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"Take this pill. It will make you healthy."

Adam Richman loses weight with the help of a diet supplement.
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In a recent article, Adam Richman revealed that he was able to lose 30 pounds in just 4 weeks using Garcinia Cambogia. This is another in a series of products that claim to allow you to continue to eat what you want, and still lose weight. This diet supplement gained some national attention when it was featured on the popular Dr. Oz Show.

The company claims that Garcinia Cambogia is a safe, natural product that burns and blocks fat. It does this by causing the body to burn glucose and fat, mainly in the liver. The second thing is that it slows the release of sugar into the blood stream.

The concern is, there is nothing this product offers that could not be accomplished by simply controlling what you eat.

If you limit your sugar intake there is no need for a product that would help your liver burn glucose. One of the livers functions is to store glucose, that is then released when the body calls for more energy. There is always a risk when you introduce products that alters the way a healthy body functions.

The products second claim, that it slows the release of sugar into the blood stream can also be accomplished with diet. Simply increasing the amount of fiber in your diet will accomplish the same thing, and do it in a way that is natural.

Another problem is, far many people on a western diet the majority of the sugars they consume are in the form of high-fructose corn syrup. The human body processes HFCS much differently than it does naturally occurring sugars. Without modifying your diet, the weight loss that comes form taking products like Garcinia Cambogia simply masks other health risks.

The human body is designed to function best when it is fuel by a balanced variety of clean, healthy foods. If you aren't working on developing a healthy eating habit, taking supplements are only delaying the potential health risks.

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