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Can Apple Cider Vinegar Help You Lose Weight? Learn How the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet Works

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C. E. Clark believes it is her duty and responsibility as a researcher and writer to bring important information to her readers.

What Is Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apple cider vinegar is made from fermented apple cider. First the apples are crushed and the juice squeezed out. Then sugar and yeast are added to the juice causing fermentation. The main ingredient in apple cider vinegar is acetic acid.

Can the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet Help You Look Like This?

Can the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet help you look like this?

Can the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet help you look like this?

What Are The Claims About the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet?

Advocates of the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet claim that drinking apple cider vinegar before a meal or snack can help suppress your appetite, prevent bloating, keep your blood sugar from spiking, and raise your metabolism.

Of course people with a high metabolism tend to be thinner than people whose metabolism rate is slower. However, increasing one’s activity or eating anything at all will raise one’s metabolism temporarily.

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How Does the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet Work?

For the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet one need only drink 1 to 3 teaspoons of the tonic before each meal or snack and that is supposed to help digestion and prevent the body from storing the calories as fat. Of course if you eat more calories than you burn, the tonic will not make those extra calories go away.

Since eating more calories than one burns is the problem to begin with, it comes down to increasing your activity to burn more calories and/or lowering the number of calories taken in. Nothing magical about that is there?

LIVINGSTRONG.com recommends the following procedure:

1. Pour 8 ounces of cold distilled water into a glass.

2. Add 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to the water. Use apple cider vinegar that has not been pasteurized and that is preferably organic for best results. Add 1 tablespoon of honey to your water for a sweeter flavor, if desired.

3. Stir the mixture vigorously. Drink the mixture at least 30 minutes before your meal and do this at least three times a day (or before every meal).

4. Eat healthy meals generous in raw foods and restrict your daily caloric intake to 1200 calories. Limit your intake of dairy, sugar, and meat. Exercise daily for best results. This step is pretty much basic in any diet and usually works for most people, when adhered to, whether they drink apple cider vinegar or not.

Delicious Recipes for Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks

If you are determined to try this diet, here are some delicious drinks to make with apple cider vinegar.

If you are determined to try this diet, here are some delicious drinks to make with apple cider vinegar.

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Follow this link to get the recipes for those yummy looking drinks that will make getting that apple cider vinegar down more easily.

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Is There Any Proof That Apple Cider Vinegar Really Can Help A Person Lose Weight?

EveryDiet.Org says, “In the 1950s a country doctor in Vermont (Dr. D. C. Jarvis) wrote a book (Folk Medicine) that set the stage for Apple Cider Vinegar as a weight loss agent. He claimed that regular consumption of the tonic would cause fat to be burned rather than stored. Others claim that the pectin in the vinegar will bind cholesterol and remove it from the body.”

Back in 2009 Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry conducted a study on the affects of vinegar on weight loss. The study included 175 obese adults and lasted for 12 weeks. By the end of the study, the groups drinking vinegar had what the researchers called a significant decrease in weight, body mass index, and abdominal fat, compared to the control groups that received placebos.

The above study was small and has not been repeated. Very few studies have actually been done regarding any beneficial properties apple cider vinegar may have. Therefore most medical professionals are hesitant to base treatment on the results of the Bioscience, Biotechnology, etc., study – because it was very limited and the different variables have not been tested.

For example, different vinegars have different amounts of various ingredients and other things participants were doing during the study may have an effect. When a study is small and has not been repeated at all much less many times, there are usually more questions than answers in the minds of scientists and medical professionals as a result.

There may be dangers involved as well, but studies to determine that have not been done. Any time you undertake ‘natural’ cures for anything you take a risk that there will be serious side affects if you are already taking medications prescribed by a doctor, or in you have a health issue that you may not be aware of. Always consult your physician before undertaking these ‘natural’ cures and be sure to share any ‘natural’ remedies or treatments you are using with all of your doctors is you see more than one. Your doctors should even be made aware of any vitamins you are taking.

