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Apple Cider Vinegar Recipes for Weight Loss


How to Lose Weight with Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is one of nature's superfoods with a wide range of health benefits.

It can improve your metabolism, help remove toxins from your body, strengthen your immune system, give you a boost of energy, lower blood pressure, regulate blood sugar, and improve digestion by promoting the development of healthy stomach flora.

If you’re interested in taking apple cider vinegar to help you lose weight, you can find a list of tips and hints I’ve developed from my own personal use of ACV that will help you lose weight safely, healthily, and effectively.

Tips for Losing Weight with Apple Cider Vinegar

  1. White vinegar is NOT apple cider vinegar. Though it may resemble ACV, white vinegar won’t work as a substitute.
  2. Buy organic. Buy only unpasteurized, unfiltered apple cider vinegar from the market. If it is made from organic apples, even better. The organic, unpasteurized, and unfiltered vinegar contains the “mother” of vinegar, which is filled with enzymes and probiotics and is the source of the vinegar’s health benefits.
  3. Make or buy the drink. You may find ready-made ACV drinks, like apple cider vinegar with honey, at the grocery store. I prefer to buy basic apple cider vinegar and then make my own drinks at home. That way I have better control over the quality as well as the quantity of ingredients.
  4. Minimize the smell with lukewarm water. Most people complain about the strong smell of cider vinegar. Here's a little trick. Use lukewarm instead of cold water for your drink. It will not smell too much. Don't use hot water, as this may affect the enzymes in cider vinegar.

ACV Honey drink

Drink 2-3 times a day for best results!

Drink 2-3 times a day for best results!

Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey Drink

This is the most popular apple cider vinegar recipe for weight loss. You can make this drink in less than two minutes and either have it immediately or take it with you to drink throughout the day.

So let's get started.

Prep time: 2 minutes.

Cook time: 1 minutes.

Ready in: 3 minutes.

Yield: Serves 4 drinks of 250 ml each.


  • 1 litre water, preferably distilled or filtered
  • 2-3 teaspoons apple cider vinegar, unpasteurized, unfiltered, and organic
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 water bottle


  1. Pour distilled or filtered water into the bottle.
  2. Shake the bottle of apple cider vinegar well so that the "mother" of vinegar is fully mixed. The mother of vinegar is the most important part of your vinegar since it contains the enzymes and probiotics responsible for the good health reputation of cider vinegar.
  3. Put 2 to 3 teaspoons of organic ACV in your bottle. Shake the water bottle well so that the vinegar gets all mixed in.
  4. Now add honey (optional). You can always drink it without. But adding honey improves the taste, especially for those who find the taste of ACV unpleasant. Once you add the honey, shake the bottle well. Your drink is now ready.

How Did You Like It?

Apple Cider Vinegar Honey Drink Variations

Try these honey substitutes. Honey has the added health benefits of being antibacterial. Some good-quality honey types also contain essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. My favorite honey is Manuka honey, found in New Zealand, my home country. If you don't want to use honey, you can use maple syrup. Just make sure it is 100% maple syrup. Alternatively, you can use blackstrap molasses, or a few drops of Stevia in place of honey. All these sweeteners provides health benefits.

Try adding cinnamon. To speed up your weight loss, add a pinch of cinnamon, which helps boost metabolism. But only a pinch, otherwise the drink could become too spicy.

Video: How To Make ACV drink for Weight Loss

ACV and Tea Weight-Loss Recipe

f you find it difficult to squeeze another drink into your hectic schedule, how about combining ACV with something you already drink, like tea?

  1. Pour a cup of boiling water, add tea and honey, and stir. Let tea leaves steep for two to three minutes.
  2. Add 2 to 3 teaspoons of ACV and drink.

Make sure you add the vinegar after you have made the tea. It’s not advisable to mix the vinegar with boiling water, as doing so can damage the enzymes that provide the health benefits.

Apple Cider Vinegar and Soda?

What about mixing ACV with soda or other carbonated drinks? I’d say only if you absolutely have to. Caffeine dehydrates the body, while sugar adds unnecessary calories. So, to get the best benefits from cider vinegar, it is best drank with water, or at the most with tea.

You could make one litre of apple cider vinegar drink (water + ACV) and take it with you to work or on the move. This will make sure that you are drinking ACV regularly.

How Often Should I Drink ACV?

You should drink apple cider vinegar twice or three times a day.

The best time to drink it is right after waking up or just before breakfast. Other good times include a couple of hours before lunch and, in the evening, a few hours before dinner.

That timing gives the enzymes enough time to work on your digestive system and to be absorbed in the blood. The drink contains a lot of fiber, which helps make you feel full and improves your metabolism.

Apple Cider Vinegar Salad Dressing Recipe

A delicious and healthy way to lose weight.

