Can a relatively unknown plant native to Indonesia be the key to fast weight loss? Maybe! Garcinia cambogia is a small, pumpkin-shaped fruit that’s often added to meals to make them more filling. In some villages of Malaysia, it’s also used to make a soup that’s eaten before main meals because of its appetite-suppressing properties.
Now studies suggest that when paired with a healthy diet and exercise regime, taking garcinia cambogia extract in supplement form may help accelerate weight loss.
Garcinia cambogia contains an ingredient called hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which has been used to aid weight loss. The extract of HCA is available in powdered form or pill form and can be purchased online or in health stores. The use of garcinia cambogia and its extracts has been the subject of many health claims over the years. These claims range from mild to incredible, so it is important to separate fact from marketing when considering using it as a weight loss supplement.
It is true that the HCA in garcinia has been found to boost the fat-burning potential of the body. One review posted to Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine showed that garcinia did promote weight loss in many cases. But results vary widely. Some studies using HCA have produced amazing weight loss results, while others showed the supplement had little to no effect.
Researchers note that the majority of the studies done on garcinia or HCA used animal models. The little research that has been done on humans has found that the effects of the fruit are too widespread to call beneficial. It may work, and it may not.
Another claim is that using garcinia or HCA can help the body feel full throughout the day. Reviews have found positive results in animal studies, but no human studies have found similar results. The absence of studies on humans to prove these claims does not mean that garcinia does not work. Some people who have used the supplement maintain that it helps them feel full all day and supports their weight loss.
Garcinia cambogia has been used for centuries. The fruit is safe to eat, and the supplements have helped many people lose weight. However, clinical evidence of its efficacy is mixed at this point. If a person is considering taking garcinia cambogia as a supplement, they should research it well and discuss it with a doctor before starting.
Research has failed to find a miracle weight loss pill that sheds pounds regardless of other factors. The best way to lose weight is to maintain a healthful diet, get regular exercise, maintain a healthy lifestyle and get adequate sleep. Supplements may help these efforts, but nothing will replace these important staples in a healthy lifestyle.