Apple Cider Vinegar: The diet secret Cheryl credits with helping her lose weight, but does it work?

Cheryl says she drinks apple cider vinegar daily [Photo: Getty]

Cheryl has revealed the diet secret that has helped her to lose weight.

The singer puts her trim figure down to drinking apple cider vinegar on a daily basis.

Chatting to Dermot O'Leary on Radio 2, Cheryl was asked what she drinks to help her lose excess weight and credited apple cider vinegar for helping her see results.

But according to the mum-of-one it is all about "consistency."

"I used to do things once or twice and forget about it. You've got to do it for a few months before you see results," she explained.

Cheryl isn't the only celebrity advocate of the condiment, in fact the vinegar has a huge celebrity following with Scarlett Johansson, Victoria Beckham and Jennifer Aniston all touting its health benefits.

While some of us may have a bottle of the sharp stuff languishing in our cupboards, others swear by the acidic potion for its potential pros, claiming it can aid anything from skincare to blood sugar and cholesterol.

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But can it really help you lose weight?

The jury is still out.

There is some evidence that the vinegar can help increase the feeling of fullness when consumed with a high-carb meal by preventing overeating later in the day.

Further research from Japan, also revealed that acetic acid, found in apple cider vinegar, helped to reduce body weight, BMI and visceral fat in obese individuals.

The study, on 144 people, found those who consumed two tablespoons a day losing an average of 1.7kg over a 12-week period – with no other dieting.

In a similar study published in the US National Library of Medicine, scientists found the drink also helped slimmers burn more fat by speeding up their metabolism.

Can apple cider vinegar help you lose weight? [Photo: Getty]

Some experts also believe taking apple cider vinegar can help block starch absorption, preventing blood sugar spikes, which in turn suppresses appetite.

But all the research has limitations, in that some were small and others tested on animals, so while they are promising more research is needed before we can confidently say the vinegar will actually help you to lose weight.

What the experts say

"That it will help you to lose weight has to be one of the top health claims associated with this vinegar," says Nutritionist Cassandra Barns.

"A commonly cited randomised, placebo controlled trial showed that of 155 adults, those who consumed 1-2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar per day lost more weight than those who consumed despite no differences in caloric intake.

"However it's important to note that there was only a very small difference in weight lost between the groups, and not all studies are in line with these results.

"Whist apple cider vinegar appears to have small effect on weight loss, it should not be considered a magic bullet and attention to diet still needs to be the main focus," she adds.

Marie De Vathaire, Nutritionist at The Protein Works agrees.

"Due to recent celebrity endorsements - Apple Cider Vinegar has become a popular 'go-to' for those seeking weight loss. There are however common misconceptions of its benefits and it will not counter the effects of eating in a calorie surplus," she explains.

