Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss
Home Remedy Ingredients:
- Apple Cider Vinegar - 2 Teaspoons
- Water - 16 Ounces
Even when taking apple cider vinegar (ACV) for entirely different reasons, people often report losing weight with no other change than adding ACV to their diets.
Two options: First option, mix 2 teaspoons of ACV in 16 ounces of water that you'll sip throughout the day. You will be keeping your pH in an alkalized state by sipping this highly diluted dosage. Usually 1-2 tall glasses of the concoction are all you'll need each day.
Second option, take the ACV tonic three times a day with mealsone teaspoon of ACV in a large glass of water. Increase the amount of ACV to 1-2 tablespoons per glass as your body tolerates it.
[SIDE EFFECTS] 09/12/2010: Peggy from Colorado Springs, Colorado: "Since I drink it now daily, the organic ACV, I am bloated and 2 sizes bigger in the evening. Has anyone experienced that too, meaning getting severely bloated? I wear in the morning size 10 jeans/shorts and later in the afternoon, I need to change to my biggest size I had, size 14. It also feels like a thunderstorm in my belly; this was NOT the case prior to the Apple Cider Vinegar."Replies
09/13/2010: Msg from Somewhere, Europe replies: "Take less, of course. Test to see your comfortable tolerance level."
10/07/2010: Harmony84 from Portland, Or, Usa replies: "ACV causes candida yeast die off in the body, it's good for you and bloating is natural/normal part of it. It should subside from what I understand. You may want to read on candida, it's supposed to be rather common overgrowth in our bodies with regards to eating higher starch/sugar based diets."
[YEA] 08/11/2010: Cindy from Tallahassee, Florida, Usa: "Hello,
This is my very first post on EC so I hope I've posted this in the right place. I'm so happy to find this web site! I started reading about using ACV to treat FMS/CFS right away and I couldn't pull myself away from the computer for the next 3 or 4 hours. I went right out and bought a bottle of organic ACV and began the treatment the next morning. At the same time I got rid of anything in the house that had artificial sweetener or MSG in it. I've been mixing 2 tsp. In 8 oz. of vegetable juice along with a sprinkle of cyanne pepper. I drink this with my morning pills and again before bed. I'm also eating very healthy, balanced meals and drinking lots of distilled water. Results so far - Today's only my 5th. Day so haven't seen any improvement in pain level, but I've lost 3 or 4 lbs. , probably water weight. I'm also eating more healthy. I want to add regular exercise, but I'm going to wait a week as I'm going on a 6 day house sitting job. I'll come back and post an update in a week or so. Thanks you from the bottom of my heart for this web site EC! I plan to spend a lot of time reading and participating on this wonderful site."
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 06/17/2010: Lori from Rapid River, Mi: "I started taking ACV (w/ the mother) last summer and dropped a lot of weight. After taking the ACV for a year, though, the loss has stopped, and now I gain weight when taking ACV. Any suggestions? Thanks! Lori"Replies
[WORKED TEMPORARILY] 11/04/2010: Austin06 from Austin, Tx replies: "I also experienced weight loss with ACV (about 10-15 pounds, I'm not very overweight), but then noticed the weight loss stopped, and I have gained a bit. I'm wondering why. I know the ACV has other benefits too, but wonder why the weight issues after a year's use."
[NAY] 04/26/2010: Angelina from Toronto, Ontario: "Hello all, I have been using ACV for a month now and have not noticed any difference it my weight. I mix 4 tbsp with 4 cups of water and sip throughtout the day. In the night, I mix 2 tbsp with 2 cups of water and drink it before bed. Please tell me what am I doing wrong. I am 170 lbs and trying to lose at least 20 lbs. Please help!! Thank you"Replies
[NAY] 05/26/2010: Deborah from Houston, Tx replies: "Your post sounds a lot like my experience. I read and heard so many awesome things about ACV. I weigh 172, which includes the 5 lbs. I gained when I began the ACV over a month ago? I took 2t in an 8 oz. water 3x a day. Sometimes I'd mix my ACV with green tea. Totally disappointing. I wonder why it works on some people and not on others?"
