Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss

Last Modified on Jun 12, 2014

In addition to its plethora other health benefits, Apple Cider Vinegar has been touted for centuries as an excellent natural remedy for weight loss. The apple cider vinegar weight loss program is a relatively simple addition that can be applied to your regular diet or on top of another weight loss plan, yet it can supercharge your weight loss while improving your overall health. Apple cider vinegar's many other health benefits include its use as a supplement in an alkalizing diet, to cure food poisoning, in controlling acid reflux, and to moderate blood sugar levels.

As for the benefits of an apple cider vinegar weight loss program, there have been many studies over the years showing that apple cider vinegar can assist in weight loss. For instance, a study published in the May 12, 2011 issue of Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that when fed natural apple cider vinegar, the triglyceride and VLDL levels in all tested rats decreased while those on a high-cholesterol diet without the supplementation of vinegar did not experience the weight loss and heart health benefits.

An article published in the February 2010 edition of Diabetes Care shows that vinegar decreased Postprandial Hyperglycemia (that is, an exaggerated rise in blood sugar following a meal) in 10 patients with Type 1 Diabetes. The study concluded that two tablespoons of vinegar, "could be easily used as a complementary food (e.g., in a salad dressing) to reduce hyperglycemia."

Additionally, a 2006 review published in the Medscape Journal of Medicine finds that apple cider vinegar may assist in appetite suppression and blood sugar control.

Likewise, the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry published a study in 2009 from Japanese researchers where laboratory mice were fed a high-fat diet and given acetic acid, which is the main component of apple cider vinegar. The other group of mice on the same high-fat diet received only water. The group of mice on the acetic acid had up to 10 percent less body fat than the other group of mice!


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[YEA]  11/22/2013: Mrsg from Fl , Usa : "I have tried the ACV before for weight loss with no noticeable change. I decided to try again and really stuck with it. Within two weeks my friends starts to notice I lost some weight. I'm not one to believe much in using a weight scale, but my clothes are starting to feel a lot better. I drink the ACV and water before each meal. So far I have not changed my eating habits. But I am encouraged enough to eat better and start exercising for better results."

[NAY]  08/12/2013: Dolly from Cherry Hill, Nj: "Hello Earth Clinic,

I have been taking 2 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar with the mother about 15 minutes before my meals 5 days a week for a month (2 weeks with organic honey, 2 weeks without). I experienced more energy the first two weeks, then the effects wore off. In addition, although I have slightly modified my eating, I have not lost any weight, in fact, I have gained about 5 lbs. I am a female, 23 years old, no children with good health, yet could stand to lose about 20 lbs (well with the recent weight gain that would be 25 lbs total). Can anyone offer any helpful advice with this matter? I am just about ready to give up :( I want to lose successfully like the rest of you guys."

12/16/2013: Carolyn from Georgia replies: "Well, I have been taking apple cider vinegar. For a little over a week and I have lost 5 inches off my hips and 6 in off my waist. Not so much weight but inches yes. And my pants that was too small for me are now too big. So maybe you are losing inches instead of weight."

Apple Cider Vinegar and Blood Types

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[SIDE EFFECTS]  04/29/2009: Naturallyme from Reno, NV: "After reading all the other posts about weight loss success, I decided to try ACV. My first experience was after coming off my first trial of a lemonade detox diet about 4 months ago. Once I started eating normally again, I drank 1 tablespoon ACV mixed with 8 ounces of water 2-3 times per day before meals. This went on for 2-3 weeks. Alarmingly, I seemed to be gaining weight instead of losing it. I went from 115 llbs to 125! To be fair, my weight before the 9-day juice fast was 121, so I wasn't sure if the gain was from coming off of the detox juice-fast or from the ACV, so I stopped taking the ACV. It was probably a mix of both.

As I never lost the 4 extra pounds that I gained, I decided to try the vinegar again. I tried it for 2 days, this time with only 1 teaspoon with 8oz. of water and gained exactly one pound each day (up to 127 lbs)! I've been off it now for two days and my weight has returned to 125 again. I would have gone longer just to make sure, but I feared not being to lose the weight again. I am a 27 year-old female who makes healthy food choices most of the time and exercises 3-5x per week. I know that I do not consume enough calories to be gaining a pound per day from what I eat. I believe that the ACV must be interfering with my hormones somehow. Another reason I think this is because my menstrual cycle was affected (I started bleeding moderately, even though my period officially ended a week ago).

