Apple Cider Vinegar Diet

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

bragg-apple-cider-vinegarThe apple cider vinegar diet involves drinking Apple Cider Vinegar, which is a tonic made by fermenting the juice of an apple.

The apple is crushed, and the juice is squeezed out. The fermentation process occurs when yeast and sugar are added to the juice.

A second process involves adding certain bacteria’s to the juice which will then convert the alcohol into acetic acid.

Most apple cider vinegars are then filtered, refined and pasteurized, however, those types aren’t suitable for use as the diet remedy.

Apple cider is the healthiest and most effective when used along with a healthy diet like The 8 Hour Diet.

Apple Cider Diet for Weight Loss

apple-cider-vinegar-dietIn 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.

However it is all conjecture – this supplement is harmless but is unlikely to offer many health benefits – and will absolutely not cause weight loss without cutting calories.

What people call the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet is simply the act of consuming 1-3 teaspoons tonic before each meal in the hope of losing weight. There is very little (if any) evidence proving that this is effective.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Brand of ACV is the best?
Any brand that is unfiltered, organic, and unpasteurized with the “mother” seen settling at the bottom. The remedies are based on this type only. Many people recommend Bragg as the best.
Should I take apple cider vinegar before I eat or after?
Some report that ACV decreases appetite when taken before eating, this is probably because it “sours” the stomach. However, if ACV upsets your stomach taking it after eating will help.
If it doesn’t work, why do people lose weight on the ACV diet?
The mind is a powerful thing, if people believe in something, it can become reality. This is referred to as the placebo effect. Also, if it sours the stomach when taken before meals, people may eat less than they normally do.
Are there dangers from taking apple cider vinegar?
Up to 9 teaspoons of ACV a day will probably cause no ill effects, except the danger of teeth erosion if not rinsed with water after drinking. However, those that think more is better, could acidify their system, which could lead to other health problems like osteoporosis. Take only the recommended dosage to be safe.

Methods of Taking ACV

ACV is very acidic and strong in flavor, so people have devised some clever ways of taking it.

As a shotApple cider vinegar can eat the enamel of your teeth, so chase the shot with at least 8oz of water to rinse off your teeth.
Diluted in waterThe more diluted the ACV the weaker the flavor.
Mixed with honeyThis is a counter productive since you are adding pure sugar calories to your diet.
Used as a salad dressingEncourages healthy eating and is a tasty low-calorie dressing.
Mixed in JuiceAgain, you end up drinking a lot of empty calories which is not advisable for weight loss.

Other ACV Folk Remedies

Apple Cider Vinegar has been used for many hundreds of years as a health tonic. Purveyors of the tonic claim that it will cure….

There are a large number of health food manufacturers who tout this vinegar as a “miracle” healer. The sad truth is that there is very little evidence to prove any of these anecdotal claims.

A nutritional breakdown of Apple Cider Vinegar shows that it is actually quite “bland” – rather than being the nutritional “storehouse” that marketers claim.

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 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
  • norman

    i want 2 start 2day


    I bought the GNC brand of organic vinegar I plan to try this diet for many reasons but mainly for weight loss I also read that its good for arthritis

  • Cindy

    I bought and used the pills from GNC several years ago..I lost 50 lbs ..I stopped taking it when I reach my goal..I have sinced gained it bout afer a few years…my cholesterol were great but now are high . im about to start back taking them..any one else tried the pills? I dont like to drink it.

    • Rachel

      Cindy, please tell us if you followed any diet when taking the pills. Thank you!

  • jo

    I’m 16 and did this for 2 weeks while I was getting into swimming and conditioning for basketball. By week 3, I had dropped a pant size and I had a lot of energy and my blood sugar was normal (I have high blood sugar, usually 6-8 and it was sitting 4-5, barely fluctuating). It flushes you out for the first week. I suggest drinking all the water you can to stay hydrated!!!!! Don’t let the ACV do all the work.. get healthy and keep a good exercise and diet not actually a diet, but eat healthy) regime.

  • Jeanie

    Do I take diabetic med. as usual? And other meds.

    • ted

      You would have to consult your Dr. on that question.

