I’m going to preface this post with the following statement; I am not a fan of Dr. Oz. What annoys me most about Dr. Oz is that he’s always talking about easy and quick ways to lose weight and get healthy. He puts false hope and bullshit into people’s heads and if I hear one more time “I saw on Dr. Oz…” I’m going to scream! My theory is if he was actually a reputable doctor, he’d recommend that his patients eat clean and exercise, not pop magic fat loss pills… This brings us to the “magic fat loss pill” called Garcinia Cambogia, which I first heard about from our amazing friend, Dr. Oz (you can view the BS here). So what IS Garcinia Cambogia? It is a small, pumpkin-shaped fruit, native to Indonesia, but it is also grown in India, Southeast Asia, and West and Central Africa. It has long been used in traditional South Asian dishes, including curries and chutneys. Many also use the fruit for curing fish and preservation. What is Garcinia Cambogia (HCA) suppose to do? What is claimed to happen is the HCA extract from garcinia cambogia supplement aids in weight loss by doing two things: It helps to block fat, and it suppresses your appetite. It’s also supposed to decrease belly fat by decreasing cortisol via increasing serotonin levels. Increasing serotonin gives you an increased sense of well-being and is suppose to help with stress and reduce emotional eating. You’re also suppose to see an increased percentage of lean muscle and decreased body fat, which helps decrease cholesterol in the bloodstream. From the Dr. OZ website:
Many studies have shown promise. One randomized placebo-controlled study followed 60 obese persons for 8 weeks. With a calorie-restricted diet (1200 kcal/day) and an HCA dose of 1320 mg/day, the experimental group lost an average of 14 pounds (compared to 6.1 pounds in the placebo group). The participants also noted reduced appetite.
First off, let’s start with a 1200kcal/day diet… WHAT THE SWEET FUCK? That is not a healthy approach to losing weight! I don’t even understand how someone can function on 1200 calories a day. When will people learn that reduced calorie diets don’t work? The second you up your calories, you put the weight back on! (More to come on this subject in a new blog post, soon!). Secondly, I do not agree with suppressing appetite. It’s simple; you’re hungry because your body needs fuel. Denying your body what it needs is not the way to get healthy either. Thirdly, this product just straight up doesn’t work. I tried it for a full 4 week cycle and saw no changes. The only place I have left to lose weight on my body is in my abdomen and if this pill is suppose to be a magical fat loss pill that helps you lose belly fat, well, I either proved it wrong or got a bad batch. Which do you think is more likely? I’ve written on the subject of how to lose weight properly several times and I’ve done video blogs about “the secret to losing weight” in which I tell you what that secret is. My advice today is to stop looking for shortcuts, start putting in the work and stop wasting your money on bullshit products like Garcinia Cambogia.