How Does Apple Cider Vinegar Help You Lose Weight?

Apple cider vinegar

Many of you have already heard that raw, organic, and unfiltered apple cider vinegar can assist in weight loss and overall well-being. ACV is a probiotic, and has many additional health benefits. Here we explore how apple cider vinegar as part of a healthy diet 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.

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.

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 taking ACV to lose weight
Here is my recommendation for taking apple cider vinegar 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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1,320 comments on “How Does Apple Cider Vinegar Help You Lose Weight?

  1. Anita

    Hey everybody I have started ACV today and I would like to and Need to drop at least 10kg’s-20kg’s within this time next Month.
    I am going to do it 2 times a day before Meals and add 1 Tablet of Garcinia Ultra Slim Once in the morning. Increase to 3 times a day if needed within 3 Weeks.
    I am 75kg’s and also starting the Gym next Monday.
    I really hope it works. All the Best to Everybody.

  2. ntombi

    ive been using ACV for two weeks now ,my starting wait was 76 now im 81 so ive gained i dont know what im doing wrong please help

  3. Kimberly Brooks

    I’m in a wedding on April 1st I need to loose 20lbs. Will taking acv everyday help speed up the process?

  4. Nancy Martin

    Does anyone have an answer as to what to take for belly pain after the apple cider vinegar and water or does the tummy get used to t ?????

  5. Jessica

    I started the 2 teaspoons of acv today. I had to down a ton of water to get the taste and burn out of my mouth and throat. It made me nauseous. So I drank cranberry juice and then ice tea and ate a cereal bar to get the taste and nauseous feeling away. Hopefully it works. What else should I do?

  6. Adrienne

    the burn in your stomach and the nausea will go away n you’ll get used to it. Also, I’ve been doing it for a month now, I take the two teaspoons of vinegar, immediately drink a 16 oz glass of cold water with a dash of cayenne pepper n a dash of cinnamon before each meal. I drink water throughout the day with the cayenne n cinnamon and sometimes sliced lemons and cucumbers. Very refreshing. I’ve lost 8 pounds already.

  7. Parker w

    Ok best way to use acv is to drink iced tea sweet preferably and put honey in it use a standard mason jar as your glass and portion fill the bottom with honey a few millimeters tall full the jar half full with ice then the tea and 3 to 4 teaspoons of the acv honestly it won’t taste great but you want to lose the weight you got to suck it up an drew down the drink 30 min before every meal

  8. Winn

    @Crystal Sedore

    I wouldn’t recommend using a juice to mask the taste, if the purpose of drinking the ACV is weight-loss. On average a cup (250ml) of Orange juice has 5 teaspoons of sugar, which is more than a healthy daily allotment of pure fructose which really doesn’t do anyone any good.

  9. Susan M Benson

    I drink 8 oz of water with a half tsp of cinnamon, 2 tsp of ACV and 1 Tbsp of Honey and juice from half of a lemon. Drink it before I go to bed and before lunch. Lost 6 lbs in a week and NOTHING else has worked.

  10. Syed Sarkar Naqvi

    I regularly take ACV in the morning before meal … my question is can i take AVC before going to bed?

  11. Syed Sarkar Naqvi

    I regularly take ACV in moring….. can anyone guide me that i can take ACV at night before going bed?

  12. royal

    Just started this diet and it has me running back and forth to the bathroom (not to tinkle) is that normal?

  13. Laura

    Just started this as well before breakfast and before bed. Using Tablespoon per 6-8 oz of water with packet of trivia. It does make me gag, but gonna stick with it. would love to hear thoughts about best times of day.

  14. Ann Marie

    I boil 8 oz of water, with 1 inch of ginger sliced into 4 pieces. After it boils, then I put 2 tsp of AVC mix it in and drink it like a hot tea. It taste great, does not make me gag. You could also use the powder ginger. You could also put 2 tsp of fresh squeeze lemon juice. Some people like it cold. The lemon juice will be good if you like it cold. Don’t use anything sweet it defeats the purpose. It will still send you to the bathroom. That is good, because it is giving you a good clean out. Getting rid of all the old waste. Drink a lot of water through out the day. I tried taking it at night, and did not fall asleep until 4 hrs later. I tossed an turn all night long and could not sleep. I was exhausted the next day. I want to try at night again when I don’t have to work the next day. Good luck to all of you. I hope we all will be successful in losing the weight we want.

  15. Elane

    I started this week and have been doing it with 4 oz water and 4 oz pineapple juice and 1 tbls of acv. I can not taste it at all. I also drink a lot of water all day.

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