12/29/2010: Atlgirl from Atlanta, Ga replies: "This is in response to Angelina from Toronto and Deborah from Houston. Are you both using organic ACV with the "mother" still in it? If you're using a pasteurized form of ACV or a filtered ACV, you're not using the right kind. Also if you put the vinegar in warm or hot water (above 118 degrees), you're killing vital enzymes. Furthermore, less is more. Cut back on your nighttime dose to back to 2tsp for the 16oz of water, Angelina. For Deborah, you should consider changing your dose to the same - 2tsp per 16oz of water. (Do not drink it with the tea unless the tea has cooled. )
Lastly if this doesn't work for you, not everyone's body is meant to consume vinegar. You might have other issues that need to be addressed first (such as Candida). Also, look up information about what foods to eat for your blood type. Some folks are not meant for vinegar (and alcohol)."
[YEA] 03/24/2010: John from East Peoria, Illinois, Usa: "I truly do believe that ACV has helped me lose weight. I am now on a strict diet and exercise program but, the ACV helped me dramatically lose inches off of my waist. ALSO, for people like me who want to lose FAT and don't care so much about the number on the scale: it is in my personal belief that the high acidic levels in the vinegar cause the enzymes in the fat cells to break down, therefore causing a loss in fat. I love ACV! It tastes horrid at first but, after a while you truly do get used to it. AND AND AND don't be afraid of what other people say like "it will cause cancer" or "there's no miracle cure". Everyone's body is different and therefore you can be your own judge (: Love yourself, even if you have a little extra something. There truly is no one to compare to you because you are the only you there is."
[NAY] 03/01/2010: Toobigforcomfort from Sedro-woolley, Washington: "I've read lots of feedback about avc helping with weightloss. I used to drink it every morning and night, but I didn't see any results. However, I'm almost 300lbs. I haven't read of anyone that heavy on here (yet). Does anyone have any suggestions to help me? I didn't used to be active, but I've been trying now. I'm also trying to eat healthier, but that's nothing new. I've been eating MUCH healthier for over a year now. So is there a trick to taking acv that will make it work for me? If so, what is it? If not, what else can I do?"Replies
03/02/2010: Mary from Regina, Saschewan, Canada replies: "Dear Too:
I am trying it right now for weight loss as well. What struck me when reading the posts on weight loss was that many of the sucessful people are having some in a glass of water before each meal. What was discussed in that section was that this did 3 things when used at that time. #1 lowered the glycemic index of food eated at that time(reduced amt of insulin secreted) #2 assisted with digestion and #3 the pectins in the ACV helped people feel more full so they ate less. Here's hoping it works, those three reasons to take it make sense to me!"
09/29/2009: Hema from Kuala Lumpur, West Malaysia: "hi my name is hema....i just started to consider strictly on my weight. ACV will be the best to included in my diet. And thank you to all of you for the best feedback and i sit and read everbodies contribution. I will be starting it from October 1st, 2009. thank you and god bless all of you."Replies
03/01/2010: Maria from Canberra, A.c.t Australia replies: "Dear Hema,
Did you try it and did you lose weight?
All the best,
[NAY] 09/22/2009: Crazydogjack from New Castle, Pa, USA: "Hello All,
I've been drinking 1-2 tsp. of organic ACV in a 16 oz. bottle of water everyday for 3 months now and I have not lost any weight. I exercise 5-6 days a week (run/walk 3 miles a day) and I've been watching my food intake using a food journal. I have lost inches from the exercise but my weight has stayed the same so far. I will continue to drink the ACV and water because of the many health benefits associated with it. Unfortunately weight loss has not been one of those benefits for me."
[YEA] 11/30/2009: Melissa from Cranbrook, Bc replies: "You should keep in mind that just because you are not losing pounds does not mean that the treatment is not effective. Muscle weighs more than fat, so your body type and the type of exercise you are taking part in will determine wether you will lose pounds or not. I am a firm believer in not judging your success by the scale, as to how different your clothing fits. I have had success with ACV for weight loss, combine it with a great exercise regimine."
01/19/2010: Alison from Novi, Mi replies: "I agree with Melissa. I have often heard of women complaining that they exercise often and only gain weight. The problem is we are told we should weigh a certain amount, but muscle weighs 3 times more than fat. We should be basing our health on the amount of fat in our bodies. If you are losing inches it is because you are losing the fat and gaining muscle. TV shows like biggest loser base their winners on how much they weigh only because the people on it are so overweight that no amount of muscle will make them weigh 400 lbs again. Please understand that being healthy does NOT tie directly to the "perfect" weight, no matter who told you what it is. It ties to eating right, exercising, and making sure that you have a healthy ratio of fat in your body."
