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06- May-2017

Is Garcinia Cambogia useful for athletes?*

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Weight management is crucial for athletes. Many sports prescribe weight limits, necessitating weight loss so that athletes can perform well and excel. Garcinia cambogia pills can augment exercise to help you gain your ideal weight category as an athlete.

Garcinia cambogia is a fruit found in India, Indonesia and Southeast Asia. It is also called the Malabar Tamarind. It is tangy and looks like a green squash. The reason for popularity of garcinia cambogia extract is that it contains a unique chemical called hydroxycitric acid or HCA. HCA is known to block the conversion of ingested carbohydrates to fat in the body. Thus, the carbohydrate is used to serve energy and does not get stored as fat in the body, aiding weight loss. Thus, HCA found in garcinia cambogia metabolizes fats rather than storing it. This makes the fruit and pills derived from it so popular for everyone seeking weight loss in a natural, healthy and safe way.

There are weight classifications for athletes in competitive sports such as football, wrestling, rowing, or boxing, which is mainly to ensure healthy, safety and balanced participation of athletes. In endurance exercise activities such as distance running, dancing, gymnastics, cycling, weight and composition of the body of athletes may influence exercise performance. Maintaining a certain balanced amount of fat percentage in the body enhances the productivity and effectiveness of the exercise, play or sport. A disproportionate muscle mass to body fat ratio may adversely influence performance. Unsafe weight managing practices can compromise athletes’ performance and negatively affect health. Moreover, use of synthetic compounds can even land active competitors at risk for disqualification from many sports. Because of peer pressure, pressure of performing by coaches or parents, athletes often rely on restricted weight loss diets and on certain nutrients while on a tight exercise and training routine. Safe weight loss and weight maintenance becomes an essential part of performance for athletes. In addition to performance benefits, healthy body fat, lean body mass, positive health is associated with weight loss or gain. How Garcinia cambogia extract can help weight loss and the maintenance of a healthy fat ratio for athletes?

  • Active compound of Garcinia cambogia is Hydroxycitric acid or HCA. HCA is responsible for blocking fat formation. The unused calories or energy is generally converted to fat and is deposited in the body. The HCA present in garcinia cambogia inhibits the enzyme citrate lyase responsible for fat formation. This results in the body using stored fat from cells. Moreover, citrate lyase cannot produce fatty acids so the ingested carbohydrates are converted to glycogen. Athletes burn the glycogen stores through their exercise regimen. With this combined action, healthy weight loss and fat burn leading to weight loss is possible. A remarkable study from the British Journal of Nutrition 2012 April 107 (7) 1048-55 has concluded that supplementation with HCA may decrease post meal insulin response by enhancing glycogen synthesis in exercised human, which ultimately increases exercise endurance.I recommend the Garcinia Cambogia extract Capsules by BestSource Nutrition as these pills have 60% HCA, which is great as 60% HCA pills have been shown in studies to provide greater aerobic endurance.
  • Journal of Obesity 2011:509038 also mentions the use of Garcinia cambogia extract-HCA as offering successful use in suppressing appetite by increases serotonin in the brain. This limits appetite and gives the body extra energy. Serotonin is a feel-good chemical, which also improves the mood. Serotonin also disallows overeating by controlling the frequency of hunger, thus aiding weight loss. Due to this feature,Garcinia cambogia is very helpful for athletes in weight regulation centric games such as wrestling, boxing, etc.
  • Garcinia cambogia is very effective in fat blocking, which may increase post aerobic exercise endurance. A study by McCarty MF concluded that citrate lyase could decrease post workout exhaustion by promoting gluconeogenesis. Gluconeogenesis helps in maintain blood glucose level, which helps in maintain exercise activity level during a workout. In garcinia cambogia, citrate is found as Hydroxycitric Acid (HCA).
  • These pills have an added benefit of lowering cholesterol because of the high fat oxidation wherein the fat formation is reduced and the ingested fats are not stored. This lowers the chances of cholesterol being deposited.

HCA also helps in lowering the insulin levels, post exercise. This feature of these pills is studied well, along with the pills’ ability to shrink fat cells by efficient use. Garcinia cambogia extract pills are beneficial for weight watchers and sport performers and athletes as they increases satiety, makes it easier to eat less and still remain satisfied with lower calorie ingestion. This makes it a win-win situation for athletes seeking to improve exercise performance, lose weight and feel great and charged up while doing so!

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