Apple Cider Vinegar for Fat Burning and Weight Loss

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Posted by Coregon (Medford, Or) on 01/27/2012
5 out of 5 stars


I never thought I could get used to the flavor of apple cider vinegar (GAG!! ). So I got a small juice glass and put 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar and fill it to the top with organic apple juice or apple cider. Funny thing happened. After a week I noticed the flavor not bothering me so much. I use a shot glass instead of a juice glass now and the flavor doesn't bother me at all.. In fact I kind of like it (and my daughter used to laugh at me gagging over it). You DO become accustomed to the flavor. In fact it just tastes like apple juice with a "bite" now.

I also have noticed another funny thing. I had a really bad night the other night during a thunder lightening storm and only got an hour's sleep. I woke up expecting to be exhausted all day. At midnight that night I realized had a super high energy day, got tons of stuff done and I STILL wasn't tired! I attribute my high energy (even with no sleep) to the ACV. It gives amazing energy!

And for weight loss: I was losing weight with it when I took it at LEAST 20 minutes BEFORE meals. When I started taking it AFTER meals, my weight loss stopped, I even gained a pound. So whoever wrote that if you take it BEFORE you LOSE, AFTER you GAIN.. Was absolutely right. I take my first shot with juice before I take my shower. Then by the time breakfast is ready, it's been 30 minutes or longer that it has had to go to work on the fat stores. And watch how your clothes fit, not the scale! I lost a full size, but only 4 pounds in the first week. If you watch the scale, you'll be disappointed... Fat doesn't weigh much, and you burn it off with vinegar.

My last benefit I noticed was my joints don't ache! I have rheumatoid and this stuff is just amazing. Flexibility and pain reduction. This is truly a miracle when you consider it is less than $5 a bottle and it lasts a long time. _____'s is the only vinegar I buy. Be sure to shake well before drinking and DO NOT refrigerate. It will keep for YEARS in the cupboard.

Replied by Thomas

What is "the mother"? And what brand of vinegar is it? I use plain apple cider vinegar, two shots classes every morning with coffee chasers.

EC: Most likely a raw and organic brand which all grocery stores carry these days.

For an explanation on "the mother" see this page on Earth Clinic.


Replied by Beeboo

Gaining a pound is easily attributable to fluctuations in water weight.

I think the takeaway here, is that ACV is effective at appetite suppression, or making you sated earlier, which I have definitely noticed if I drink ACV in water 30-60 minutes before a meal. I find it completely eliminates carb/sugar cravings; to the point that even thinking about candy or ice cream is slightly off-putting.

If you were to phrase it in a rule, I would suggest "ACV before meals contributes to weight loss by decreasing food intake. ACV after a meal doesn't have the same effect, though it can blunt your insulin response."

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Posted by Bob (Warrenton, Mo, 63383) on 07/01/2011

I'm just trying to shed some fat from my belly. My solution and you might think I'm crazy, I drink it once a day: about 2 ounces of Apple Cider Vinegar I a 32 oz. Cup

I add one package of grape koolaid mix- 4 artificial sweetners, fill the cup almost to to top with cold water and add ice. You taste the grape coolaid with a bite from the Apple Cider Vinegar but you can drink it like regular koolaid.

Replied by Austin
(Wilmington, De)

I'd try to dilute the ACV with just water (2tbs in 8oz of water x3 a day). Adding cool-aid to me sounds counterproductive with all those empty calories. If anything try to add some honey to the concoction, but try not to go over 2 tbs. The key for weightloss for me is frequent meals high in protein low in carbs w/ lots of greens and water in between.

Replied by Taim90
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States)

Have you heard of Stevia? If you search Amazon you can usually find flavored Stevia, I am sure they would have grape (especially since they have flavors like root beer). It is healthier artificial sweetner, thus without all the bad press. I currently have cherry flavor and vanilla flavor; the former I add to lemonade, and the latter I add to coffee and some tea.

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Posted by Peggy (Santee, Ca, Us) on 06/11/2011
0 out of 5 stars

I've began drinking the ACV in water just sipping it throughout the day as instructed on this site. Questions; Is there a diet plan to go with this? How does this work to lose weight? AND, gas..... I've had terrible gas since drinking this! Is this normal and how to prevent it?

