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Posted by Ank (Herndon, Virginia, Usa) on 10/28/2010
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I am taking ACV from last 1 week but seeing no diff. Pls tell me the way I should take it. I am 5'4" and weighed 131 pounds I am not overweight but wnt to lose 7-10 pounds to look better. Thanks

Replied by New Guy
Westwood, New Jersey

This is in reply to "Ank" from Virginia regarding ACV & weight loss. As with any new supplement, the results will vary from individual to individual. In the case of ACV it is a slow process that changes your metabolism which encourages weight loss. Typically one would expect to yield results in 3 - 6 months for weight loss. It is the long term benefits that you should desire by using ACV, you know that stuff you dont actually see. If you are looking for a quick 7 - 10lb drop then ACV is probably not your best choice. Best of luck to you.

Posted by Meenu (Vancouver, Bc Canada) on 10/09/2010
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

Firstly my sincere regards n thanks to all of u for this truly amazing site. I've been reading for almost 3 months n at last started taking ACV (ORGANIC WITH MOTHER) 2 tsp daily to begin with then 2 weeks ago started cooking with Virgin Coconut Oil (ORGANIC) NOW I'VE added Blackstrap Molasses (organic unsulphered). I feel nice small changes like no muscle/joint pains less acidity mood is cheerful, most of the time I feel fresh n alert, but I seem to be more constipated, n gaining weight, looks like as if I have swelling especially on my face n neck. Please advice if I need to do anything differently. Once again THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART.

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France

Try taking the BSM first thing in the morning. That usually helps ease constipation. Or else try drinking more water, eating fruit first thing in the morning or a cup of tea or warm water. If nothing helps try a few prunes every day. I suppose that after a while your body will get used to the new diet. By the way, I never take ACV for a long time in a row. I take it for a while, then I stop as I have read about people on this site who had health problems.

Replied by Janie
Pasadena, California

Hi Meenu,

Each teaspoon of coconut oil has a whopping 130 calories, so that might be the cause of your weight gain.

Replied by Francisca
Michelbach-le-bas, Alsace, France

You don't get fat from coconut oil..... If you want to know more about it please read one of Barry Groves books, for example! Coconut oil is one of the best fats you can take.

Replied by Carly
Seattle, Wa - Usa

There is something about the coconut oil that does NOT cause a person to gain weight. I don't know if it is because it helps the thyroid, or if it is because it is a medium chain fatty acid, or what, but I have been taking about 3 TABLESPOONS (not teaspoons mind you) of it every single day for over a year now, and I have not gained a pound. I have not lost weight, like other people, but I have not gained either. I am 5'6" (49 yo woman) and weigh 150-155 depending on water weight. Never up or down since starting.... And nothing else has changed calorically. If you will google VCO (virgin coconut oil) you can read the specs on it, and why some people have lost weight using it. I just feel better since I started taking it, and my eyelashes are amazing. When I put mascara on now it is total overkill. Lol.

Replied by Carly
Seattle, Wa Usa

One more thing to look into for joint pain is Boron. Google it. It has helped me in a BIG way with joint pain. It is a very inexpensive mineral - I started taking it about a month ago, and am VERY impressed with how my hand joints are doing. I will continue using it, Magnesium, and vitamin D for the rest of my life - along with ACV and VCO! Best to you!

Replied by Permadavey
Everywhere, World Town, Earth

Apples, along with many other fruits, vegetables, and nuts, are a great source of Boron. Here's an informative table:
Peace and wellness to all!

Replied by Milychka
Seattle, Washington

To Carly from Seattle. Carly you CAN gain weight on coconut oil - I'm an example - I'm a raw vegan , exercise vigorously and a month ago started to add 1 tablesppon of coconut oil in my tonics - before I know it - I gained like 10 pounds .. Wow. That's not good. Now I'm 2 day on a ACV.. Will see what happend. I also wanted to mention, that this site is a tremendous help, so humbly thank you the founder!!! You are the Best!

Posted by Peggy (Colorado Springs, Colorado) on 09/12/2010
0 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Msg
Somewhere, Europe

Take less, of course. Test to see your comfortable tolerance level.

Replied by Harmony84
Portland, Or, Usa

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.

Posted by Cindy (Tallahassee, Florida, Usa) on 08/11/2010
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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.

Posted by Lori (Rapid River, Mi) on 06/17/2010
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

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

Replied by Austin06
Austin, Tx
3 out of 5 stars

Worked Temporarily

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.

Posted by Angelina (Toronto, Ontario) on 04/26/2010
1 out of 5 stars

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

Replied by Deborah
Houston, Tx
1 out of 5 stars

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?

Replied by Atlgirl
Atlanta, Ga

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).

Posted by John (East Peoria, Illinois, Usa) on 03/24/2010
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Posted by Toobigforcomfort (Sedro-woolley, Washington) on 03/01/2010
1 out of 5 stars

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?

Replied by Mary
Regina, Saschewan, Canada

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!

Replied by Rae

Don't give up.. Keep hope alive

Posted by Hema (Kuala Lumpur, West Malaysia) on 09/29/2009

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.

Replied by Maria
Canberra, A.c.t Australia

Dear Hema,

Did you try it and did you lose weight?

All the best,

Posted by Crazydogjack (New Castle, Pa, USA) on 09/22/2009
1 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Melissa
Cranbrook, Bc
5 out of 5 stars

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.

Replied by Alison
Novi, Mi

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.

Replied by Crazydogjack
New Castle, Pa, Usa
5 out of 5 stars

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!

Replied by Zsaqwe
Brownsville, Texas

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.

Replied by Nami
Toledo, Ohio

Yea ACV is good for your face and weight loss. Try it for both face and weight loss with raw honey.

Replied by Sharon
Wesley Chapel, Fl

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.

Posted by Mzpaula227 (Chicago, Il, USA) on 08/24/2009

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?

Replied by Sharon
Tel Aviv, Israel

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.

Posted by Borja (Calgary, Alberta, CANADA) on 08/13/2009
5 out of 5 stars


EC: What type of vinegar did you use - white distilled vinegar, wine vinegar? Many different types of vinegar! Thanks.

Replied by Borja
Calgary, Alberta Canada

Hi, i have used white distilled vinegar...

Replied by Borja
Calgary, Canada

Hi, i am just wondering if you have found an answer for my 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:

Replied by Be Blessed
Windsor Mill, Md

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.

Replied by Lionofpeace
Sacramento, Ca

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...

Posted by Gaby (Brownsville, Texas) on 07/31/2009
3 out of 5 stars

Better But With Side Effects

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 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 :)

Replied by Jill
Chicago, Il

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.

Replied by Ksj
Gainesville, Va

I got rid of yeast infection quickly and permanantly by using Coconut oil the same way you would use a suppository. Hope that helps!

Replied by Harmony84
Portland, Or, Usa

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.

Replied by Amber84
Houston, Tx, USA

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.

Posted by Rob (Manhattan, New York) on 07/09/2009

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.

Replied by Acvlady
Danville, California, Usa

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. . .

Posted by Jeannine (Irving, TX) on 06/28/2009

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.

Replied by T
Maryland, USA

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!).

Replied by Peggy
Manhattan, New York

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.


Replied by Lynn
Whiteland, In

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.