Apple Cider Vinegar Diet Review

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The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet has been around in one form or another for decades but was brought to popular attention by herbologist Earl Mindell’s 1998 book “The Amazing Apple Cider Vinegar Diet.” The premise of the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet is that taking small amounts of apple cider vinegar daily suppresses appetite and assists in weight loss. Apple Cider Vinegar is also said to reduce glucose levels, treat acid reflux disease and cure acne, among other things.

There have been clinical studies, on both rats and humans, suggest apple cider vinegar does make one feel fuller, but more research is needed. Various other claims of benefits are not supported by research but there is some support for apple cider vinegar’s role in lowering glucose and cholesterol levels.

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Because of the lack of study of the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet, there is no specific recommended dosage, but most proponents suggest taking 2-3 teaspoonfuls half an hour before a meal. Apple cider vinegar should always be diluted as vinegar is an acid and, if taken undiluted, can cause damage to the esophagus and stomach. The vinegar can be diluted in 8 ounces of cold or warm water.  Apple cider vinegar can also be mixed with olive oil and used as salad dressing. Some proponents of the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet state that only natural organic vinegar that has a “mother” can provide the desired benefits. The vinegar “mother” is a clump of live and actively fermenting cells that are responsible for producing the vinegar in the first place.

Users of the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet generally support the effectiveness of the diet. The most common complaints appear to be about the taste of the cider vinegar although most who have been on the diet for a few weeks say that one gets used to the taste quickly.

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Advantages

  • Cider vinegar is inexpensive and nothing else is needed to be on the diet.
  • Cider vinegar is a source of various B vitamins and amino acids that may provide benefits for overall health.
  • There have been studies supporting apple cider vinegar’s ability to suppress appetite.

Disadvantages

  • Apple cider vinegar can cause damage to the esophagus and stomach if taken undiluted over a long period of time.
  • There is no definitive clinical study proving that apple cider vinegar helps users lose weight.
  • No standard dosage exists
  • Individual results may vary. (See reader comments.)

Conclusion

The Apple Cider Vinegar Diet may appeal to many because of its simplicity, inexpensiveness and potential effectiveness as a “natural” cure. Although it has been around for decades, the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet is regaining popularity as the price of other diet aids rises. Despite some positive reviews from people who’ve had success using cider vinegar, there simply is not enough scientific information to support its effectiveness. Taking a few teaspoonfuls of apple cider vinegar a day (properly diluted) is unlikely to cause negative reactions in otherwise healthy individuals, so there is little risk in trying the diet. There are, though, many diet aids on the market today that contain clinically-proven, effective ingredients that come with manufacturer’s money-back guarantees. Consumers may wish to research these products before settling on the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet.

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83 User Reviews about Apple Cider Vinegar Diet

  • 1
    Linda Elsea

    I used the in High School and lost 56 lbs. At that time a friend of mine was on it and she said you do not eat bread or potatoes!!! I know that I am trying it again. I have tried everything and spent a fortune!!! I am going to use the food from the 17 Day Diet!!!!!

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    Andrew

    I have been taking braggs ACV for 5 weeks now 3 times a day i have had mild relief from the arthritis pain in my hip but no miracles as some others claim in days I have also noticed i suffer less from heart burn and as for weight loss I have not lost an ounce.

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    toney

    what are the health benefit of useding Apple Cider Vinegar

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    joyce odom

    do you take 2-3 teaspoons in a 8 ounce glass of water before meals?

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    Eboni Robinson

    How long can i use acv for weight lose

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    nicole b

    I really wannt to know how to make this avc I want to start loosing slso

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    ISH

    i bought Heinz ACV 5% acidity
    ALL NATURAL CHOICE FOR FOOD thgis one is ok?????

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    Helena Waziri

    I bought the one that has 5% acidity. Has anyone tried this and gotten results? Before knowing you had to use the RAW one, I had already started taking it. It definitely curbs my appetite. Is anyone else’s appetite curbed? Is that what causes the weight loss? Loss of appetite? Just wondering

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    Lorraine Duckworth

    I were told that cider vinegar can help with high blood pressure, it this true?

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    marj

    I’ve been using Bragg’s ACV for over a year and it has helped with everything from aches and pains to lowering colesterol. When I first started takingACV I took it for 3 months and my cholesterol lowered 25 points. I also noticed I didn’t have the flu- like aches and pains that I suffered with everyday, anymore.I had acid reflux and that is gone. My blood pressure went down from 114/90 to 103/ 80 . Great for helping go to bathroom also. I think it is because of all the good in the mother(the cloudy part at the bottom).It is loaded with potassium and other nutrients. I take 3 shot glasses a day diluted with water (equal parts of water and ACV). I swear by it. It is good for the skin and detoxing also.

