The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet is based on the 1950’s book, Folk Medicine, written by Dr. D.C. Jarvis. In this book, Dr. Jarvis stated that regular consumption of an apple cider tonic would cause fat to be burned off instead of being stored. Other claims state that the pectin found in the vinegar adheres to carbohydrates and flushes them out of the body.
Apple cider vinegar has been used as a medicinal tonic for hundreds of years for various ailments. To create this tonic, an apple is juiced and then this juice is allowed to ferment. The fermentation process occurs when yeast and sugar are added to the juice. Believers state that this tonic can help cure fatigue, headaches, diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis. Unfortunately, there is little scientific research that supports most of these claims.
On the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet, individuals will consume 1 to 3 tsp of apple cider vinegar 15 minutes prior to each meal. The belief is that this tonic will help prevent absorption during the meal and make dieters feel full sooner, and therefore lead to weight loss.
There is no specific meal plan on the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet. Individuals are advised to eat a well balanced diet and to exert portion control.
What to Get Excited About
The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet is relatively inexpensive, allowing for anyone to try this diet without breaking the bank.
In certain animal studies, it does appear that vinegar helps individuals feel full sooner and longer, supplying a small amount of scientific evidence to support this diet. Furthermore, apple cider vinegar appears to help reduce blood sugar levels.
If you are unable to handle the taste of apple cider vinegar, there are now apple cider vinegar tablets to help ease the discomfort.
Things to Consider
The nutritional content of apple cider vinegar is nearly nonexistent. While there is a small amount of scientific evidence to support the benefits of consuming vinegar, the overall documented evidence behind this diet is absent.
The taste of the apple cider vinegar tonic is quiet pungent and may cause stomach or throat irritation for some dieters. There is medical evidence to show that long-term consumption of the apple cider vinegar tonic can cause bone loss and may lead to a potassium deficiency.
If you are taking medication, check with your doctor to make sure that the apple cider vinegar tonic does not negatively interact with your prescriptions.
There is no prescribed exercise plan on the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet, and there is no prescribed maintenance plan on the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet.
Without any solid scientific backings, it is impossible to recommend this diet. Apple Cider Vinegar is harmless in itself; therefore, trying this diet on a short-term basis should not cause any negative effects. To increase your chances of weight loss, incorporate an exercise program where you workout at least 30 minutes most days in addition to eating a sensible and well balanced diet.