The use of natural products and herbal food supplements goes back decades. Today, evidence is beginning to emerge about the effectiveness of herbs in maintaining a healthy weight for a better quality of life.
Garcinia cambogia was one of those herbs whose anti-obesity action has been echoed by nutritionists, athletes and people looking to maintain their fitness. However, some manufacturers claim that it directly burns body fat and the claims associated with it are drastic. If on the one hand these claims are truly based on science, marketing still confuses two important things: burning fat and blocking the production of new fat!
Update on the true “anti-obesity” mode of action of garcinia cambogia
Called “the Holy Grail of weight loss”, garcinia cambogia has an anti-obesity effect that results from the combined actions of two major mechanisms:
The blockage of fatty acid synthesis
Our bodies use an enzyme called citrate lyase to make fat. Thanks to hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which is the active ingredient in the fruit peel of the garcinia cambogia, it is possible to block the process of making fats. The inhibitory effect of HCA on citrate lyase reduces the production of cholesterol, fatty acids and also promotes gluconeogenesis. Gluconeogenesis helps to keep blood sugar levels constant, especially when there is a decrease in carbohydrate intake such as during fasting or a low carbohydrate diet. As a result, a lower risk of weight gain and accumulation of blood fats may occur. All this while maintaining the energy levels necessary for the body to function properly.
Increasing the feeling of satiety
The second mechanism induced by HCA is to reduce dietary intake by regulating the levels of chemical serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a hormone related to satiety. It also improves mood and reduces emotional eating. The body, by receiving a weaker hunger signal than usual, will tend to eat less, thus reducing its daily caloric intake. This boost to decrease your appetite and decrease your body’s ability to store fat will greatly increase your weight loss results.
Unlike caffeine, HCA is not a stimulant. This is interesting because the combination of appetite suppressant and stimulant caffeine can cause binge eating and even binge eating every time you stop taking it. Hence the growing desire to accompany your coffee more and more with a sweet cake! Instead, HCA satisfies your energy needs while improving the signalling system to inform the brain that you’ve eaten enough. This makes it a natural and healthy candidate for sustainable weight loss.