13 October, 2014

Get Fit With Me! Week 1: OptiNutrients Ignite Dietary Supplement With Garcinia Cambogia

Disclaimer: the following is based on my personal experience. What works for me, such as my exercise routine, meal plans, and supplements, may not work for others. I will update this section every Monday with pictures of my progress.

Hi, everyone! As you may already know, when I was pregnant with my twin boys, I gained 100 lbs (45.36 kilograms). I then lost all 100 lbs., but gained back about 25 lbs (11.34 kilograms) recently. My goal is to lose that weight and get back into shape again, and keep it off for good by changing my lifestyle. I plan to lose weight the healthy way, at about 7-10 lbs (3-4.5 kilograms) per month.

I hope that you will join me on my fitness journey over the next two months. Every Monday, I will share with you pictures of my progress, what I have been doing, lessons learned along the way, etc.

Today, I will talk about:
  1. What supplement am I taking.
  2. What food am I eating.
  3. What workout routine am I following.

If you're on Facebook enough, you've probably seen those pesky ads for garcinia cambogia supplements by now, from fake Facebook accounts that made you think that you were looking at a real person's experience.

As annoying as those ads were, one question did linger in my mind: does garcinia cambogia actually work?

The simple answer is yes and no.

Yes, because there is some truth that garcinia cambogia does aide you in getting back into shape. No, because garcinia cambogia alone is not as effective as claimed to be.

The human body is very complex; there is no shortcut to getting in shape. There is no single magical ingredient that will allow us to be lazy while looking good at the same time, at least not without endangering ourselves. Life just does not work that way.

So, how do we maximize the effectiveness of garcinia cambogia?

  • Eat healthy. Avoid too much sodium, processed foods, processed carbs, processed simple sugars, foods that are not real (just because something is edible, it does not mean that it's healthy for us!) Basically, you should eat clean. To know more about clean eating, along with getting delicious recipes, click HERE
  • Exercise regularly. In order to lose weight, there has to be a calorie deficit, which means that we are supposed to burn more calories than we consume. Excess calories = weight gain and excess fat.
  • The supplement that you take needs to be made of several complex ingredients that will help you reach your fitness goal. Garcinia cambogia is only one of the many helpful ingredients; it is unrealistic to expect it to work alone.
  • Stay hydrated! Drink at least eight large glasses of water a day.
So, what is my fitness plan? First, let's look at the supplement that I am taking. Yes, my friends, I'm testing this out to save you time: OptiNutrients Ignite Dietary Supplement with Garcinia Cambogia.

Please continue to read to see what ingredients are in here, their health benefits, and the claims.

Before we move forward, I would like to make it clear that this is not a diet pill. I do not endorse cheating, or using unhealthy and dangerous methods, in order to lose weight. This is a daily supplement with health benefits, not a diet pill. In fact, the people at OptiNutrients encourage you to eat healthy and exercise regularly.

As a precaution, I went to my doctor and had him check out the ingredients. He said that he did not see anything wrong with them. Personally, I think that if I chop these ingredients up myself, I'd get something that resembles a salad. 

What's in it? Below is all of the ingredients that are in the product.

1) Brown seaweed extract: a derivative of brown seaweed called fucoxanthin resulted in weight loss among obese patients, according to the January 2010 issue of medical journal "Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism." Fat deposits in the liver also decreased and liver function tests improved with the brown seaweed extract. Researchers concluded that fucoxanthin may offer potential as a natural weight management supplement. Additional, brown seaweed extract is also anti-cancer, especially with hormone-related cancers in Asian women, due to a compound found in it, called fucoidan. (Source)

2) Olive Leaf Extract: olive leaf extract is from the leaves of the olive tree (what else?), and is extremely high in antioxidants. It has so many health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure, blood sugar, and blood levels of uric acid, according to preliminary tests done on animals, in Spain and Morocco. A source of selenium, chromium, iron, zinc, amino acids, and Oleuropin and its derivatives contain anti-inflammatory actions.

Why is this important? Well, that's because when you exercise, you are putting your muscles to work, in order to strengthen them. To help your muscles heal more rapidly, an ingredient with anti-inflammatory properties is extremely helpful. (Source)

3) Irvingia Gabonesis (African Mango) seed: In a study of 40 test subjects back in 2005, in which 28 were given irvingia gabonesis, while 12 were given a placebo, those who were given the supplement lost about 5% of their body weight, while those given the placebo were able to lose only about 1%.

Recently, there was another clinical study done on irvingia gabonensis. Half of the participants were given irvingia gabonensis while the other half was given a placebo. The results of the study were that the participants who took irvingia gabonensis were able to lose seven pounds (3.17 kilograms) in just a month. (Source).

4) Panax Notoginseng: a very rare rooted plant, it has properties that help lower cholesterol and improves cardiovascular function. 

According to a group of scientists at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, who recently published a paper on identifying the DNA of Notoginseng, most of the plants that belong to the well-known Panax species are similar in appearance and chemical composition. 

Among these however, "the root of Panax Notoginseng (San Qi) is a unique herb that has distinct clinical usage." 

Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners have called notoginseng "the miracle root for the preservation of life." (Source)

5) Green tea: I love green tea, and already drink so much of it daily! Green tea is high in antioxidants, it energizes you, and helps keep you hydrated. Antioxidants effectively fight the free radicals that age you, along with bringing about so many different illnesses. 

Furthermore, green tea energizes you with a natural source of caffeine that will not make you crash later, like coffee tends to do. (Source)

6) Garcinia Cambogia: a fruit that is known to curb appetite in order to stop weight gain, and encourage weight loss. Like I said earlier, combined with specific ingredients, such as the ones mentioned above, it can be more effective than it would be alone.

7) Potassium Carbonate: support the absorption of minerals.

What this product does not contain: gluten, soy, wheat, egg, dairy, fish, shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, sugar, artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors or preservatives.

Does contain: 100% natural, individually scientifically proven ingredients.

Why I chose to try OptiNutrients Ignite Dietary Supplement With Garcinia Cambogia: I knew that I needed help, but I did not want to use anything dangerous, weird, or unnatural. Everything in this product is organic, which means that nothing has been genetically modified.

Most important of all, I have the tendencies to over-eat. I eat more than I should because I have trouble knowing when to stop. Ingredients 1-6 support Leptin production. What is Leptin? It is your body's most important fat-burning hormone, which rapidly declines when you are on a weight loss diet or regimen. This can lead to slower fat loss and make it much harder to achieve your weight loss goal.

Ignite solves this problem by combing the effectiveness of a proprietary formulation of 6 others premium ingredients, each scientifically individually proven to naturally support Leptin production and sensitivity. This means your body is ready for fat loss 24 hours a day.

What food do I eat?

I strongly support eating clean by cooking with whole, fresh ingredients. However, I understand that this is not a realistic option for many people, and I suggest cooking several large meals a head of time, divide them up, store them in your refrigerator and eat them throughout the week. The reason why I suggest dividing your meals up ahead of time is to prevent over-eating.

Also, whenever possible, I eat organic and try to support the local farmers in my area, in order to help the small businesses here.

On Sunday, I would give myself a treat -- something that I avoid during the week, like cake. However, this is not a free pass to spend the entire weekend stuffing myself with cake, or else it would undo my effort from that entire week. When you find it hard to resist, just ask yourself this question: "What is the point of working hard all week, only to ruin it all in a matter of two days?"

Below are a few examples that I eat each day.

1) Breakfast: I made a simple omelette out of eggs, milk, fresh baby spinach, chopped parsley, cheddar cheese, a little bit of sea salt, and a little bit of ground black pepper.

2) Lunch: A slice of super healthy pizza! I made the very thin crust from scratch, and piled on an all-natural pizza sauce, low-fat mozzarella cheese, fresh baby spinach, low-fat chicken meat (already cooked ahead of time), cherry tomatoes, and mushroom. On the crust, I brushed on a mixture of olive oil, minced onion, minced garlic, parsley, oregano, thyme, a little bit of sea salt, date sugar (the #1 healthiest sweetener there is!), and paprika.

3) Dinner: Asparagus roasted in olive oil, sea salt, date sugar, and ground black pepper, with salmon baked in sea salt, date sugar, ground black pepper, and served with homemade poppy seed honey mustard drizzled on top.

Exercises: I find that just one method of exercising isn't going to be enough. For the first 30-45 minutes, I would warm up by doing cardio on the elliptical machine. Afterward, I do strength training for 30-45 minutes with weights.

I have a membership at the gym, and I urge you to do the same, if possible. It is highly motivational to be around people who also have fitness goals. The gym that I am associated with is Anytime Fitness, in case you would like a recommendation.

Obviously, the model in this picture is not me, hahaha.

Check back next Monday to see my seven-day results! I will share my Before and After (so far) pictures then. :o)

Where to buy: You may purchase your own bottle of OptiNutrients Ignite on Amazon. If you are located outside of the US, please contact OptiNutrients directly for inquiries regarding international orders.

Cost: $24.95 for a 30-day supply. That's less than $1 a day! :o)

What is your favorite thing to do for fitness? If you have a blog, feel free to include a link with your comment; I would love to visit it!

**The product mentioned in this post was sent to me, free of charge, to review. My opinions are my own.


  1. I love to read about other people's fitness routines plus I love to get new and healthy recipes ideas. So I'm excited to read about your first results next Monday!

    1. I've just updated with Before/After pics! I hope you'll get a chance to see them. :o)

  2. That pizza just looks so delicious this post made me really hungry!


  3. oh my goodness you are an amazing cook, all of that food looks great *0*

    (IG: @TheStardustBohemian)

  4. Thanks for sharing this Tammy! These are some really good tips and you dishes look so delicious!

    Keisha xo

  5. The food looks delicious. :D


  6. Hi Tammy, good luck on your new quest.


  7. This post was very motivational. Keep going!!
    Coco et La vie en rose / Bloglovin / Facebook

  8. It sounds like you're definitely on your way! I find that eating healthy is the toughest part of staying fit. It's so hard to make good choices with picky-eater kiddos around. LOL! Good luck!!!

    1. Oh, it's definitely hard! Lol. That's why it's important to come up with a well thought out strategy first. I tried to lose weight so many times without a good strategy, and it never worked out well.


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