I recently watched an episode of the Dr. Oz show and was amazed at what the show was about. Dr. Oz has recommended many products for weight loss, although he doesn’t sell any of them. However, the show he did on Garcinia Cambogia was different than most of the ones he has done on the topic of weight loss products. One half of his hour-long show was dedicated to presenting information about this one. He even referred to it as the “Holy Grail” of weight loss. To me, that’s impressive.
He talked about Dr. Harry Preuss, a medical researcher, of Georgetown University being a big believer in its effectiveness. He had a doctor on his show, Dr. Julie Chen, who prescribes Garcinia Cambogia to her patients for weight loss because there are so many other health benefits associated with it other than weight loss.
This product is not quite as expensive as a lot of products on the market. It is made from the tamarind fruit and is commonly found in chutney sauces.
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People in the research study group lost an average of 4 pounds per month without any change in eating habits and did not start an exercise program. It was estimated that if a person who was on a healthy diet and used this in conjunction with the diet, they would lose 2 to 3 times the amount of weight than if they didn’t take it.
I’m sure we are all aware that not all weight loss products work for everyone. I have tried green coffee bean extract and 7-keto without success. However, I did lose weight with this supplement. It wasn’t quick loss, but I was happy with the 1 to 2 pounds per week.
It seems that is is especially good for emotional eaters because it increases serotonin levels, which helps you sleep better and improves mood.
How Garcinia Cambogia Helps with Weight Loss:
- Suppresses appetite.
- Increases seratonin levels which help emotional eaters eat less.
- Helps tame sugar cravings.
- Blocks the production of fat and enhances production of glycogen which is an energy source for muscles.
- Helps manage the stress hormone, cortisol, which helps decrease belly fat.
Dr. Oz did a visual demonstration of how Garcinia Cambogia works and here is my interpretation of what I saw and heard.
Everything you eat passes by the liver. There are enzymes in the liver that turn excess sugar and carbs that you body can’t use for energy into fat that is deposited into existing fat cells. Garcinia Cambogia blocks these enzymes, causing the excess to be turned into glycogen which is used by the muscles.
The research study showed there was an increase in lean muscle mass and a decrease in fat in those who took GC compared to the other group of test subjects. This makes the product even more impressive because muscle mass burns between 30 to 50 calories per day, but fat burns only about 3.
When you take GC it goes into your stomach and intestines and releases chemicals that go into your blood stream and make their way up to your brain. As the energy changes in your brain more serotonin is released. This causes nerve cells to sense things differently and you don’t get that emotional drive to eat. Then your fat cells will begin to release fat because more isn’t being dumped into them and they are less stressed and less inflamed because of the increase in serotonin. You will also stay feeling full longer.
Some of the additional health benefits Dr. Chen talked about were a decrease in total cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL of between 10 to 30% and an increase in HDL which is the good cholesterol.
Dr. Chen also believes that there is a potential for improvement in obese patients in insulin and leptin resistance. These are hormones that suppress appetite and help to maintain a normal weight.
They interviewed an audience member who had used this supplement for 4 months. She had lost 10 pounds and went from a size 10 to an 8.
Dr. Chen stressed that you should not be disappointed if you don’t see a change in weight soon after starting to take it. There will be a change in body composition because it promotes increase in muscle and reduction of fat. It is important to be aware that muscle weighs more than fat, so you might not see a reduction in weight, but might begin to see change in the way you look… you’ll look leaner in your clothes.
The audience member noticed a decrease in appetite and a marked decrease in sugar cravings along with an increase in energy.
Serotonin can help with sugar cravings. Plus, when your body utilizes the sugar you eat and makes glycogen, you will naturally have fewer sugar cravings.
There are no known negative side effects. However, women who are pregnant or breast feeding should not use this product. Also, anyone who has diabetes should check with their doctor before taking it because it can cause your blood sugar to drop.
GC can be purchased in health food stores and online. Look for the words Garcinia Cambogia or GCE on the label along with minimum 50% HCA.
Dr. Oz recommends taking 500 to 1000 mg before each meal, but not to exceed 3000 mg per day. It must be taken on an empty stomach 30 to 60 minutes before eating. It will not work effectively if it isn’t taken on an empty stomach.