A delicious and healthy way to lose weight.

Wine vinegar is usually used in salads in central and southern Europe. Apple cider vinegar can also be a good addition to a salad dressing, adding both an extra kick of acid and a nice apple-y taste.

Cooking time: 10 minutes

Yield: two cups


  • 2 cucumbers
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 4 spring onions
  • 50ml water
  • 50ml apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 black pepper
  • 1/4 salt
  • 2 tsp sugar


  1. Cut all the vegetables into salad-size pieces. Mix well in a bowl.
  2. In another bowl, mix apple cider vinegar with water. Add to salad and stir well.
  3. Add some salt, pepper, and sugar on the top.

You can put the salad in an air-tight container and store it in the fridge for up to four days. That way you’ll have a healthy snack readily available whenever you like.

Final Tips

These are two of the most popular apple cider vinegar recipes for weight loss.

Make them part of your daily routine to get the benefits of apple cider vinegar.

Remember, you will need to drink apple cider vinegar regularly in order to lose weight. Also, if you are using it on salad in addition to drinking it, that's even better since if you miss on you'll still have the other and will still get your daily dose of ACV.

Do you have a favorite apple cider vinegar recipe?

Is there a recipe with ACV that you find very convenient, practical, and useful? Please use the comment section to share.

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Deborah Minter from U.S, California on August 26, 2017:

Nice tips!

Alpana from Crossing Republik on January 23, 2016:

Cool!!! Thanx for the info :-)

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on January 23, 2016:

Hi Alpana, yes Bragg ACV is available in major supermarkets like Food Hall (Select City Mall, Saket, Delhi).

Alpana from Crossing Republik on January 16, 2016:

Good Remedy... I wonder if this type of Mother vinegar would be available in Indian Market!!!!

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on January 14, 2016:

You could drink it one to three times a day, on an empty stomach.

Melissa on January 10, 2016:

Do i drink the whole 16oz before every meal?

Lebogang on September 02, 2015:

AVC its really work good , its working good :)

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on August 16, 2015:

Hi Rosemarie, usually the producer of ACV is aware of the origins of apples if they are using organic apples. The quality control is expected to be better. That seems to be the reason. You can also feel the difference in taste between ACV made from organic apples and the one made from regular apples.

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on August 16, 2015:

Junaid, please check whether it is unpasteurized and unfiltered. If it is, it is good to use.

Rosemarie Ranaudo on August 08, 2015:

why is organic ACV needed for the healthful benefits? Why can't regular ACV be used?

Junaid on August 05, 2015:

i have brought a apple cider vinegar of heinz brand . It has Apple surrounded with vegetables label. Will it be suitable to use for remedy or should I get another? Please suggest

Sreedaran on July 27, 2015:

I will give it a try..

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on June 29, 2015:

Hi Yuki, the answers are in the article. All the best.

yuki on June 21, 2015:

hi tnx for the info. . . can i just add ACV with a cup of lukewarm water only???? how many times do i need to drink it???. . . should it be every after meal ????tnx

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on May 30, 2015:

Hi CleverPseudonym, very limited number of studies exist.

CleverPseudonym on May 25, 2015:

Are there any medical studies on this?

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on May 24, 2015:

Hi Sansal, you can read my article about how to make Apple Cider Vinegar at Home: https://discover.hubpages.com/health/How-To-Make-A...

Anjali from Mumbai on May 22, 2015:

I was looking for apple cider vinegar but it is awfully expensive hence at first I was delighted to see the title of this hub how to make apple cider vinegar. But it does tell us how to make but only how to dilute it, So your title is misguiding.

Adrian Cloute from Cedartown, GA on May 21, 2015:

Thanks - I'm currently doing the 21 day fix and looking for some low cal options

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on May 12, 2015:

Hi Lea, take one cup of water, put 2-3 tsp of ACV and 2-3 tsp of lemon juice, stir well and drink. You may add 1 tsp of honey to improve taste.

Lea pable on May 10, 2015:

Can I have a recipe of apple cidar vinegar mix with lemon pls

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on March 30, 2015:

Hi Melissa, when I first drank ACV, I did not like. Over time, not only have I overcome the disgust, but I have actually started liking it. I look forward to drinking ACV.

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on March 30, 2015:

Hi wana, your question is how many days will it take to notice the weight loss effect of ACV. It will depend on your disposition, diet, exercise frequency etc. Many people have noticed the difference within a couple of weeks, while some have taken a little longer. A few people don't notice any difference even after a few weeks.

Melissa Orourke from Roatán, Islas De La Bahia, Honduras on March 29, 2015:

My husband does this. Maybe, I will try it. The way he mixes it, it looks like it would taste terrible!

wana on March 29, 2015:

how many days will it take to feel the difference?

