Nutrition and Diet

Garcinia Cambogia Dosage: How to take & Best Time to Take

It was in 2009, when the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) prohibited the use of any weight loss supplement that contained garcinia cambogia, this tropical fruit came into light.

The use of garcinia cambogia was banned because many people taking its extract complaint about severe liver problems. Later, the ban was lifted due to lack of evidence about garcinia cambogia being responsible for the liver damage. But, many more fitness enthusiasts became aware of this product because of the news headlines. And, the effect and side effects of garcinia cambogia, is still in debate.

Garcinia cambogia is a small, pumpkin like fruit, grown in the tropical regions, and can be commonly seen in the tropical kitchen. The fruit is known to suppress hunger and help in weight loss if taken in recommended dose. It contains HCA (Hydroxycitric Acid), which is responsible for preventing fat accumulation.

Several tests has been performed in laboratories and on the trainers, but no specific side effect has been observed. In this read, we will discuss how to use garcinia cambogia for controlling appetite and weight loss.

How to take Garcinia Cambogia

The everyday dose of garcinia cambogia depends on your body weight and metabolism. The standard dose recommended is 500 to 1500 mg per day with 50 percent HCA, which can be taken in parts during the entire day. One can take this supplement before meal to get the best results. However, people also prefer taking this supplement about an hour after their meals. The reason being, taking garcinia cambogia extract after meals helps in avoiding snacking between meals, which is important to control weight.

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As a matter of fact, the effect of garcinia cambogia depend on the brand or manufacturer you are choosing. One way to choose the right amount of dosage is to thoroughly read the composition (usually given at the back of the packaging/label or as a separate leaflet inside the outer packaging), as many a times, manufacturers would add other muscle building supplements to enhance the results.

If taking this supplement feels uneasy, then we suggest you should consult your physician and suspend the use of garcinia cambogia. This is a less popular fruit and some people might be allergic to it, which may be not yet discovered.

When to take Garcinia Cambogia

Garcinia cambogia is known for controlling appetite and weight loss. It is up to you to decide that what benefit you wish to procure. In the following section, we will discuss how to take garcinia cambogia for different effects.

When to take Garcinia Cambogia for Weight Loss

Although the standard dose of garcinia cambogia per day is 500 to 1500 mg per day, but if you are taking weight loss program, then taking one pill (1000 mg, 50 % HCA), one hour before the three important meals of your day (breakfast, lunch, dinner) is useful.

When to take Garcinia Cambogia for Controlling Appetite

One of the main factor for unwanted fat in our body is snacking in between meals. If you are looking to control the food cravings, then lower dose of garcinia cambogia can just do fine. Taking one pill a day (1000 mg, 50 % HCA) after lunch can help.

When to take Garcinia Cambogia for greater Physical Activity

People who undergo intense training are supposed to have larger diet to fulfill their energy requirement. But, larger diet implies intaking more carbohydrates and more carbohydrates means more fat accumulation. So, to balance between the hunger and body’s requirement of food, greater dose of garcinia cambogia can be fruitful. It should be noted that garcinia cambogia is not a steroid. Before taking higher than recommended dose, we suggest you should consult your physician and fitness expert.

Friends, if you have encountered any side effect of garcinia cambogia, taken in pure form or with other supplement, do share through your comments. Your experience can be a guide to the fellow trainers and we appreciate your help.


Best time to take Garcinia Cambogia

The best time to take garcinia cambogia is 30 to 60 minutes before meal. It is considered the best time because the garcinia cambogia extract is highly soluble in water and of course you would like that your body completely absorbs the supplement.

If you take garcinia cambogia extract during the meals, then our body might not be able to dissolve it completely as the body would be busy breaking down the food. So, the best time to take garcinia cambogia supplement is 30 to 60 minutes before meals, so that it dissolves completely and the serotonin level has risen good enough. Just to mention, serotonin plays an important role in regulating our appetite and digestion and indirectly helps in fighting obesity.

Quick Takeaway:

  • Garcinia cambogia is not a steroid.
  • The best time to take this supplement is about an hour before meals.
  • It is useful for controlling appetite and is helpful in weight loss programs.
  • The safest dose of garcinia cambogia extract is 500 mg to 1500 mg with 50 percent HCA each day. However, under expert’s recommendation, the dose can be increased as required.
  • There is no notable side effects due to use of garcinia cambogia alone, but if you feel persistent irritation after using it, immediately stop.
  • Check the composition and concentration of garcinia cambogia extract or HCA before buying the product.
  • Always buy the product from trusted manufacturers.

Friends, we understand that garcinia cambogia is mostly negatively publicised and its benefits are underrated, but we suggest that garcinia cambogia is not a poisonous fruit. It can be and is eaten just like any other fruit. Like even the best of medicines can adversely affect if overdosed, garcinia cambogia should also be taken in regulated amount so that it only delivers its benefits.

We hope this paper helped in grasping how to use garcinia cambogia and we encourage you to keep one goal to accomplish at a time; say may be weight loss or gain stature, whatever you want first. If you have any queries regarding this supplement, feel free to write to us. We would be happy to help.

Have a great routine!

Keyur Malani

The author Keyur Malani

Keyur Malani is a certified content writer who finds his true passion in fitness and bodybuilding. Apart from his contribution to Myfitfuel blog, he also guides people in their diet and training routines. When he's not writing articles and breaking Deadlift PRs, he's learning life lessons on brain pickings and cooking his post workout meals.
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