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Cheryl, famously known as one fifth of successful girl group Girls Aloud and an award-winning solo artist, has over the years acclaimed both popularity and a substantial fortune, whilst always managing to maintain her iconic 'girl next door' image. According to Spears the mum-of-one has an impressive estimated net worth of £20million. But where did her career begin? Rise to fameThe Geordie singer and television personality rose to fame after appearing in hit 2002 television show Popstars: The Rivals. The series aired following the success of Popstars, which formed winning group Hear'say. The spin off: The rivals, created two competing groups, Girls Aloud and One True Voice who battled for the Christmas Number One in the official charts. It was announced live in the final episode on the 22 December 2002 that it was in fact Girls Aloud who had reached number one and thus won the competition with their smash hit Sound of the Underground. Cheryl rose to fame as a member of Girls AloudAfter the TV series ended, Girls Aloud, comprised of Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle and of course Cheryl herself, went on to achieve twenty consecutive top ten singles in the United Kingdom and four number ones. The girls also won a Brit Award in 2009 for Best Single after the success of their hit single The Promise. Shortly after their award, it was announced by The Times, that the group were the highest-earning UK reality television stars, after collating a fortune of £25million by May 2009. Their fortune continued to increase, peaking at £30million after Cheryl Cole appeared on The X Factor as a judge.Loading the player... Life after Girls Aloud… Solo Career Sadly in 2013, the group announced their split following their Ten: The Hits Tour, their sixth tour following their three-year hiatus. Cheryl had already begun to create a name for herself as a solo artist in 2009 after releasing Fight for This Love which hit the UK number one shortly after it was released. The hit song was part of the album 3 Words that has since gone 3x Platinum, shortly after in 2010, Parachute was released, Cheryl's third consecutive solo UK top five hit, and it was even nominated for a Brit Award. The 35-year-old's musical success only excelled after releasing three more studio albums: Messy Little Raindrops, A Million Lights and Only Human. After the release of these albums it was confirmed that Cheryl had become the first British female solo artist to achieve five number one singles including I Don't Care, Crazy Stupid Love, Call my name, Promise This and Fight For This Love. In July 2018, Cheryl released her first single from her fifth studio album Love Made Me Do It which achieved number 19 in the UK charts. The group announced their split in 2013READ MORE: Jamie Oliver pays touching tribute as he reveals sad news... The X FactorCheryl became a judge on The X Factor in 2008, replacing Sharon Osbourne, where she mentored Alexandra Burke to the winning title. The following year she aided Joe McElderry to his win as The X Factor champion 2009. Then in 2011, the television personality joined the panel of The X Factor US. However, this opportunity was short lived as before the first show had even aired the decision was made for Cheryl to take a step back. Simon explained to Radio Times that after filming one day of auditions it was clear the singer was not herself, stating: "She was nervous, shy, not in her comfort zone. She'd put on a bit of weight, but not loads... That wasn't the issue. The only way I can describe it is that it wasn't Cheryl sitting in that seat. She'd lost her confidence." In 2014, Simon asked Cheryl to return to the UK version for series 11 and 12. Cheryl starred on The X Factor in series 11 and 12 L'OrealRecently it was announced that L'Oreal had ended their partnership with Cheryl after nine years as their UK spokesmodel. The Newcastle-born star had been the face of the brand since 2009 when she was offered a multi-million pound deal whilst judging on The X Factor. Cheryl spoke to the Daily Mail following the news, explaining: "I have had an amazing experience as L'Oreal Paris' UK spokesmodel for the past nine years and have loved working with the team over there. It always felt like more than a partnership and I would like to thank them for all the opportunities it has afforded me."Cheryl was an ambassador for L'Oreal The Greatest DancerThe Greatest Dancer is a British dance competition series that premiered on BBC One on 5 January 2019. The show, successful for the diversity of dance styles it encompasses, allows dancers of any age to perform on stage in a bid to win over the audience for the chance to win £50,000 and the opportunity to perform on Strictly Come Dancing. Alongside Cheryl, Matthew Morrison and Oti Mabuse star as fellow Dance Captains energetically supporting the acts. Cheryl is now a dance captain on The Greatest DancerREAD MORE: Gemma Atkinson shows off baby bump for the first time since announcing pregnancy Cheryl's relationshipsIn 2004, Cheryl famously began dating England and Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole, the couple married in Hertfordshire in 2006. Only two years later, in 2008, Ashley famously cheated on Cheryl for the first time. It wasn't long after the couple had decided to give their marriage another go that in January 2010 it was revealed that Ashley had cheated on the singer once again with four more women. In February 2010, Cheryl announced their split and in May she filed for divorce. Cheryl and her first husband Ashley ColeIn 2014, after three months of dating, Cheryl wed Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, a French restaurateur. Less than a year after their marriage, the pair went their separate ways. In October 2016, Cheryl divorced her second husband, but had been dating Liam Payne since December 2015.The singer with her second husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-VersiniIn March 2017, Cheryl had her first child with Liam Payne. The British singer and songwriter rose to fame after being a member of The X Factor's most successful band, One Direction. The pair only officially confirmed the news that they would be parents in February, after Cheryl uploaded a picture on Twitter of her holding a bump whilst on a shoot in collaboration with The Prince's Trust and L'Oreal Paris. However, just over a year after their baby Bear was born, the couple separated. In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, Cheryl explained how Liam had struggled coming to terms with the strong bond that she had formed with Bear and Liam felt pushed out of their relationship. Cheryl and the father of her child, Liam PayneLike this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