The Mayo Clinic Weighs In

Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.d., writes for the Mayo clinic (MayoClinic.com), that there is little scientific support for all of the claims made regarding apple cider vinegar. In fact, Zeratsky comes right and says plainly, “Drinking apple cider vinegar for weight loss isn't likely to be effective." She further states,”Remember, there's no magic bullet for weight loss," (Mayo Clinic).

Not what my readers want to know or believe, but I would be remiss if I failed to be straightforward, and like other writers, chose the popular stance instead, that would mislead but bring me popularity as well.

Indeed, Zeratsky warns, ”Apple cider vinegar is highly acidic. It may irritate your throat if you drink it often or in large amounts.” Zeratsky further says, “Apple cider vinegar may interact with certain supplements or drugs, including diuretics and insulin. This may contribute to low potassium levels.”

On the other hand, WebMD says there are preliminary findings that suggest vinegar (not necessarily apple cider vinegar), may be helpful in treating diabetes (lowers glucose levels), lowering high cholesterol and high blood pressure, lower rates of heart disease, killing or slowing the growth of cancer cells -- although there was an increased risk of bladder cancer – and may help with weight loss (white vinegar was used in the study with positive results on weight loss).

WebMD also states that many larger studies are needed” before we can know for sure if vinegar of any kind is truly helpful in treating or preventing the various medical conditions where it has so far shown promise.

WebMD concurs with the list of risks stated by Zeratsky in the Mayo Clinic article. To avoid problems with other medical treatments or medications, be sure to consult your doctor before making vinegar more than a little dressing on your salad from time to time.

What it boils down to is eating fewer calories than you burn, or burning more calories than you take in, if you want to lose weight. Even proponents of the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet recommend this weight loss strategy. So far, there are no healthy magical solutions, and no short cuts, to weight loss.

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Sources

WebMD

http://www.webmd.com/diet/apple-cider-vinegar


Mayo Clinic

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/weight-loss/expert-answers/apple-cider-vinegar-for-weight-loss/faq-20058394

Comments

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on April 19, 2015:

Peggy W, thank you for sharing this article! I hope you're having a great weekend!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 19, 2015:

Dieting is such a big business and many people are always on the lookout for that magic bullet. The fact that WebMD reports other good effects like possibly helping with diabetes and lowering cholesterol makes me more interested in the possible good effects of using apple cider vinegar in my diet. Sharing this once again. Hope you enjoy your Sunday and day off from work.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on March 04, 2015:

Asif, thank you for reading and commenting on this article. Appreciate your inquiry also. I am not a medical professional or even a scientist. I do reasearch and then I write about what I learn. I try to choose things that are popular to research and write about.

So far as I know, no one has been harmed by drinking apple cider vinegar, and it's been around longer than you or me. But I could be wrong. If you are truly concerned that it may somehow be harmful, ask your physician's opinion. I think I read it's hard on one's tooth enamel.

The one thing I did find over and over again from medical professionals and scientists is that there is no scientific proof that apple cider vinegar helps anyone lose weight, or that it prevents or improves any disease or deformity or other ailment.

As for a diet . . . eat fewer calories than you burn through exercise and generally being alive, and eventually you will lose weight. Age and metabolism make a difference in how fast and/or easy you lose weight, so you may want to consult your doc about that too.

Whatever you do, do it sensibly and be patient with yourself. Anything worthwhile takes time. Good luck!

Asif on March 04, 2015:

I just want to know that I am using apple cider vinegar for last almost one month and I have lost my weight also about 2 lbs. So I just want to know consuming it regularly is safe or not?? I hope it does not have side effects on any of the organs. Please let me know on it and also please suggest me diet.

Hope to hear from you soon.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on July 18, 2014:

Danext, thanks for stopping by.

Dan Lema from Tanzania on July 10, 2014:

Nice and useful article, short and precise....thanks

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on February 28, 2014:

Pamela Kinnaird W, thank you for reading and commenting and voting on this article! Appreciate your sharing your husband's opinion on this as well as the warning about teeth.

