Can The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet Help You Lose Weight?

Apple cider vinegar health benefits

Many of you have already heard that raw, organic, and unfiltered apple cider vinegar can assist in weight loss and overall well-being. The apple cider vinegar diet is probiotic, and has many additional health benefits. Here we explore how the apple cider vinegar diet as part of a healthy lifestyle can help you lose weight while at the same time, acting as a tonic for the body.

Although many fad diets that create rapid weight loss have come and gone over the years, it is encouraging to note that the apple cider vinegar diet leads to gradual weight loss. It would be nice if we could shed pounds quickly and never see them again, but experience has shown that weight that leaves easily comes back easily.

The apple cider vinegar diet

If you lose weight quickly, your body will oblige you by kicking in mechanisms to make it more likely this weight will slip back on in no time. But if you can be patient and do not expect instant results, your fat cells will adjust to their new size more willingly and not insist on contributing on your waistline. The apple cider vinegar diet is perfect for this.

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Take it before meals
When you give it some thought, it makes good sense that drinking apple cider vinegar before meals would help with weight loss. Apples are a good source of pectin, and including pectin in your diet can make you feel fuller and more satisfied. Since apple cider vinegar contains the same amount of pectin as apples (one apple has about 1.5 grams pectin), it can suppress your appetite in a similar way.

There is also good science behind why apple cider vinegar would encourage weight loss even more effectively than eating raw apples. In general, acids help with the digestion of protein, the building blocks for some of our hormones, especially growth hormone.

We’ve seen how this hormone is instrumental in breaking down fat cells. By increasing the acid present in your stomach before a meal, you’ll ensure the chances for thorough digestion and increase the availability of protein for hormone synthesis.

Protein utilization
Greater protein utilization helps the formation of growth hormone, the substance that keeps the body’s metabolism going while we’re at rest. This is why it is important to drink apple cider vinegar before or with your evening meal.

Stimulates digestion
Because apple cider vinegar stimulates digestion, it also reduces the amount of time that fats remains in the digestive tract. It’s important that your body gets a chance to remove key nutrients from your food, and conditions that contribute to diarrhea can be life-threatening.

At the same time, it can be unhealthful to have food remain in the intestines for too long. If fats present longer than necessary during digestion, more fats will be absorbed.

Apple cider vinegar works at the very beginning of the digestive process to stimulate your appetite and increase your interest in food. Normally, you wouldn’t think of this as being the direction you want to go in if you’re trying to lose weight. But apple cider vinegar works positively to support your efforts by increasing your interest in whole foods.

Utilization of iron
ACV can improve the body’s utilization of iron, a nutrient that acts like fire-starter for fuel. Iron is a key component in substances that carry oxygen to the cells and hold it there. It’s the ability of apple cider vinegar to increase iron utilization and energy consumption in the body that makes it such a supportive food for weight loss.

A great source of potassium
Apples are a great source of potassium, and likewise, apple cider vinegar, taken on a regular basis, will contribute the potassium you need to help balance the sodium in your diet. In fact, try replacing salt in your diet with apple cider vinegar. Use it to top foods you might be tempted to salt, such as vegetables or protein foods. A little vinegar over a plate of beans is a regional favorite in many parts of America.

Recommendation for losing weight with the apple cider vinegar diet

Here is my recommendation for using the apple cider vinegar diet to lose weight, based on the work of Dr. Jarvis and others:

  • 1 to 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar + 8 ounces water *
  • Drink before meals 3 times a day

* Though this author recommends 1 to 2 teaspoons of ACV per cup of water, other sources call for 1 tablespoon per cup of water or other liquid, and that seems to be what VegKitchen readers have found most effective.

Excerpted from Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss & Good Health* by Cynthia Holzapfel (Book Publishing Co.), reprinted by permission.

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1,688 comments on “Can The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet Help You Lose Weight?

  1. Jay

    Very good article.

    If you don’t like the taste, try mixing it with something that overpowers it. I like to mix ACV with Organifi superfood powder (http://www.greenpowderdrink.com) which is also really good for weight loss. When you give your body what it needs, you’ll find that cravings go away and you’ll inadvertently lose weight.

  2. Kristina

    Mind over Plate First of all. The truth is that healthy food will transfigure your image and you can lose weight as a side effect.

  3. Sharan laird

    I’m going to try this, but how long would it take before you see results and can I eat my normal 3 meals a day?

  4. gloria OMara

    I take 1 tablespoon in water, at bedtime from the advise of my GI Dr. But am having horrible nightmares, anybody else experiencing that? What else could I do to avoid that?

  5. Candies Shipman

    I am having a lot of back pain and hip pain I think it’s because I’m gaining a lot I hope this will help to loose the weight I tried this before but was just taking vinegar shorts when I felt like eating and was making myself sick so this time I will follow directions

  6. Judy Chandler

    How soon before I notice weight loss ? I have spinal stenosis & my weight gain is really hurting

  7. Paula

    Can I miss the Apple cider vinegar in the water before I drink it, or does it have to be seperated? Is there any side effects?

  8. Eve

    Is it recommended to drink 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar without water with an empty stomach in the morning and before bedtime for easily weight loss?

  9. Taee Robinson

    I go to the gym at 5AM 3 times during the week and then I go on Saturday mornings at 9AM. I often drink a bottle of water during my workout, I will now try to take the ACV before I leave out in the morning and drink a bottle of water like I always do. But now I will extend it by taking it before lunch when I’m at work and before dinner when I get home. I normally don’t eat breakfast, but I will try to grab a fruit or piece of toast with two hard boiled eggs. I hope this works and I start to see results.

  10. John G

    Thanks for the great article. I didn’t knew about these wonderful benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar, I am definitely going to take it before meals as suggested in the article. I have recently decided to lose some weight and I was able to succeed too due doing research on these foods. What also really helped was reading “The Fat Burning Kitchen.” I am sure it will provide tremendous value to anyone who is looking forward to losing some weight by eating the right kinds of food.

  11. Reggie Sibiya

    I am not sure if Taye on her January 17 querry got the right help. I have a diabetic condition and use ACV to manage my sugar levels. I however realised that when mixed with medication for diabetes it can lead to hypoglycemia. I recently googled symptoms of hypoglycemia and one of them is having nightmares. So Taye might be having very low levels of glucose due to ACV and possibly condition that does not correct the low levels i.e. diabetic condition or other condition

  12. Trisha

    I would use the bragg acv with mother. I have lost about 10 lbs and about inch and half in 21/2 weeks I have took only twice daily. I have energy sleep better

  13. Barbara

    I wish pray it helps me cos my husband teases me always that I’ve gained weight. Almost all the dress he bought for me back from his trip doest fit.in can’t wait to loose weight

  14. marvin m mingus

    I drink it in the morning with honey and lemon j and a garcinia cambogia pill two times a day

  15. marvin m mingus

    I been drinking this stuff for 2 1/2 weeks on my third qt. bottle ACV. and 1 Garcinia CamBogia pill two times a day. cant tell if I have lost a pound or not.

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