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    Maggie

    I have been using Braggs Apple cider Vinger from the health food store, for arthritis for 3 weeks now, 2 teas vinger to 2 teasp normal honey in a warm glass of water, 3 times a day. On rising, before lunch & 3pm in the afternoon. I can’t believe the relief from the pain, so far, so good.

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    KATHY

    does adding the baking soda to ACV make the ACV less affective?

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    JAMES

    can it help clean your system of drugs such as thc

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    Amber

    Can i use just ACV or does it have to be organic avc? cause i cant find the organic one.

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  • 15
    Linda

    So which ACV are you suppose to use organic or Heinz out of the store?

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    amy

    will acv interact with any meds????

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  • 17
    Laura

    I’m going to try the apple vinegar because I also read where it can improve potassium levels. I have extremely low potassium. Also I’ll see how it goes for weight loss. I’ll keep you posted.

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  • 18
    sharon

    I have heard about the acv and i bought some today and i will be giving it a try will update in a week.

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  • 19
    stamatia

    i read that acv is really good for you.

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  • 20
    carol

    i’ve used Bragg’s acv for over three months and the results are tremendous. I can now fit into my size ten jeans again i highly recommend it however please dilute with water do not use it straight

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  • 21
    Anonymous

    This stuff is awesome. I had started using it and within the first week i lost 12 lbs. I was also eating high amounts of fiber. When you put the two together it is absolutely amazing :)

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  • 22
    Reese

    Hi i was told that any AVC would help in weight loss as ong as you dilute and take for 3x a day.This person shed 50lbs. and is still using it.
    Any feedback greatly appreciated

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  • 23
    lashawn

    i just want to know can i loose weight and how long would ittake me im desperate for weight loss and i want to know.

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  • 24
    Anonymous

    i hust strated and it taste really bad but im going to stick to it.

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  • 25
    krista

    BRAGGS APPLE CIDER VINEGAR WITH THE MOTHER (FROM WHOLE FOODS, TRADER JOES, INTERNET, ETC). NO YOU CAN’T TAKE WHITE VINEGAR OR HEINZ FROM WALMART OR SOME OTHER CORRUPT INDUSTRY, IT WILL JUST MAKE YOU SICK AND IT’S REALLY ACIDY. 2 TEASPOONS 3 TIMES A DAY 15 MINUTES BEFOOOORE YOU EAT, NOT AFTER (YOU CAN UP IT TO 1 TABLESPOON 3 TIMES A DAY, THAT’S WHAT I DO, WHICH IS 3 OF THE ACV’S CAP FULLS). YES IT’S GOOD FOR REFLUX, RASHES, ACNE, DIGESTIVE PROBLEM, YOU CAN USE IT AS A TONER ON YOUR FACE AS WELL. TOO ELIMINATE THE TASTE A BIT, DRINKING IT WITH ORANGE JUICE, APPLE JUICE, OR IN GREEN TEA. ALSO NOW THAT I’M ON THAT SUBJECT, MAKE SURE YOU DILUTE DOSES IN AT LEAST 8 0Z OF WATER. BE CAREFUL WITH ACV, SOME PEOPLE PREFER TO DRINK IT THROUGH A STRAW BECAUSE IT CAN CAUSE YOUR PROBLEMS WITH YOUR TOOTH ENAMEL IF EXPOSED TO YOUR TEETH. THAT’S ALL I CAN THINK OF RIGHT NOW. ANY MORE QUESTIONS THEN JUST ASK.

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    lali

    what happens if you drink apple cider vinegar striaght?

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    Anonymous

    Does vinegar help with kidnek stones

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    Dee

    Does it have to be 8 oz. can I use 4 oz of water?

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    maureen Ryan

    Can i go on this diet i have reflux

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    Anonymous

    yah and it works wonders my mom had ulcers and no longer suffers from them and i use it while pregers for heart burn and still use it on occasion for heartburn ! works good!

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    Aiene

    It would be more beneficial for acid reflux if you add a 1/4th tablespoon of baking soda to the dosage to help with the acidity.

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    maureen Ryan

    Can i go on theis diet with refkux

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  • 28
    roseanna

    who have lost weigh with this?