Is your husband aware that cranberry juice can often fend off or cure a bladder infection as well? It tastes a little better than vinegar and they're both acidic. :)

Pamela Dapples from Arizona now on February 26, 2014:

Great hub, Au fait. My husband takes a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar when he feels a bladder infection coming on. (I think it's bladder, could be some other name. I'm not sure.) Anyway, he is convinced it is what cures him fast every time. But one thing for sure: If a person is having apple cider vinegar in any way, shape or form, the person should brush their teeth afterwards because the acid in the vinegar is not good for teeth. Voting up.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on December 17, 2013:

Thank you Deborah-Diane for reading and commenting on this article. I look forward to finding out how well this diet works/worked for you, and I expect my readers do too!

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on December 14, 2013:

I just started using the Apple Cider Vinegar diet about a week ago and I have lost a little weight and feel good. I plan to come back in a few months and let you know if I have managed to stick with the diet and whether or not it has worked for me. I thought it was worth a try, and it seemed like a harmless experiment to try on myself. This is very timely, since so many people go on diets after the holidays.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 20, 2013:

Thank you moonlake for reading, voting on, and pinning this article! There are just too many things to remember nowadays -- I am always forgetting things anymore! I think technology has actually made more work rather than making life easier.

moonlake from America on September 18, 2013:

Thought I would pin this to my diet board. I have tried it before but my problem is I forget to take it. Voted up.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 25, 2013:

Thank you Peggy W for reading and commenting on this article and for sharing and tweeting it too!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 22, 2013:

Came back to share this informative article again by tweeting it. The tip about rinsing ones mouth after using it or lemon juice and water is probably excellent advice also.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 20, 2013:

Thank you DonnaCSmith for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Lots of people believe apple cider vinegar will cure anything and everything so there's no telling what you mom may have believed it was doing for her.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 19, 2013:

Thank you for stopping by rebeccamealey.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on August 18, 2013:

Thank you rajan jolly for reviewing and sharing this article! Glad you enjoyed! :)

Donna Campbell Smith from Central North Carolina on August 17, 2013:

My mama drank a juice glass of water, vinegar and honey every morning. I don't remember what her goal was.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on August 17, 2013:

This is welcome and amazing news!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on August 17, 2013:

Glad to come back again for a read and shared as well. Voted up and interesting too.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 14, 2013:

Shyron, thank you for the pin!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 13, 2013:

Thank you Billie Kelpin for your high praise and compliments and for reading and commenting on this hub!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 12, 2013:

saif113sb, thanks for stopping by!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 12, 2013:

Thank you Peggy W, for reading, commenting, voting on, and sharing/pinning this article! I don't know how you could miss it. It's among my most popular and published a while ago. It's hard even for me to keep track of all my own articles. I usually do a search and find anymore -- if I can remember the title. :) It must be even harder for you to keep track of all of yours since you have at least twice as many or more. Thanks again!!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 09, 2013:

Deborah-Diane, thank you for reading, commenting, and voting on this hub. I hope the information here was helpful to you.

Billie Kelpin from Newport Beach on June 08, 2013:

Au fait, so glad this topic brought me to your works. You are a true journalist. Your weaving of sources in and out of the article gives great credibility to this piece and I'm going to try to emulate more of that in my writing. I love how you covered both sides and gave a balanced and informed review. Excellent!

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on June 07, 2013:

I had to come back just to Pin this. I really believe in this.

saif113sb on June 07, 2013:

Beautiful girl picture

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 07, 2013:

I have read about starting your day with either apple cider vinegar or lemon juice mixed with water to start off your day in an alkaline state which is supposedly good. This is interesting information. Up votes, sharing and pinning. I don't know how I missed reading this previously?

