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Does Garcinia Cambogia Work for Weight Loss?

Does Garcinia Cambogia Work for Weight Loss?
Does  garcinia cambogia work for  weight loss? Many people have wondered this recently and are interested in it as a weight loss supplement. It became a popular wight loss supplement in recent years after several advertising campaigns that suggested that that an extract from the fruit  was effective at burning fat. It supposedly has the ability to block the body's ability to produce fat and some believe that it can also help to maintain a healthy blood sugar and lower cholesterol levels as well. However, there is very little scientific evidence that this supplement actually works for weight loss, and for some people it can actually prove to be dangerous to use when they don't consult with a medical doctor before starting to take it. There is no supplement for weight loss that should ever be used without professional medical advice.

What is garcinia?

Garcinia is a citrus fruit that is found natively in Southeast Asia. An extract from the fruit called hydroxycitric acid (HCA) has been used traditionally in Southeast Asian cooking, but in recent years it has been used in a wide range of different weight loss products and protocols. Some believe that the extract can lower cholesterol and help the body burn fat, and as a result there have been several products created that contain HCA. The dosage of these products can range anywhere up to 1,000 mg per day, and there are many different options available including pills, food products, powder drinks, and more. The claims are that it supposedly helps the body burn fat, suppresses the appetite, reduces cholesterol and more, but there is little to no evidence supporting these claims.

There are several potential side effects of garcinia

Garcinia has several potential side effects including headache, dizziness, upset stomach, diarrhea, and others. These side effects depend on the individual, but many people have experienced them after takin the supplement, and the effects often increase the longer that the supplement has taken. In a few people there are more serious side effects. For example, the FDA told consumers to stop using one product that had garcinia in it due to liver problems associated with the product. This occurred in 2009, and it was not clear whether or not the other ingredients in the product or the garcinia itself caused the liver problems.

In any case, unless your medical provider specifically recommends that you take garcinia for weight loss, the chances are that you won't be able to take it safely. There's simply no way to tell whether or not the supplement will actually work based on hearsay or the recommendation of other people outside of licensed medical practitioners. In the majority of cases, your medical provider will advise you not to take the majority of supplements and to simply try a proven diet like the HCG diet or a similar diet that will actually work by restricting your calorie intake. There's just no other way that you can lose weight safely and a supplement like garcinia can cause significant side effects, and there is little regulation in garcinia products which makes them even more dangerous.

You don't know what you're buying when you purchase garcinia products

When you purchase garcinia products you have absolutely no way to know what the majority of them contain, as there are several ingredients in each of them that are supposed to help with weight loss but in many cases they don't have any effect at all. Many of the ingredients in garcinia products are listed as "€œnatural"€, but natural does not mean that it is safe for you, especially when you are combining several different ingredients together that can have a synergistic effect and cause a wide range of different symptoms. You have to be extremely careful when purchasing a garcinia product to be sure that you won't have an adverse effect to the ingredients.

The FDA has not approved any garcinia products, and as a result there is very little to no oversight regarding the quality of those products. As a result you have no way of knowing whether or not a particular product is safe, and if you do a quick search you'll find that there are literally hundreds of different products available and that many of them are not going to work for you. You have to be careful when purchasing any product that is labeled as a weight loss product because of the lack of oversight in quality control and the production of those products.

The evidence that garcinia has a weight loss effect is minimal

The HCG diet is proven to work and you can lose a substantial amount of weight with it, but there is little to no evidence that garcinia actually works for weight loss. One study found that garcinia can cause weight loss of approximately 2 pounds on average. Studies found that garcinia was not very much more effective than a placebo, and the effect varied substantially from one person to another. There are also no studies that have found that it is safe to use in the long term, and more research is needed to determine whether or not it is safe at all for regular use. In general, garcinia has very little evidence surrounding its effectiveness, and the lack of evidence is even more reason not to use it, along with the potentially serious side effects.

Try a proven diet like the HCG diet

The HCG diet has been proven to work time and time again, and as a result it is by far one of the best diets for weight loss, and one of the safest as well. You simply aren't going to lose weight just by taking a supplement pill, and taking a pill with unknown or unsafe ingredients may cause significant short term or long term side effects. The HCG diet is known to work, and it can realistically help you lose anywhere from 15 to 40 pounds in just a matter of three to six weeks. When you are trying to lose weight, you want to use a proven diet protocol that you know will work well for you, and the HCG diet offers you all of that as well as simplicity and convenience. For more information about the HCG diet, click here to contact Nu Image Medical today.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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