Interestingly, yesterday a friend directed me to some literature about blood type diets. My type is AB. In a book that I read, it said that people with this type should avoid all vinegar and pickled foods. It also said that AB's are predisposed to menstrual problems and migraines...conditions that I'm chronically plagued with. I'm going to take some time look to into this information and test out their eating plan. Hopefully it works. Either way, I won't be turning to ACV again for help with weight loss."

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Earth Clinic writes: "We are going to revise our recommendations for daily use of apple cider vinegar. As you know, Earth Clinic has recommended the standard 2 teaspoons in 8 oz of water 3x a day for years now. For more severe conditions, we recommended 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar in 8 oz of water 3x day. We are coming to believe, however, that less is more in the case of apple cider vinegar. Less vinegar, more water.

Our revision to this remedy is as follows:

  • 2 teaspoons of organic apple cider vinegar
  • 16 ounces of water
  • Sip, don't chug!

We now suggest 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in 16 ounces of water that you'll sip throughout the day, rather than drinking the whole concoction at once 3 times a day. You will be keeping your pH in a constant, alkalized state by sipping this highly diluted dosage. Usually one tall glass of the concoction is all you'll need each day.

If you drink a lot of water throughout the day, consider adding just a splash of apple cider vinegar to your glass/container each time you fill it up, rather than drinking the one, 16 oz glass of acv and water mentioned above.

For the record, we are not big fans of adding baking soda to apple cider vinegar, nor are we fans of adding any kind of sweetener to the acv/water solution. The baking soda works great for some people, but causes severe side effects in others.

Also, we know the B---- brand is the most popular apple cider vinegar on the market, but we've had just as good results using Whole Foods' organic and Trader Joe's organic apple cider vinegar.

We hope you will experience better, faster results with this revised remedy!"

*** Note: Are you drinking or eating any diet products containing artificial sweeteners? If so, you may want to read the feedback on aspartame and sucralose side effects!

07/12/2012: Montcat12 from Monterey, Ca: "I think the reason Michelle S. lost so much weight has nothing to do with the ACV, but rather the 20 oz. of water in the morning and before dinner.

Many times, people eat because they mistake thirst for hunger, they overeat in response, and therefore gain weight. It has been shown in studies that people are normally functioning in a dehydrated state, more often than not. Additionally, if you are drinking 20 oz. of water right before you have dinner, it has nothing to do with the ACV but you taking up 2. 5 cups of volume in your stomach. Therefore, you feel full faster and eat less calories.

Bravo on dropping some pounds and getting hydrated, but if you really want to get healthy and not just "skinny, " I would recommend losing the junk food. Those are just empty calories with little to no nutritional value and if you have been that successful with your ACV regimen, you should be able to easily and slowly change your eating habits for incredible success.

Good Luck!"

10/22/2011: Momna from Islamabad, Pakistan: "Hi can you plz tell me the proper procedure and quantity of using Apple Cider Vinegar for bad mouth odour and weight loss? I have read your remedies but its all confusing. Plz give me a proper reply. That would be really helpful. Thanks."

01/29/2013: Cvbhossian from Doha replies: "Hi, Bad mouth can be eliminated by regular brushing of teeth and tongue cleaning. compulsorily while going to bed. Also change the food style and chew your food properly sense the taste of the food and then swallow. Hope that will serve your weight problem. Take half table spoon of ACV every alternative days for a trail of one month. If you found no side effects you can continue for 2 months. Then stop for another 3 start again. Long time consuming ACV is not good. Always give periodic break."
[YEA]  04/12/2014: Marcy from Coon Rapids, Minnesota replies: "To Momna in Pakistan: For bad mouth odor, may be caused by problems with teeth and plaque and bacteria imbalances in the mouth. My friend from Pakistan has clean, white teeth and always good breath and no problems and has never been to the dentist in his life and grew up in a farm life in Pakistan.? He is 40 yrs old and does brush his teeth, but has always used occasionally, neem root. He chews on it for a few mins a couple of times a week. I can not find this to buy online anywhere. He gets in from Pakistan when he visits."

11/27/2010: Taaz from Manchester, Uk: "Hi all. As mentioned before the required dose for weight loss is 2 teaspoons in 16 oz of water which is to to be sipped over the course of the day. My question is, since the Apple Cider Vinegar can cause damage to the enamel when do I rinse/ brush my mouth after taking the solution. I haven't started the remedy as yet, however I do understand that it is recommended that the solution be sipped through a straw. Thank you in advance for any replies- I am so grateful for this wonderful site and have told all my friends about it."