[YEA] 03/18/2010: Crazydogjack from New Castle, Pa, Usa replies: "I'm changing my Nay to Yea! Since starting the ACV July 2009, I have lost a total of 16.5 lbs. to date! I do not crave sweets and I have alot more energy. I am eating smaller portions as well. Those of you trying this for weight loss don't give up...stick with it. There are so many other positive benefits to ACV anyway so drink it anyway!"
08/17/2010: Zsaqwe from Brownsville, Texas replies: "I was a very bad case of seborrheic dermatitis on my face and chest, a condition that last 15 years or more. Doctors prescibed creams with cortisol, that worked but worsen the condition with time. I was desperate and hopeless because I refused to continue with this kind of treatment. I found a group that where treating this with Apple cider vinegar. For the first time in my life my condition was cured, It was like a miracle, My face looks better than ever, the more I do the treatment. Today I stumble in this site and found out the weight loss treatment with ACV, could it be possible that this also cures my overweight condition? Could ACV be as powerful in my stomach than in my face? I am going to start today!! I already accepted myself like I am right now, which is like the firt step toward recovery, I am so happy to have stumble in this site because I know ACV works."
02/26/2011: Nami from Toledo, Ohio replies: "Yea ACV is good for your face and weight loss. Try it for both face and weight loss with raw honey."
07/26/2011: Sharon from Wesley Chapel, Fl replies: "RE: losing inches, not pounds. In my younger years, when l was not exercising, l weighed 98 lbs and wore a size 7 jp. When l started jogging 3 mi every other day, after 3 months, l weighed 115 lbs and wore a size 3 jr petite. Muscle is so dense that it takes up very little room, even tho you weigh more. I am 5' tall so 115 should have made me look big, but l was accused of being "too thin" even tho l had gained almost 20 lbs."
08/24/2009: Mzpaula227 from Chicago, Il, USA: "I was sooo elated, to find out that ACV is great for natural weight loss. I started taking it about 1 week ago. I actually love the taste of it and have been taking 1 tablespoon full, straight, undiluted, 2 -3 times per day. I normally drink some water after each "serving" of ACV, rather than make the drink with Black Strap Molasses or Grade B Maple syrup. I haven't taken any measurements yet, to see if I've lost inches yet, but am hoping to rid myself of a very, bloated belly. Is this harmful?"Replies
01/14/2012: Sharon from Tel Aviv, Israel replies: "It is not healthy to drink Apple Cider Vinegar straight without diluting it as it can ruin your teeth. To see how dangerous try this experiment, pour vineger mixed with water into a kettle up to height of scale and leave overnight and then check the following day and see how sparkling clean your kettle is, all the scale has gone... This is exactly what can happen to your teeth, the enamel wears off with constant use of acv... so best to drink the Apple Cider Vinegar with a straw and then rinse mouth with water for safety."
[YEA] 08/13/2009: Borja from Calgary, Alberta, CANADA: "ACV FOR WEIGHT LOSS: HI, I HAVE BEEN TRYING TO LOOSE WEIGHT FOREVER NOW ! I HAVE 5 KIDS AND THEY ARE ALL VERY CLOSE TO EACHOTHER IN AGE ...I HAVE READ THE BENEFITS OF ACV AND I AM AMAZED , I STARTED 2 DAYS AGO AND I ALREADY FOUND A DIFFERENCE , BUT I TAKE REGULAR VINEGAR INSTEAD (CAUSE I DIDN`T FIND ACV IN MY PANTRY!) AND IT STILL WORKS...SO FAR I HAVE BEEN DOING IT FOR 2 DAYS AND I HAVE LOST A POUND , FOR ME THAT`S FANTASTIC SINCE I COULND`T LOOSE A POUND IN A MONTH! AND I HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING , I NEVER GAVE UP, BUT ALWYAS NO RESULTS ...NOW WHAT I WANT TO KNOW IS IF THERE IS SOMEONE OUT THERE THAT HAVE TRIED REGULAR VINEGAR AND IF IT WORKED , CAUSE I STILL CAN`T BELIEVE IT , AND THIS IS WHAT I TAKE : 1 TABLESPOON WITH I CUP OF WATER 3 TIMES A DAY , BEFORE MEALS , HOPE IT KEEPS WORKING ! THX ALL!"
