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Study reveals potential to drop 18 pounds in 3 months with a ‘promising’ supplement

Study reveals potential to drop 18 pounds in 3 months with a ‘promising’ supplement

A recent study conducted in Lebanon discovered that overweight individuals who consumed a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar before meals managed to lose up to 18 pounds in just a three-month period. 


Dr. Rony Abou-Khalil, the study author from Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, suggested that apple cider vinegar could serve as a promising anti-obesity supplement without any associated side effects.


Research has demonstrated that apple cider vinegar, derived from the fermentation of crushed apples, can effectively lower blood glucose levels and improve lipid profiles.1 Building on this, a study conducted in Lebanon and published in the journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health2 reveals that this popular salad dressing ingredient also helps reduce the body mass index (BMI), triglyceride levels (a type of blood fat), and cholesterol in overweight individuals.


The Study


The study enlisted 46 male and 74 female participants, with an average age of 17, who were classified as overweight or obese, with a BMI ranging from 27 to 34. These 120 young participants were divided into four groups. 


The first three groups consumed 5, 10, or 15 milliliters (mL) of apple cider vinegar every morning before breakfast over a 12-week period. However, the fourth group received a placebo liquid as a control measure.


The participants provided information about their eating habits and physical activity. Upon analysis, the researchers observed the three quantities (5mL, 10mL, and 15mL) reduced waist and hip measurements and body fat ratio.


Individuals who consumed the highest dose of 15mL, approximately equivalent to a tablespoon, experienced the most significant reductions in weight and BMI after the 12-week period, recording a drop from an average weight of 170 pounds to approximately 155 pounds.


Meanwhile, those consuming 10mL, roughly equivalent to 2 teaspoons, saw their average weight decrease from 174 pounds to 159 pounds, whereas participants ingesting 5mL, about 1 teaspoon, observed a drop from 174 pounds to 163 pounds. Correspondingly, their BMIs decreased from 31 to nearly 27, depending on the dosage.


Abou-Khalil acknowledged the study’s limitations, citing the small sample size, which could potentially restrict the generalizability of the findings. Additionally, he noted that the 12-week duration may not be sufficient to assess the long-term effects of apple cider vinegar.


Despite these limitations, Abou-Khalil hoped that the study results could contribute to evidence-based recommendations regarding the use of apple cider vinegar as a dietary intervention for managing obesity.


What Remains


Shane McAuliffe, the senior visiting academic associate for NNEdPro Global Institute for Food, Nutrition and Health, emphasized the necessity for future apple cider vinegar studies to include detailed reporting of dietary recall or nutritional intake. He also suggested further exploration of its impact on biochemical markers such as lipids and blood glucose, in addition to weight loss.


While the findings are promising, experts3 caution against regarding apple cider vinegar as a cure-all or panacea. They warn that excessive consumption may lead to tooth enamel erosion and worsen acid reflux symptoms.



  1. Jafarirad S, Elahi M-R, Mansoori A, Khanzadeh A and Haghighizadeh M-H (2023) The improvement effect of apple cider vinegar as a functional food on anthropometric indices, blood glucose and lipid profile in diabetic patients: a randomized controlled clinical trial. Front. Clin. Diabetes Healthc. 4:1288786. doi: 10.3389/fcdhc.2023.1288786
  2. Abou-Khalil R, Andary J, El-Hayek E. Apple cider vinegar for weight management in Lebanese adolescents and young adults with overweight and obesity: a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health 2024;e000823. doi: 10.1136/bmjnph-2023-000823
  3. Edwin McDonald IV (2018). Debunking the health benefits of apple cider vinegar. UChicago Medicine. Retrieved March 19, 2024 from 
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