I was surprised to see Holford speaking out against “slimming pills” on his blog:
Every year there is a new pill or potion that claims to do it all for you – starch blockers, fat blockers, appetite suppressants, slimming pills. Avoid them at all costs. You can’t cheat the body without paying a price.
I am also, by and large, sceptical about slimming pills. However, this includes a scepticism about the weight loss pills promoted by a well-known media nutritionist – whose name you might be able to guess.
Garcinia cambogia (the tamarind fruit) has been shown to help weight loss as the body continues to burn calories as fuel rather than storing them as fat.
We had thought that Holford might have stopped promoting slimming pills. I am not sure if he still feels the same (guarded) positivity about hoodia. However, Totally Nourish (which uses Holford as one of its two “experts” and promotes his products) has a substantial “weight loss” section. This sections contains pills with tasteful pictures of Holford’s fact on the packet (including one product containing Garcinia Cambogia).
I wish I knew how Holford was able to square this circle in his mind. Being able to live with such contradictions must be an invaluable business attribute.