Garcinia Cambogia – Do any weight loss pills actually work?

After trying Green Coffee Bean, Raspberry Ketone, African Mango and Green Tea for 30 days with disappointing results, I’ve decided to move forward and try Garcinia Cambogia to figure out if any of these weight loss supplements really do work.  My first step was to order a 30 day trial supply from Pure Garcinia Cambogia.  The suggested use is to take one capsule twice a day with a full glass of water – easy enough.  I then noticed it said on the front of the bottle there were 60 pills and on the side that there were 30 … I counted … there are 59.  So this morning I weighed myself and took my first pill.  Again, I will make no changes to my diet and monitor if the supplement has any effect on my body.

What is Garcinia Cambogia? Also known as Garcinia gummi-gutta, gambooge, brindleberry, brindall berry, Malabar tamarind, assam fruit, vadakkan puli and kudam puli, Garcinia Cambogia is a fruit bearing plant grown in southeast Asia, India and West and central Africa.  The fruit looks like a yellow, green or reddish pumpkin and can vary in size between an orange and a grapefruit.  It is commonly used in the preparation of curries.  So why is it suddenly marketed for weight loss? About 6 months ago Dr. Oz described it as a “magic” weight loss aid and that really got the ball rolling.

The theory is that the hydroxycitric acid (HCA) in the fruit can cause massive weight loss.  There are animal studies that show that this compound has the potential to modulate lipid metabolism.   Its also believed that HCA can increase serotonin levels.  Serotonin is an incredibly important neurotransmitter that has been shown, along with many other things, to play a role in satisfaction and a feeling of fullness.  Additionally HCA many decrease levels of ATP Citrate Lyase, which is an enzyme that functions in converting metabolized carbohydrates to fatty cells.  A study in rats even shows that taking HCA can slow glucose uptake. 

Unfortunately, a study in 1998 of 135 people found that the fruit didn’t cause any more weight loss than placebo.  More recent trials of 706 people found very small weight loss, but because of the insignificance of the amount of weight lost, and flaws with the trials, there is not any conclusive evidence that this stuff works.  This doesn’t sound too promising so far…

What about side effects? Could taking this stuff be dangerous? Apparently, if you consume Garcinia Cambogia well above the recommended dose you may experience nausea, headaches or some laxative effects.  Its important to order Garcinia Cambogia from a trusted retailer and to make sure you are getting a daily dose between 500-1500 mg of 50% HCA.  I’m going to give this stuff a try, I’ll keep you updated on my progress!

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