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The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet to Lose Weight

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The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet to Lose Weight
A bottle and glass of Apple cider vinegar and apples on a wooden surface. Photo Credit: ThamKC/iStock/Getty Images

The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet has had adherents since it's inception in the 1950s. The creator, D.C. Jarvis, convincingly argued that 3 tsp. of apple cider vinegar before each meal helps dieters shed pounds almost effortlessly. Despite attempts by other fad diets to push this diet strategy out of the limelight, it continues to enjoy a resurgence among desperate dieters every few years. Consult a health care provider for professional diet advice before you attempt to lose weight using this diet.

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The Plan

This is possibly the world’s simplest diet. Jarvis suggested that you could lose weight without reducing your daily calorie intake or increasing your activity level. Except for the difficulty that most healthy people will have swallowing 3 tsp. of apple cider vinegar, this diet looks like a winner on the surface. Jarvis’ diet lets you fill your plate with any amount and any kind of food, as long as you keep chugging vinegar. His hypothesis was that apple cider vinegar caused the body to burn fat. He also reasoned that the vinegar naturally suppresses your appetite, according to

Expert Insight

Since the apple cider vinegar diet does not provide any calorie restriction instructions, it is not actually a diet. People who adopt the recommendation for consuming apple cider vinegar before meals must rely on the vinegar to suppress their appetite enough to lose weight. Kathleen Morgan of the Rutgers University Cooperative Extension puts this diet in the same category as other fads, such as the Cabbage Soup Diet. These diets are attractive to consumers who want to believe that weight loss is possible without decreasing calorie intake or increasing activity levels. The unfortunate truth is that many of the fad diets that promote consumption of one food over others are nutritionally unsound and often unsafe. Without lifestyle changes and modified eating habits required to maintain a healthy weight, you will see the pounds return soon after you stop using the diet.


The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet made the Top 10 Weirdest Diets list. Forbes notes that Jarvis’ original diet has no supporting scientific evidence. Despite that, diet supplement manufacturers also offer capsules containing apple cider vinegar, making it easier for consumers to consume the magic elixir. Forbes warns that health experts say that the concentrated acid in these capsules is likely to burn your stomach and your esophagus.


Folk medicine proponents claim that apple cider vinegar is a treatment for cancer, diabetes, high cholesterol, head lice and athletes foot, along with weight control. The evidence for all these uses is largely anecdotal, according to Promising scientific research is in progress on human subjects to investigate the role that apple cider vinegar might play in diabetes and other chronic health issues, but these studies have not yielded conclusive evidence. points out that apple cider vinegar is a good ingredient for salad dressing, an effective flea and tick fighter for pets, green cleaning agent and natural germ killer.

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