Cheryl, famously known as one fifth of successful girl group Girls Aloud and an award-winning solo artist, has over the years acclaimed both popularity and a substantial fortune, whilst always managing to maintain her iconic 'girl next door' image. According to Spears the mum-of-one has an impressive estimated net worth of £20million. But where did her career begin? Rise to fameThe Geordie singer and television personality rose to fame after appearing in hit 2002 television show Popstars: The Rivals. The series aired following the success of Popstars, which formed winning group Hear'say. The spin off: The rivals, created two competing groups, Girls Aloud and One True Voice who battled for the Christmas Number One in the official charts. It was announced live in the final episode on the 22 December 2002 that it was in fact Girls Aloud who had reached number one and thus won the competition with their smash hit Sound of the Underground. Cheryl rose to fame as a member of Girls AloudAfter the TV series ended, Girls Aloud, comprised of Kimberley Walsh, Nicola Roberts, Sarah Harding, Nadine Coyle and of course Cheryl herself, went on to achieve twenty consecutive top ten singles in the United Kingdom and four number ones. The girls also won a Brit Award in 2009 for Best Single after the success of their hit single The Promise. Shortly after their award, it was announced by The Times, that the group were the highest-earning UK reality television stars, after collating a fortune of £25million by May 2009. Their fortune continued to increase, peaking at £30million after Cheryl Cole appeared on The X Factor as a judge.Loading the player... Life after Girls Aloud… Solo Career Sadly in 2013, the group announced their split following their Ten: The Hits Tour, their sixth tour following their three-year hiatus. Cheryl had already begun to create a name for herself as a solo artist in 2009 after releasing Fight for This Love which hit the UK number one shortly after it was released. The hit song was part of the album 3 Words that has since gone 3x Platinum, shortly after in 2010, Parachute was released, Cheryl's third consecutive solo UK top five hit, and it was even nominated for a Brit Award. The 35-year-old's musical success only excelled after releasing three more studio albums: Messy Little Raindrops, A Million Lights and Only Human. After the release of these albums it was confirmed that Cheryl had become the first British female solo artist to achieve five number one singles including I Don't Care, Crazy Stupid Love, Call my name, Promise This and Fight For This Love. In July 2018, Cheryl released her first single from her fifth studio album Love Made Me Do It which achieved number 19 in the UK charts. The group announced their split in 2013READ MORE: Jamie Oliver pays touching tribute as he reveals sad news... The X FactorCheryl became a judge on The X Factor in 2008, replacing Sharon Osbourne, where she mentored Alexandra Burke to the winning title. The following year she aided Joe McElderry to his win as The X Factor champion 2009. Then in 2011, the television personality joined the panel of The X Factor US. However, this opportunity was short lived as before the first show had even aired the decision was made for Cheryl to take a step back. Simon explained to Radio Times that after filming one day of auditions it was clear the singer was not herself, stating: "She was nervous, shy, not in her comfort zone. She'd put on a bit of weight, but not loads... That wasn't the issue. The only way I can describe it is that it wasn't Cheryl sitting in that seat. She'd lost her confidence." In 2014, Simon asked Cheryl to return to the UK version for series 11 and 12. Cheryl starred on The X Factor in series 11 and 12 L'OrealRecently it was announced that L'Oreal had ended their partnership with Cheryl after nine years as their UK spokesmodel. The Newcastle-born star had been the face of the brand since 2009 when she was offered a multi-million pound deal whilst judging on The X Factor. Cheryl spoke to the Daily Mail following the news, explaining: "I have had an amazing experience as L'Oreal Paris' UK spokesmodel for the past nine years and have loved working with the team over there. It always felt like more than a partnership and I would like to thank them for all the opportunities it has afforded me."Cheryl was an ambassador for L'Oreal The Greatest DancerThe Greatest Dancer is a British dance competition series that premiered on BBC One on 5 January 2019. The show, successful for the diversity of dance styles it encompasses, allows dancers of any age to perform on stage in a bid to win over the audience for the chance to win £50,000 and the opportunity to perform on Strictly Come Dancing. Alongside Cheryl, Matthew Morrison and Oti Mabuse star as fellow Dance Captains energetically supporting the acts. Cheryl is now a dance captain on The Greatest DancerREAD MORE: Gemma Atkinson shows off baby bump for the first time since announcing pregnancy Cheryl's relationshipsIn 2004, Cheryl famously began dating England and Chelsea footballer Ashley Cole, the couple married in Hertfordshire in 2006. Only two years later, in 2008, Ashley famously cheated on Cheryl for the first time. It wasn't long after the couple had decided to give their marriage another go that in January 2010 it was revealed that Ashley had cheated on the singer once again with four more women. In February 2010, Cheryl announced their split and in May she filed for divorce. Cheryl and her first husband Ashley ColeIn 2014, after three months of dating, Cheryl wed Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, a French restaurateur. Less than a year after their marriage, the pair went their separate ways. In October 2016, Cheryl divorced her second husband, but had been dating Liam Payne since December 2015.The singer with her second husband Jean-Bernard Fernandez-VersiniIn March 2017, Cheryl had her first child with Liam Payne. The British singer and songwriter rose to fame after being a member of The X Factor's most successful band, One Direction. The pair only officially confirmed the news that they would be parents in February, after Cheryl uploaded a picture on Twitter of her holding a bump whilst on a shoot in collaboration with The Prince's Trust and L'Oreal Paris. However, just over a year after their baby Bear was born, the couple separated. In a recent interview with The Sunday Times, Cheryl explained how Liam had struggled coming to terms with the strong bond that she had formed with Bear and Liam felt pushed out of their relationship. Cheryl and the father of her child, Liam PayneLike this story? Sign up to our newsletter to get other stories like this delivered straight to your inbox.
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"Celebrity endorsement aside - there is a study that suggests Apple cider vinegar increases the feeling of fullness, leading to a lower intake of calories during the day.

"Since apple cider vinegar is a relatively new product, additional studies would be needed to further explore why this is the case, but as it appears to be safe for consumption and not cause any side effects for the general population."

De Vathaire suggests apple cider vinegar could be used as an accompaniment to a calorie deficit to help stave off hunger pangs. But doesn't believe it will counter a weekend binge.

Barns adds that apple cider vinegar is a source of vitamins and minerals within the diet.

"But it's important to only consume vinegar diluted in other foods such as salad dressings, marinades or even within water to avoid causing damage to tooth enamel," she warns.

It isn't only apple cider vinegar that Cheryl has added to her health regime, the singer also claims she drinks celery juice to keep her healthy.

"The celery juice is very recent for me. It's not my favourite vegetable to be honest, but it's doable," she told Dermot.

"So somebody said I should follow this guy on Instagram, he was getting so many testimonials - he's called the Medical Medium - and he thinks you should drink 16oz (half a litre) of celery juice on an empty stomach in the morning before you have anything else, and it's healing for your organs."

- This article first appeared on Yahoo

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