  • jennifer diana

    I just started today waiting to see some kind of changes

  • maria jose

    i hope it works

  • Kouza

    OMG ! ACV has CURED my sinus infection in less than 3 days !!!
    Proven . . . . I took 2tbsp a day and by the 3rd day facial pain had disapated, no more mucus or inflammation feeling in cheek. I’m now trying it out for weight loss. Why not give it a shot, its a natural source !

  • lindsey

    i dunno if it made me lose weight but i do still drink some once a day.

    one instance i drank some acv with water right before bed and the next morning i swear i peed for 2 minutes straight .

  • kristina

    I am going to try this diet. As far as them saying it don’t work, of course they won’t tell you the truth. They want you Tony the expensive crap compared to buying something that’s natural and cheap!

  • Julian Greene

    It may all be conjecture, but you can certainly prove it to yourself. I completely remedied a years-long reflux problem in less than a week using ACV — got myself off acid blocking meds. Now, I try to eat a fairly alkaline diet and take ACV once a day, but if I know I’m going to eat something potentially troubling, I take an extra dose. I don’t know what they recommend as a tonic, but mine is just 1 tablespoon Bragg’s Organic ACV cut with a bit of water and sweetened with 5 drops of liquid Stevia. Down it like a shot, and you’re good.

  • Nikki

    I have used the ACV before and it has helped me a lot with illnesses such as soar throats and headaches but I really need to take this seriously with my weight loss. I am planning to do this ACV diet till October, hopefully I would have managed to lose around 50 pounds; I kinda just turned 17 therefore my metabolism should be good enough to help me lose a minimum of 50 pounds by October… I will start this ACV diet tomorrow morning :)… Hopefully, God will help me to carry on with it.

  • Natasia

    I have used ACV for a week and a half now and have managed to loose 5kg.I have ACV 3 times a day.I dilute it with a quarter glass of boiling water.And drink it.It has helped me with bp and cholestrol.Its awsome.

    • Constance

      Plz how did u use it. Method.

  • christy


    • mary

      Hi I was reading your post. ..if u dont mind me asking how much weight have u lost. While taking apple cider vinager

  • tigui

    Hey everybody acv is great for w loss.if u stick to it. U ll loose weight.

  • Nisey

    I’m gonna start today. Can’t wait to see my results

  • crystal

    I started the acv diet today let’s see what it does for me and everyone that’s on it already good luck

    • Debbie

      I have been doing this for about 4 months on and off. It really worked for me. I was loosing 2.5-5 pounds a week. I have lost 20 pounds but I reached the plateau stage and hope to start losing more. I only need to lose another 10-15 pounds.The first week I did not lose that much but I think it takes about a week for anything to see results.
      I premix it in a little travel bottle and shake it really well 1/2 RAW Apple cider Vinegar and honey and take a big swig 1Tablespoon to 3 depending on the carb intact more for large carb meals. Then follow with a 8 oz glass of water to prevent lose of enamel on my teeth and also helps from upsetting your stomach. Another tip if you have allergies make sure the honey is local raw honey, this gets the pollens in your system and helps your immune system. I have share this with several friends but none of them are doing it consistent and have not lost as much as I have they have lost a little but they will not commit to it like I did for EVERY meal and snack. REALLY EVERY meal is important. I can’t be happier, I was losing weight so fast my skin was sagging and I had to slow. I have dropped 2 full pant sizes and have to wear a belt with all my old clothes. You have to understand that it is not the best tasting stuff but I had tried everything and NOTHING else worked except EXTREME exercising.

      Good luck to you and I would love to hear if it works for you too. Please comment back if you have a great story too.

      • tina

        All you said,is it really true?

  • Tamzin

    Hey guys I’m starting acv today hopefully I can lose 5 kg in a 2 to 4 weeks

  • Kate

    Hi there!
    I have used ACV, 3 times a day about 15 min before meal with a balanced diet for 6 weeks and i lost 10kg. I didnt put any weight for over a year! Now i’m doingit again, fist day today. Will post after 6 weeks again.

    • Quay

      What were your results? How well did it work?

