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Apple Cider Vinegar Diet

Is the apple cider vinegar approach to weight loss sweet, or sour?

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Detox diets, cleanses and fasts seem to be all the rage right now. From losing weight to ridding your body of toxins, many people swear by the effects of putting their bodies and minds through the challenge of a cleanse. One such popular cleansing diet is the apple cider vinegar program.

It's yet to be determined if the benefits of apple cider vinegar are worthwhile for weight loss. Even still, some suggest that the acidity of the vinegar mixed with the pectin found in apples can offer an easy answer to dropping pounds.

While pectin has been linked with lowering cholesterol, it's still unclear whether there is a connection with weight loss. A 2005 study of 12 people found that those who ate a piece of bread along with small amounts of white vinegar felt fuller and more satisfied than those who just ate the bread.

On the apple cider vinegar diet, you consume a few teaspoons of this pucker-worthy liquid a few times a day. Organic apple cider vinegar is a top-choice among enthusiasts.

PRO
  • Apple Cider Vinegar Diet is not expensive
  • Apple cider vinegar as a health tonic has shown positive results in animal studies
CON
  • No solid documented evidence of its benefits
  • Apple cider vinegar has a pungent taste
  • May cause stomach and throat irritation
  • Long-term use can cause bone loss and a potassium deficiency
  • Can interact with other medications
DIET and NUTRITION

Here is what you do on the apple cider vinegar diet: Take no more than three teaspoons of apple cider vinegar about 15 minutes before each meal. Regular users recommend prepping your stomach by taking one teaspoon to start with and easing into more.

The apple cider vinegar diet does not prescribe a menu or meal plan. Just eat in moderation with sensible portions and skip the snacks. Over time, the vinegar will decrease hunger and urges to nibble.

If the flavor becomes too much to handle, you can find apple cider vinegar tablets.

EXERCISE

Not really applicable since this address something very specific in the benefits of apple cider vinegar. But, the book does broach the subject a little.

CONCLUSION

Since the benefits of apple cider vinegar are still inconclusive, it’s hard to make a solid recommendation. Some research shows that it does have some health benefits like reducing cholesterol and as possible aid in weight loss. But since there are a few apparent serious risks involved, speak to your doctor before consuming apple cider vinegar, especially if you have osteoporosis or take any medications.

Common Misspellings

Apple Cider diet, Apple cider vinegar deit, Vinegar diet, Vinegar deit


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Bebe

Hey toffee, just quoting myself: "What I did was NO exercise, just cut down my calorie intake. I cut down a lot (1300 per day), but I didn't starve myself or anything, just had super healthy diet." And super healthy diet as in: no soda, no fast food, less sodium, and small portions of sweets. (because I cannooot stay away from my sweets haha. :P) and of course you know, lots of fruits & veggies, lean meat, nuts, etc. the healthy foods. :) hope this helps!

While I'm here I might as well update (refer to my post below)-- it's been a week and I've dropped 4 pounds. :D Most likely water weight, but still, my tummy is flatter. Will update again in another week or so.

posted Mar 2nd, 2010 7:27 pm


@ugusta

I just read about the ACV...I am very exited to try it out!!!Starting 2 morrow

posted Mar 2nd, 2010 10:17 am


toffee

bebe - i am taking the pills since yesterday. while u were on it last time, did u change ur diet or how did u do to lose the weight?? thx

posted Mar 1st, 2010 11:53 pm


Bebe

Bebe here. Going to start this diet again, but this time I'll be taking the actual ACV instead of tablet form. Will update in 1-2 weeks regarding progress! Last time around I was able to lose 5-7lbs in 2 weeks (see my comments below), so hopefully I can achieve the same results this time. =)

posted Feb 22nd, 2010 12:17 am


Sujee

Hi. I started ACV yesterday. is there any side effect by taking ACV. please advise. Thanks

posted Feb 16th, 2010 10:01 am


Cole

Hey eveyone, just wanted to check back with my update. So far this is great! I did change from using the unsweetend apple juice to just once a day and water the for the second part of the day. So far I have lost 5- lbs and counting. My energy level is so much better and I can see less bloating in my stomach. My husband has not weighed but can tell the difference in how his clothes are fitting. We did not try to eat healty at first but will once the holiday (Valentine's Day) is over. Will give another update later..Thanks

posted Feb 11th, 2010 1:22 pm


crybabi

Hey there..I have been on this diet for the past 2 weeks..and it's great...I drink a cup every morning...before breakfast and one before dinner..I also drink lots of water....I eat in moderation...but i don't starve myself..I am "5 "5 I started of with 190 lbs and i know weigh 185 lbs isn't that great...Good luck to you all.........

posted Feb 9th, 2010 11:03 am


nichole

Hello, im just starting this diet today. Im 5'5, 194 pounds. I was just wondering if anyone could give me a few pointers.. Thank you.

posted Feb 7th, 2010 5:32 pm


Cole

i am just starting this tonight. I used unsweetend apple juice and 1 tbsp of ACV to start me out...just can't do it with water alone. I am going to try the 2 tbsp before each meal starting tomorrow. I have stated making healthy home cooked meals as well. I will just see how it goes and hope it works. I am 175 lbs and my husband is 212. I will keep a weekly update (or as often as I can) of the results.

posted Feb 1st, 2010 12:20 am


ashley

hi bebe, i've not been eating fast food ...i've added alot of fish, veggie,and fruit to my diet and no fried foods either. Oh also i've cut back on sodas... ALOT

posted Jan 31st, 2010 2:41 pm


Bebe

Bebe here again. I've stopped taking the ACV tablets and have only gained like two pounds back.. because I've been pigging out lately. XD

Hey Ashley, what changes have you made to your diet? :)

posted Jan 31st, 2010 1:20 am


Louann

I just started this yesterday, but every website I go to says different ways to take it.

