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I Shaved 4.5-Inches Off My Waist in Three Weeks with This Drink

One weight loss warrior swears by this slightly bitter concoction.

Melissa Marie (@melissa.marie8) is a weight loss warrior and influencer with over 425,000 followers on TikTok. She regularly shares videos revealing all of the things that helped her get into the best shape of her life. In one viral video she reveals that a certain drinked helped her shave 4.5 inches off her waist in just three weeks. "I've never told anyone about this before, but I've tried it enough times to know it works. So let's get into it," she says. 

She Claims the Drink Boosts Health, Lowers Blood Sugar, and Aids in Weight Loss

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"This is a drink I drink every single morning, and I'm going to tell you three great benefits to drinking this drink. This drink boosts your health, lowers your blood sugar, and aids in weight loss," she says in the clip. 

She Starts with Lemons


"So first we're going to start by squeezing some lemons. The lemon has vitamin C and helps the immune system. I'm going to go ahead and juice three pretty big lemons because I'm going to put this lemon in the fridge so I can use it for days to come when I make the drinks," she explains. 

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Then, She Assembles the Drink


"So we're going to start to assemble the drink. First, I'm going to do one tablespoon of fresh squeezed lemon juice. You can use the prepared one, but obviously it's better to use the fresh one," she continues. 

She Adds One Tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar


"Next we're going to go in with one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar," she says. "The apple cider vinegar is going to give it some natural probiotics."

Water Is Optional


"The recipe says one cup of water, but I've noticed for me it's just better if I kind of try to do it as a shot," she says. 

You Can Also Add Honey


"It is much more tolerable with the honey, but like I said, I just kind of like to chase mine. I don't really like to mix it in. I just kind of get whatever's laying around and I just put a little dab of honey on it and I set it down and wait for me to drink it," she says, adding that you can also sweeten it with liquid stevia or maple syrup. 

It's "A Little Rough Going Down"


"All right, I'm plugging my nose for this," she confesses. "Oh, okay. Alright, so it's a little rough going down. Most healthy things are if you wanted to make this a vegan option, you could use organic maple syrup instead of honey."

You Can Double or Triple the Recipe


"You can also double or triple this recipe if you want. It lasts in the fridge about five days, but it's most potent if you actually assemble it each morning. I've seen this drink deflate my stomach time and time again," she says. 

She Claims it Shrunk Her Waist Fast


Why does she drink it daily? "This is one of the things that has aided in my waist going down in over four and a half inches in just a few short weeks," she says. "There is nothing magical about lemon and ACV (or honey) that will cause you to lose that many inches from your waistline.  ACV has been shown in some research to suppress appetite temporarily for a few hours after ingestion, but it has not been linked to short term or sustained weight loss. Fresh lemon juice does contain a little Vit C but 1 T does not contain very much at all – less than 10 percent," says The Diet Diva, Tara Collingwood, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD/N, ACSM-CPT, a Board Certified Sports Dietitian.

Is ACV a Weight Loss Miracle?

Apple cider vinegar and lemons. Copy space.

Does ACV really help with weight loss? ​​One study published in the Journal of Functional Foods found that subjects who consumed a tablespoon of ACV at lunch and dinner and cut 250 calories per day lost 8.8 lbs in 12 weeks – 3.8 pounds more than the other group who followed the same diet but didn't take the daily shots. Another study published in Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, reared similar results. Researchers enrolled a group of 144 adults with obesity. They split the group into two, giving half a placebo and the other half,  one to two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar daily for 12 weeks. The group who drank two tablespoons lost close to 4 lbs at the end of the time period, while those who drank one tablespoon lost 2.5 lbs, and the placebo group gained weight. 

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Other Benefits of ACV


There may be other benefits to drinking a shot of apple cider a day. According to research it can help lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels and offer antimicrobial benefits. 

The Sustainable Way to Lose Weight: Eat Healthy and Move


"Instead of looking for a shot of something to be your miracle, watch portions and total calories and move your body more to boost metabolism and burn more calories," Collingwood suggests.

💪🔥Body Booster: If you can stomach it, try taking a shot of apple cider vinegar every day. 

Leah Groth
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