I received a free sample from Summit Nutrition in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own.
I know I’ve been posting a lot about my weight loss, lately, but it’s super relevant in my life right now, and I hope it is helping you keep your resolutions.
One trendy method for weight loss is Garcinia Cambogia. I received a sample of Summit Nutritions 85%HCA Garcinia Cambogia and Raspberry Ketones to test out and let you know what I think of Garcinia Cambogia as a viable weight loss supplement.
I want to share a little with you about Garcinia Cambogia before I get into this exact product.
Garcinia Cambogia is basically an extract from the tamarind fruit. There is a specific chemical in the rind of the fruit called hydroxycitric acid (HCA) that is supposed to have great chemical reactions in your body to prevent fat storage and suppress appetite.
I read through several articles before starting the supplement, and even read through all the instructions included with the supplement. I even purchased a different brand of Garcinia Cambogia to test the two products against each other.
There are several articles in favor of Garcinia Cambogia, and several articles against this supplement. But there is one thing to keep in mind with all supplement use, it is not regulated by the FDA. Supplements are not considered food nor drugs, therefore, they are under no regulations, and manufacturers can use whatever combination of extracts and ingredients they want. They can make several claims on their bottles, as long as they don’t state to “cure” anything. The only time the FDA steps in is when there are serious side effects occurring in a pattern.
So what does it all mean? Basically, it comes down to the manufacturer you purchase the Garcinia Cambogia from, and the other steps you are taking to lose weight. Can you eat burgers and fries every day and lose weight with this supplement? Not likekly. Can you eat a regular diet and take the supplement and lose weight? Maybe.
From the information that came with the bottle, and everything I’ve read online, the best success for weight loss is to include the supplement with a healthy diet, and exercise. Diet and exercise are always the answer to weight loss, so does this supplement actually do anything?
Here’s my experience:
I know how to eat healthy. I won a weight loss competition last year by losing 24 pounds in 8 weeks. And I did that without Garcinia Cambogia.
I know how to exercise. I’ve completed 2 marathons, and I am currently training for my third. What I struggle with is resisting my cravings and maintaining energy despite the drop in calories.
That’s where Garcinia Cambogia helped out. But even more than the Garcinia Cambogia, I really felt the effects from the Raspberry Ketones. I didn’t do a lot of research about Raspberry Ketones, basically just what the bottle says, but I felt a boost in my energy levels, and that boost was long lasting, not a peak and crash like an energy drink. I also felt my mood was elevated, I didn’t get as stressed with the everyday stuff. Both Garcinia Cambogia and Raspberry Ketones claim to boost serotonin levels.
Serotonin is a brain chemical that sends happy messages. When you have higher serotonin levels, you don’t need to eat away the stress, or eat away the blues. Therefore, you have less cravings, and less temptations to eat for emotional reasons.
Last year when I was competing in the weight loss challenge, I had a hard time avoiding “cheat meals” and the like. I had a lot more cravings, and I caved to those cravings more frequently. This time around, I haven’t been as tempted by the cravings (I only had 1/2 a churro in Disneyland!). I have been able to feel satisfied with less food at meal times. I have been able to maintain my energy levels even with 5:30 am workouts and a reduced calorie intake.
Like I mentioned, I purchased a different brand of Garcinia Cambogia to determine which brand I felt was more effective, and more beneficial. Honestly, I like the Summit Nutritions better. I wouldn’t say that if I didn’t think that. The second manufacturer added green caffeine extract to their supplement, and the HCA levels were only around 60%. The HCA is where all the body chemical reactions happen, so the more the better. The green caffeine makes me feel a little more jittery because I don’t normally consume caffeine (no soda, no coffee, here).
With all that said, you really should talk to your doctor before using any type of supplement. Do a lot of research on your own to determine if it is something that will help you. Make sure you don’t use anything that could cause your body harm. Review the ingredients included in the supplements to determine there isn’t anything in the supplement that shouldn’t be in there.
And remember, there really isn’t any “magic pill” to help with weight loss. The best way to lose weight, and maintain your health is by keeping the course, eating right, exercising appropriately, and drinking lots of water!