Whatever you do, DO NOT buy garcinia cambogia unless it’s from a trusted source like this one
There are a lot of different scam websites out there on the internet that are selling fake versions of garcinia cambogia, and if they don’t have the proper ingredients in the formula, you could get sick.
There certainly has been a lot of hype surrounding garcinia cambogia since it first burst onto the weight loss scene.
The majority of this hype and one of the key reasons was its recommendation by Dr Oz on his show (1).
For those of you who have never heard of him, Dr Oz is an American talk show host and a cardiothoracic surgeon and teacher who burst into the spotlight due to his regular appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show (2).
On his show, Dr Oz indicated that Garcinia Cambogia is very effective when it comes to fat loss.
In true showmanship fashion, the good doctor praised it for its ability to help melt fat and help people lose weight.
His exact words as reported by CNN were:
“Thanks to brand new scientific research, I can tell you about a revolutionary fat buster. It’s called Garcinia cambogia.”
As he made this claim, the words “No Exercise. No Diet. No Effort” were shown on a screen immediately behind him. (1)
Some pretty big claims, for sure.
Even Shape.com gave garcinia cambogia an affirmative nod in one of it’s articles, saying that one of its key ingredients Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA) can help suppress people’s appetite by increasing the body’s level of naturally occurring seratonin.
They said that by increasing seratonin levels it can reduce people’s desire to eat to fill an emotional void when they feel anxious or depressed.
Taking this thought process to its next natural conclusion, they went on to say then that if you increase your seratonin levels it will decrease your desire to eat when you’re emotional.
Shape.com went on to say that HCA also inhibits an enzyme that your body uses to convert carbohydrates to fat and that it may also help lower your levels of bad cholesterol. (3)
There are literally THOUSANDS of reviews on garcinia cambogia where people have claimed to lose a lot of weight while using it. Typical testimonials include people claiming to have lost 10lbs in 2 weeks, 31.7lbs in 42 days and so on. (5)
That being said, I haven’t used it myself.
I think that some fat burning supplements like garcinia cambogia may help you lose weight, but I think that with ANY weight loss supplement that you use there is a certain amount of the placebo effect involved in the results you get.
My view is that if taking some sort of weight loss supplement like garcinia cambogia will give you a postivive placebo effect and get you motivated to start working out and eating healthy, I say it might be worth a shot – even if all you get is an initial placebo boost 🙂
That being said, if you do buy any sort of weight loss supplement, make sure you’re buying it from a trustworthy source as there are a lot of pill-pushing scammers out there.
While garcinia cambogia is a naturally occurring tropical fruit called malabar tamarind, some people have reported some side effects while taking it like dizziness, upset stomach or diarrhea, headaches or getting a dry mouth according to WebMD.com (4).
While this may be true, if you search for any weight loss supplement these are the most commonly listed side effects of nearly every one of them out there.