Garcinia Cambogia is a small fruit shaped like a little pumpkin. It contains a compound very similar in structure to common citric acid found in citrus fruits.
It’s called Hydroxycitric Acid – or HCA – and it is responsible for a lot of debate in the dietary supplement industry. While it has many supporters as an effective weight loss aid, there are many people who pour scorn over the very notion that it is useful.
The truth – as far as we are concerned – is that HCA is an effective tool in your weight loss goals. There are no such things as miracle fat-loss products – there are only products which can help you in your goal. You have to be diligent with diet and exercise in conjunction with using something like Garcinia Cambogia.
Technically, Garcinia isn’t a fat-burner. It works on two levels to expedite the reduction of fat, but direct thermogenesis is not one of them.
So, How Does it Work?
Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA) in Garcinia Cambogia exerts two effects which may contribute to weight loss.
The First Effect is probably the one it is most famous for and that’s Carbohydrate Blocking. What does that mean exactly? Well, HCA attenuates an enzyme called citric acid lysase, which synthesizes fats from the food we consume. The downstream effect is that less fat is stored from your diet.
The Second Effect is often mistakenly called appetite suppression. That might be accurate in a sense, but it’s more of an appetite satisfaction. Basically, from the clinical trials of Garcinia Cambogia it was evident that some other effect aside from the carb blocking was at work. It transpired that people who take it are satisfied from food earlier than they would otherwise be. That means you feel fuller more quickly, which in turn means you can eat less.
As with most supplements, the dosage you take is quite important. Unfortunately, as is also the case in general, there has been no determination of an officially recommended dose of Garcinia Cambogia.
Most of the bigger companies who have delved into this product are recommending 1000mg to 1500mg per day – split into 2 or 3 separate doses respectively – and to be taken 30 minutes before each main meal.
What are the Best Products?
That depends on you. If you want the strongest Garcinia product then the dedicated ones that contain only that and perhaps one other ingredient are going to be the better option. If you have had success from pre-stacked/formula products then you will find many of them contain Garcinia as part of a larger recipe that may also include stimulants and others.
What About Side Effects?
Garcinia Cambogia appears to be tolerated with no side effects reported during trials. Anyone with a medical condition or taking other medication should however consult their doctor before taking any kind of dietary supplement. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should do the same thing.
In the intro, we mentioned using Garcinia as a tool. That’s sound advice for any weight loss supplement really. Successful weight loss stories do not begin and end with dietary supplements, fat-burners and diet pills. They may feature as part of the overall plan but they should not overshadow the importance of a healthy diet and exercise.
Garcinia is beginning to create a second wave of interest since it first hit the supplement scene, as more and more studies appear to support its use. It’s not surprising considering effective and sustainable weight loss comes from a good control of the balance of calories in versus calories out.
Garcinia Cambogia helps reduce the calories that will eventually become stored as fat in 2 ways. Not many other single ingredients can make such a claim.