If you have been watching TV or been on the internet or read a magazine within the past 15-20 years or so, you have surely come across a “revolutionary new product designed to shed fat and add slabs of muscle while eating what you want!!!” … or some kinda “soccer-mom” epic bullshit, along those lines. Yes, “fat burners” have taken over our world. It doesn’t take much to convince the average Joe (or Jane) that he / she can eat what they want and still lose weight. I don’t mean to be rude or insensitive, but some people are fuckin’ stupid as shit!! Yea, I said it. Rather than utilizing their frontal lobe for rational thought, they fall into the hype and let their hopes and desires convince themselves something not scientifically possible. Instead of asking “how the hell can a pill make me lose fat while I can eat anything I want, when I want?” most people will ask “how much is this magical pill and how much of it do I need?!“
C’mon peeps… you’s are makin us look bad. Use your damn heads!! There are thousands of “fat burners” out there – some are actually legitimate as far as a SUPPLEMENT goes, and some are pure crap designed to incorporate the placebo effect, all while spending your hard-earned money. Regardless if a “fat burner” is legitimate or not, there is literally NOT A GOD DAMN THING ON THIS PLANET that will allow you to magically lose weight in a fun, non-agressive way, letting you consume the foods you love. Not gonna happen. I know it’s nice to convince yourself you can stuff your face with Krispy Kreme and Bon-Bons and still have a nice, tight body, but in reality, we laugh at you thinking this kinda lunacy. Get real!
Sorry, just had to get that out of my system. Too many fools be lookin’ for the easy way out these days and let their false hopes and self fulfilling prophecies dictate the way they “dedicate” themselves to something. Remember this and always this: NOTHING SUPERCEDES HARD WORK AND DEDICATION!!! Now then, onto the brunt of it…
It should be mentioned, this isn’t an article about the best “fat burners” out there or anything along those lines. But rather, we want to discuss a certain ingredient that you may or may not find in “fat burner” supplements, called Garcinia Cambogia
What Is Garcinia Cambogia?
Garcinia Cambogia is a fruit, also known as a “tamarind.” The extract from this fruit, called Garcinia Cambogia Extract, or GCE is made from the rind of the fruit, and is thought to have “magical” properties. Not really. But seriously – people believe it. The reason I made the “soccer-mom” comment earlier, is because the reason people believe this is magic, is largely thanks to Dr. Oz. If Dr. Oz says something, it is treated as gospel; and it pains me to say, most of Dr. Oz’s viewers… are… what we in America refer to as “soccer-moms.” Hey, we ain’t judgin’ – it could be much worse – you could be watching Dr. Phil… in which case we will politely ask you to vacate these premises and NEVER return. Thank you for your cooperation and we sincerely hope your eyes and mind to be opened sooner rather than later Anyway, enough name bashing…
The Garcinia Cambogia fruit has been around for thousands of years. In the indigenous areas where this fruit grows, the wide array of health benefits has been widely known and spread. What’s in it that provides these health benefits? It’s this thing called Hydroxycitric Acid, or HCA
What is Hydroxycitric Acid?
HCA, as mentioned above, is an acid extracted from the Garcinia Cambogia fruit, and has various health-inducing properties, as well as some favorable body composition claims. What are these claims, exactly? It is believed that HCA has glucose absorbing properties. What does this mean? It means that theoretically speaking, HCA delays insulin output after consuming carbs. The Insulin Manifesto we wrote details how insulin works and how you could and should manipulate it for your benefits. But anyway, according to this article…
A group of Dutch researchers went back to basics and studied how and if HCA affects glucose absorption, a key component of metabolism. The study, entitled “Hydroxycitric acid delays intestinal glucose absorption in rats,” appears online and in the June issue of the American Journal of Physiology-Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, published by the American Physiological Society. The research was conducted by Peter Y. Wielinga, Renate E. Wachters-Hagedoorn, Brenda Bouter, Theo H. van Dijk, Frans Stellaard, Arie G. Nieuwenhuizen, Henkjan J. Verkade, and Anton J.W. Scheurink.
That thurr seems pretty legit, so maybe there is something, in fact, to this Garcinia Cambogia craze…
In the study, rats were administered HCA prior to “mimicking a meal by infusing sugar into the stomach,” explained lead author Wielinga. “Compared with controls, which had no HCA, the test rats’ rise in blood sugar was much slower, but over 2 — hours all the sugar was absorbed.” In addition, “HCA strongly attenuated postprandial (after-meal) blood glucose levels after both intragastric (or IG, into the stomach, at P < 0.01) and intraduodenal (or ID, into the small intestine, at P < 0.001) glucose administration" which also excluded the possibility of "a major effect of HCA on gastric emptying," the paper stated. "These data support a possible role for HCA as a food supplement in lowering postprandial glucose profiles," it said. Wielinga said that the absorption delay was significant because "sugar that is normally absorbed rather quickly -- within about 20 minutes -- took over 2 hours after HCA ingestion. This delay is good because it reduces the high peaks of glucose, which otherwise would require the body to produce a lot of insulin to deal with the 'meal.'
