’s not just weight loss but also overall wellbeing that seems to get a big boost from regular ACV consumption – it can apparently treat heartburn, is good for your hair, treats sore throats and soothes sunburn amongst many other things – miracle liquid much?
Supposed benefits of ACV or Apple Cider Vinegar include:
– In a 2009 study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, it was found that subjects that consumed acetic acid for 12 weeks experienced significant declines in body weight, abdominal fat, waist circumference and triglycerides. Triglycerides contribute to the bad cholesterol that we want to avoid.
– ACV helps to break up mucous throughout the body and cleanse the lymph nodes. Believe it or not, research suggests that apple cider vinegar can help with allergies because of its ability to reduce mucous and sinus congestion. When reducing the effects of allergies, it can also help stave off sinus infections and their related symptoms, such as sore throats and headaches.