This Is Why So Many People Are Googling the Apple Cider Vinegar Diet

"Apple cider vinegar diet" doesn't sound like much of a diet, does it? The prospect is about as appetizing as the Master Cleanse (which, for those who don't know, largely involves drinking a mixture of lemon juice, cayenne pepper, water, and maple syrup), but know that the concept is not to solely drink ACV (how painful would that be?), but rather infiltrate the liquid into your everyday diet. A common belief is that doing so will help you boost your metabolism and, consequently, shed pounds.

Explains board-certified gastroenterologist Roshini Raj, creator of Tula skincare, "The apple cider diet is said to help accelerate the body's ability to break down and derive nutrients from fats and protein more efficiently and quickly from the digestive system.

Adding a few teaspoons of ACV to your meals to melt away fat sounds a little too good to be true, though, so we chatted some more with Raj and Eat This Not That! creator David Zinczenko for their thoughts. Spoiler: Their views are quite different.