I’ve taken quite a few over-the-counter products and supplements in my lifelong attempts to weight loss – and Garcinia Cambogia is one of the newest weight-loss supplement fads.
I had the chance to try out Vita Pure Garcinia Cambogia. It’s not my first bottle of Garcinia Cambogia to try out. There are lots of promises of this product, and I did have hopes – but I have to say this product had no effect on me after taking it for a couple of weeks. That is in addition to taking another Garcinia Cambogia supplement for two weeks prior to when I started this one. One would think a month on this product would show some results.
There are a few extenuating circumstances – such as 1) it was the holidays, when food is in abundance; and 2) I have had a sinus infection, which has inhibited my ability to get even a moderate amount of exercise.
This product supposedly suppresses the appetite. I took this product as directed before Christmas dinner. My appetite was more alive than usual. With multiple courses, I had no problems overindulging on ham, side dishes, pie, cookies, fudge, crackers and dips – over the course of a few hours.
My weight has not dropped – it actually increased by a few pounds when I visited the doctor’s office for my sinus infection.
There are also claims that this product is beneficial in reducing LDL cholesterol and increasing the “good” HDL cholesterol; as well as an improvement in insulin resistance. I have not had bloodwork since taking this supplement, so I cannot report any changes in my cholesterol levels. I also am not insulin-resistant (I do regular blood glucose tests since diabetes runs in the family), so I can’t respond do that claim either.
I did not experience any side effects, so this may be a product worth considering if you are diabetic and/or overweight. But please consult a doctor before adding any supplements to your diet, as all bodies are different.
I should also note that Garcinia Cambogia has been touted by Dr. Mehmet Oz, who has been a controversial figure in the news quite a bit in the past year. In June 2014, Dr. Oz testified before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation’s subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Insurance that many of the products he has promoted to his viewers were not supported by science or fact.
However, here’s Dr. Oz’s clarification: “I actually do personally believe in the items I talk about on the show,” Oz said. “I passionately study them. I recognize they don’t have the scientific muster to present as fact but nevertheless I would give my audience the advice I give my family all the time and I have given my family these products.” (source: Buzzfeed)
I have taken the Blog With Integrity pledge, and my website promises “no BS” at the very beginning. I can’t say with absolute certainty that this product works; however, I cannot say it is an extremely useless product, either. I think it warrants either a long time taking this supplement (possibly two months) to really see any difference. I also think one needs to try this out in an off-peak time, not during any binge-inspiring holidays, and also, when one can get moderate exercise. I’d also like to see some peer-reviewed studies on this product to see if it has helped others. I’m sad it didn’t work for me. If it did, trust me, I’d let you in on it!
If you want to check out this product for yourself, you can purchase it on Amazon.