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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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    March 10, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    How much do u think I could lose in 9 weeks please

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    March 11, 2018 at 8:41 am

    In week how much the weight will get reduced

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    March 12, 2018 at 1:05 am

    After drinking this juice how many minutes/hours you have to wait to eat breakfast,lunch or dinner?

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    Penny Cole
    March 12, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Well doing the ACV do you have to be on a specific diet. I was doing the low carb diet. So can i still do the ACV and do the carb and get results?

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    Deanna Gottschalk
    March 12, 2018 at 11:03 pm

    By doing this how much weight can i lose in 4 weeks

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    Scott Manuel
    March 14, 2018 at 5:43 pm

    Incredible article! I think getting thinner is the most troublesome undertaking on the planet since I have by and by never could begin to work out. As I would see it Walking in each chance to practice is the most ideal way.

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    Deanna George
    March 18, 2018 at 6:31 pm


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    Liliele Nafatali
    March 22, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    how long do i need to wait after drinking the remedy before i can eat ? and how much weight i can loose in a month app 4 Weeks ?

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    Miriam Medina
    March 23, 2018 at 8:52 am

    I suffer from heart burn. Can I take the ACV everyday?

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      March 23, 2018 at 9:14 am

      Miriam, from our understanding, ACV is good for heartburn.

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    Zikona Mankayi
    April 5, 2018 at 6:03 am

    How much weight i can loose in 4 Weeks?

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    April 6, 2018 at 7:39 am

    I suffer from heart burn. Can I take the ACV everyday?

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    Qualihya Ward
    April 11, 2018 at 10:16 am

    How much do you think i might lose by may if i started today

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    April 15, 2018 at 8:55 pm

    How long does it take to see results if your drinking it twice a day

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    Krishnan Ramanathan
    April 24, 2018 at 4:17 am


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    April 25, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    I’m using Apple Cider Vinegar pills can i drink them 2times a day?if not does any kind of apple cider vinegar help with weight loss

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    Joyce I Gauvin
    May 3, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Is apple cider vinagar harmful to your teeth?

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      May 3, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      Joyce, that’s a really good question. Yes, the ACV can be harmful to the tooth enamel, which is why it’s recommended that it’s taken with at least one cup of water or other liquid. And it wouldn’t hurt to brush the teeth about a half hour afterward!

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    May 4, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    How effective is it. How much weight will I lost within a month. Cause am weighing 69 I want to drop to 50 or 55

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    May 11, 2018 at 12:43 am

    I just started today taking 1tbp apple cider vinegar with a glass of warm water. I want to loose at 10kg.

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    Sandi roberts
    May 11, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    How long does it take to loose weight I’m going to have an operation in June and I’ve gotta loose weight wil it b ok by then I started 3 days ago and is it ok to drink it with out mixing it with liquids

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      May 11, 2018 at 6:32 pm

      Sandi, it’s not good to take it straight — you must mix it with liquid, otherwise it’s hard on the teeth, esophagus, and stomach. How much and if you lose weight can’t be predicted. Depends on your other eating habits, exercise, etc. But give it a try!

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    May 12, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    My dietitian suggested Lime or lemon honey and cinnamon I put mine in a water bottle and sip it throughout the day you still have to exercise regularly and eat healthy you can’t drink the acv and eat McDonalds now this is coming straight from her. So patience exercise and eating healthy and Apple pectin comes in a natural Vitamin as well.

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    Elizabeth Mason
    May 14, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    I’ve been drinking apple cider vinegar since may 10 with cayenne pepper, lemon and ginger three times a day and exercising three times a day too, how long should I start seeing results, I’m trying to get back to 123 pounds?

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    May 16, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    How effective is it. How much weight will I lost within a month. Cause am weighing 69 I want to drop to 50 or 55

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    William Clark
    May 18, 2018 at 3:24 pm

    How much weight can i lose in a month by drinking 1 tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar in 8oz glass of water 3x a day before every meal?

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    Skye Cornelius
    May 21, 2018 at 2:41 am

    I tried it and it is working well for me. I lost 13 lbs for 2 weeks already and keep doing it until reaches my goal. Thanks to the ACV!

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    May 22, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    Do I have to follow a strict diet plan using apple cider vinegar?

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    May 24, 2018 at 8:41 am

    Shinelle, Are you also exercising and taking this ACV?

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    May 24, 2018 at 10:18 am

    Can someone on high blood pressure tablet take acv to lose weight?

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      May 24, 2018 at 10:22 am

      Lizzy, we can’t give advice when there are medical issues involved. Please speak to your practitioner or a Registered Dietician.

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    May 29, 2018 at 10:13 pm

    How much is the price ?
    And how to buy it ?

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      May 30, 2018 at 3:25 pm

      Raw, unfiltered, and organic ACV is available in natural foods stores and some larger supermarkets, depending on where you live. If not available in local stores, you can buy it online at Price will vary, but it’s not an expensive item!

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    May 30, 2018 at 9:04 pm

    how many minutes before i can eat a meal, after drinking the ACV??

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    Laura Kifer
    June 4, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Around Valentine’s Day I felt disgusting at 179 lbs..My belly was gross. In March I half started eating better and lost a couple pounds. On April 11, 2018 I weighted in at the Dr’s office at 176 and started the apple cider vinegar diet as well as cutting out carbs and increasing protein, no pills or drop weight quickly gimmicks. on May 30th same Dr’s office I weight 161! Since late March about 2 months that’s almost 20 lbs with a little effort. It is now June 4th tomorrow is my 48th birthday and I’m at 159! I’m also 5’4″ so still overweight but 9 lbs from healthy weight! A little exercise but not much actually lost most of it around my gross belly! Went from size 14 jeans to 10’s and they fit loose! This REALLY works and all my blood work came out great!! I’ve never had results like this and I’ve tried everything! You can get the raw apple cider vinegar with the mother at WalMart the big bottle for under $5 and it lasts a week or so! For the first time since I had my daughter 20 years ago I look fabulous!

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    June 6, 2018 at 12:51 am

    Laura did you take it with ginger and all or just ACV with water?

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    June 7, 2018 at 4:54 am

    My age is just 19 and My weight is 60Kg How much weight can i lose in a month by drinking 1 tablespoon of Apple cider vinegar in 8oz glass of water 3x a day before every meal?

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    Joseph contino
    June 17, 2018 at 5:36 am

    Does this effect your our sex performance?
    Does this intake of ACV make your bones brittle

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    Arshma khan
    July 15, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    I am 21my height is 5`6 nd my weight is 75 kg…i want to loose my weight upto 15 kg…how much it will take…with ACV….along with exercise and healthy diet

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    July 16, 2018 at 9:32 am

    How can anyone drink apple cider vinegar water i kept almost puking, i couldn’t even sip it my body was saying no the whole time, i tried plugging my nose drinking it and a normal glass of water it came out of my mouth like a soda shakened up with mentos. and if im not suppose to drink it plain how can i change it up so its taste is undetected

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    July 17, 2018 at 9:59 am

    I have peptic ulcer can I take ACV?

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    July 26, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    This works I instant feel results in two weeks. Notice my pants are falling off lmao.

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