Supreme Fit Garcinia is a diet pill meant to act as an appetite suppressant, and it contains the recently-trending “superfruit” Garcinia Cambogia. The sales page offers a free 30-day trial supply for just the $4.95 fee for enrolling in their auto-ship program, but then if you don’t cancel that trial within fourteen days, they start charging you almost $85 a month until you call to cancel (This is called “negative option marketing” ).
According to the Better Business Bureau, Supreme Fit Garcinia is a sole proprietorship located in San Diego, California, even though the sales page lists Aurora, Colorado, as its return shipping address. It began in 2016 and there is no person listed as a contact. The sheer number of addresses and various selling sites on a web search alone is enough to give one pause, and the “F” rating from the BBB doesn’t help.
Let’s check out what they’re selling.
Supreme Fit Garcinia Claims
“Helps stop fat production – Suppress your appetite – Increases serotonin levels for emotional eaters … Mother Nature’s answer to weight loss! … Get the tight body you deserve! … A simple solution to your ideal body!”
There are a lot of buzzwords in there. “Stop,” “suppress,” “answer,” “deserve,” and one we always love to see on supplements because it’s usually a sign this is way too good to be true, “simple solution.” Which we all know, much as we love to dream, isn’t happening.
But let’s look at one in particular, because it’s one we don’t see very often: “FDA Registered.”
Even today, when there’s a lot of not-confidence in vast sections of our government, the US Food and Drug Administration—the FDA—is one of the few entities most folks still put their trust in. Daniel Carpenter, professor of government at Harvard University, says, “FDA approval is like the Good Housekeeping seal of approval, only much more so. Sellers try to take advantage of that reputation.”
Supreme Fit specifically states it is their lab which is FDA registered, but just the use of that phrase gives the potential customer a little poke to the brain that “ooh, it’s FDA-approved!” when really it isn’t.
In fact, all “registered” means in this case is they signed up with the FDA, listed their product, and paid a registration fee. Since supplements aren’t regulated by the FDA (something we should all memorize), it’s not mandatory for Supreme Fit, but it certainly doesn’t mean they’re FDA-approved, which is what the crowing of it is meant to make you think.
This reviewer hasn’t a clue what “GNP Certified” is supposed to mean. The only GNP certification that comes up on a Web search is for “General Nurse Practitioner.”
There’s a quick paragraph about clinical studies done on G. cambogia, but there are no links.
Supreme Fit Garcinia Ingredients
An undisclosed dosage of 60% Hydroxycitric Acid. There isn’t a picture of the Supplement Facts label anywhere this reviewer could find.
The Science Behind Supreme Fit Garcinia
The FDA does not regulate dietary supplements, only drugs. As such, supplement labels are prohibited from claiming any research-proven medical or health benefit—this is the function of a drug, in the FDA’s view. The entire issue is convoluted, and there’s no shortage of legal action brought against supplement manufacturers by the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on a regular basis.
For the moment, Garcinia cambogia really isn’t the “superfruit” a lot of marketers are claiming it is, but the research is still developing. Drugs.com takes a look at the overall evidence so far:
Several trials have investigated use of Garcinia cambogia for weight loss in humans. Some of these trials are of better quality than others, and reviews that group trials together to look for an overall effect give us a better “bigger picture” than just looking at the results of a single trial.
An analysis in 2011…found 12 trials that investigated the effect of Garcinia cambogia for weight loss that matched their strict quality criteria. Although they found evidence that Garcinia cambogia did promote weight loss in the short term, the effect was small and barely significant. The same conclusion was reached in another review…in 2015 of 17 trials, both in humans and animals. Interestingly, in one of the largest individual trials of 135 people, both the active group (…taking GC) and the control group (…taking a placebo…) lost a significant amount of weight over a 12-week treatment period. As many other previous trials have suggested, it is often the support and encouragement people receive to lose weight that makes more of a difference than any diet or supplement.
In summary, evidence so far does not suggest Garcinia cambogia is effective as a weight loss supplement; although larger scale trails conducted over a longer period of time may shed more light on the subject.
But in terms of safety in taking for other possible health benefits, studies have determined that a daily dose of 2800 mg G. cambogia (HCA percent isn’t specified) should be safe for healthy adults. Some supplements list a dosage of up to 4500 mg daily; it’s better to stick with the science limit, though. And side effects, however mild, tend to come in the supplements mixing G. cambogia with other supplements—usually potassium or a combination of potassium/calcium/chromium. However, women who are pregnant or nursing should not take HCA at all, because of some noted side effects.
Every supplement affects every individual differently. Gender, age, sometimes race, pre-existing medical conditions, and individual body chemistry—as unique as a fingerprint—can affect how a supplement works on you. That’s why supplements always add that “individual results may vary” disclaimer, and it’s why reviews for a drug or supplement can be all over the spectrum. Only you and your doctor can figure out how it works for you, so always be forthcoming and transparent with your doctor about side effects you experience, as well as if the substance doesn’t seem to be doing anything for you.
Word On The Street About Supreme Fit Garcinia
- cambogia supplements are widely available at department, drug, and nutrition stores all over. Amazon.com alone offers over a dozen different brands, ranging from 60 to 95 percent HCA solutions, in dosages from 500mg to 1500 mg. The same 30-day supply (sixty pills) of 60 percent HCA Supreme Fit charges $85 ($1.42/pill) for can be found at Amazon for as little as $9.95 ($0.22/pill).
But the street is pretty empty about Supreme Fit specifically, because there is no place for customer reviews, it sells only on the sales pages, and the marketing doesn’t even bother with testimonials or before-and-after pictures. It’s a sales portal, nothing more.
For G. cambogia products in general, looking at the 60 percent HCA and no other combined active ingredients, and without taking the dosage amount into play, because Supreme Fit gives us nothing to work with, the reviews are pretty consistently 65 percent and higher in the positive. Whether that’s due to an actual health benefit or just thinking it’s working is up for grabs. But folks aren’t complaining.
The Bottom Line: Is Supreme Fit Garcinia worth a try?
Run Away Now. Garcinia cambogia products are widely available, at a whole lot less than what Supreme Fit is charging. Their marketing relies on the assumption you either already know what G. cambogia is, or you’ll just jump at all their buzzwords. Supreme Fit is a scam. Run away now.