EC: What type of vinegar did you use - white distilled vinegar, wine vinegar? Many different types of vinegar! Thanks.
08/16/2009: Borja from Calgary, Alberta Canada replies: "Hi, i have used white distilled vinegar..."
08/21/2009: Borja from Calgary, Canada replies: "Hi, i am just wondering if you have found an answer for my question...is pure white vinegar ok too ?? is there anyone that used white instead of ac ? thanks a lot!"
EC: Nothing mentioned for weight loss, but check out this warning on the white vinegar page: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/white_vinegar.html#RF
03/13/2010: Be Blessed from Windsor Mill, Md replies: "You should only take "raw" apple cider vinegar. Regular vinegar will change the acidity level in your body which may be a breeding ground for cancer."
07/29/2010: Lionofpeace from Sacramento, Ca replies: "I've read that white vinegar is acid-forming which is bad for the body, whereas raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar should be alkalizing, which is what you want..."
[BETTER BUT WITH SIDE EFFECTS] 07/31/2009: Gaby from Brownsville, Texas: "hi, I started using acv (16oz. water w/2 tsp. organic acv.) the taste was not that bad, its been 6 days and I notice my stomach much more lighter.I don't feel bloated, actually eating less. but now I have a yeast infection. I could not stand the discomfort and went out to buy over the counter med. but my ? is did the acv cause the yeast infection and if I continue to us the acv will the yeast infection stay.help I really would like to stay on acv cuz I need to lose some lbs.and in just 6 days I felt better even got less moody :)"Replies
10/03/2009: Jill from Chicago, Il replies: "When I first started using ACV I followed the recommended recipe and it was too much. I got a yeast infection and stopped drinking it until it went away. Once it was gone I decreased the amount of ACV to one to two tsp in a bottle or glass of water. The yeast infection didn't come back so you should be ok."
02/10/2010: Ksj from Gainesville, Va replies: "I got rid of yeast infection quickly and permanantly by using Coconut oil the same way you would use a suppository. Hope that helps!"
10/07/2010: Harmony84 from Portland, Or, Usa replies: "I use ACV to cure yeast infections, in olden days douches were made of it and that's what they did! I just use it on a tampon."
01/31/2013: Amber84 from Houston, Tx, USA replies: "Hey. I've heard through reading about ACV and my oh healing from it (menstral cycle) that the brand of ACV is very important. If you are getting infections try a diffrent one. At least that's what I've read from many ppl. Hope this helps."
07/09/2009: Rob from Manhattan, New York: "interesting... Dr. Weil in earlier notes dismissed the apple cider vinegar fad... today, he posted this...A reminder to all who know something is helping but are discouraged by the experts..keep your strength. (but what I do like about him, ..he is quick to admit he was wrong)
Vinegar May Combat Fat
Maybe the vinegar effect isn't just an old-wives tale. New research from Japan is lending credence to the age-old notion that vinegar can help reduce fat. Investigators put laboratory mice on a high-fat diet and fed them acetic acid, the main component of vinegar. They put another group of mice on the same diet but gave them water. The mice in both groups gained weight but those on the vinegar "diet" put on significantly less body fat (up to 10 percent less) than the other mice. The acetic acid may work by turning on genes for fatty acid oxidation enzymes. These genes produce proteins that can break down fats and therefore suppress body fat accumulation. Research elsewhere indicates that acetic acid also may help control blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Does this mean a vinegar diet will help humans lose weight or prevent them from gaining? That's for another study to determine, but you could try dressing your salads with vinegar and olive oil to see if it helps. The Japanese study was published in the July 8, 2009, issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry."
07/14/2010: Acvlady from Danville, California, Usa replies: "I have been taking ACV the natural one with mother for 1 month but not losing weight at all. My blood type is O. Is that the reason that I am not losing weight with ACV? I also don't feel I am more regular (BM) after ACV. I am taking 2 tbsp 2-3 times /day with 8 oz water. Please help. . ."
06/28/2009: Jeannine from Irving, TX: "I haven't started and rememdy yet. I would like the reported benefits from the use of APV, but have been all my life considered under weight but recently have actually gained and retained weight. My concern is with alot of the testimonies have included quick weight loss and I do not to loose any weight."Replies
06/28/2009: T from Maryland, USA replies: "I've always been underweight too. I started taking ACV a couple of months ago for general health purposes. I take about 2 tsp. or so a day, sipped in lots of water all day long. It hasn't caused me to lose any weight (or gain any, either!)."
