Garcinia Cambogia supplements may actually help you to lose weight. “Really?” I hear you ask with suspicion. I can understand your suspicions, since there are so many false claims and exaggerations made in the diet industry. So what makes Garcinia Cambogia different to other diet pills on the market, why is it so popular and how exactly does it work?
The Garcinia Cambogia is a yellow fruit, sometimes also known as the tamarind. It originates in Indonesia and is now found across Southeast Asia, India, and central Africa. The fruit’s rinds and extracts are frequently found in India’s ancient Ayurvedic medicine and cooking. The extract found in Garcinia Cambogia supplements is derived from the rinds of the plant and contains Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA) – an acid that helps to block fats and sugar, while simultaneously suppressing the appetite.
In supplement form, it really became popular in the wellness and weight loss worlds after being showcased and endorsed on The Doctor Oz Show. The well-respected Dr. Oz termed the Garcinia Cambogia extract as the “Holy Grail of Weight Loss”.
So, how does it actually work? Let’s touch on a little science to get us started…when carbohydrates enter the body, enzymes either convert them into energy or store them as fat. HCA is thought to inhibit these enzymes from storing carbohydrates as fat, allowing them to be burned off and used as fuel instead. In addition to helping burn off fat, the supplement also has the secondary weight loss benefit of helping to suppress the appetite. Studies have found it’s particularly effective for emotional eaters since its usage has been connected with an increase in serotonin, which results in improved sleep and mood. As an overview, Garcinia Cambogia is said to help;
- Suppress appetite
- Improve mood
- Control cravings
- Curb emotional ‘binge’ eating
- Stabilize cortisol levels
- Decrease fat storage
- Remove ‘bad’ cholesterol
Most notably, Garcinia Cambogia helps reduce hunger and cravings. Studies have shown that people who take this supplement are more likely to see an improvement in sleep and are less likely to indulge in stress or emotionally triggered eating binges. This is a huge breakthrough for those who binge eat when feeling stressed or depressed, because the extract helps to stabilize levels of Cortisol in the body. Cortisol is a natural hormone released in response to stress. It is often the biggest enemy of weight loss, especially for women. Regardless of exercise, supplements, or diet…bad snacking habits often come from cortisol-triggered cravings.
As always with weight loss attempts, it is best to only use supplements in conjunction with a healthy diet and suitable exercise routine. Garcinia cambogia is generally considered safe if used short term. However, people with diabetes, Alzheimer’s, dementia as well as pregnant and lactating women should not take this supplement. Always check with a health professional before starting any new health regime or herbal supplement.
Garcinia Cambogia supplementation really is worth your consideration if you find you are an emotional eater and just can’t seem to budge those last few kilos.
Article by Renée Leonard-Stainton, Naturopath & Nutritionist
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