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  • 29
    Abigail

    I have not used raw apple cider vinegar yet to help me with weight loss I never thought about that until now. I get the “mother” brand it’s all natural and you can get at any health food store and I’ve seen it at safeways and king supers.
    My family has a hard time with heartburn and with high blood sugar as most of them are diabetic. We have mix it with just about anything and I just have used two-three of the cap full. If you use it once a day for about a month it will stop your heartburn or if you have heartburn take it. We’ve also noticed it helps keep the blood sugar down.

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    dyintobethin

    Has anyone tried ACV for consipation?

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  • 31
    rosalie

    i just heard of the acv diet a couple of days ago and went out and bought the heinz brand but it is not ORGANIC so ive read that it should not be used, bragss or even trader joes or whole foods brand is what should be used ie organic. it should be diluted with 16 oz of water to 2tsp of acv and sipped NOT gulped, some people use the baking soda to lower the acid taste and this helps with the acv damage to the enamel of your teeth but be careful aswell because some folks may have a bad reaction to the baking soda. so…. im going to go ahead and try this diet but i am a big chicken when it comes to trying new thing and laugh as you will but i cant stand the thought of taking it with water so im going to try it with an organic juice such as acia. anyways ive notice not to many people are keeping their word and keeping us up to date with their progress…. i am going to do that for you guys, so wish me luck and i will post an update in about a week.

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    joyce

    read benefits of green tea just a sugestion good luck doesnt taste b i t t e r

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    barrcity

    What about people with GERD, would it be advisable to take it in a more diluted form for us?

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  • 33
    mary dever

    what can I use for to suupressmy appetite while taking the acvd?

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    t. scarselli

    has apple cider vinegar ever been used to change the acid makeup of the body to a ph makeup, helping kidney stone formation?

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  • 35
    juvy

    hello im juvy i start taking acv 1month already i lose weight and i noticed may cbg from 345mg/dl to 165mg/dl and also my bp is 120/90 but before 140/90 im so thankful about the benifit of acv

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    Anonymous

    can some one translate the mg/dl for me ?

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    MARY

    WHAT CAN IT DO FOR ACHE MY SON IS DEPRESS BECAUSE OF THE PROBLEM WITH ACHE I HAD TO TAKE HIM TO THE DR. FOR PILL LAXARPO

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    MARY

    CAN I TRUST THE APPLE CIDER VINGER

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  • 38
    Barbara

    I’m going to try the Apple cider vinegar with honey for weight lost. I’m lit you know if it work for me

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  • 39
    Lola

    I lost 1,000,000 pounds with this =)

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    ash

    hahahha

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    Kathleen Liebler

    I am a skinny diabetic 2 and recently heard about ACV helping with glucose. I have never been overweight so I hoped it would be good for my diabetes and hopefully not lose any weight. It has really brought my numbers down. My A1C has gone from 7.2 to 6.8 and I have been using it for about 3 weeks. My Dr. says “keep up the good work.”

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  • 41
    Veronica

    I just bought ACV tablets and would like to know if this will work the same as the liquid and if so how much weight could i lose? Do i need to do a cleanse?

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    Kathleen Liebler

    Dear Veronica, another Dr. of mine has told me that the tablets do not work. My sister tried them and they did not work for her, either.

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  • 42
    micky

    above recipe works for type II diabetes also…

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  • 43
    micky

    Recipe…
    2 tbls. apple cider vinegar
    8 oz. apple cider
    2 tbls. honey
    mix and heat in microwave…
    works for weight loss…

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    Anne

    Hi Micky,

    Will this work as a long term solution as I have been struggling with my weight for years and would prefer a natural solution. Do I add water to the mixture?

    Thanks.

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    Sherri

    I haven’t tried yet for weight loss, but plan to. 1 ounce apple cider vinegar mixed with 2 onc. water, 1 teaspoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon baking soda is my husband’s go to remedy for acid reflux. From “The Top 50 Life Saving Secret’s of World’s Greatest Doctors” 1/4 cup water + 1/8 vinegar sweetened with saccharine taken before high carbohydrate meals improved insulin sensibility 40%. The theory is the vinegar inhibits the breakdown of carbohydrates thereby decreasing the blood glucose spikes that occur in people with diabetes.”

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    Patty

    I prefer to take 2 teaspoons straight rather than mixing in water. Can that be bad for my health? Do I have to dilute it?