Deborah-Diane from Orange County, California on June 01, 2013:

Very interesting! I have heard about using apple cider vinegar for various health problems, including weight loss, but I didn't know much about it before! Voted UP!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on February 15, 2013:

Thank you for commenting on this hub and for adding to the value of the information here by sharing your own personal experience on this subject.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on February 07, 2013:

I am still taking Super Leci-Thins (Lecithin, Kelp, Cider Vinegar & B-6)after 20 years.

This tablet is to help metabolize fats. Great Hub.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on February 07, 2013:

Thank you rajan jolly, for reading and commenting on this hub, and for placing a link on your hub to this one!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on February 06, 2013:

Interesting and well researched, Au fait! I have placed a link to this hub in my Apple Cider Hub.

Voted up.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on November 08, 2012:

youbar, thank you for commenting on this hub!

Joel Lipman from Los Angeles, California on November 07, 2012:

great hub. I'm going to start having a few teaspoons in a big glass of water before every meal. makes sense to me.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on October 18, 2012:

This hub was published on May 27, 2012 and received a comment just 3 weeks ago. Why has someone pubished a hub with my title and my photo on this same subject??

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on September 24, 2012:

Thank you Nicole S for commenting on my hub. I hadn't heard of the capsules before so I don't know if they have exactly the same affects and benefits, but it they're helping your husband that's good to know.

Nicole S Hanson from Minnesota on September 24, 2012:

My husband also uses apple cider vinegar to clean out his system. He found capsules at the store though instead so he didn't have to taste the horrible taste!

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on July 29, 2012:

Thank you for adding to the conversation Green Bard!

I do believe vinegar is a disinfectant of sorts. It doesn't kill everything, but it does kill a lot of different germs. I like to use white vinegar in my washer rinse instead of the perfumy fabric conditioners. No, it doesn't make my clothes smell like pickles! :) In fact they smell more like sunshine than any other method I've used -- except of course for the real thing -- sunshine.

Steve Andrews from Tenerife on July 28, 2012:

Voted up and Useful for this hub! I am a great believer in the value of cider vinegar as a remedy for arthritis - see the Margaret Hills books on this subject - just Google her name and arthritis - and my 92-year-old father claims it warded off the problem for many years for him, as well as being good for the skin if put in bathwater.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 03, 2012:

Thank you sgbrown, for reading and commenting. Really appreciate your taking the time. Losing weight isn't always easy, but so far there seem to be no magic formulas or methods.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 03, 2012:

Some vitamins and minerals aren't easily absorbed by the body unless they're taken with the right foods, but it may help to have that little extra. Thank you, Shyron, for taking time to read and comment!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on June 01, 2012:

I have some friends that have used apple cider vinegar for weight loss and said it also improved their complexion. I tried it for a little while, but just couldn't make myself continue to drink it every day. I agree, weight loss is down to burning more calories than you take in. (Unless you have a medical condition.)Exercise more and eat less, it's just that simple. Great information, voted up and interesting.

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on June 01, 2012:

Diogenes: Thank you for your comments. The acid in the vinegar can damage the enamel on your teeth. Take care . .

C E Clark (author) from North Texas on May 31, 2012:

tmbridgeland: Thank you for commenting and leaving some goof advice!

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on May 28, 2012:

I take Kelp, Lecithin, Cider Vinegar and Vitamin B6 in a pill form, have for years... Don't know if it helps and afraid to stop, I might gain a lot of waight.

diogenes from UK and Mexico on May 27, 2012:

Goodday Misty.

I will try this and dump my useless exercise regimen, (my morning three pushups). I would try hemlock if it would help lose weight.

I like vinegar in small amounts...this organic stuff is expensive, but so are funerals. It can't eat my teeth and I anticipate no bucal woes unless it blackens gums. Can you get back to writing about sex?

Bob x

tmbridgeland from Small Town, Illinois on May 27, 2012:

Good conclusion. I used Apple Cider Vinegar for acid reflux. It worked as advertised. One important thing is to always wash out your mouth after using it. The acid will eat your teeth.

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