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Posted by Alex (Salt Lake City, Ut) on 11/22/2010
5 out of 5 stars

Hello! I ran across ACV for weight loss last year when I was desperately trying to lose weight before my trip overseas. I read tons of testimonials and went right out the next day and bought the ACV. A little about my weight: I'm female, 23, and in decent shape. I am 5'7'' and at the time weighed in at about 160. I have never been obese but am VERY curvy and had a spare tire I wasn't proud of. I was pretty active, but a total slouch at an exercise routine (usually I just walk places, or bike)

Either way, I was a teacher, and I showed my friend at work this site. We went on the ACV together. We first tried the 2 teaspoons in 16 oz cold water (I drink NOTHING but water!!! ) but found it to be a little too gross. Since we're both fans of tea, we tried around 2 teaspoons in 8oz, with a bit of honey, served warm. Delicious! Tastes a bit like warm apple cider. The pounds started dropping off. It wasn't that I tried, but I was subconsciously eating less, of healthier foods. I found more energy as well! I lost eleven pounds the first month!!! One of my favorite stories is the "candy" story I like to tell skeptics of ACV. I am a HUGE fan of candy and eat it waaaay too much. During my "slim down for Sweden" I used to eat my favorite candy (won't mention the name but it's our favorite peanut butter mixed with chocolate cup! ) all the time. I had a teacher friend who would give me this treat in exchange for watching her class--I could never turn them down. Well, one morning I hadn't eaten breakfast yet (while on the ACV breakfast was always something healthy; fruit or an egg, etc) this morning I didn't eat anything but was sipping my usual cup of ACV. When the friend brought me my chocolate and peanut butter cup, I gobbled it down. And immediately felt barf. I couldn't believe it. After the "flushing" effect of the ACV, the sugars, the fats, the oils... Everything in that candy suddenly had a whole new taste.

ACV is amazing for awakening your senses to what you put in your body. I usually ate both "cups" in less than a second, but I found myself unable to finish the first one, and gave the second one to one of the kids in class. By the time Sweden hit, I had lost 20 pounds and looked SEXY!!! I wrote this testimonial to re-motivate myself (slacked off this year on ACV) and to hopefully motivate others. This stuff really does work! And you don't even have to be patient to see results, just give it like a week and you'll feel clothes fitting better. Oh, and I am an extremist and overdo EVERYTHING, so I've since doubled the amount of ACV I use. Sometimes I pour a nice tall glass of OJ and put about 2 tablespoons in that. The acid of the OJ completely obliterates the taste of ACV. And boy, the combo REALLY gives you an energy jolt in the morning. Try it as an alternative to coffee or an energy drink! And good luck in everyone's efforts. :)

Replied by Suggabae
(Riverside, California)

I remember my mother telling this hint to me when I was younger, now that I am in my middle years, I really am happy that I read your article. I will be trying this tea type idea cause I had a problem with the 2 tsp in 16 oz of water too. Hope it works. I will let you know in about 2 weeks. Thanks for the encouragement.

Replied by Eileen
(Sto. Dgo, Dr)

Hello, I am happy for you! Great testimony. I would like to know what type of ACV you bought. Where I live I was only able to find the Heinz, will that work as well? Thank you

Replied by Ivy
(Allentown, Pa)
1 out of 5 stars

I just wanted to be clear as I want to try this. Do you put 2 tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar in a 8oz tea, like green tea or 8oz of water and drink it like a tea? I was doing the cold or room temp acv/water mix as intructed on the b----- Apple Cider Vinegar bottle, but apart from burning and feeling nasty I saw no health benefits at all. I also started drinking tea throughout the day and this alone makes me urinate often. I wonder if combining my green tea with 2tsp of Apple Cider Vinegar would be beneficial. Hope you reply.

Replied by Ti
(Houston, Tx)

What worked for me and weight loss with ACV is this...

mixing 2 tablespoons ACV with mother in 8 oz of lukewarm water and sipping this through the day in between meals.

It helps you stay/feel full so you eat less during meals and hence lose weight.

It also is very good for your gut with bacteria, etc so it is beneficial in losing weight.

Additionally, I stopped eating rice, potatoes and friend foods. Stuck mainly to veggies and lean protein with occasional piece of fruit twice weekly.

You must change your eating habits to lose weight with ACV and incorporate some form of walking 45 mins daily to get the body moving.

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Posted by Ank (Herndon, Virginia, Usa) on 10/28/2010
1 out of 5 stars

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.

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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!

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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.

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Posted by Cindy (Tallahassee, Florida, Usa) on 08/11/2010
5 out of 5 stars


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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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

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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,

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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.

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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.

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