11/15/2011: Peggy from Manhattan, New York replies: "Hi, All. Thanks for all the great tips on ACV and weight loss. Three days ago I started drinking 2 TBLS of Whole Foods Organic unfiltered ACV with 10 oz of hot water and a bit of honey. It tastes great! So far, I haven't noticed any difference in my appetite or cravings, but it's still early. I have a question -- what is "mother" ??? I've seen multiple posts referring to mother / ACV and haven't a clue what what this "mother" reference is! Can anyone shed some light? Thanks, in advance.
11/15/2011: Lynn from Whiteland, In replies: "I copied this info from an article online....
The mother is the dark, cloudy substance in the ACV formed from naturally occurring pectin (fiber) and apple residues - it appears as molecules of protein connected in strand like chains. The presence of the mother shows that the best part of the apple has not been destroyed. Vinegars containing the mother contain enzymes and minerals that other vinegars may not contain due to over processing, filtration and overheating. ACV ranges in color from a light golden to orange. You'll know you've found natural ACV if you see sediment, referred to as the "mother" on the bottom of the bottle. The bottle should be shaken prior to use."
[YEA] 06/28/2009: AngeleAlAahna from Navarre, FL/USA: "well I told you all about my depressing and ACV now here is a update on my weight ...I began June 5 181 pound..Today after church june 28 I LOST 7 POUND... WHAM ..June 19 is my next weight in....As I said I put my ACV in a hugh bottle/glass/jug and drink it all day I excerise and I still eat what I usally eat BUT I LOST 7POUND...see you all next month"Replies
06/29/2009: Mocca from Manila, Philippines replies: "hi glad u got positive results from acv may i ask what recipe u tried like to try acv for mainly for good health purposes and detox m willing to give ds a shot bt after reading a lot of recipes i got confuse and my question when to take acv juice is it best b4 meals and does time mater? i read it should b taken erly am my concrn s i wake up late am as 9am and end my day 2am my earlist bedtym pls advise thanks"
06/30/2009: AngeleAlAahna from Fl, USA replies: "I make a jug/tall glass/picture of 2 tbs of ACV and 8 ounce of water 1 teaspoon of honey stir then I mix it with juice. I put it in something big enough that I can drink the whole day instead of drinking soda..Then at night I just drink a glass of water.
FYI May -09 My hips was 42
FYI June -09 My hips are now 40
waist is now 34 1/2
will give you a update on july 19-09"
07/01/2009: Misha from Binghamton, New York replies: "Angela,
Thank you very much for your detailed feedback! The earthclinic community really appreciates it! I am excited to hear about your great results! Keep it up!"
10/07/2010: Harmony84 from Portland, Or, Usa replies: "The baking soda is the opposite effect once it's in your body as I understand. So it's invalidating the ACV-cancelling one another out."
[NAY] 06/25/2009: Shelley from Grand Rapids, MI: "I am beginning to wonder if ACV for weightloss is only successful for overweight individuals? I am about average but could afford to lose a few pounds and have been taking ACV in H20 as this site suggests for about a month and haven't seen any results. Suggestions?"Replies
[NAY] 06/26/2009: Tina from San Diego, CA replies: "I, myself have been using ACV for 2 months. My skin looks healthier, but no weight loss. I am a little bit dissappointed. I wonder if I am doing it wrong. I have been drinking it throughout the day, 1 tablespoon and honey with 16 oz of water. I need to lose abouth 30lbs. I know I have to be patient. But already after 2 months, without any lb lost. Anybody has a different result? Your respond is appreciate."
06/26/2009: Spicy from Queens, New York replies: "try drinking it without the honey you may see the results ... but keep in mind what works for others may not work for you . and vice versa. keep it up."
07/02/2009: E from Philadelphia, USA replies: "Make sure you are using RAW ACV and not the diluted one used for cooking. Drink it with 8oz water not 16oz. Make sure your eating right and execising."
08/22/2011: Peggy from Boston, Ma replies: "I prefer to drink the apple cider vinegar straight down without water and then I follow up with drinking 8 ounces of water. Is this harmfull and is there a reason to dilute in water?"