You work super hard. We all do. And unless you have the metabolism of a teenage boy (think string bean teeming with testosterone), you may have put on a few pounds over the last several years. It’s funny (funny strange not funny haha) how that happens. Between work, family, household chores, kids’ sports, and everything else you cram into your life, it feels like you’re constantly moving. So why does the needle on the scale keep moving higher and higher? Don’t they tell you that keeping active helps keep the weight off?
Admittedly, you do have a point. Unfortunately, your ass doesn’t care about your point. Your busy life is more about stress than cardiovascular exercise, and that’s a problem when it comes to your weight. It’s true I’d advise you to learn coping mechanisms for managing your stress as one mechanism for managing your weight. But who can blame you for looking for that perfect diet pill to help you along.
Ever since Dr. Oz made it one of his pet herbal miracles, Garcinia Cambogia has been on the internet’s short list of go to diet helpers. And as will happen, dozens of products containing this little gem popped up overnight (and continue to pop up to this day.) Garcinia Pure Pro is one of the more recent products I’ve seen.
What Is Garcinia Pure Pro?
Garcinia Pure Pro is a weight loss supplement you can find for sale only online. While there are still some who prefer to pick their pills up at an actual store, more products are going the total online route.
Garcinia Pure Pro Ingredients
Like so many other supplements sold online, Garcinia Pure Pro does NOT disclose its list of ingredients. But in this case, the name gives it away for the most part. It’s called Garcinia Pure Pro, and I’m fairly certain that this indicates the only ingredient in the formula is Garcinia Cambogia.
They do reveal that the Garcinia Cambogia in Garcinia Pure Pro comes in at 60% HCA, and that’s actually the real powerhouse when it comes to Garcinia. So let’s talk about that.
What Is HCA and How Does It Help Me Lose Weight?
Garcinia Cambogia is a fruit native to India and Southeast Asia. It looks like a little greenish-yellow pumpkin, and it also goes by the name Tamarind. In case you’re wondering, the taste is primarily sour, with a little sweetness to it. It’s historically been used in Ayurvedic medicine as a digestive aid.
But when it comes to weight loss, the real key is the Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA) that’s extracted from the rind.
What’s so exciting about HCA is that it’s believed to contribute to weight loss is several ways, as opposed to the one or two you’ll get with most other ingredients. According to some, HCA can:
- Suppress Appetite – HCA may act in similar ways to an SSRI, or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor. These are used as anti-depressants because they increase the amount of Serotonin in your brain, keeping you in good spirits and feeling satisfied. It may also affect glycogen production, thereby increasing feelings of satisfaction in terms of appetite.
- Prevent Fat Storage – HCA can inhibits the production of fat cells within your body by acting on a particular enzyme called citrate lyase, an enzyme necessary to convert carbohydrates into fat. Without the enzyme, new fat cells that would be created, simply cannot become reality.
- Boost Metabolism – Some studies have shown that with HCA supplementation, metabolism is increased, which of course will lead to more significant weight loss when combined with a healthy diet and exercise program.
- Enhance Athletic Performance – A few studies have indicated that the use of HCA can increase the time it takes to reach exhaustion while engaging in vigorous exercise, increasing endurance and conversion of fat to energy.
If this is true, it would seem to make Garcinia Cambogia deserve its reputation as the miracle diet drug. And let’s not forget, it’s non-stimulant as well, so you get all these benefits without even having to worry about jitters or the crash you might get from supplements loaded with caffeine. Sounds like a pretty good deal, no? If this is what Garcinia Pure Pro does, then tell me where I can get mine.
What’s the Catch?
Well, there are several catches, really. We’ll start with the smaller, more innocent one, and move on from there.
Catch #1 – Ingredient Amounts
When an ingredient such as Garcinia Cambogia is put through a clinical study, the study uses a particular amount of the ingredient. In the case of the studies we’ve mentioned here, the amount of HCA used was between 2,800 mg and 3,000 mg daily. And that’s the amount of HCA, not the amount of Garcinia.
The Garcinia in Garcinia Pure Pro is standardized at 60% HCA, meaning that the amount of HCA is 60% of the total Garcinia in the formula.
Now here’s the catch. I don’t know what the Garcinia dosage in Garcinia Pure Pro is, but I’d bet next month’s rent that it doesn’t come anywhere near the almost 5 grams necessary to match the amount of HCA in the studies.
I don’t hold this against Garcinia Pure Pro too hard. This is an extremely common problem in supplements. They use all the right ingredients, but at nowhere near the levels necessary to affect the change they claim to affect. It’s almost like they try to do the right thing, but fall short of the mark.
