February 26, 2014
Weight Loss: Does Garcinia Cambogia Work?

Can Garcinia Cambogia extract really help you with weight loss? Dr. Oz says it can. He recently referred to it as the "holy grail of weight loss".

Garcinia Cambogia extract is actually called Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA), and it is extracted from the rind of the fruit.

The fruit is said to have the ability to block your appetite and help with weight loss. It is made into meals and usually eaten before the meal to suppress the appetite which will help you eat less, but feel fuller at the same time.

Garcinia Cambogia is small pumpkin shaped fruit, native to Indonesia, but it is also grown in many parts of Asia. It has mainly been used in curry dishes in the past, and also used to cure and preserve fish.

Another thing this supplement does is prevent fat from being stored. When you intake simple carbohydrates that don't get used up quickly, your body will try to store these as fat. HCA works by inhibiting the enzyme Citrate Lyase. This enzyme is heavily responsible for converting unused carbs into fat.

In addition to weight loss, HCA also helps manage the stress hormone cortisol. This hormone plays an important role in carbohydrate metabolism and if levels are too high, you will have a weaker immune system, and your muscles and bones could sustain damage. So it's very important to have your cortisol levels at the right level. This extract can help with that.

Besides having the ability to suppress your appetite and block fat storage, the extract has also been shown to increase serotonin levels, improving overall mood and sleep.

So if you're one of those "emotional eaters", this is the one weight loss supplement that will actually kill two birds with one stone. Your desire to eat will decrease, and you might actually become a little happier in the process.

Don't take this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding though. If you have any serious medical condition, it's best to talk to your doctor before taking any weight loss supplement.

It's recommended that you take 1000 mg of HCA before each meal. Assuming you eat three meals per day this should total 3000 mg by the end of the day. That is also the maximum recommended amount to take for weight loss.

So now you're probably wondering, does it work? Well, besides the fact that it's backed by basic science, Dr. Oz also recommends it. So if you're looking for something to give you an edge with your weight loss, this could be the product you're looking for.

Besides taking this supplement, it's important that you eat a healthy diet and get regular exercise to maximize your body's weight loss abilities.

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