  • Michelle

    I have been drinking ACV for about 4 years, a fertility doctor I was seeing told me about it. I lost 35 lbs in about 8 weeks. I was drinking it 3-4 times, 2-3 tbs mixed in a very small cup with some sugar free apple juice. I drink it during the week and take a break from it on weekends. I found out I was pregnant and had to stop. I gained almost 40 lbs back during my pregnancy, I have just started the ACV again a week and a half ago and have lost 4 pounds. I am firm believer in this and it does work!

    • Cristina

      Hi, I gain 40 pounds due to depression . Where can I find ACV and also How exaxatly can I take it can it be wit water I hate juice lol. Thanks! Congrats on the baby:)))))

      • Lisa Brandon

        you can take it with water….

        2tblspns in a full glass of water 15 minutes b4 eating.


  • misty T

    Ive taken the Acv for 1 month and have lost 4 pounds I did not see any results for two weeks and then I weighed and I had lost 4 pounds and I eat terrible . I love it I think I will drink it forever

  • lana

    my aunt did this diet and had great results she just used 2 table spoons in a glass of water everyday she said it is a great way to loss weight she lost 50 or 60 pounds doing it

  • A. Lewis

    I have always heard about the great affects of drinking ACV before meals in aiding weight lost. I’ve decided to start the diet but mix the ACV with pure 100% Grapefruit juice. I will start tomorrow and hopefully I will see results :)

  • Joanna

    I wiling to try this out based on all the positive comments.

  • Charlene

    Does heinz ACV works or not??? I want to start this diet too but i went to the store in our little town and that was the only one. Thanks

    • Michele

      No. The Heinz is not organic. For a little more money you can purchase the Braggs ACV online (assuming there isn’t a store in your area that carries it). That is the one that works the best for losing weight.

  • sheena

    Is apple vinegar or apple cider vinegar same thing??? Pls tell

    • Joanne

      Braggs unfiltered vinegar has the “Mother” in it which his the fiber that gets filtered with other vinegars. It has what looks like sediment that you have to shake up. This is the one with the most benefits.

    • M.M.M

      Its apple cider vinegar

  • Zameera

    It has been a long while since I have used Apple Cider but it has been used in my house hold. Up to this day i would just buy a bottle because of the benefits it offer. Yes, it works for any and everything you can think of. It works but cant look for fast results. Over a period of time you will start seeing the difference in your body and skin appearance. So, don’t give up.

  • Denise

    I started using the Acv diet 9 days ago, eating fewer calories and taking a shot of acv 3 times a day before meals. I’ve lost 7.5 lbs so far. I’ve also always had issues with acne and have seen a great improvment with my skin. My husband actually decided to start it today!

    • rolanda

      Denise, how is the weight loss going for you two?

  • riri

    i really want to start on this diet i really have faith it will work, will let you know my result!

  • Jack tussle

    What a crock! AVC isn’t making you loose weight. There are no proven benefits. Your drinking acid, your stomach is full of acid! If anything you are eroding your teeth! Causing damage to your mouths taste buds and throte! There is no mirical cure for over eating. If you are struggling with your weight there is nothing wrong with you. Think of it in terms of survival of the fittest. Over the many years the people who can eat less and keep on the weight survived! The skinny people with fast metabolisms are the ones who faded away. There is nothing wrong with us as a whole. I dare each and everyone who reads this to try out myfitnesspal. It’s a free web page and support group with an app to allow you to log your calories you are eating! It will blow your mind and change your life when you see just how much you intake! Please don’t be deceived by ACV! I’m not telling you to stop but look into that site as well and I’m sure you will understand what is going on in your life. I really wish you all the best of health and best wishes!

    • Jay

      Jack, I think you should research holistic and natural healing/herbs etc….before commenting. ACV has been used for years for many things with positive PROVEN results. I have been using it, watching what I eat …eating healthy and I work out four times a week. I have lost 3 dress sizes. So please research first before judging others. Thanks…peace, love and light………..

    • MaryAnne

      You should really learn how to spell before giving your opinion….

      • shana

        i agree MaryAnne

    • marion

      It’s not a crock. A couple of recent and credible studies (you can easily Google them) have shown that ACV helps stabilize blood glucose levels in people who are insulin resistant. If insulin issues are what is causing a person to overeat or crave sweeter foods then stabilizing the levels could certainly lead to weight loss.

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