Catch #2 – The Free Trial Scam
Now here’s the big one. Allow me to explain the free trial scam. It’s the only way to get your hands on Garcinia Pure Pro, so if you’re thinking about using the stuff, you’ll need to pay attention to how it works.
Here’s what you see when you click through to the official website:
They clearly want you to act quickly. They know this is their best shot of reeling you in. The more time you take thinking about what action to take, the greater the chance you’ll do some research and find information like what you’re reading right now.
The action you’re called to take is filling out the form on the same page:
They sure do want to know a lot about you. Notice they don’t ask for payment information yet. At this point, they still want you to think you’re getting their miracle pill for free. And they’ll hold on to that misrepresentation for as long as you let them.
Here’s what’s next as you fill in your information and click through:
Now, take note that the image represents a full screen laptop image. When I put in my name and address, etc. and clicked through, this is what appeared. This and only this. I could enter my credit card information, click the “Complete Checkout” Button, and order this “free trial” for the cost of shipping, and think it ends here… or once I get my free pills and lose mad pounds.
But hold up a minute, don’t jump on this “great offer” just yet. Take a look at what gets revealed when we scroll down just a little bit:
And that’s the real story. If you can’t read that, let me just clarify for you. It says that the trial lasts for 14 days, after which time they will charge you a whopping $89.97 for the bottle you thought you got for free. Oh and by the way, you’ve also signed up for a new bottle every month for that $89.97 price tag.
How To Get Out of the Free Trial
If this is the first time you’re coming up against this kind of scam, don’t feel too badly. You’re not by any means alone. These scams are extremely common in the online supplement industry, and there even seems to be a real niche for it with the Garcinia pills.
Call this number if you got caught up in this scam:
To cancel any billing beyond the shipping charge you paid up front, call within 14 days from the day you placed your initial order. Their Terms and Conditions document (which you can find if you look real hard at their website) specifically states that if you call within that time frame, you don’t have to send the product back.
If your trial period has already passed, you’ll have trouble getting a refund of any of the money they’ve already charged you. They do have a refund policy, but it’s pretty narrow in its terms. They only accept unopened bottles, they only accept return of one order (so if you’re a procrastinator thinking you’ll send them all back and get refunded eventually, it ain’t gonna happen), and they charge you a restocking fee of about 13 bucks. Makes it hardly worth your while to send it back… which is really the point, isn’t it?
But if you want to cut your losses and cancel future orders, call that number above and tell them you want to cancel your subscription. This shouldn’t be a problem.
But Does Garcinia Pure Pro Work?
Ah, the most important question really. I know there are people who would pay $90 a month for a weight loss supplement that works. It sucks that we don’t know how many milligrams of HCA are in Garcinia Pure Pro because that’s really our best shot at knowing if it works.
There’s another good way to tell, and that’s customer feedback in the form of online reviews. Unfortunately, we didn’t find any of those. Surprise, surprise.
Is Garcinia Pure Pro Worth It?
I was pretty sure the price for this stuff was way off the chart of reasonability. So I did the math to see what it might cost to pick up some generic Garcinia at a store and take an effective clinical dose for a month.
I picked a product called Spring Valley Garcinia Cambogia that’s sold at Walmart (a totally random pick, admittedly one of the cheaper options). A serving is 2 pills and contains 480 mg of HCA (800 mg Garcinia Cambogia standardized for 60% HCA). The recommended dose is 1 serving 3 times a day before meals. That would bring you to 6 pills a day providing roughly 1500 mg of HCA.
We know from our research that the clinical dose is twice that, so let’s say we double that dose from 6 pills per day to 12 pills per day to get our clinical dose, giving us our best possible chance for success.
A bottle of this Spring Valley Garcinia contains 90 pills and costs $6.88. At 12 pills per day, we’d need 360 pills per month, which means we’d need to buy 4 bottles to get us through a month. 4 bottles of this stuff at Walmart comes in at a cool $27.52!
That’s more than $60 cheaper than Garcinia Pure Pro people! And that’s assuming the online stuff provides the 3 grams of HCA per day you want, and I assure you it does not.
Buy or Don’t Buy?
We are giving this one a resounding DON’T BUY! Put together a few facts on Garcinia Pure Pro and it becomes a real easy choice. They don’t reveal how much active ingredient is provided per serving. There are no customer reviews. And the piece de resistance – they jack you up with the phony free trial then charge you $90 bucks a month for something you can get at Walmart for less than $30. Need I say more?
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