Can someone tell me their version?

posted Jan 30th, 2010 7:26 am


ashley

i've been taking acv for 2 weeks now and i've lost 8 lbs....i've changed my diet though. The first pounds that you shed will be water weight. i've done nothing but research acv for the 2 week period, i even bought a book on this stuff. if you have any questions, ask me i'll let you know what i've found out on it.


-everyone keep updating your status....we're all doing this together, it'll give us motivation!

posted Jan 28th, 2010 12:50 am


bre

so far ive lost 16 pounds in the first 2 weeks,its working for me

posted Jan 27th, 2010 11:45 am


Donna

Just started the ACV diet on 1/25/10 and have already lost 4 lbs. Two of my friends have lost over 50 lbs on this diet, so I know it works. I'm also on low-fat diet and drinking lots of water. I'm taking 4 capfuls in 8 oz of water 3 times per day before each meal. Hope to lose 100 lbs. Wish me luck.

posted Jan 27th, 2010 4:38 am


kar

I just started this last week after my sister-in-law raved about the benefits she seen using it. I was really skeptical about the weight loss portion, but I have lost 4 lbs in the last 10 days. In the last month I have been working out a few times a week and trying to eat better, but I wasn't seeing a difference. Not until the vinegar was introduced. Even on the days that I splurged - pizza/cookies/etc - I have been shocked to see that the scale is still going down. I take the vinegar straight - just a tsp before each meal. It's definitely strong and sour, but I like vinegar so it's not too bad. Definitely going to stick with this to see what other benefits I might see. Best of luck!

posted Jan 25th, 2010 12:13 pm


lllz

I am also starting this diet today. My plan is to go back to my raw diet and not cut back a lot of calories as I like nuts a lot. Adding acv (twice a day, 2 tsp per half a glass of water) and reducing sugar (milk chocolate mainly) is the plan to reach the goal

posted Jan 20th, 2010 11:24 pm


Danny SD

I am going to start this diet today with the liquid and moderrate jogging. I am at 212 lbs. to start and I will post again in a week. 11Jan2010

posted Jan 11th, 2010 3:10 pm


Steve Parker, M.D.

Japanese researchers recently documented that daily vinegar reduces body weight, fat mass, and triglycerides in overweight Japanese adults.

Beverages containing vinegar are commonly consumed in Japan. The main component??4 to 8%?? of vinegar is acetic acid. Vinegar can lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and limit increases in blood sugar after meals.

Japanese researchers studied the effects of vinegar on 175 overweight??body mass index between 25 and 30??subjects aged 25 to 60. Men totaled 111; women 64. Average weight 74.4 kg (164 pounds). They were divided into three groups that received either a placebo drink, 15 ml apple vinegar (750 mg of acetic acid), or 30 ml apple vinegar (1,500 mg acetic acid). Placebo and vinegar were mixed into 500 ml of a beverage, half of which was drunk twice daily after breakfast and supper for 12 weeks. Changes in body fat were measured with CT technology. Subjects were told to eat and exercise as usual.

Results

By the end of the 12 weeks, weight had decreased by 1-2 kg (2.2 to 4.4 pounds) in the vinegar drinkers, with 30 ml of vinegar a bit more effective. CT scanning showed that the lost weight was fat mass rather than muscle or water. Triglyceride levels in the vinegar groups fell by about 20%. The placebo drinkers saw no changes.

Four weeks after the intervention ended, subjects were retested: values had returned to their baseline, pre-study levels.

The scientists report that the acetic acid in vinegar inhibits production of fat and may stimulate burning of fat as fuel. Although vinegar contains many other ingredients, they think the acetic acid is responsible for the observed changes.

My Comments

It??s possible that apple vinegar components other than acetic acid led to the weight loss and lowered triglyceride levels. Further study could clarify this.

These results may or may not be applicable to non-Japanese races.

This study supports the use of vinaigrette as a salad or vegetable dressing in people trying to lose weight with other diets. Vinaigrettes are combinations of olive oil and vinegar, often with various spices added. If you eat a salad twice a day, it would be easy to add 15 ml (1 tbsp) of vinegar to your diet daily.

With a little imagination, you could come up with other ways to add 15??30 ml (1??2 tbsp) of vinegar to your diet.

Steve Parker, M.D.

Reference: Kondo, Toomoo, et al. Vinegar intake reduces body weight, body fat mass, and serum triglyceride levels in obese Japanese subjects. Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 73 (2009): 1,837-1,843.

posted Nov 18th, 2009 6:40 pm


kat

hey, I just took the apple cider vinegar juice today (1 tablesppon before each meal) and i dont understand why people complain about the taste to me its pretty good, it tastes like apples to me and is quite sour but other than that its pretty good!

posted Nov 15th, 2009 5:40 pm



 

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