Apple Cider Vinegar For Weight Loss | Your Ultimate Guide

Is apple cider vinegar really effective for weight loss? This post will give you the skinny, answering why (and how) apple cider vinegar can help you lose weight. Plus tips on how to properly take it!

Apple Cider Vinegar For Weight Loss | Your Ultimate Guide

If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you know that I fawn over apple cider vinegar. 

It’s helped me overcome my struggle with weight and has earned its place as an absolute staple in my kitchen. Full disclosure: Not only do I enjoy drinking it…I look forward to it!

So it’s no surprise that I’ve already shared posts about 19 Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar and When to Drink Apple Cider Vinegar.

But there was a noticeable gap in the specifics of ACV and weight loss. So we’re honing in on that today, covering topics like how to burn belly fat, relieve bloating, and how to protect your teeth from ACV’s acidic properties.

If you’re not yet drinking a daily dose of ACV as part of your clean(ish) diet, keep reading because it might be just what you’re looking for. Let’s go!

Apple Cider Vinegar For Weight Loss | Your Ultimate Guide

How Does Apple Cider Vinegar Reduce Belly Fat?

Belly fat is often a struggle (especially for women) because it’s easy to gain and hard to lose. The acetic acid found in Apple Cider Vinegar can help reduce belly fat due to the following four principles:

It can help to…

By reducing your body fat percentage and boosting your metabolism, ACV can be integral for anyone trying to lose belly fat. Supplement it with a clean(ish) diet and regular exercise for best results.

What Else Makes It Good For Weight Loss?

What also makes ACV good for weight loss is that it has zero carbs and only three calories per tablespoon! It can work wonders when combined with a healthy meal plan (or even intermittent fasting). 

Remember, don’t drink apple cider vinegar straight. It can irritate the throat and esophagus. Plus, it’s also hard on the enamel of the teeth, so I always suggest diluting it with water. (Or, even some olive oil with a salad!)

Apple Cider Vinegar For Weight Loss | Your Ultimate Guide

How Fast Does Apple Cider Vinegar Help You Lose Weight?

According to a study published in the Journal of Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, Apple Cider Vinegar can result in effective weight loss after three months (or 12 weeks). 

People in this study dropped an average of 4 pounds by consuming 1 to 2 tablespoons of diluted apple cider vinegar every day.

Is It Better To Take Apple Cider Vinegar In The Morning Or At Night? 

This is a question I get asked all the time so let’s run through the basic facts to make an informed decision.  

Have Apple Cider Vinegar in the morning if: 

  • You suffer from indigestion or heartburn: You’ll probably want to take your ACV in the morning when you have more time to digest it. (Also, when you’re active and not going straight to bed.)
  • You’re doing intermittent fasting: Apple cider vinegar doesn’t break a fast and can curb your appetite. It can also reduce your blood sugar levels after your meals (which can help you avoid an energy crash).

Have it in the evening if:

Psst – I did write a whole post on When to Drink Apple Cider Vinegar if you want more info on this. 

Apple Cider Vinegar For Weight Loss | Your Ultimate Guide

Does Apple Cider Vinegar Help With Bloating?

Because apple cider improves digestion, drinking it can also help reduce bloating. It can also help relieve heartburn. Hooray!

Proper digestion means we have sufficient acidity in the stomach to absorb the nutrients in our food. A lack of stomach acids can prevent us from breaking down the food and nutrients (which can cause digestive issues, gas, and bloating). 

Simply put, ACV is high in acidity, which can help facilitate smooth digestion.

If bloating is something you consistently struggle with, you may find this post useful: 10 Easy Steps To Reduce Bloating Fast.

Is Apple Cider Vinegar Bad For Your Teeth? 

Yes, regularly drinking any vinegar can lead to the erosion of your tooth enamel (if you don’t drink it properly). 

It’s important to know that you cannot regrow tooth enamel — once you lose it, it’s gone. So you want to make sure to protect it because it’s what protects your teeth from decay and disease. 

Although ACV and other kinds of vinegar are harsh on the teeth, there are still ways to keep your teeth safe.

Here’s how:

  1. Rinse your mouth with water after having your ACV (to make sure it’s not sitting on your teeth the whole day). DO NOT brush your teeth immediately after because this will hurt the enamel.
  2. Always dilute it in water. Never have straight shots of ACV. 
  3. Drink it through a straw to protect your teeth from enamel erosion.
Apple Cider Vinegar For Weight Loss | Your Ultimate Guide

What Happens If You Drink ACV Everyday?

Drinking ACV every day (in moderation) can be excellent for your overall health. Here are some of the benefits of drinking apple cider vinegar daily:

Pretty impressive, right? 

How Do You Use Apple Cider Vinegar For Weight Loss? 

Whether it’s for weight loss or to maximize its many other benefits, here are some ways I’ve found to get a daily dose of ACV properly:

  • Mix one tablespoon into your salad dressing 
  • Add one tablespoon into a cup of water as a drink (Again, never take it as a shot. Always dilute. If you’re sensitive to its taste, you can add in some honey!)
  • Make it into a vinegar tonic. I explain how in this video with two other healthy drinks.
  • You may spread the consumption in two to three doses throughout the day. It’s best to drink ACV before meals.

ACV does amazingly well to support intermittent fasting too! It helps suppress appetite (during your fast) and lowers blood sugar levels (when you break your fast). 

Apple Cider Vinegar For Weight Loss | Your Ultimate Guide

More Helpful Posts For Weight Loss 

I hope this helped you see just how awesome apple cider vinegar is, especially for anyone trying to lose weight. For more practical and sustainable weight loss tips, check out these posts:  

This post contains affiliate links for products I use regularly and highly recommend.

Lacey Baier

Hey there! I’m Lacey Baier and I’d like to welcome you! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, as well as cleanish, my clean-eating supplement brand. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

8 thoughts on “Apple Cider Vinegar For Weight Loss | Your Ultimate Guide

  1. Hi Lacey I printed your article on ACV and weight loss benefits. Will keep it with me as I start my journey to lose 50 lbs. Is it possible to email you with my comments on ACV and weight loss benefits?

  2. I heard that apple cider vinegar works for weight loss because it improves your gut health. Is this true? If so, what’s the best ACV to get? Thanks

    1. Yes that’s correct, but only apple cider vinegar that contains the ‘mother’. This is basically what gives it that murky look. It’s full of protein strands, enzymes, and friendly bacteria. Really good stuff. If you want to take it a step further, then also look into probiotics with lean bacteria. Resetting your gut microbiome can be key for weight loss, especially if it feels like an uphill struggle. LeanBiome have a very good weight loss probiotic at: www.DetoxProven.com – Hope this helps!

  3. I need to ask about the vinegar. My vinegar is apple cider vinegar but it doesn’t look like the ones that are shown in these pictures. Will the kind I got work as same as this one.?? Thank you

  4. I need to ask about the vinegar. My vinegar is apple cider vinegar but it doesn’t look like the ones that are shown in these pictures. Will the kind I got work as same as this one.?? Thank you

    1. Hi, I’m 72 yes old and in desperate need to lose weight. I’m going to try intermittent fasting plus ACV mix of honey and lemon maybe some cinnamon and some exercise. What do u think?
      Denise R.

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