Apple Cider Vinegar Weight Loss – Aid or Hoax


Apple Cider Vinegar Weight Loss

There is a lot of buzz in the air about Apple Cider Vinegar. 

  • “Can it really help you lose weight?” 
  • “Does it really burn fat?” 
  • “How much do you have to drink for it to work?”  

Time to do some research!

I checked out several different research papers on the subject of Apple Cider Vinegar. The reviews were mixed up. The article offered on the site by the Mayo Clinic, says that not only is drinking Apple Cider Vinegar not going to burn fat and help you lose weight but that it may be harmful to your health.

Another website,, extolls the “gradual weight loss” and “health benefits” of ingesting Apple Cider Vinegar from the brand Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, and offers it for sale on the site.  Also, it explains that the reasons Apple Cider Vinegar works is that it contains an nutrient called Pectin, which helps you feel fuller and more satisfied which in turn helps you eat less.  Apples contain pectin.

They also point out that Apple Cider Vinegar helps aid digestion when you drink a spoonful either before or with meals.  It helps to speed the process along to keep food from remaining in your intestines for too long and also helps your fat cells go back down to a smaller size, the site claims.

So apple cider vinegar weight loss actually works?


Here is the thing though.  Taking away the pretty packaging and the brand recognition, if someone said to you,” here drink this foul smelling liquid every day before a meal and it will burn fat and promote weight loss but it will also give you heartburn, stomach cramps, diarreah, persistent gastrointestinal discomfort, and could interfere with your medications and or multi vitamin.  But hey, you won’t have to excercise and you can eat whatever you want.”  What do you say?

There are no shortcuts!

The question is what are you trying to achieve here?  Are you really trying to get healthy?  Taking a short cut will not help your health.  Adding chemicals to your body does more harm than good.  Take your vitamins, as directed.  Take your prescriptions, as directed.  Be careful what you put in your body.

Apple Cider Vinegar has a high acid content which not only has the potential to seriously upset your stomach but that it may interfere with medications you take.  Insulin was named as well as diuretics and some dietary supplements. 

Hmm…it comes back to Diet and Excercise. Drats! Foiled again. Get up off the couch and Leggo those chips.

So is apple cider vinegar really that bad? suggests that ingesting a tablespoon or two of apple cider vinegar either before or during meals, for a certain length of time can have some health benefits, including weight loss, abdominal fat, and the lowering of blood sugar and cholesterol.

The article quoted 12 weeks.  The gist is that an obese person who takes a tablespoon of Apple Cider Vinegar with every meal for 12 weeks will experience significant decrease in weight and abdominal fat, and will also help prevent build up of more fat.

But the Mayo Clinic website, which is run by medical doctors, disputes that theory and said that Diet and Excercise are what help you become fit and stay fit.

Another site, My Fitness Pal, has an open forum style that allows members to post comments and suggestions for other users.  One commented that the “Apple Cider Vinegar pills have a concentrated Acid content and can burn your insides”.  This is a warning.  I wonder how many people will actually follow that warning.  Probably the same people that drive 60 miles an hour on roads slick with rain, go swimming during thunderstorms, and scuba dive at night in shark infested waters will be the ones to ignore it.

Diet and Excercise 


Look at it this way.  The only reason you would drink that disgusting stuff is to lose weight and be healthier, right?  Are you really willing to roast your intestines in order to lose weight?  Why would you do that to yourself?  If you care enough about your body to want to lose weight, do it the smart way.

You don’t have to starve yourself to lose weight.  In fact I recommend that you don’t starve yourself.  Eat five to six times a day.  When your body says its hungry, feed it. 

Eat healthy foods like:

  • Carrots. 
  • Raisins. 
  • Chicken (not from KFC brainiac or Popeyes or Browns, etc you get the point). 
  • Snow peas sauteed in grapeseed oil. 

Eat normal food.  Remember in the fourth grade, they taught us the four food groups?  What are they again?  Beer, pizza, chips and brownies right?  No!  Nice try though.  Dairy, Fruit/Vegetable, Meat, and Bread.  To become or stay healthy, we are supposed to eat a certain number of servings of each food group each day.

Eat well and eat healthy. 


Walk around the block.  The next day, walk around the block twice.  Increase your excercise by a little bit each day while eating things that make you feel good and full and you will lose weight.

There is no magic pill or short cut to losing weight or getting fit.  Its 70% Diet, 10% Excercise and 20% Genetics.  Okay?  Don’t lay your digestive system on the barbecue grill and sing that song from Chilis while your internal organs are sizzling.  There is not enough Alka Seltzer in the world to reverse the kind of damage that you would do to your body if you destroy your internal organs by drinking or ingesting highly concentrated acid products on a daily basis.

The really funny thing is that the people who paid attention to their fourth grade teacher’s balanced diet spiel in school, probably still look great thirty or even forty or fifty years later.  You don’t have to drink fermented apples.  You can eat like a normal human being using discipline, portion control, and a simple balanced diet chart.  Even if you only manage to excercise for 30 minutes a day, if you eat healthy foods, you WILL lose weight.  And your intestines will thank you for not setting the blowtorch on them.

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