Diet and Nutrition

GOLO Diet: What Is It?

Key Takeaways

  • GOLO diets helps in reducing weight in a more organized manner and a person does not even feel that he is on a diet.
  • In a GOLO diet, the person intakes more food calories but still loses weight due to its advanced planning and research.
  • GOLO diet regulates insulin in the body which leads to maximum weight loss in body and better health and lifestyle.

The GOLO diet is a system which helps a person to maintain his insulin levels at optimum level which in turn induces weight loss and also helps in achieving a higher metabolic rate. This higher metabolic rate also helps in increasing the energy levels in the body with the same or more amount of food intake.

One universal program may or may not work in all individuals though the health benefits seem to be apparent of GOLO program. One should make an informed decision and should consult their family physicians and act accordingly. 

Higher energy levels leads to burning of more food calories without any extra efforts or strenuous exercises. The maintenance of optimum insulin levels combined with a higher metabolic rate leads to a general decrease in overall weight and improvement in overall health. The president of GOLO is Jennifer Brooks, who is a board certified holistic nutritionist and the Director of Social Media is Adam Covington.

GOLO claims that all the ingredients used in manufacturing of GOLO products are natural and plant-based. The company claims that it sources all its ingredients from all over the world and manufactures them in California to highest hygienic standards.

Up till now, very few people had heard about GOLO, what it does to our body and how it helps in improvement of our health. When Google announced at the end of 2016 that GOLO was the most searched word, people were amazed as not many people had heard about it before that. Does it mean that it is the best diet plan a person should follow and does it really work?

How GOLO Works?

GOLO was developed by a team of doctors and pharmacists after considerable research spanning over 4 to 5 years. The research of this team helped them in developing a natural and organic method that leads to managing insulin which is an important hormone in the body that controls metabolism and therefore helps in controlling weight loss or weight gain corollary.

In obesity, people tend to have low metabolism rates and are unable to work out properly, which leads to more weight gain in an obese person. During weight gain, our body produces more insulin than required which does not let the body fat burn. This causes the body to store more fat in the body instead of burning it. Generally, the insulin hormone in the human body maintains metabolism rates.

Insulin has another function to be performed in the body. It helps in transporting the glucose formed from the food consumed to different muscles and parts of body. When a person eats a lot of unhealthy food or overeats, it leads to formation of more glucose and insulin in the body and we have seen that more insulin levels causes weight gain in the body.

An enzyme called lipase helps in releasing fat and maintaining fat levels in the body. However, excess insulin does not let lipase release excess fats from the body, which again leads to weight gain.

In the field of medical science, it is believed that insulin might be one of the root causes of every disease present in the world. GOLO provides a mechanism that helps in stabilizing insulin in the body, leads to increased metabolism and assured weight loss. They provide diet plans which can be easily followed and easily maintained, without any major efforts.

As we know that if a person follows a particular diet plan, he has to forego his food habits and many of his favorite food items and because of this avoidance, he starts craving for it. We may take the example here of food items like sweet dishes, pizzas and any long period of denial from these food items makes a person long for these delicacies. Depriving oneself of proper food and nutrition by remaining hungry or by depriving oneself of routine food items can cause fatigue and hence lead to disillusionment for that particular diet plan.

While following GOLO, one does not have to completely forego certain food items and there is no cravings. Many testimonials to this effect have been given by actual users of GOLO. Once we follow a conventional diet plan, we might observe that we are losing weight. If we stop following that particular conventional diet for a long period of time, there will be a considerable gain in weight. GOLO provides a fast, steady and a trusted mechanism to lose weight. Moreover, GOLO suggests real food items to be eaten in place of eating pills or other such supplements.

If a person is consuming any type of food items like eggs, bread, butter, pasta, meat, he can continue eating the same. It is cost friendly and can show the effects of weight loss in less than 30 days. It also proves that it does not have any side effects on the human body. It provides a wholesome diet with a variety of foods, nutrients and fats that also changes the mood of a person and it can be a cure for depression or anxiety. GOLO diet focuses on providing proper foods which deliver a fine balance of micro and macro nutrients in the human body.

What does GOLO diet contain?

GOLO supplements contain the following:

  • Magnesium in the form of magnesium oxide, which is about 30 mg.
  • Zinc in the form of zinc oxide, which is about 5 mg in quantity.
  • Chromium in the form of chromium nicotinate glycinate, which is about 70 mcg in quantity.
  • Other proprietary blends which is roughly 405 mg in quantity and it includes banana leaf, extracts of crepe myrtle tree which is mostly used for treating diabetes, inositol (which is used mainly to treat diabetic nerve pain, cancer, depression and high cholesterol level), rhodiola root extracts, berberine, gardenia fruit extracts, apples which are mainly used to control diarrhea or constipation and passage of gall stones. Salacia bark extracts are also used in GOLO supplements.