02/17/2011: Kim from Baltimore, Maryland replies: "Hey Taaz, As a dental professional, drinking the apple cider mix is best ingested through a straw. However, while sipping understand that when sugar or acid is introduce into the body, it will continue to show it self through saliva that washes over your teeth throughout the day. You must brush no less than twice a day especially before you go to bed, thats when damage will occur due to (0) liquid flow in the mouth and always increase water intake throughout the day. This will decrease acid or sugar damage to the oral cavity"
09/26/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "Put baking soda on your toothbrush, and brush with it to neutralize acids in your mouth. Baking soda is the great neutralizer. Also, rinsing with H20 and baking soda will neutralize acid in your mouth. There is a "baking soda" brand of toothpaste out there, but even that has negligible baking soda content. Much more effective to put it loose onto your toothbrush."

10/21/2010: Dr258250 from Johnstown , Oh, Usa: "Ok got a question for you if I take a tsp of the Apple Cider Vinegar just straight up since I can't stand the taste (never have) will it do harm? I can suffer thru the taste then drink the water straight up but sipping it.... Not sure about that one. What is everyones opinion on this one."

10/21/2010: Carly from Seattle, Wa Usa replies: "Hi Dr...
If you do that, it will work, but most people take a couple of tablespoons at a time, 2x a day. After prolonged exposure, your teeth and throat might not like it. If you put 2 tablespoons of ACV in the bottom of a glass, and add 1/2 of a TEAspoon of baking soda to it.... And let it sit until it stops foaming, then add water (about 8 - 10oz) and a splash of Orange Juice or Apple Juice, (or any type of juice - about 2 oz) I swear you will not even notice the ACV! Just give it a try.... Oj is best for masking the taste in my opinion.
It is really worth the effort. I don't even really measure anymore, I just dump this and that and all good. Been taking it for about a year, and loving it.
10/22/2010: Candy from Manhattan, Ks replies: "I could not handle it in water either it made me want to vomit. I started taking straight shots of it until I read about someone adding it to juice. I will add 2tbls to about 16oz of grapefruit or orange juice(only juices I like) & you can't even taste it. My husband drinks it in Apple so I'm assuming any juice of your choice would work. Make sure you use a straw to get past the teeth as it does break down enamel. Hope this helps!"

02/09/2009: Jessica from Salem, OR: "I have been reading up on everyones posts of acv for weight loss. I am not overweight& work out regularly, but would like to try it to drop a few pounds.I am basically just a bit curious as to ways to take the acv. Is it best to sip it slowly/throught the that what increases it's affectiveness or even though i can't stand the taste but can take a shot does that change/affect the outcome? Thanks!"

02/12/2009: Robin from Macomb, Michigan replies: "Hi Jesseca, In reply to the ACV I take it with 2 tbl. ACV w/ Honey in about 8oz. water 3x day. Although you can sip it through the day im sure the outcome is the same. I've been doing this for about 1 1/2 months now and i love it! I've lost 12 lbs. so far but id like to lose 20 but this summer. It gives me more energy and my complexion is so much better also. I also started putting virgin coconut oil 1 tbl. a day and it gave me a jolt of energy so i think im going to keep that up too! It helps me with chasing my kids all day!

Good Luck
03/31/2009: Jessica from Salem, Oregon replies: "Thank you so much for your response! I started it for a while & then got off track. But I started again and am looking forward to the results! In the first few days I had more energy and looked &felt less bloated. I recommened to anyone just starting out to keep it cold and drink it through a straw! Good luck!"
07/20/2009: Susie from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia replies: "Hi everyone, Have you tried raw honey and cinnamon for weight loss? My partner is having 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon in a cup of boiling water ( 250 MLS ) allow to cool 1/2 hour before adding 1 teaspoon of raw honey, drink half the cup before bed and the rest in the morning. Apparently it just as effective on toast.

He is not a regular exerciser and likes a few beers, will keep you updated. Honey and cinnamon have plenty of health benefits too. I am trying the ACV I would like to loose a few kilo's, was having it after meals without loosing kilo's ( LOST CM's .) Will now try before meals.

We haven't been on these for long, close to a month so far."

01/18/2009: Kendra from Lexington, ky: "Ive been using apple cider vinager for a few days now for weight loss. I have been having more energy. The question i have is how to take it. I hate the taste so i put 2 tbls in a tiny bit of apple just and drink it with one sip and hold my nose. I then follow with some water. Is this good enough. Ive tried mixing with honey as a tea and it made me wanna puke(sorry)! I dont take well to bad smells or taste. I also know im a junkaholic and my cravings for suger are gone!!! Thats so awsome. Thanks Please give me some feedback!!!!"

