GOLO for weight loss

GOLO for weight loss

Is GOLO the solution?

Ads for GOLO seem to be everywhere. They feature people who were unable to lose weight until they tried GOLO. The testimonials are enthusiastic and feature before and after photos of people who have lost weight, sometimes over 100 or even 200 pounds, and kept it off.

The ads claim to tell “the truth about weight loss.” They say insulin resistance is the root of the problem. But obesity is not just a results of insulin resistance. He is considered one of the main causes of insulin resistance.

The name GOLO stands for GO LOse weight, GO LOok great, GO LOve life. They say that with GOLO you can eat your favorite foods, lose weight and never have to diet again. It is a two-part program: their GOLO for Life advice on how to eat and the GOLO Relief dietary supplement.

The GOLO for Life plan is a 2-1-2-1 approach: 2 proteins, 1 carbohydrate, 2 vegetables, 1 fat. There are no forbidden foods, no menus, just education on how to change your approach to food selection to lower insulin resistance, lose weight, and prevent diabetes and diabetes. other illnesses.

GOLO Release is a tablet taken with each meal. A month’s supply costs $59.99, and many users can reduce the dose and even stop taking it after a few months. They say:

Release is a patented formulation containing 7 natural ingredients of plant origin and 3 minerals. Key ingredients are Zinc Bisglycinate, Organically Bound Chelated Minerals, Chromium Nicotinate Glycinate, Banaba Leaf Extract and Rholiola Rosea. Complementary ingredients are magnesium (chelated dimagnesium malate), berberine, Salacia Reticulata extract, Gardenia Jasminoides fruit extract, apple polyphenol fruit extract and myo-inositol. Release ingredients have been shown to be safe and improve weight loss results. There are over 200 published independent experimental studies supporting the safety and effectiveness of Release’s ingredients.

Yes, some published studies show that individual ingredients have benefits such as lowering blood sugar, but many studies are in animals and these ingredients are not part of standard evidence-based diabetes treatment. It may seem logical that the combination of these ingredients produces a greater effect, but it is also possible that some ingredients reduce the effects of others. We cannot assume anything about these mixtures; they must be tested.

They claim to have over 2 million satisfied customers and a 98% customer satisfaction rate. But testimonials are not reliable evidence. What we need are human studies with an appropriate control group. GOLO claims to have done such a study:

In a 2018 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled 13-week study of overweight subjects, those taking Release lost significantly more weight, inches around their waist, and lowered their health risk markers more than subjects taking a placebo.

Elsewhere, they say, “In a 2019 study, participants taking the GOLO Release supplement lost 79.9% more weight and 208 inches from their waist than those taking a placebo.” Was it 2018 or 2019? No such study has been published in a peer-reviewed journal, and the mention on the GOLO website was the only thing I could find.

They make other unsubstantiated claims for hormone balance, hunger control, immune health, faster metabolism, more energy, improved stamina, protection against free radical damage, a mental focus support, improved sleep and more.

Dietitians are not fans of the GOLO diet. One is concerned about the recommended calorie intake of 1200 to 1500 calories per day, which “is really low for most people over 130 pounds.” Another says “There is no conclusive scientific evidence to support the claims of this diet.” And another points out that “the studies were paid for by GOLO and cannot be found on peer-reviewed databases.”

Jennifer Brooks, President and Co-Founder of GOLO, is listed as “Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition, Certified Dietary Supplement Professional, and Graduated in Culinary Arts.” It does not inspire confidence. She has no legitimate scientific or medical qualifications.

Conclusion: based on testimonials, not on science

Any weight loss diet that people can stick to is great! But if you’re looking for scientific evidence that GOLO works, there’s nothing to find. will it work for you? There’s no way to tell, and if it works, it might be because it triggers a placebo response. Although there is no evidence that it is effective, there is no evidence that it is harmful. If you can save some money, there’s no compelling reason not to try.

  • Harriet Hall, MD also known as The SkepDoc, is a retired family physician who writes about pseudoscience and questionable medical practices. She earned her BA and MD from the University of Washington, interned in the Air Force (the second woman to do so), and was the first woman to graduate from the family medicine residency at the University of Washington. Air Force at Eglin Air Force Base. During a long career as an Air Force medical officer, she held various positions as a flight surgeon at DBMS (Director of Base Medical Services) and did everything from delivery to the takeover of a B-52. She retired with the rank of colonel. In 2008, she published her memoirs, Women are not supposed to steal.

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