Other ingredients in GOLO supplements are sunflower lecithin, organic flaxseed oil, yellow bees wax, gelatin capsule and glycerin. They use purified water for producing their supplements.

Plans in GOLO

  • The release supplement - The GOLO release supplement are capsules made of natural and organic ingredients that help in controlling blood sugar levels. These capsules convert glucose particles into energy rather than fat. This increased energy ultimately leads to an increased metabolic rate and a sustained weight loss. This will also lead to lesser production of insulin and will also lift a person’s mood.
  • The metabolic fuel matrix - This plan is designed with simplicity and provides a complete meal plan. This also guides a consumer what to eat and what to avoid. This plans helps in limiting unwanted calories intake, eating a wide variety of nutrients and wholesome grains. This plan also emphasizes on consuming bread, butter and healthy pasta. This plan also suggests some delicious 5-minute recipes and helps in maintaining insulin levels.
  • The road map - The GOLO roadmap guides you entirely through your weight loss journey. They perform all the functions which a GOLO product claims to perform, but also points out certain points that can be followed for a healthier life while ignoring the harmful methods.

Does GOLO supplements, product and plan work?

GOLO’s website claims that you can get amazing results in seven days, but if you persist and continue with the program for90 days, you can reduce 4 inches from your waist, improve your energy and you can get other overall health benefits.
It is also observed that while following conventional diet plans, the blood sugar levels do not stabilize and are low and high during different hours in a single day. In a GOLO diet, there are not many fluctuations in a day and blood sugar levels remains at normal level. People on GOLO supplements or programs seem to have definitely reduced their pre-diabetic status and conditions. It does not seem that it helps healthy and non-diabetic persons improve their insulin performance after they go on the GOLO diet though GOLO organization claims that it is targeted at both the groups that is diabetic and non-diabetic persons.
It is well known in medical circles that eating a proper diet with nutritious food and regular exercises are easy methods of avoiding insulin resistance or alternatively, when you are getting insulin resistant back to your normal self. If a person wants to start the GOLO diet, he should always consult his physician.
Special care should be taken by diabetic person (type I diabetes), person having thyroid (hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism) or any other disease and they should only embark on this program with special consultation of their physician. GOLO is a simple way to lose weight and we also obtain desired results by following the GOLO diet. By following GOLO diet, a person is also not bound by any restrictions.

Does GOLO have any side effects?

The manufacturers of GOLO products claim that it does not have any side effects at all because they have researched and developed this formula after number of years of practice. It has been found in usage studies that many customers complain of a number of side effects. Some of the side effects mentioned by customers are stomach cramps, feeling dizzy, restlessness, headaches and a general unease.

Some of the customers mentioned that after following GOLO for 2-3 weeks, it took them 2-3 months to get back in their normal rhythm. In certain cases of hyperthyroidism, people felt exhausted, tired and not normal after following GOLO diet plans. It apparently seems that GOLO is beneficial or helpful to people with diabetes and it can help in controlling blood sugar levels whether on higher or lower sides easily. 

If a person is insulin resistant, his body cannot easily absorb glucose from the blood stream and if not treated, this could lead to type II diabetes. GOLO claims that its supplements and program help for insulin maintenance or insulin optimization, but none of the authoritative health websites draw a direct relation between insulin management and weight loss. The claims of assured weight loss seem to be on a higher side and are not backed by any scientific studies made outside by independent organizations. Many of the authoritative health experts feel that insulin performance cannot be measured by this type of method.

Is clinical trial being conducted on GOLO diets?

Any medical supplement can be assumed to be totally effective and beneficial as per the claims of the manufacturer only when independent clinical trials have been conducted on it. The GOLO website states that there are no side effects and no adverse events have been reported over the last 5 years of sale of the release supplement. It is believed to be safe for pre-diabetics and Type 2 diabetes.

Summaries of all these clinical studies conducted by GOLO are given on their official websites. GOLO's website claims that many trials were conducted during the years, 2009 to 2014. Independent sources claim that results of GOLO participants in clinical trial were in line with people’s experience who ate normal healthy food.

It appears that GOLO diet may not clinically help one achieve more weight loss than other healthy diet intake though it inculcates proper eating habits in a person making him conscious of eating only nutritious foods.