EC: Lots of recipes here:

01/19/2009: Mike from Lackawanna, NY replies: "apple cider vineger taste; i mix mine with apple cider and this is pretty tastey; add ac to suit your own taste buds"
01/19/2009: Bev from Pikeville, KY replies: "I hear ya on the taste of ACV!! I to like the benefits-but hate the smell and taste. I have found that if I pour it in some juice(orange is my preference)and suck it down really quickly through a straw it is more easy on the palate. Hope this is of some help to you."
[QUESTION]  01/29/2009: Preethi from Bangalore, India replies: "Hi all...I am trying to lose weight through exercise and diet for the past few months. But I am dint find much of a change in me. I happened to find this site and I am very curious to try ACV for my weight loss. I gathered from your posts that it is better to use ORAGANIC ACV for best results. Can anyone please tell me where can I buy ORGANIC ACV in Bangalore? Thanks in advance... Congratulations to all you guys out there for starting this wonderful site."

EC: Please check out the following page for sources in India:

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04/16/2011: Automn from Bahrain: "Hi , where I live we dont get organic apple cider vinegar. Is the Heinz brand affective at all. I am suffering from PCOS and would also like to lose about 40 pounds."

04/17/2011: Tinam from Brisbane, Queensland replies: "Hi Automn, I've used both organic and plain old supermarket ACV. I think you'll get a benefit from either, but most importantly, find one that you like the taste of. Like wine, they all taste very different. I've found a brand of organic I like and a brand of supermarket brand I like too. Organic just means (or should mean) it's pesticide free, I prefer to buy authentically organic, but it's not always the case that something labelled organic is. I worked for a food importer and exporter (in a first world country) and the certification for organic products were very lax, not requiring more than a certificate a 10 year old could have typed up on a computer. Especially when you have ingredients coming from third world countries where there are no guidelines for organic products, much less any food safety guidelines.

Just a note for those of you who really are enthusiastic about buying organic. The most ideal is grow your own, or alternately, know who you are buying from, once you get into pre-packaged and sent half-way around the world organic, you really can't with any certainty know that the ingredients are organic, not to mention the carbon footprint for that product would outweigh any benefit of it actually being organic.

Eat well, be happy & healthy x"

07/06/2011: Beth from Fort Wayne, In replies: "The regular Apple Cider Vinegar won't work. It has to be raw & unfiltered with the 'mother' in it. If you are buying filtered Apple Cider Vinegar you aren't getting any of the health benefits because they've all been filtered out. If you can't buy it in your area you can always buy it online on sites like amazon."
03/10/2012: Nevrsetl4less from Seymour, Tx, Usa replies: "You can also try eBay. GNC has a site on there and I got the good stuff without shipping charges."
12/19/2013: Rose from India replies: "I want to start using Apple Cider Vinegar for weight loss... but here I am not able to find unfiltered ACV.....Is filtered apple cider vinegar helpful in weight loss?"
02/04/2014: Pam from Pueblo, Co replies: "I bought the expensive brand of _____s with the mother in it several years ago and mixed it with the cheaper store brands (gallon size). Put it on the shelf for awhile, and the mother started growing. Now I just make sure I always keep some back to mix with the processed vinegar. Works every time. It's kind of like using sourdough starter. It has saved me a lot of money over time."

Curbs Appetite

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[YEA]  09/09/2011: Pooped from San Luis Obispo, Ca: "I started taking ACV for what I suspect is candida. I feel better and I am also losing weight. I am 5'7, 148 lbs, 39 yrs old. I mix 2 teaspoon with water, and a small tsp of honey to help the taste, in the morning after breakfast. It stops the nauseaus feeling I've been having from candida, but also seems to curb my appetite. I don't have the urge to eat so much carb or huge portions. It just makes it easier to eat healthy and less. Also it seems my water retention problem is getting better."

06/08/2012: Citygirl27 from Richardson, Tx, Usa replies: "Tip: If you bough the clarified kind of ACV and don't want to waste it, here's another way you can use it. In the washing machine. Put it where you would 'fabric softener/conditioner'.

Tip: many speak of adding ACV to a glass of water, you can also take a sip out of a 500 ml bottle of bottled water and add a splash of ACV. Probably better water and you dont need a measuring spoon and can shake it."

06/20/2012: Hafsa from Sharjah, Uae replies: "Hi, I am mother of two kids and my both kids delivered through operation, and I have belly fat stomach I am too much worried about this how it's possible to reduce my fatty belly?Can I use apple cider vinegar please tell me, now my weight is 84kg. How can I reduce? Please advise."
06/20/2012: Tina from Houston, Usa replies: "From personal experience I would suggest watching the movie 'Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead' (available online) and then begin the program.

