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Reality Check: What's the Deal With Fergie's Vinegar Shots?

Reality Check: What's the Deal With Fergie's Vinegar Shots?

In a recent Glamour interview, Fergie Ferg revealed that one of her diet tricks is shots of organic apple cider, unfiltered. She said:

"Two tablespoons. For some reason I've noticed a difference on my stomach. I just trusted [my trainer] on this one. I'm sharing. I'm all about sharing secrets."

Does anyone else smell a magic bullet? Now, I have read that drinking apple cider vinegar (ACV) can help with many ailments, but never weight loss, so I decided to do a little investigation. To see what I found out just


Basically what I found out is that there is very little evidence in the ACV for weight loss category, with little scientific backing whatsoever. WebMD does speculate that white vinegar (and perhaps other types) might help people feel full, but this was the results of a test on only 12 people. Remembering a quote I love from Dr. Andrew Weil about ACV, I decided to see what his expert opinion is on the whole matter. He said:

"There is absolutely no scientific evidence showing that apple cider vinegar can aid in weight loss or that it contains any magic ingredients that help you to shed pounds. Back in the 1970s when this diet took its place among the many weight loss fads and scams, proponents claimed that somehow a combination of apple cider, kelp, vitamin B-6, and lecithin fooled the body's metabolism into burning fat faster than it would normally.

These days the claims are far less elaborate — supposedly, all you need to do to lose weight is to take one, two, or three teaspoons of apple cider vinegar before every meal, starting with one teaspoon and then working up to two or three. I understand that taking more than three teaspoons isn't supposed to lead to better results. The only dieting advice you get with this 'diet' is to eat moderate portions at meals, avoid snacking, and wait for the apple cider vinegar to reduce your hunger and food cravings."

So there you have it. If you're looking to lose weight, I know it seems easy to say, "Fergie looks great and all she does is take two tablespoons of ACV," but I'm willing to bet my left arm that she works out and eats right and did not get that body from ACV. The formula for weight loss, once again, is healthy eating and daily exercise.


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VeeKeeTee VeeKeeTee 8 years
i heard that vinegar actually makes you want to eat more... or is it just my stomach? and she has that body because of the other things she does
Energy-for-Life Energy-for-Life 8 years
I think this is nuts!
kmg611 kmg611 8 years
umm people... do your research a little more carefully next time. It is proven that before antibiotics, etc. were available, people would drink ACV to CLEANSE their system. It gets the toxins out and I've been using it on my face for over a month and my acne has actually been going away after reading online about the amazing affects of ACV. It works, trust me.
Antioxidant Antioxidant 8 years
I find myself putting to teaspooins of acv in a glass of water and sipping on it. It doesn't taste that bad and I can't wait to see some results (only been doing it once a day for a few weeks).
lilCROAT03 lilCROAT03 9 years
haven't you guys seen those 'apple cider diet' pop ups or pills at GNC...i took them in high school and basically i saw no effect. it's been around for a while.
brista brista 9 years
That explains the stink face she's constantly pulling.
chez chez 9 years
I think drinking Kombucha would be much healthier and less acidic. Not everyone's stomachs could handle that amount of acid.
wiccah wiccah 9 years
Well at least she is honest, some celebrities blame their GENES for crying out loud! You know its all in the mind, so she might really believe in it thats why it works for her.
Kiwi-S Kiwi-S 9 years
I've tried this. Overall, I had no ill effects from it. I stopped because I have simply forgotten about it. I put it in juice (cranberry or something similar). I didn't feel as hungry and I did have more energy. It just leaves a nasty aftertaste in my mouth, even when I dilute it.
amber01 amber01 9 years
how often should you take it and were can you get it ??
missy-k missy-k 9 years
I use apple cider vinegar and I do believe it has health benefits! I use it for upset stomach, indegestion and even hangovers! I find if I take it when I am coming down with a cold, the cold does not materialize. I use raw, organic unfiltered ACV and brush my teeth afterwards. My friends all laughed at me at first and called me 'the vinegar queen' although now they all take it too! You can find loads about it on Earthclinic here:
Yukino Yukino 9 years
I swear by ACV. It's amazing. But yes, moderation is key, so don't overdo it. If you can't fathom taking it straight (which isn't recommended anyway), add a splash to water, mix it into salad dressings... I love fries with vinegar. :P
fireprincess59 fireprincess59 9 years
Um, ACV in a half cup every other day would kill you, because that's just too much. -Especially if you're not used to it- What happens is that the acidic ACV causes your body to produce chemicals to make the pH higher, constantly, so that it isn't as affected by the ACV, such as killing your stomach lining. Also, it does help to 'purify' your body, but it's not all ways the acidity that we're going for. Some people's bodies are naturally acidic, which would mean you want to add baking soda to the ACV to make sure you don't die from the level of acidity. Some people's bodies are naturally basic (or alkaline) so adding the ACV would help to stabalize your body. For those of you who are havin problems with enamel, well, your body is, obviously, too acidic with the ACV, add baking soda. Otherwise, you're good. ^^ Or just brush your teeth...>> You should be doing that anyway, though.
chatnoir chatnoir 9 years
Yes. Bragg is the best. It has the Mother. I do it in water every day.
go-organic go-organic 9 years
Please do not confuse the benefits of apple cider vinegar, such as Braggs... with the commercial distilled vinegars. If you are truly seeking health, than go with the ACV and leave the distilled white vinegar for cleaning your countertops, floors, etc.
shameless3 shameless3 9 years
Its weird, but I have been drinking vinegar (white) for years - I love the taste of it. Now my 4 year old nephew does too - and everyone in the family puts it on popcorn.
methinks2 methinks2 9 years
I have used Braggs products since I was a kid because my mother was and is still into holistic living, and ACV (it has to be the apple cider not balsamic, distilled et) will definite help with eczema, gout, digestion and much more. Like somebody suggested, go to the Braggs site and it will tell you all it does. I mix ACV with organic maple syrup and sip it. Plus, I use Braggs Aminio's instead of soy sauce....very tasty.
carlyon carlyon 9 years
I have tried this one and it does work if you just have a couple of pounds to lose. I can't recommend drinking the vinegar for more than a few days though. Vinegar is a very strong acid and if you use this weight loss method for more than a few days it will destroy your stomach lining and the enamel on your teeth. After I used this method for a few days I developed severe acid indigestion and I had to give it up because my stomach couldn't take it. I do have one suggestion, though, if you decide to try this. I suggest that you cut the vinegar down to about one tablespoonful and mix it with at least 1/2 cup water. I still don't recommend trying this for more than a few days even if you do try my suggestion. I don't recommend that anyone drink 2 tablespoons of vinegar straight. You will destroy your teeth and your esophagus tube and your stomach.
lamicmic lamicmic 9 years
ok i have a question and a story question: does it HAVE to be AVC or would any old vinegar have the same (supposed) effects? story: i went canoe trip last summer and lets just say that once all the fresh veggies are gone...fibre becomes a concern and metabolisms tend to go weird. So, my friend and i used to do shots of tabasco sauce. straight.
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