I am trying to lose weight. I was at the doctor’s office, stepped on the scale, and was saddened by the weight they were recording. I had gotten off track and it wasn’t good. I’ve always been overweight. Sometimes it bothers me, most of the time it doesn’t but this time, it hit me like a ton of bricks. I needed to do something NOW. I really needed something to help me kick-start my weight loss. I had read about Garcinia Cambogia before but honestly, I thought it was a gimmick so I brushed it off. I went back and started doing more research. It seemed to have mixed reviews. One thing that seemed consistent in all my reading is the purity of the product really made a difference. I looked at the product at Sam’s Club and Wal-Mart but it was only 50% pure. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, I have been using Amazon more and found a product that claimed to be 95% pure and had a 4 star rating based on over 1600 reviews. I decided to dig a little deeper about this product. Let’s face it, they couldn’t buy that many positive reviews. It was worth reading a few of them.
I was pleased with the reviews, found them to be credible, and decided it would be worth the $20 to try it. I spoke with a co-worker who decided she wanted to try it as well, so we ordered two bottles.
The day I placed the order, I decided to start watching my caloric intake before the product arrived. I logged into the My Fitness Pal app and updated all of my information. It calculated my daily allowance of calories at 1732 based on my current weight with a desire to lose 2 lbs per week with a sedentary lifestyle. I decided I was going to start realistically and then any exercise I did would just be a bonus.
About 2-3 days after ordering, I received an informative email telling me how to get the most out of the product. It stated to take 1-2 pills 45-60 minutes before eating on an empty stomach. Of course, my skeptical mind thought….oh sure, just a gimmick to get me to buy more because my “month supply” just turned into a 15 day supply if I wanted to “Maximize” my results. I decided it didn’t matter, I was going to follow their instructions and track my results.
The product arrived and I started taking it on February 24, 2016. The bottle looked just like the pictures.
The capsules were fairly easy to swallow. The only complaint I have is, since they are gel capsules, they sometimes seem to lodge themselves in your throat and you have to drink 2+ glasses of water to get them down. This doesn’t happen all of the time and I can’t explain why it happens sometimes and doesn’t others.
I knew I was stopping at Chipotle for dinner so I didn’t really eat lunch that day. I had a handful of cashews with sea salt for lunch. I needed extra calories because I wanted to be able to have chips with my dinner! I took 2 pills in the parking lot, went in to order dinner, then headed home. To be honest, I didn’t notice a lot of difference. I ate my normal Chipotle meal. I was full when I was done, but I usually am. (Side note….I LOVE Chipotle and could eat it 1-2 times a week…am I the only one who wishes they have a “frequent diner” type card?) To be fair, I had only waited about 35 minutes because I didn’t want my food to get cold.
The next day, we had a meeting at lunchtime and we were having Panera. I ordered a salad along with some Macaroni & cheese. I took 2 capsules 45 minutes before the meeting was supposed to start. It ended up starting a little later, so I was closer to the hour before I started eating my salad. I finished my salad and started on the macaroni & cheese. I couldn’t even eat half of the first container! (Panera puts the to go Mac & Cheese in 2 containers). I was shocked. I closed it up and put the two containers in the refrigerator.
After the meeting, I went back to work and had no desire to snack on anything during the afternoon.
Over the weeks, I tried diligently to keep my calorie count under my daily goal. I tracked every mint, every tootsie roll, etc. I still drank my Coke, I stillate my Chipotle and chips, I would still stop at Culvers….but I also cooked more at home, made smart decisions to balance my calories for the day. I would have 1 day a week where I wasn’t as careful and would have about 2000-2200 calories but I would also have days where I only had 800 calories. For the most part, I stayed around 1500 calories.
Some things I noticed during those times….I didn’t have cravings. I wasn’t starving, even on the days I did the lower calorie counts. I would balance the number of pills I took based on the size of the meal I was going to eat. For example, if I was going to sit down and eat a full size meal, I would take two pills, but if I was just going to run through McDonalds and order a Crispy Chicken Snack Wrap, I would only take one. I do have to say, if you need something quick and tasty, those are one of the best 350 calorie items. They are tasty, they are filling. You can also order them grilled for a few less calories. I think by balancing the pills, planning my meals, I was able to maximize on the effectiveness of them.
One day in particular was especially evident. I had been taking the pills for 3 1/2 weeks and noticed some pleasant changes:
Saturday March 19, 2016
I spent the day with friends at Horsefest in Springfield, MO. I took my pills but I did not take them while I was there due to time constraints with meals and just not planning efficiently. I had also decided I wasn’t going to track my calories for the day. Here are a few things I noticed. I wasn’t in the back of the pack struggling to keep up with my friends. We went down a flight of stairs to look at some vendors and I noticed when I climbed back up them I wasn’t winded or felt like it was a struggle to do so. Does this mean I am gaining more lean muscle like it claims? I’m not sure. What I do know is I felt better about myself and my movements.
We went to dinner at Texas Roadhouse (you can read about a previous experience here) and yes, I ate a few of the rolls. I said I wasn’t keeping a calorie count for the day, I was out with friends and I wanted to enjoy myself. The interesting thing is….I wasn’t able to finish my steak dinner! I took about half of it home. In the past I would have ate 3-4 rolls AND finished my steak. The less meat consumption was even with me not taking any pills all day, so it is obvious my stomach has shrunk slightly. Even with the additional calories and not taking the pills, I only gained 2.2lbs from the day before. I will admit though, I had a difficult time losing those 2.2 lbs. Seemed to take me 3-4 days. Makes me wonder if it would have been that difficult if I had taken the pills before eating that large of a meal.
Here are the results after taking for 4 weeks (28 days) exactly.
14.6 Lbs lost
2.5 Inches lost in my waist
1 Inch lost in my hips
0.4 Inches lost in my neck (no clue why My Fitness Pal tracks the neck but it does)
Now, those changes aren’t overwhelming, by any means….but they were done simply by taking the Garcinia Cambosia and watching my caloric intake on a track designed for 2 pounds of weight loss per week. I wasn’t perfect with that track. I probably had 6 cheat days, including one where I drank a can of Coke and ate 5 Girl Scout caramel delight cookies….and let me tell you, they WERE a delight! But I paid for it in the calories that day!
So I consider inches lost and pounds reduced to be a win. I am continuing with the Carginia Cambosia. I am getting ready to spend a week in Orlando, going to Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World where I do not plan on watching my calories as closesly as I have been, but I do plan on continuing with the Garcinia Cambosia.
I have also recently read that they work better when you pair them with Pure Green Coffee Bean Extract which I have decided to order from Amazon. I did see some at Wal-Mart where the percents were too off, so I will be trying them while I’m away but won’t share my true experiences until I have tried the strong, purer, product. I will be sure to share them.
I do want to say at the time I am posting this, I have currently lost 19.8lbs. I wish it was more, but again, for only taking a little over 4 weeks and not including any major exercise, I am pleased with the results.
Have you personally tried Garcinia Cambosia? Have you tried the Green Coffee Bean Extract? I would love to hear your experiences, both good and bad.