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Published on May 09, 2016

Garcinia Cambogia: Weight Loss Miracle?

Lose 24 Pounds in Three Weeks!

Got your attention, didn’t we?

This is a claim made by manufacturers of the “exciting, effective, safe and cheap weight loss miracle,” Garcinia Cambogia.

Let’s take a look at what it is - and if it really works.

What is Garcinia Cambogia?

Garcinia Cambogia – also known as tamarind – is a fruit that grows in Southeast Asia. The claim is an extract from the fruit, hydroxycitric acid, increases metabolism and melts fat.

Research does indicate that this acid seems to inhibit an enzyme that interferes with fat production. It may help a little but not really enough to matter, and definitely not 24 pounds in 3 weeks!

An enterprising researcher, Steven Heymsfield, MD, past director of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana did his own study. He concluded that the acid might work to inhibit fat enzymes in a lab petri dish, but does little to nothing to help reduce fat in the human body.

Heymsfield reviewed 12 other studies, one as recent as 2013, and found the same results: Garcinia Cambogia isn’t the magical weight loss cure we’ve been waiting for.

So what are all of us round folks supposed to do?

Weight Loss Options that Work

Kelly Kristbaum, nurse practitioner with the ReNew You weight management program at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, understands that there is more to it than eating less and exercising more.

“There are multiple components such as medical conditions, behaviors and patterns, and financial restraints, just to name a few, that all contribute to weight management," Kristbaum says. "If a claim sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”

We know. Not the miracle you were hoping for.

Kristbaum understands how difficult it can be to adjust your lifestyle and eating habits.

“It’s important to talk to your physician about your plans to lose weight so he or she may advise you safely through the process," she says. "Be sure to ask about any over the counter drugs or supplements before you start taking them. Many of these medications are not approved by the Food and Drug Administration and can have serious side effects as well as potentially dangerous reactions with other medications you may be taking."

Losing weight does take time and commitment, but it doesn’t have to be something you endure alone. Joining a supportive and comprehensive weight management program that is medically supervised by an accredited organization is a good place to start. Kristbaum recommends a program that understands all aspects of weight management and that safely guides you through your journey.

So skip the Garcinia Cambogia and try a healthy and life-changing approach to weight loss. Check out all of our weight loss options to find the one that's right for you.

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