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Garcinia Cambogia – “fat buster” or scam?

School Of Nutrition Posted Jun 16, 2014 Future Fit Training

Garcinia Cambogia is the latest buzz in the "battle of the bulge". With millions of people praising this so called "miracle weight pill".

Garcinia Cambogia – “fat buster” or scam?

It has been getting a lot of attention since it was recently featured on The Dr. Oz Show in America and makers claim you can lose an average of 19.3lbs in 28 days without diet or exercise! But what is Garcinia Cambogia, how do you use it and is it a super “fat buster” or downright scam?

What is Garcinia Cambogia?

Garcinia Cambogia is a plant, also known as Garcinia gummi-gutta. The fruit of the plant looks like a small, green pumpkin and is used in many traditional Asian dishes for its sour flavour. Its skin contains a large amount of a natural substance called Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA), which is the active ingredient in Garcinia Cambogia extract.

Recommended dosage: 3 grams of Garcinia Cambogia extract (providing a total of 1,500mg Hydroxycitric Acid) in three separate doses, 30 minutes before meals.

Does Garcinia Cambogia actually work?

Studies in rats show that the active ingredient in Garcinia Cambogia can inhibit a fat producing enzyme called Citrate Lyase as well as increase serotonin levels, leading to reduced appetite and cravings and significant weight loss.

But does it work in humans?

There have been many studies conducted on Garcinia Cambogia in overweight individuals. Some of them show a small amount of weight loss, while others show no effect. A review of 12 randomized clinical trials, published in the Journal of Obesity in 2011, found that Garcinia Cambogia/HCA can indeed cause short-term weight loss. However, “the magnitude of the effect is small and the clinical relevance is uncertain”.

At least, Garcinia Cambogia appears to be safe. There are no serious side effects, only some reports of mild digestive issues.

The bottom line

If you would like to try Garcinia Cambogia for yourself, then it would be safe to do so. However, do bear in mind that, at the end of the day, the only thing that is really proven to help you lose weight long term is changing your diet as well as taking up more exercise.

Written by Victoria Trowse




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