We don’t wanna sound like a broken record, so in a nutshell: when you intake glucose, it is usually aborbsed very quickly, causing your body to release insulin to stabilize your blood sugar. When HCA is thrown into the mix, glucose is absorbed far more slowly, therefore not causing an insulin spike as high, and allowing that glucose metabolism to work at a slower rate, with less of a chance for the glucose to be converted to fat, as there is not large amounts of insulin released to stabilize it.
What Else Does It Do?
The slowing down of glucose absorption doesn’t seem to be the only shining light to GCE. Apparently, there are other avenues. According to BestGarciniaCambogiaExtract.org:
Garcinia Cambogia Extract actually busts fat in two different ways. The first way that the extract works is that it helps to suppress your appetite. Then, after it has done that, it prevents your body from making excess fat! These are the reasons that Dr. Oz was so excited and recommend the product on his national television show.
Ugh, again with Dr. Oz. We ain’t too worried about that, though, as Dr. Oz might actually be onto something this time around…
Other claims are that GCE actually blocks fat, so that the fat you intake, moves rapidly through your system. This can be good and bad, as some fat is essential and extremely healthy for you, while other fats we can do without, so this could be a double-edged-sword kinda thing. GCE has also been known to decrease appetite and control food cravings. Another claim (one we do not suscribe to at all) is that GCE specifically works to eliminate the fat in your belly. Yea…. nope! Not possible. Any studies done on supplements making these claims, such as Yohimbine HCL, have been inconclusive and shaky at best. To Gone Liftin’, that is just a marketing scheme – sorry manufacturers, but you know it’s true!
GCE does, however, reduce the levels of Cortisol in your body, the chief hormone responsible for stress and things of that nature…
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly
“So does the shit work or not?” It seems that some of the claims made are indeed true. GCE does indeed have some internal benefits as far as glucose metabolism and controlling food cravings. Reduced cortisol levels are also often overlooked as far as fat loss is concerned. On the flip side, however, a side effect of GCE is thought be low blood-sugar levels – it MAY lower a person’s blood-sugar levels, so diabetics are at a greater risk, obviously! Since GCE is relatively new in the grand scheme of things, there have not been enough studies yielding conclusive enough evidence. Studes on rats show lots of positives, but human studies are shaky and conflicting at best. This article states the following:
Human studies had more conflicting results. One weight loss trial showed no difference between people who took Garcinia cambogia and those who took a placebo pill. Other trials linked HCA to weight loss and healthy blood lipid levels (lipids are fats).
So you see – some studies show GCE works, others show that it’s bullshit. We can only equate this to the golden rule of nutrition: what works for some may not work for others. And that’s OK…
It’s still quite difficult to track the benefits of GCE, as it hasn’t been around long enough, and not enough studies are being performed on it, yet. There has definitely been some studies done, however, showing that it COULD be a very powerful addition to your supplement cupboard. Speaking with your doctor before adding some GCE into your diet is likely prudent. Just sayin’…
Back to the studies for a second… various laboratory studies HAVE shown GCE to change your biochemistry and stop the creation of new fat cells, all while burning fat at the same time. The burning fat part is geared more for the marketing side of things, as the only thing that truly burns fat is DIET. Howver, adding some GCE, for some people, may in fact increase glucose metabolism and utilization, and also prevent the body from forming new fat cells. This is far from ironclad, and will not necessarily yield the same results for everyone.
What To Look For
If you’re looking at buying a GCE supplement, make sure to look for these things to assure its legitimacy…
- Garcinia Cambogia (HCA) on bottle
- 1,000mg or more doses
- Minimum of 50% HCA (hydroxycitric acid)
- No artificial ingredients or fillers
Gone Liftin’ is not preaching or advocating the use of GCE by any means, but at the same time, we don’t think it could hurt to give it a whirl. Hopefully in the coming years, lots more studies will be done on the topic, and we can all get a better and truer understanding just how good this little fruit extract is. For the most part – it works… just not for everyone. But that’s cool, cause that’s basically everything in the supplement market. Trying it, SAFELY, is key!
Here is a good one that we seemed to have found after doing some research:
Good luck! If you do try some GCE, please make sure and drop us a line and let us know how you’re making out. We would love to hear from you!!