Paleo diet and Garcinia Cambogia a winning combination

paleo diet chartI’ve been a fan of high protein, whole food type diets for decades, starting with the old Atkins diet, the Zone diet, and too many others to count.

So naturally I’ve researched the Paleo diet and find it a good fit for many of the clients I advise.

I’ve also seen good success with my clients that have used Garcinia Cambogia for weight loss.

But the best results I am seeing are those who eat a high protein low carb, Paleo, or Ketogenic Diet combined with moderate exercise and Garcinia Cambogia.

Low Carb diets helps keep your energy levels up

Avoiding the high glycemic carbs means you are taking in slower burning food sources that don’t cause insulin spikes that push the blood glucose into the fat cells to lower the blood sugar levels. This stops the up and down yo-yo that drains your energy. A slow, constant fire is what you want to keep your energy level up.

The problem with the Paleo diet – not feeling “full”

It seems like you should be easily satisfied with the huge portions of meat and vegetables allowed, and most people start out well. But soon they notice they’re never quite satisfied, even though the volume of food is quite large. Why is that?

The BRAIN tells us when we are “full”, not the stomach!

Ok, so its actually a little bit of both. And everyone is different. But the brain has more control over our eating habits. There are many hormones and chemicals that play a part, but the big boss is serotonin.

It was first established in the 1970s that the brain serotonin (5-HT) system was involved in the control of eating. Subsequent progress in the molecular pharmacology of 5-HT receptors, and the development of selective 5-HT receptor ligands, has clarified our understanding of the role of 5-HT in the regulation of ingestive behavior. Of the 14 5-HT receptor subtypes currently described, 5-HT1A, 5-HT1B and 5-HT2C receptors have been of principal interest in the regulation of food intake

Insulin influences increased serotonin levels to signal we are “full”

Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that can be found in the digestive tract, central nervous system and blood platelets. Neurons in the brain create serotonin from the amino acid tryptophan. Unlike other neurons, the amount of the serotonin they release is influenced by food intake.

But…we try to AVOID insulin production with the Paleo diet, don’t we?

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YES! Foods like high glycemic carbohydrates create blood sugar level spikes. This causes a significant increase in plasma insulin levels as a result of the pancreas releasing its stored insulin. Insulin floods into the bloodstream to break down the glucose to produce energy and transport the extra glucose from the blood to the fat cells.

So the Paleo diet discourages insulin production which limit Serotonin, so you don’t feel Full?

girl thinking about hamburger
YES! This is very important to understand. A low carb, high protein diet like the Paleo diet is good for your body in many ways, and makes your STOMACH feel full, but not your brain. That is why some people have more problem sticking to the Paleo diet than others – they are not producing enough serotonin to signal the fullness.

How Garcinia Cambogia helps

Garcinia has received a lot of attention since Doctor Oz featured it on his TV show as a Dual Action Fat buster. It is believed that the Hydrochloric Acid (HCA) in the Garcinia Cambogia fruit is the main active ingredient.

According to Dr Oz website, “the HCA extract from garcinia cambogia supplement aids in weight loss by doing two things: It helps to block fat, and it suppresses your appetite.

HCA blocks fat by inhibiting a key enzyme that your body needs to make fat


HCA also suppresses appetite by increasing serotonin levels

Of course, inhibiting the production of Citrate lyase so your body cannot make fat cells is important, but it is the second characteristic that is most beneficial to those who are having problems sticking to the Paleo Diet because they “don’t feel full”.

Some additional benefits of Garcinia Cambogia (HCA)

  • Stops your body from creating more fat-cells
  • Actually shrinks the fat cells you have, making you leaner
  • Decreases your appetite
  • Increases serotonin levels, to decrease “emotional eating”
  • Promotes better sleep
  • Decreases bad cholesterol


Losing weight requires some effort.

Many websites make outrageous claims that you can take a couple of little pills and lose several pounds a week without changing anything in your diet or exercise. We don’t. It takes work.

You MUST burn off more calories than you take in every day

This is very basic science and common sense. Of course there are many different ways to achieve this goal. All the different “diets” try to help people regulate the amount of calories they take in. But starving yourself seldom works. Most people feel weak as their metabolism slows down and goes into “survival mode” which results in burning less calories.

Beware the Scams

With any popular diet product, there are lots of scams that sell low quality products at ridiculous prices, and some that dissappear with your money. You might want to review some guidelines by the FTC in spotting the crooks. It is becoming more common now with Garcinia, so beware, and read some of our reviews of brands like Miracle, Whole Body, Natural, and Pure Garcinia Cambogia.


How to Choose the Right Garcinia Product

The very first thing you want to do is make sure you read the label! This is especially something to note when you’re buying your supplements online.

Beware of any Garcinia that doesn’t give you a clear view of the actual label so you can verify the ingredients for yourself.

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60% HCA minimum – higher is better

HCA is the active ingredient that makes Cambogia extract so powerful.

Big Box stores like Walmart and Costco have great prices, but sometimes they don’t sell the best quality product.

The brands they sell like Purely Inspired Garcinia Cambogia are often 50% or less HCA, and have a lot of other poor quality signals you can read about here.


Click image for larger size to read label.
NewLifeBotanicals brand that we recommend here has:

  • 90% HCA
  • No fillers or preservatives
  • 10 years + experience with Garcinia Cambogia
  • The best money-back guarantee
  • excellent customer service

You can also find them on Amazon.


It DOES help with weight loss

Studies show the HCA helps weight loss
by suppressing appetite AND increased fat burning. You can take just one capsule an hour before you eat your food with a glass of water. Most people experience a significant reduction in your intensity of hunger, with no side effects


In a major study Garcinia Cambogia resulted in weight loss of 2.8 pounds compared to those who did not receive Garcinia.

2 other studies that showed significant weight loss were (here and here)

A review in the Journal of Obesity examined 12 separate studies found that Garcinia lead to weight loss of 2 pounds over 2 weeks .
This is the hottest weight loss supplement on the market right now.

NOT a miracle pill that melts fat

Again, we want to stress that Garcinia Cambogia is not a magic miracle pill that you can take and lose weight without trying. It has been shown to HELP some people lose weight. And in our experience it is more effective in combination with the Paleo Diet.

Garcinia Cambogia isn’t really “new” to the weight loss industry – has been using it in their Superfruit Diet Formulas for many years. It was just recently made popular by Dr Oz, who we note just got in trouble with the  Senate Committee on Commerce for being a little too exuberant about it, and since then the scammers have had a field day making outrageous claims. Stay away from those!

More Paleo Diet Resources

You can read more about the benefits of the Paleo diet, how to enhance the paleo diet, a beginners guide, and the paleo dieters best friend