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Today’s post was inspired by a question I was asked recently:
Hey Marcus, can you tell me anything about Garcinia cambogia?
Garcinia cambogia has actually been renamed in the scientific world to garcinia gummi-gatta, which looks like I made it up — but I promise it’s for real. It is a fruit found in southeast Asia, parts of Africa as well as India. It’s most well-known for being marketed as a weight loss compound.
So is there any truth to the hype? Not really. Studies were done and found NO increased weight loss with garcinia gummi-gatta versus a placebo. Nevertheless, a positive review from Dr. Oz sparked a large upswing in sales of this snake oil. Of concern is that cases of hepatotoxicity (liver damage) were found among some users, which led to at least one product being pulled off shelves.
Considering the potential risks for a very unlikely chance of benefit, I would give this product a thumbs down. Your money would be better spent on improved groceries, such as grass-fed/pastured meats, etc. When dealing with these types of shortcuts or quick fixes, I advise you to remember the old adage: “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is”.
On this topic, there was a recent post on the Poliquin Group site (Charles Poliquin is a renowned strength coach) titled “Nine Secrets of the Effortlessly Lean” that was a good read. One of those secrets talks about how the quick fix never really works out:
#2: Avoid “deadline dieting” in favor of a sustainable “lifestyle” change.The effortlessly lean have embraced the fact that exercise is a lifelong habit and the best diet for body composition is delicious and does not generate cravings or more than mild hunger.“Deadline” dieting, on the other hand, is a mindset that is inspired by “some day in the future” when you’ve lost the weight and you get to stop eating and training in this unnatural way.
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