Can The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet Help You Lose Weight?

Apple cider vinegar diet

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.

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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1,400 comments on “Can The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet Help You Lose Weight?

  1. Leigh

    Yolanda, it doesn’t have to be Bragg’s but it does have to be organic to get the full benefits. There’s plenty of good brands out there.. I get mine on Ebay for around £7/bottle.

    Rosa, your overall diet is always going to help if you’re trying to lose weight. Although as mentioned in this article, ACV contains Pectin which should help suppress your appetite. If you’re unsure about the diet side of things, there’s a great plan at:

    I’ve found that to really experience the benefits of apple cider vinegar, you’ve got to be consistent every day. Try to make it a habit to drink 1 or 2 teaspoons before every single meal. It’s crazy cheap and so good for you. Definitely worth it!

  2. Jaime

    Great article! I loooove acv. Anyone interested in this stuff should definitely check out the book Everyday Roots. It teaches you how to replace all of the harmful chemical products in your life with organic ones. It’s completely changed my life and how I feel everyday 🙂

    You can read a good review of Everyday roots here:

  3. Adriana

    can you make a pitcher of this and have it ready in the fridge or is it best to make it right there on the spot every time.?

  4. Geri

    I think I’m finding out that my insulin is causing me to gain weight, got diagnosed with Diabetes(D-2) I was told by my Dr, my weight triggered it, get rid of the weight, the D-2 goes with it. His nurse came in right behind him and cast doubts on what he said, I looked at her & told her to shut up & get out! I was a nurse for almost 40 years and never would say anything like that to my patients.

  5. Alana Wilder

    I mix 2T of Braggs with 6oz of low sodium V-8 every morning. Not only is it a great way to start the day but I have found it to be a slow way to see pounds slip away.

  6. Bigman

    Try taking 2tsp of the organic vinegar with some lemon and ginger tea the lemon and ginger also play a la in burning belly fat but mis if all it helps for the taste of the vinegar to be bearable

  7. Anna T.

    I take 2 tablespoons of Bragg, 2 pinches of cayenne pepper and a squeeze of lemon in my water every morning on an empty stomach. This has definitely helped my digestive system.

  8. Teri

    I mix 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar with 8 oz of pineapple juice and it pretty much cuts the taste of the vinegar almost completely!!

  9. Boodah

    I started today with 1teaspoon of ACV with hot tea and honey but I’ve noticed my ACV isn’t Bragg organic bottle it’s the regular ACV from shoppers would that be a good one to use also??

  10. Ben

    Wow amazing info! Have heard a lot about apple cider vinegar but it can also be used to loose the weight. I used this to treating my skin tags and warts and got great results.

  11. Laurie

    I bought it a week ago and it is still sitting there unopened. I’m a scardie cat. I know I don’t want to add any sugars to it. I guess I will try it with Truvia although that isn’t to good in my coffee. I hope it helps me loose weight. Now if I can control my eating. Been of cigarettes for a month now. If anyone else has a good suggestion for the taste. Let mer know.

  12. Crystal Morales

    I just started the account today. I have underactive thyroid so I hope and pray this works for me.

  13. Daphne

    I’ve been taking 2 tbsp acv with lemon juice and honey, my stomach is much smaller and digestive system better also.

  14. Nava

    Gemma, drinking ACV straight can be hard on the stomach and on tooth enamel, which is why that’s not recommended.

  15. Emma

    I am on the acv and I have it withhot water and a little honey … I need to replace the pasteurized honey with raw or pure honey .. I am also taking Bromelain .. got this at the health store .. I take it once a day ….I still eat pretty well the same things but smaller portions and I am loosing weight .. it’s our digestive system that can get us in trouble .. if we take care of it ….It will take care of us …..

  16. Eryn

    Daphne, what exactly are you doing and how? It sounds like something I’d like to try, as I have a thyroid problem and put on 30 pounds in less then six months. I need help!

  17. Kuuipo

    2 spoons of apple cider vinegar with honey in every 8 ounce of bottle water , the ACV smells rotten but honey kinda killed the smell will see in a week what happened Good Luck Everybody

  18. Lorraine

    Started today with Braggs ACV 1tsp with 1tsp of lemon juice and 100mls hot water.hope this helps with my weight loss

  19. Twila

    This was a very thorough article that answered all my questions about acv and weight loss. Thank you!

  20. Jessica

    I started using it 4 times a day! Before every meal. I eat 6 times a day small snacks in between 3 meals. Small portions. When I started I weighed 236 Now I weigh 180. I started mid December of 2016. It really curbs my appetite. I love it.

