Help – there’s so many Options!

With more of us getting fatter rather than slimmer, obesity has become a social issue as well as a burning individual concern. Marketers are taking advantage of this and if you are looking for products to help you lose weight, you are confronted with an almost overwhelming array of products and brands. How do you choose between them?

Let’s face it, there are plenty of good products and brands out there. The better question is, which brand is going to be best for you? How do you decide? Common sense tells us that not everything will work for everyone.

Manufacturers have a duty to be transparent and put out safe products: consumers like ourselves also have a duty to do our due diligence on products, especially those that we are putting into our bodies.

What is Garcinia Cambogia extract?

Garcinia is the scientific name for a particular kind of tropical flowering evergreen tree. There are many species of garcinia, one of which is garcinia cambogia. The more popular name of the tree and its fruit is Malabar Tamarind. The fruit is usually about the size of an orange and looks a bit like a small pumpkin. Tamarind is part of the same family of plants as the mangosteen so you may come across that name as well in your researches.

Extract. According to the online free dictionary, an extract is a “concentrated preparation of the essential constituents of a food …” or “a solution of plant or animal tissue containing the active principle”.  Common examples of extracts are beef extract and vanilla extract.

Taking the vanilla example, pure vanilla extract is a concentrated preparation of the parts of the vanilla bean that give the bean its unique flavour and smell.

In a similar way, pure garcinia cambogia extract  is a concentrated preparation of the parts of the garcinia cambogia fruit that make it a good appetite suppressant and fat burner.

How does it work?

First of all, it makes us feel less hungry. This logically means that we don’t need to eat so much to feel full and so we end up eating less and consequently losing weight.

Equally logically, to get the maximum benefit from this feature, we may need to start paying more attention to our actual feelings of hunger. How often do we eat because it is ‘the time’ to eat? Or because we are with friends who are eating?

If you have been concerned about your weight for some time, you will probably be familiar with the idea of emotional eating. This usually means that we have a tendency to eat when we are stressed, like when we feel lonely or isolated or bored or … If we can start to become more aware of what is driving us to the ice-cream or the chips in specific situations, we can train our bodies to notice when we are really hungry and not just eating out of habit or for emotional reasons.

It’s as if our bodies had a natural ‘off switch’ for hunger that over the years has been overridden by eating habits that have not served us as well as they might. Garcinia Cambogia taken over time resets the off switch so that we need less food to satisfy us.

Interestingly, pure garcinia cambogia extract has also been found to improve a person’s mood. When we feel in a better mood, we are less likely to have to turn to the false satisfaction of emotional eating.

Secondly, it helps our bodies to burn fat. This can show up in different ways: either on the scales or when we take our body measurements. Sometimes fat burning shows up first in improved body measurements before it shows up on the scales.

Is Pure Garcinia Cambogia Extract A Good Choice For You?

There are good reasons to shop for Garcinia Cambogia at the MRL site.

Just for the record, are there times when this would not be a good choice?

Yes, of course.

Like any other supplement or medication, this supplement interacts with other things. (After all, it wouldn’t work unless it did interact with the parts of your system that produce fat, would it?).

If you are taking other medications, you should definitely check with your doctor or qualified health provider to make sure that any new product you are considering adding to your diet is compatible with what you are already taking. People with chronic illnesses should also check, particularly if you have or suspect you may have diabetes.

Also, it’s not a good idea to start children on this product without first consulting a medical practitioner. We still have a lot to learn about children’s development. Healthy eating together with encouraging them to be as physically active as possible is still the best choice for your child.