Use Apple Cider Vinegar for Weight Loss

Last Modified on Nov 18, 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!

Citations:
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf104912h
http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/33/2/e27.full
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1785201/?tool=pubmed
http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf900470c

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Apple Cider Vinegar   1  1   

Posted by Mrsg (Fl , Usa ) on 11/22/2013

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Billy
Colombus, Ohio
11/16/2014
Reading the posts of the members encourage me to try ACV for weight loss. I really need to lose weight to reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol. I'll start drinking ACV 3x a day with juice through a straw.

Thanks for the info!

Posted by Dolly (Cherry Hill, Nj) on 08/12/2013

[NAY]  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.

Posted by Carolyn
Georgia
12/16/2013
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.
Posted by Margaret
Kentucky, US
09/04/2014
how much apple cider vinegar are you taking a day?

Apple Cider Vinegar and Blood Types   0  0   

Posted by Naturallyme (Reno, NV) on 04/29/2009

[SIDE EFFECTS]  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.

Apple Cider Vinegar Dosages   0  0   

Posted by Montcat12 (Monterey, Ca) on 07/12/2012

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!

Posted by Momna (Islamabad, Pakistan) on 10/22/2011

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.

Posted by Cvbhossian
Doha
01/29/2013
2 Posts
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.
Posted by Marcy
Coon Rapids, Minnesota
04/12/2014
[YEA]   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.

Posted by Taaz (Manchester, Uk) on 11/27/2010

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.

Posted by Kim
Baltimore, Maryland
02/17/2011
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
Posted by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa
09/26/2012
183 Posts
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.

Posted by Dr258250 (Johnstown , Oh, Usa) on 10/21/2010

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.

Posted by Carly
Seattle, Wa Usa
10/21/2010
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.
Carly
Posted by Candy
Manhattan, Ks
10/22/2010
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!

Posted by Jessica (Salem, OR) on 02/09/2009

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 day...is 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!

Posted by Robin
Macomb, Michigan
02/12/2009
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
Robin

Posted by Jessica
Salem, Oregon
03/31/2009
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!
Posted by Susie
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
07/20/2009
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.

Posted by Kendra (Lexington, ky) on 01/18/2009

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: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/acv_recipes.html

Posted by Bev
Pikeville, KY
01/19/2009
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.
Posted by Mike
Lackawanna, NY
01/19/2009
apple cider vineger taste; i mix mine with apple cider and this is pretty tastey; add ac to suit your own taste buds
Posted by Preethi
Bangalore, India
01/29/2009
[QUESTION]   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: http://www.earthclinic.com/remedies/apple_cider_vinegar_buy.html

Best Brands to Use   0  0   

Posted by Automn (Bahrain) on 04/16/2011

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.

Posted by Tinam
Brisbane, Queensland
04/17/2011
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

Posted by Beth
Fort Wayne, In
07/06/2011
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.
Posted by Nevrsetl4less
Seymour, Tx, Usa
03/10/2012
3 Posts
You can also try eBay. GNC has a site on there and I got the good stuff without shipping charges.
Posted by Rose
India
12/19/2013
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?
Posted by Pam
Pueblo, Co
02/04/2014
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   2  0   

Posted by Pooped (San Luis Obispo, Ca) on 09/09/2011

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Citygirl27
Richardson, Tx, Usa
06/08/2012
183 Posts
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'.

http://housekeeping.about.com/cs/laundry/qt/vinegarlaundry.htm

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.

Posted by Tina
Houston, Usa
06/20/2012
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 http://www.jointhereboot.com/

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

Posted by Hafsa
Sharjah, Uae
06/20/2012
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.

Posted by Anonymous (Louisiana) on 02/03/2009

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Glenn
Springfield, Ma
05/14/2014
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...! ;-)

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Posted by Chris (Rocky Mount, North Carolina, United States) on 05/01/2012

[YEA]  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!

Posted by Rala (Mississauga, Canada) on 08/12/2011

[SIDE EFFECTS]  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?

Posted by Tom
Rr # 2 Hornby, Ontario
09/01/2011
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
Posted by Pamm
Birmingham, Alabama
09/23/2011
14 Posts
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.

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Posted by Linda (St Amans De Pellagal, France, France) on 03/05/2014

[YEA]  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.

Posted by Shiehaam
Cape Town
06/10/2014
2 Posts
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.

Posted by Linda
St Amans De Pellagal, France
06/11/2014
16 Posts
2 tablespoons in a glass of water. It may be coincidence Shiehaam, but I don't see what else it could be.
Posted by Shonni
Switzerland
06/11/2014
3 Posts
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
Posted by Linda
St Amans De Pellagal, France
06/12/2014
16 Posts
I take it once a day usually late afternoon, but I don't think it matters when.
Posted by Mithila
Bangladesh
09/07/2014
Hey everyone, I want to lose weight by drinking ACV but I am not sure whether it will work on me or not, I am 21 years old and my weight is 75 kgs and I have hypothyroidism and acidity problems. I am confused about how to drink ACV and plz give me some recipes, so I can dilute ACV with something else to taste better.
Posted by Linda
St Amans De Pellagal, France
09/08/2014
16 Posts
I am currently wondering whether I should have posted this, I am now 12 lbs underweight and my doctor is sending me for tests. So I am sorry if perhaps I have misled people.

Having said that, a lot of people do swear by it for weight loss so I still feel it is well worth a go.

Mithila, take say 1 tbs (or less to start) in a glass of water, you can add a teaspoon of honey and use warm water if you don't like the taste. Also look through the site for other people's ideas.


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