You can find more info at

I lost close to 32 pounds in 40 days and I can successfully say that I have maintained that weight loss. The first 3 days can be a bit rough, but then it is easy as pie. Good luck"

[YEA]  02/03/2009: Anonymous from Louisiana: "Apple Cider Vinegar does Deter the Appetite if you drink it STRAIGHT, a couple of Tablespoons a couple of times everyday. Its main benefit is that it RIDS the Human ORGANS of Parasites that attach & live in our organs that we All get from Mosquitos, Water, Coffee Beans, Food, Salads, Walking Bare Feet. If you don't want it to deter your appetite and you only take it for the health benefits add water."

05/14/2014: Glenn from Springfield, Ma replies: "I can attest that ACV suppresses ones appetite even when it is added to water. I've been adding 1 tbsp of B**** to 8 oz of ice water for a few days now, and my desire to eat has nearly left me completely. There's no discomfort at all, simply no sense that I'm hungry.

So, no need to take ACV straight, especially if you don't like the taste of it. Adding a couple of teaspoons or a tablespoon to 8 oz of water will do the trick. Personally, I LOVE it in ice cold water, but I've spoken with others who prefer warm water. Either will work just as well as the other.

Enjoy...! ;-)"

Metabolic Increase

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[YEA]  05/01/2012: Chris from Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States: "I'm a super busy graduate student with very little time to work out, and too much time spent sitting and reading notes/writing papers. I try to work out when possible, and to eat healthy, but time constraints and very limited funding keep me from doing so consistently.

I've decided to try ACV to see if I can yield any positive results to help me shed the weight I've gained from years of sedentary study.

I have been sipping the recommended 16 oz of water with 2 tsp of ACV (the B* organic raw-unfiltered apple cider vinegar with "the mother") with honey in it for a week and a day now (I started Monday April 24).

Almost immediately I noticed that my appetite shrank, I'm eating smaller portions, not having cravings for sweets. According to a calorie tracker I'm consuming less than 1400 calories a day, and only over the weekend did I have anything sweet. I also pee a lot but that isn't entirely unusual for me, so I'm unsure if it is related or not.

I don't have a scale, as they tend to breed more insecurity in me more than anything, so I can't track my progress that way. I may look into a cheap one soon. So far I haven't lost any inches, but it has only been a week so I'm still hopeful!

I'll try to post any progress, any advice would be welcome!"

[SIDE EFFECTS]  08/12/2011: Rala from Mississauga, Canada: "I have taken ACV first thing in the morning for one week, instead my appetite increased tremendously, I could not stop eating and it burnt my stomach. Can you help?"

09/01/2011: Tom from Rr # 2 Hornby, Ontario replies: "Yes, many people have food sensitivities to many things as well as ACV, try buying some pure aloe vera juice and drinking it after, it is one of natures best remedies for upset stomachs especially since it is one of the best natural cures for stomach ulcers. Tom "
09/23/2011: Pamm from Birmingham, Alabama replies: "Apple Cider Vinegar can & will increase your Stomach Acid causing Gerd/Indigestion so if it burns your stomach neutralize it with milk or baking soda & discontinue the ACV, the only people that benefit fully from acv are those with low stomach acid. So if you get a burning sensation it means you have too much stomach acid. You can take a splash of ACV in a gallon of water & sip it through the day, this will help not get the acid reflux. Or I have taken it with baking soda & that also works because baking soda neutralizes it. Acv also lowers blood sugar & that could be the reason your so hungry. Hope this helps."

Significant Weight Loss

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[YEA]  03/05/2014: Linda from St Amans De Pellagal, France, France: "Some while ago I started taking organic ACV for its health benefits. Some six months later I had lost 28 lbs, and it was only much later that I made the connection. I was not even thinking about losing weight - I have an underactive thyroid and understood that you have to live with extra weight - but it just steadily fell off."

06/10/2014: Shiehaam from Cape Town replies: "wow ....linda how often did you take it and how much did you use?

i also have a underactive thyroid and have been battling for 10 years with my weight."

06/11/2014: Linda from St Amans De Pellagal, France replies: "2 tablespoons in a glass of water. It may be coincidence Shiehaam, but I don't see what else it could be."
06/11/2014: Shonni from Switzerland replies: "Hi Linda, please be a bit more specific ... did you take that once a day, 2 or 3 times a day and before or after meals? Cheers"
06/12/2014: Linda from St Amans De Pellagal, France replies: "I take it once a day usually late afternoon, but I don't think it matters when."

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