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I Drank Apple Cider Vinegar For A Week And Lost 2 Pounds

Christin Perry LitteThings writer by Christin Perry
Christin is a mom and editor specializing in lifestyle content. She also hides cookies like a boss.

No one wants to gain weight after they get married, but sadly, almost everyone does eventually. I’m no exception: after I got married 13 years ago, I quickly put on five pounds. I’m still at a healthy weight, though, and I consider myself lucky to have maintained it over the past 12 years, even after three kids.

But this year, the scale has crept up another three pounds and hasn’t budged no matter what I do. Lucky 13, I guess! Granted, three pounds isn’t anything to get too concerned about, but if possible, I’d definitely prefer to lose it.

Recently, I came across an article touting the many benefits of apple cider vinegar, and one of them was for weight loss. I found myself wondering, could apple cider vinegar actually help you lose weight? According to dailynaturalremedies.com: “The acetic acid found within vinegar suppresses your appetite and reduces your water retention, which stops you from gaining excess fat and holding too much water weight. Amazingly, the acid also increases your metabolism, making it simpler to burn off calories that you’ve eaten during the day.” That was enough to convince me to try it.

Most people know that there are scores of apple cider vinegar uses. Household cleaning, trapping fruit flies, reducing body odor, healing sunburns, and killing weeds are just a few. It also helps with digestion, controls blood sugar levels, and aids in calcium absorption. According to howstuffworks.com: “Acetic acid, like other acids, can increase the body’s absorption of important minerals from the foods we eat. Therefore, including apple cider vinegar in meals or possibly even drinking a mild tonic of vinegar and water (up to a tablespoon in a glass of water) just before or with meals might improve your body’s ability to absorb the essential minerals locked in foods.”

So, does this funky-smelling, multifaceted elixir actually help you lose weight? I tried drinking it for a week to see.

How To Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Weight Loss

Bottle of apple cider vinegar
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The best way to use apple cider vinegar for weight loss is by drinking it mixed with water three times a day before meals. Here are the steps I used to make the tonic:

  1. Shake the bottle of apple cider vinegar to mix it up.
  2. Pour one tablespoon apple cider vinegar into a cup.
  3. Pour one cup (eight ounces) of cold water into the cup with the vinegar.
  4. Drink the mixture 30 minutes to one hour prior to each meal.

Admittedly, drinking apple cider vinegar is not a super-pleasant experience. Still, I found that it got much easier over time. I chose to drink it mixed only with water, but here are some ways to make a more palatable apple cider vinegar weight-loss drink:

  1. Add a bit of honey and/or ginger
  2. Add the vinegar to your favorite herbal tea instead of water
  3. Add a dash of lemon juice and cinnamon along with a teaspoon of honey

Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar: Day 1

Weight on scale after drinking apple cider vinegar
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On the morning of day one, I went to Whole Foods and looked at their selection of apple cider vinegars. I knew I wanted to choose a high-quality, organic brand containing “the mother,” which wellnessmama.com describes as a “complex structure of beneficial acids that seem to have health benefits.” I’ve always heard that Bragg’s is the best apple cider vinegar you can buy, so I decided to go with that brand. I started the experiment at lunchtime, so I had two doses on day one.

Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar: Day 2

Drinking apple cider vinegar
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I certainly wasn’t expecting any fluctuations in my weight after only two doses of apple cider vinegar, but I weighed in first thing in the morning just to get in the habit. As expected, there was no change. I drank the apple cider vinegar drink three times, and I definitely didn’t get used to the taste!

Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar: Day 3

Weight on scale after drinking apple cider vinegar
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On the morning of day three, I was shocked to see the scale reporting that I had actually dropped one pound since the start of this experiment. I wasn’t expecting to see any changes quite so rapidly, so I was pleasantly surprised.

Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar: Days 4 and 5

Drinking apple cider vinegar
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Spurred on by dropping a pound as a result of drinking apple cider vinegar, I continued the apple cider vinegar diet experiment three times a day on both days, but saw no additional changes at my morning weigh-ins.

Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar: Day 6

Weight on scale after drinking apple cider vinegar
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Another pound lost at this morning’s weigh-in! I’m glad I chose to try this apple cider vinegar business. Not only that, the drink didn’t taste quite as terrible as it did on the first few days. There was only one more day to go, and I was definitely excited to see whether or not the scale changed anymore — though I would still would have considered this experiment a success if it didn’t.

Drinking Apple Cider Vinegar: Day 7

Drinking apple cider vinegar
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I lost two pounds with the apple cider vinegar weight-loss drink, so I wasn’t at all sad to see no change on the final day of my experiment.

Before And After

My apple cider vinegar weight-loss results were surprising. Since I only conducted this experiment for one week, I really wasn’t expecting to lose any weight at all. I don’t notice any differences when I look in the mirror, so I’m guessing the two pounds were mostly related to bloating and water retention, but I’ll take it. I’m definitely not into fad dieting, so I’m glad to have found a healthy way to drop a pound or two here and there while still taking advantage of vinegar’s many health benefits.

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