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Apple Cider Vinegar Diet – Can You Lose Weight By Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar?

written by: Summer Banks • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 10/7/2010

A few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and the weight will fall off. This fad diet is one of the most renowned and one of the least effective.

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    The Basics of the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet

    The Apple Cider Vinegar diet has been around since the 1820s. This method of weight loss become popular in the 1950s and has stood the test of time as one of the most popular fad diets on earth. The concept behind the diet is the consumption of a few teaspoons of apple cider vinegar before each meal. The diet also offers the advice to watch portion size and increase activity which may be the source of the weight loss as opposed to the apple cider vinegar.

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    The Approved Foods List for the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet

    There are no foods that are prohibited while practicing the Apple Cider Vinegar diet. The dietary guidelines only advise the dieter to consumer two to three teaspoons of apple cider vinegar before meals.

    The diet also instructs the dieter to watch the foods they are consuming and measure portions sizes accurately. The inclusion of daily exercise is also recommended.

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    Does the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet Afford Long Term Weight Loss?

    There is no reason to believe the consumption of apple cider vinegar will help to increase overall weight loss. The dieters following the dietary guidelines of this diet will often lose weight based on the portion changes and the increase in daily activity as opposed to the consumption of apple cider vinegar.

    The stomach is acidic by nature and the addition of two to three teaspoons of acidic vinegar will not increase the metabolism or afford quicker digestion. There are no detoxifying results associated with vinegar consumption.

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    Scientific Proof For or Against the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet

    The scientific community has been studying the effects of apple cider in the body for years. The claims that apple cider vinegar can help with everything from weight loss to warts are often blow out of proportion or just plain untrue.While some of the studies have proven apple cider vinegar to be useful in homeopathic treatment, such as is the case with lice removal, the treatment does not work as well as other treatments available.

    According to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center there are no scientifically supported uses for apple cider vinegar either homeopathically or for weight loss. Both liquid and supplemental apple cider have been tested.