Garcinia Cambogia Reviews – Searching the web for real reviews and outcomes
It’s fair to say that there is no shortage of Garcinia Cambogia reviews on the internet!! Since its rise to fame on the Dr Oz show last year, people have gone crazy for this fruit rind extract heralded as a “revolutionary fat buster”.
With so much information available on the web, it’s difficult to know which reviews to trust, and which are just disguised sales tactics. I’ve trawled the web and this post, along with my other Garcinia Cambogia articles (Does it work?, What are the side effects?, What did Dr Oz say about it?), I’ve put this together as a summary of the reviews out there so that you can make an informed decision on buying Garcinia Cambogia, and looked at different sources with links to make it easy for you to see for yourself.
In summary, there are a TON of positive reviews out there. Just looking at YouTube you can see a load of ‘before and after’ reviews. The supplement has been used by a range of people, from those into health like registered dietician Jennifer Taylor, who believes it is so effective as it is totally natural and has been recommending it to her clients since 2010, and ladies looking for moderate weight loss– such as the lovely Emme Diane, 2013 Miss American Beauty and WBFF Bikini Pro, who used the product 2 weeks before her pageant and dropped from 13.5% to 11% body fat in time for her beauty show. She noted also that it really curbed her mid-afternoon cravings. Missy Black documented her results over the weeks on YouTube and by week 8, she totaled 13lb weight loss and significant body fat reduction. All of the successful stories are put forward by those that use the supplements in conjunction with a healthy diet and moderate exercise too, they do not pretend that the supplements alone will give them fabulous results.
There are some fabulous before-and-after shots of users which make you double take…is that really the same person?! (actually for one of them, I did honestly question if it was the same person as the bust seemed to have been boosted no end too…but that was an isolated occurrence!!). See here for the best before-and-after pics:
What am I seeing? Well one of the things that jumps out at me straightaway is the decrease in belly fat in the photos, not just all-over weight loss like diet and exercise provides. People’s bellies are seriously decreasing! That’s a result of firstly the Garcinia Cambogia targeting fat stores and stopping the production of new fat cells, and secondly the production of serotonin that boost the mood, stops cravings for belly-fat-horrors carbs and sugar, and also reduces stress hormone cortisol, which we all know to produce stubborn belly fat.
There are a few communities and a lot of vendors on Facebook. The communities aren’t particularly well moderated and in fact, seem to be thinly veiled sales pages really. One of my favorites for ‘lively discussion’ is Garcinia Cambogia Reviews, which has nearly 5,000 likes on Facebook but read through the reviews and it’s a real mixed bag. There aren’t the incredible ‘I lost 100lbs in 2 months’ type stories, just genuine-seeming stories of moderate weight loss when combined with moderate exercise. There are about the same amount of reviews for people that saw no results though. My view on this is that there are NO miracle weight loss supplements or anything that will let you eat what you want and sit on a sofa without working out. But the fruit, specifically the rind, has been used for centuries as a digestive aid and has been proven to show some positive benefits in boosting weight loss by curbing appetite and blocking the production of fat. But it will only help if used in conjunction with a healthy diet and some exercise; we should not be sitting around on our backsides all day!
Also – and please take note here – there are a lot of people being scammed by buying ‘free’ trials on the internet then being charged for future shipments. ALWAYS READ THE SMALL PRINT and if in doubt, don’t buy it. Buy from a reputable store, retail or online, or read reviews of particular brands before you invest in them. Common sense, folks. There are always unscrupulous people out there poised to take our money.
Here’s a summary of the Facebook comments by users:
- “I have been taking for 2 weeks and have lost 8lbs, I love it!”
- “I have been taking Garcina Cambogia for 2 months and have lost 10lbs.”
- “I have been taking it for two weeks and don’t see an extraordinary change, just 3lbs in two weeks.”
- “Do not buy online” – as above, I recommend you fully research your options first or buy through a reputable store.
- “I’ve been taking it for a week and gained 3lbs!”
- “Never buy from a site that appeared 1 hour after the Dr Oz show.”
- “Took for a month and no weight loss”
- “I purchased mine at GNC after talking to the sales person. She said her husband lost 60 lbs but she has only lost 10, but she admitted he works out more.”
- There’s a real Twitter buzz on Garcinia Cambogia, with sports people, gyms, dieticians and the general public reviewing the extract. I loved @juliemkerr’s review, part of her ‘Bulimia free’ blog that stresses that we should be less focused on our bodies for genuine happiness, and that we shouldn’t rely on pills but on a healthy lifestyle. However, overall her article is well informed, linking to celebrity stories of weight loss as well as detailing succinctly the science behind GCE.
- Women Magazine journalist, Julia Miller, trialed the product and documented her findings; after initial skepticism, she said that “after one week, I was surprised by the dramatic results…my energy levels were up and I wasn’t even hungry…after the fifth week my results were shocking. I lost an unbelievable 23lbs.”
- Women’s Health NZ reporter, Ellie Crisell, also trialed and documented the supplement’s effects, losing 9.5kg in one month.
- Shape Magazine offers the same advice as me: use in conjunction with a good diet and moderate activity in order to see results.
Overall – the results online seem to be mostly positive but the negatives are either that people have bought poor quality supplements or signed up to a ‘free’ trial without reading the small print. Reputable magazines have trialed the product with great results, although the general public reactions and results are more mixed. This may be down to buying poor quality or fake products, but may also be affected by the lack of healthy eating and exercise. Successful YouTube users note the need for both supplements AND a healthy lifestyle.
For more information on concerns with Garcinia Cambogia, please visit my other article: Garcinia Cambogia Side Effects and Contraindications. As always, if you’ve used Garcinia Cambogia or have any comments on this article, I’d love to hear your thoughts!