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    Sharon

    Patty,
    I used to take the same ammount without diluting it, and a few months later I started getting problems. My stomach wouldnt let me eat certain foods and my esophegus was a bit damaged from the vinigar. It is high in acid and can be dangerous if its not properly diluted. If you mix it with honey, it will taste pretty good and alot better than drinking it straight. :)

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  • 46
    maria

    peple need to stop eating out period. including mcdonalds, bars, and local joints.fruit, veggies and whole grains(in limit) is the key.

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    Marie

    What kind of drink can you mix the vinegar with

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    Elektra

    re: what to mix w/Apple Cider Vinegar .. I about 1capful & 1capful of Magnesium Citrate .. the clear one & add both to Larger Tumbler of AZ Blueberry Tea (the Tea is chilled in refrigerator) and this is my drink w/my dinners! Tiz Very Tasty & Healthy = CHEERS to YOU via ME !!!

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  • 48
    patricia

    how many weight can i lose weekly or monthly with the apple cider vinegar tablets?

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  • 49
    Jenan

    I’ve been using the organic apple cider vinegar for two weeks now and I feel great. I mix 3 teaspoons of vinegar in an 8 ounce glass of cold water…I add 1 teaspoon of honey and a pinch of baking soda to it( since vinegar is very acidic the baking soda cuts down the acidity).I heard that this drink is good for cleaning your Arteries as well :-) good luck to all !!

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    Kathy

    Howdy folks! Been on the up and down diet roller coaster most of my life. As concerning ACV, none of my research has lead to ACV as an effective appetite suppressant. However, the diet that is most effective for me and the one I always fall back on is the Mayo Clinic with certain variations that are geared towards my body personally. ACV is important because it is a natural diuretic and so is lemon juice. So be aware those lbs you are shedding might just be water. I’m just saying…

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    Bobbie

    I have drank apple cider vinegar but can not find something to mix it with. I would like any suggestions from you on what to mix it with. thank you

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    Michelle

    I think it tastes really good mixed with V8.

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    aundrea

    That sounds good…..the others makes me cringe……haha

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    Anonymous

    I heard that it’s very good with honey. Then tastes like apple cider.

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    Cecilia

    I mix mine with 8oz of crystal light

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    Dee Dee

    Will the Apple Cider Vinegar sold in regular stores with 5% acidity still give me the same results as Organic?

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    Anonymous

    u have to use apple cider no other vinegar

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    Anonymous

    you have to use “Raw” aCV or the one called the “mother” if you want the benefit.

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    Laura

    I have the book Bragg- Apple Cider Vinegar and I knew the incredible benefits of this system but before I even read it I went and bought a gallon of ACV diluted to 5% acidity. Its a meijer brand, not organic. Should I even try it? Or just go buy the organic one? This is new for me but I dont even want to drink it if I wont benefit at all from it. your reply would be very helpful! Thanks

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    Carissa

    It has to be raw organic ACV.

    charles

    u need to use the apple cider with motheres in itand some honey it does work wirte me back

  • 53
    valerie

    The two replies up are 3 to 4 lbs a week not 3/4 lbs a week. I did not want to discourage anyone. Sorry for the typo.

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  • 54
    Fatboyslim_Shaedy

    what about natural cane vinegar?? or organic coconut vinegar?? does it have same benefits as ACV???

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    dionne henderson

    does the diet work for diabetics

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    Lou Smith

    What is the most weight a person has loss while using apple cider vinegar.

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    valerie

    You can expect to lose 3/4 lbs a week with this diet as long as you don;t eat fast food or greasy fried food. you can treat yourself nearly every night to a brownie, a few cookies, a small piece of cake..do a short brisk walk if possible. Vinegar is very good for you. I am more active so I lost 5 1/2 lbs a week Good luck keep us posted!

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    joann

    Valerie, i would like to keep seeing how u are doing on the ACV drinks…i bought a huge bottle of it for my family a few weeks ago but didnt know what dosage it was good to take. An old woman (herbalist ect. said that taking ACV was the best way to lose weight naturally) swears by it. Im gonna get on it right away after finally remembering to look it up and have now done some research on it.

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    Debbie

    Hello, how do you make the ACV diet drink and how much do you need to drink in a day, Thank You Very Much

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    edward J. Lozano

    Hello, how do you make the ACV diet drink and how much do you need to drink in a day ?

    cheirmere

    take 1-2 teaspoons in 8 0z’s of water three times a day. best when takin upon rising, before lunch, and before dinner

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    Belinda

    I much weight can lose?

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