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.

Bragg apple cider vinegar

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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1,474 comments on “Can The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet Help You Lose Weight?

  1. Jackie

    I am just starting the Apple Cider drink tonight. I started Bio Identical Hormone Therapy about 2 weeks ago and am up about 10lbs. I know it is fluid but I am miserable. I’m going to drink this morning and night for a few weeks and see what happens.

  2. Kathleen

    I started using ACV yesterday morning, good news , my perfect that I lost since January come out immediately

  3. Kay

    Should I change my diet? Or will ACV and eating normally still work? (For weight loss)

  4. Rivi

    Kay, some people experience weight loss with ACV alone but yes, combining it with diet will definitely improve results. As others have suggested there’s a great plan at:

    I think the main thing is just trying to be consistent with the ACV. 1-2 teaspoons before every meal and you’ll see results in time.

  5. Mary Hnery

    I have tried to drink ACV for years, but couldn’t stick with it. Unfortunately, I’ve throw several bottles away. A while back I tried Braggs ACV drinks (Grape and Ginger). I liked them. I decided to make my own similar drink. I’ve already used up one bottle of ACV. This is my recipe: 1 can of Perrier (cold), 2 teaspoons of ACV, Sprayvia – 1 spray for sweetner (Optional), 1/4 cup of unsweetened Juice ( Cranberry is my choice or a fresh squeezed lemon to taste). Stir. I’ve lost about 3 pounds just drinking this without any extra effort. Good Luck

  6. sheila tashiro

    I am going to try apple cider vinegar as a regime to reduce my appetite and aid in losing weight. Any suggestions?

  7. Mhe Andreas

    I’ve been using apple cider vinegar for almost two weeks to lower my blood pressure and weight loss as well. Unfortunately, as of now my blood pressure getting higher. Any suggestion on the proper amount of ACV to be taken a day?

  8. Tracy

    ACV will also get rid of acid reflux. I told a friend of mine about this. She had very bad, incapacitating acid reflux and was taking a lot of Prilosec. I told her to get off of that junk and use ACV. Of course, her doctor disagreed. He looked at her and said, “ACV!? That has SO MUCH acid!” YES, THAT IS THE POINT!!! As a nurse, I explained to her how the anti acids work, and why you have to keep taking them. You take an anti acid and your body stops production of acid. You feel better temporarily, until your body says, “hey, I need to produce EVEN MORE acid.” So you take more anti acids and your body produces MORE acid in response to it. Think of it this way. When you take street drugs, you feed your brain artificial “feel good” chemicals, so your brain stops producing them on its own. That’s why when you don’t take the drug, you feel so bad. You have to give your brain time to start producing the chemical on its own again. So, when your body produces too much acid, the answer is NOT anti acids, the answer is MORE acid. Healthy, natural, ACV, 1 TBSP of ACV, straight! No water. Your body will eventually shut down production of acid on its own. It worked for her. BUT, you cannot stop the regimen and go back to eating trigger foods like she did. After 1 month, she thought she was cured. Big mistake.

  9. Nava

    Tracy, this is all good advice, but we don’t recommend taking the ACV straight. that way, it’s very hard on the teeth, esophagus, and stomach.

  10. Cynthia Amayi

    I just bought ACV today due to many positive view of some people around me. So, I decided to begin with that because my husband and I were looking for a best way to lose our weight. Here we go ! But, I have a conserne. I don’t know exactly how to use ACV. Can someone help me with.

    Thank you so much.

  11. Travis

    Thanks for sharing nice ideas of weight loss. Going with healthy diet is also good for over all health and weight loss.

  12. Precious

    I’ve found that adding a tablespoon of ACV to a cup of V8 juice actually tastes pretty good.

  13. Sherry

    I started this today and I mixed ACV with water but I noticed in a comment that someone said that they added ACV to V8 juice, can you still get the benefit of losing weight with the V8 juice as you do with just water???

  14. anna marie bautista

    can i mix the apple cider with cranberry juice or it have to be with water

    anna from florida

  15. Gerry F

    I mix my ACV with orange juice and I think it’s quite good plus I’m getting vitamin c with every glass

  16. Renee

    Hi, I just started doing ACU and warm water every morning and night. But I put a squirt of mio energy flavor enhancer, will that interfere with the results? Thank you.

  17. Kim kopet

    My doctor suggested 2 tablespoons acv with I cup warm water and a 1/8 teaspoon baking soda. The results are amazing!

  18. Nava

    Hi Kim — that’s great. Our readers will want to know; do you do that just once a day, and what time of day?

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