Don't Fall for This Dangerous Diet Trick

When you are desperate to lose weight, it's tempting to believe there is an easy way to do it. Note to self: There isn't.

So don't fall for one diet trick that has gone viral--and could be dangerous.

It's called the vinegar diet.

In 2009, a medical study from Japan--that has since been debunked-- concluded that drinking one or two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar before meals would help adults lose two to four pounds over a 12-week period with no other dietary or exercise changes.

It just isn't true.

Dr. Domenica Rubino, who is head of the Washington Center for Weight Management and Research in Arlington, Virginia, told WTOP News in Washington, D.C. that there is no scientific evidence to back up the claim. There is one reason it might work (and it's not good): drinking vinegar can upset your stomach so you lose your desire for food.

"If you are going to be nauseous before your meal, of course you are probably going to eat less," she told WTOP. "But is that a good long-term strategy? Not really."

This fad diet can be taken to extremes, and that's dangerous. Some may think if a little vinegar helps with a little weight loss, a lot of vinegar may help with a lot of weight loss. Wrong. Vinegar is extremely acidic and it can erode the enamel on your teeth.

Speaking of the vinegar diet, Rubino said, "These things actually are dangerous, and I don't think it is sensible to follow this."

--From the Editors at Netscape

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