  21. Kandy

    Kae, I personally know two ladies that used ACV with honey and lemon juice and they both had success with losing weight. I just started in the same thing yeaterday. I hope it works for me too. Good luck.

  22. Franvisco

    Well i also started yesterday, 2t of ACV and 1t of lemon with 4oz of water in the morning…boy does that sent u to the bathrooom..

  23. Judith

    ACV is the Best and Healthiest way to lose weight. I started using it a month ago, and I have already lost 6 pounds. My BMI (Body Mass Index) has decreased, and I’m feeling and looking heathier. It helps with one’s digestive system;getting rid of those toxins that are just stored in one’s stomach….THE DREADED “BELLY FAT.” I had my fu (follow up) exam with my PCD (PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR) on yesterday,and she is so proud of me,as I am of me. Stick to it…IT TRULY WORKS.

  24. Ana Laura Martinez

    I feel it was easier for me to drink 1 tablespoon of vinegar straight with a little water instead of a full glass. I am going to add one more tablespoon before dinner. I don’t add anything else to it. It goes down quick and I am done with it faster.

  25. Mary

    I am mixing 2 tablespoons of ACV in a water bottle with crystal light (or similar) singles to go water flavors. Is this going to be counteractive? I do it purely to cut the taste of the ACV and its working great with masking the taste, but I don’t want to cancel out the results if the water flavors aren’t my best choice. I am not a huge fan of honey that is why I avoided that first. How long before you see results. I rejoined weight watchers and also going to the gym again. Need to lose about 20 pounds the safe and healthy way, but am curious when you start to see if the ACV is working. Thanks!

  26. Felicia Curry

    Well i just bought mines 2 days ago n started it yesterday, i just drink it with water no lemon juice or honey does it really helps that way.

  27. Marta Tullos

    I used the ACV several years ago, back in 2013, and I maintained my weight much better then. Now after gaining 30 additional pound I knew I had to start this habit again. Even only one serving daily was rewarding. I can only imagine results if done at every meal. Returned to ACV today! Marta

  28. michelle briggs

    I started the acv 2 days ago. I excercise every morning for 30 minutes with tiffany rothe. Ive lost weight by doing her 10 minutes workout they are very easy to follow. So now i just need that little bit help to shift baby belly fat. I drink 2 tsp with 1/2 a cup of warm water 3 times a day. Hoping to get the right results. At present my weight is 11st 5lbs. Will keep updating x

  29. stoney

    I’ve started my ACV about 5 days ago, I mix mine with about less then 8 oz of water and 2 to 3 tsp 3 times a day, yes it does take away your appetite, I eat less, I don’t mix it with anything else but water, and down it real quick, to be honest the taste is really not as bad as people say’s it is. I’ve already loss 3lbs and 1 inch off my waist in 5 days, can’t wait to see how my results are in 4 weeks, definitely worth trying! I also added in 3 to 4 days of workouts for an hour, to speed up the process…GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY


    l am very interested in trying this diet with apple cider vinegar…my question is can l buy this from super market or health shop ..without going on line to buy..

  31. Nava

    Wendy, it’s really important to use organic, raw, and unfiltered ACV. The clear pasteurized kind probably wont do the trick.

  32. Audrey Brown

    I stared the Apple Cider Vinegar on 4/17/17. 2Tbsp. of ACV w/8oz. of water & 1tsp. of raw honey. I take it 30min. before my meal. As of 4/23/17 I have lost 4.6lbs. My diet consists of salad, chicken, tuna, fish, fruits etc. It’s working so far. Will keep you all posted. Good Luck!! A.B.

  33. Flower

    Apple cider vinager helps us in so many ways. Not only drinking water with vinager; also adding to our salads, and seasonings. Soups, meats everything it taste so good and it helpbus keep our digestive system clean, help our hair shine and grow, ourvskun shines and no pimples or rashes, look healthy. Youbshould start it today. Some ppl say organic or other brand but really ANY APPLE CIDER VINAGER WORKS! IM DOWN 20 POUNDS.MOTHER of 4 believe me…you will be pleasantly SURPRISE!

  34. Maricela Lopez

    Can you add juice to it like orange or pineapple juice to the ACV plus water then the juice or does it have to be ACV with water thanks

  35. Sandra

    Just bought a bottle of ACV today. Think I’ll try it with pineapple juice. Do I have to take it before meals? Or can drink it three times a day?

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