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Apple cider vinegar really does help you lose weight

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Want to lose a little belly fat?  Try sipping a splash of apple cider vinegar every day—this age-old remedy really does work, scientists have confirmed.

It will help you lose weight and reduce your BMI (body-mass index) score, your waist measurement, and the waist-to-hip ratio—and those changes can be seen after drinking the vinegar for just three months, and without changing your diet.

Researchers at the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik in Lebanon tested the effects of the vinegar on a group of 120 people, aged between 12 and 25, who were obese or overweight.  They were split into four groups, who drank either 5, 10 or 15 mL of the vinegar diluted in 250 mL of water every morning before breakfast or a placebo concoction that looked identical to the vinegar.

The amount of vinegar didn’t seem to make much difference: everyone who was drinking it saw big changes in their weight and obesity measurements, as well as in their fasting blood glucose levels, an indicator of diabetes, compared to those drinking the fake vinegar.

The changes started after just one month of drinking the vinegar on an empty stomach, but they accelerated over the remaining two months of the study.

The groups didn’t change their diets during the three months, the researchers said, suggesting that apple cider vinegar was the reason for the weight loss.

BMJ Nutrition, 2024; e000823; doi: 10.1136/bmjnph-2023-000823
Article Topics: weight loss
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