Does Garcinia Cambogia Work?
I recently had a patient ask me about the natural product, garcinia cambogia, for weight loss. She told me it was featured on the Dr. Oz show and that it is supposed to "just burn the fat off." I told her that I have not seen the Dr. Oz episode, but I would check it out.
I did an internet search and the first thing I found was a fake news website. You know, the ones where it looks like it may be a legitimate news article, but it's actually a cleverly disguised advertisement? I have seen many of these for a variety of products. Typically the writer claims they, themselves were skeptical, but that after reviewing the research they decided to give it a try themselves and, amazingly, they instantly saw unbelievable results.
Here is a direct quote from the website: "Even after pouring through mountains of research, I had an educated opinion, but I still had no personal proof that the garcinia cambogia option was worth the time. So, with my editors blessing, I decided to go out and put the product to the test myself."
However, unlike most of these sites, this article did actually cite studies that "proved" it worked.
"In a study published in the journal Lipids in Health & Disease, subjects taking garcinia cambogia lost an average of 12.3 pounds in 28 days without diet or exercise."
12.3 pounds in 28 days is an awesome amount of weight loss, so a trial proving it works would be very impressive! I wanted to learn more, so with the name of the journal in hand, I looked up the original article they cited.
Unfortunately, I ended up very disappointed.
It turns out the fake news article was a complete lie. Though the study was legitimate and published in the journal Lipids in Health & Disease, it actually showed garcinia cambogia was no better than a placebo for weight loss.
It just goes to show - you can't trust everything on TV, or the Internet. I'm just glad that I have this opportunity to blog and help people make informed decisions! I suspect that it only seems like it helps people, but that the results are actually from the hard work people are doing to lose weight, not simply the magical pill.
Dr. Jeff M.D.