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on March 27, 2015:

Hi aprilsemogan, am glad you have decided to choose apple cider vinegar for your fitneess. It's a miracle food. Please share your results.

aprilsemogan on March 25, 2015:

I'm so happy i dropped by and read your article! I'm actually on a fitness routine and currently looking for a healthy diet that would go well with it. I'm gonna have to try the ACV salad and see how well it goes.. Thank you!

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on March 17, 2015:

Thank you Cynthia. I have been using ACV for all sorts of things over the years, and it has helped me in so many ways.

Cynthia Hoover from Newton, West Virginia on March 16, 2015:

Awesome! I knew of the drink, just never thought of the salad dressing (had a "duh" moment as I was reading). Thank you for writing this hub! ACV is great as a facial cleanser as well, I always have ACV in my home- you just gave me more reasons to always keep it on hand!

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on March 14, 2015:

Thank you Jennifer-Louise-W for your positive feedback. All the best with ACV.

Jennifer-Louise from Nottingham on March 13, 2015:

Will definitely be trying this! Thank you. Great hub!

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on March 13, 2015:

Hi Janel, yes, absolutely. The best results could be achieved if ACV is had on an empty stomach, so that it can be absorbed well.

deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on March 03, 2015:

Many thanks for your kind response here. I am not on any medication right now. Thanks once again.

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on March 03, 2015:

Hi dghrrh, thank you for your positive feedback. To answer your question, there are no known adverse effects of ACV, except those mentioned in the article. If you are on medication for any illness, please consult your doctor.

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on March 03, 2015:

Hi hiya-writer, usually ACV drink is consumed on an empty stomach. But salad with ACV is usually had with food. People with acidity or heart-burn benefit from ACV because ACV helps in re-balancing the pH factor.

deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on March 03, 2015:


Thank you for this wonderful hub. Is there any adverse side effect of regular consumption of ACV?

Thank you

Sudipa from India on March 01, 2015:

when is the ideal time to have the salad? can people with acidity problems have it?

kathy on February 08, 2015:

Many Dr.'s say this is one of the bestweight lost for women 55and up

and of course eat healthy.

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on December 04, 2014:

Hi Varia, it is OK if it is not organic honey.

varia stewart on December 04, 2014:

Is okay if it's not organic honey? Will it really affect my weight lost?

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on November 24, 2014:

Hi Melissa, how many pounds you will lose will depend on many factors and results may vary. Some have lost 4 to 6 pounds in a month.

melissa on November 21, 2014:

how much will you lose in a week? month?

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on November 16, 2014:

Hi Tasha, I get this question often. While there's not enough research about how to drink apple cider vinegar, it is advisable to drink it in cold or lukewarm water. Hot water MAY change the properties of apple cider vinegar.

elma on November 16, 2014:

Thank you acv proven and tested for me.

Tasha on November 16, 2014:

Hello, will drinking ACV in hot water give the same benefits or warm water.

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on November 02, 2014:

HI Suchitha, you should be able to see grainy, muddy substance floating in the bottle. If ACV is clear, then it does not contain the "mother". Please check the label. It should say that the ACV is unfiltered which means, it contains the mother. If the label says it is filtered, or is silent on it, then it is filtered ACV and will not contain the mother of ACV.

suchitha on October 30, 2014:

I purchased a american gardens apple cider vinegar., but it nowhere says anything abt the "mother" ,.can I use it. Pls lemme know at the earliest. Thanks.

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on October 04, 2014:

Hi Susan, good ACV doesn't need refrigeration. Store it away from sunlight.

susan on October 04, 2014:

Should I refridgerate avc after opening it

susan on October 04, 2014:

Should I refridgerate avc after opening it

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on August 17, 2014:

Hi Niranjana, it is OK to use any brand of coder vinegar, as long as the packaging specifies that it is unpasteurised, unfiltered vinegar. If it is organic, even better. ACV alone may not be sufficient for weight-loss. Eat healthy. Exercise regularly.

rukynira@yahoo.com on August 17, 2014:

Is it okay if use Heinz brand apple cider vinegar, as i have already bought one?


Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on May 01, 2014:

Thank you Lee Ann. All the best.

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on April 30, 2014:

Good idea.

Kalaichelvi Panchalingam from PETALING JAYA on April 30, 2014:

I have a bottle of this at home and should try to take some. Good advise and good writing.

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on April 29, 2014:

Great idea Soumya

Soumya Mukherjee from India on April 29, 2014:

I'm gonna try this.

Alana Niall (author) from Christchurch, New Zealand on April 29, 2014:

All the best Marie Ryan. It will be one of the best things for your metabolism.

Marie Ryan from Andalusia, Spain on April 28, 2014:

Looks like I will have to have a try of ACV. Anything to kick my metabolism into action !

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