The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet Review
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The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet (ACV Diet) happens to be the most searched diet for 2017.  Surprisingly, it is not really a diet.  ACV is reputed to help with weight loss, but what seems to make this pseudo diet so appealing is that it is not a diet and does not require exercise.

Losing weight without dieting and without exercising is the lure of this Diet. 

What Is The Diet?

On this diet, you take ACV mixed with 8 oz. of  water with your meal.  Most sources say before meals, which may seem to make good sense, but ACV can irritate your mouth and throat, so make sure that it is well diluted.  Taking it during your meal will still help you to feel more satisfied.  ACV can also harm your tooth enamel, again, always mix it with water or juice. 


How much ACV should you take?

If you mix it with water, you can add a sweetener such as maple syrup, honey, or Stevia.  According to Dr. Deforrest Clinton Jarvis (1881-1966), he says that drinking one to two tablespoons of ACV with water and honey will help prevent and cure many common illnesses

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How Does It Work?

Apple Cider Vinegar is thought to curb your appetite.  In a small Swedish study, when test subjects consumed ACV, they reported feeling fuller longer than the subject who did not take ACV.  The premise is that ACV will help you to eat less. 

Acetic acid (the main ingredient in Apple Cider Vinegar) is thought to be a natural appetite suppressant.

Tanya Zuckerbrot MS, RD, New York City-based registered dietitian, founder of The F-Factor Diet, and best-selling author, states that in a study at Arizona State University conducted by Carol Johnston, PhD, "Her research provides evidence that drinking vinegar before eating actually led to a decrease in change of blood glucose post meals, drinking apple cider vinegar before a carbohydrate-filled meal can reduce blood sugar spikes that would usually occur after eating." 

Reducing spikes in blood sugar levels may help with diabetes and pre-diabetes.  Blood sugar spikes are thought to be responsible for cravings, so reducing these spikes with ACV should reduce cravings.

Does It Work?

Yes, but the results are dismal!

Most of the studies regarding ACV and weight loss have been with animals. 

Although ACV has been linked with satisfying one's appetite, water alone can produce the same results.  Sugar spikes can also be reduced with a healthy diet.

In 2009, a Japanese study was conducted  on 175 people from 25 to 60 years of age with a BMI of 25 to 30.   Per U.S. standards, a BMI of 25 to 29.9 is considered over weight but not obese (see BMI Calculator Article).    The subjects were divided into three groups, 1 teaspoon per day, 2 per day, none per day.  At the end of the 12 week study, those who had taken ACV had a lower BMI, smaller waist line, lower body weight, less visceral fat, and lower levels of triglycerides. 

The amount of weight that was lost, however, is disappointing.  The ACV groups only lost 2 to 4 pounds in the 12 weeks vs. the placebo group.   The 1 tablespoon group lost 2.6 pounds over 12 weeks and the 2 tablespoons group lost 3.7 pounds over 12 weeks.

An average of 3.15 pounds weight loss over 12 weeks nets out to a little over 4 ounces per week.

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Positives:

Apple Cider Vinegar can be found in supplements, pills, and, of course, the real thing.
ACV is inexpensive.
May help reduce blood sugar spikes and fight diabetes.
A natural bacteria killer.
Creates an alkaline environment which kills cancer.
Lowers cholesterol
Heart healthy

Negatives:

Can irritate your mouth and throat
Can damage tooth enamel.
Can cause nausea in some people.
Can cause indigestion in some people.
Seems to be highly over rated regarding weight loss.
ACV slows the rate at which food leaves the stomach, so if you have
gastroparesis, a common condition in people with type 1 diabetes, ACV
could worsen your symptoms. 
It may also make blood sugar control more difficult for people with type 1 diabetes.
May interact with certain medications, more specifically diuretics, diabetes medicine, and Digoxin (Lanoxin) which is a medication that lowers potassium.
Large doses of ACV may lead to low potassium and bone loss.  A 28 year old woman consumed 8 oz. of ACV daily.  After 6 years, she was admitted to the hospital and found to have low potassium levels, blood chemistry abnormalities, and osteoporosis.  Osteoporosis is a condition of having brittle bones which is very rare in young people.
Can cause skin burns.
A few people are allergic to ACV.

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ACV may help with a myriad of illnesses, but its weight loss powers are slight and until one or more large clinical studies or trials are performed, there is yet too little evidence to confirm its weight loss ability.  In addition, any diet with no exercise is not your best choice.
I give the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet a thumbs down.

 I believe that ACV may have enough health credentials to consider it as a supplement, but not as a diet.  If you decide to use it as a supplement, be sure to properly dilute it.  If you take ACV, chances are that you will lose about 3+ extra pounds over the next three months and gain some important health benefits. 

Cautionary measures:

Do not take too much ACV, about 1 to 2 tablespoons daily.
Avoid ACV if you have gastroparesis or a medication that might interact with ACV or if you are allergic to ACV.
Always mix ACV with water or another liquid such as juice.  Undiluted ACV is harmful to tooth enamel, and can burn your mouth and throat.
Rinse your mouth after taking ACV and wait about 30 minutes before brushing your teeth.
See your doctor or health care provider if you have any concerns before using ACV.

Thank you for reading, my friends.  I wish you success on your weight loss journey.

Kind regards,
George Pierce
Win At Losing Weight Founder

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The Number One Most Searched Diet!

The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet is the number one searched diet (see Top 10 Most Searched Diets) , yet it is not even a diet. 

Just about everyone who needs to lose weight is looking for that magic pill or natural tonic to help them lose weight. 

I am sorry to report that the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet seems to be highly over stated regarding weight loss.  It also has some potentially harmful side effects, so be careful.

If you are considering adding ACV to your eating regimen, please review the Cautionary Measures on the left of this page at the bottom.

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