Recommended daily dosage of Garcinia Cambogia Extract

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Every supplement out there, including Garcinia cambogia has an important factor: the proper dosing and the right timing. It plays a crucial part in your diet. To be able to understand it completely, you should know how Garcinia works once it is in your body.

Basically, it’s not that complicated: You take the pill, it dissolves in your body and starts working. However, timing is very important! So lets look at that first.

What is the proper way to take Garcinia Cambogia?

You probably knew this already, but it depends on WHICH BRAND you are taking. Since I am only recommending two brands, I will write about those: Garcinia Cambogia 1000mg and the Garcinia Cambogia Pure.

The proper timing to take Garcinia Cambogia is one pill approximately 30 minutes to 60 minutes before meal. If you are using Garcinia cambogia 1000mg (full review here) then you should take 2 pills a day (one in the morning and one in the evening). And if you are taking the Garcinia PURE better then you should know that this one should be taken 3 times a day! This is why it has more pills in one bottle.

This table breaks it for you better:

Garcinia 1000mg
with Potassium and Calcium


Dosage: 1 pill 30-60 minutes before meal. Take 2 pills a day.


Garcinia Cambogia


Dosage: 1 pill 30-60 minutes before meal. Take 3 pills a day.


But in any case, make sure you are taking it 30-60min BEFORE you start eating.

This part is important, because Garcinia Extract is water-soluble (easily dissolves in water) and you want it to be dissolved fast and to start working. It’s a pretty fast process in your body, and works better if you have not eaten for couple of hours.

After you take Garcinia, it is important to wait at least 30 minutes before your meal, in order to ensure it has dissolved completely, and the Serotonin levels have risen enough.

This is the ‘by the book’ method, but if you don’t follow the rules strictly, you still shouldn’t be alarmed. Your body will eventually process it and you will feel decrease in your appetite.

Hey, I even heard stories about people taking Garcinia 1 hour after their meal, because it helps them to stop snacking between meals, stops their emotional eating, and that is a good thing!

Now that you know how to do it, let’s look at the “how much” part of it!

What is the recommended daily dosage of Garcinia Cambogia Extract?

If you are using any other brand of this slimming pill, then know this:

The daily dosage of Garcinia varies depending on your current weight and metabolism, but it is always safe to go with the standard dose. The standard recommended dosage is 500-1500 mg of 50% HCA per day, but this could vary a little bit. It is totally safe, for example, if you take 2 pills of 1000 mg Garcinia a day.

Studies have shown that lower dosage – for example if you are taking only one pill a day – might help as appetite suppressants, while larger dosage – taking one pill before each meal – helps with people who are in weight loss programs.

People with high energy levels and activity (people who exercise or eat a lot of carbon-hydrates) might also need more. But in any case if you plan to increase the dose, I would encourage you to ask for your doctors opinion first. 

Keep in mind, that after approximately 12 weeks (3 months) of taking the Supplement, it is good to have a break for a week or two. After that, you can begin your cycle again with total confidence. 

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Should I change my everyday diet?

Unless you are unsatisfied with your current diet, don’t change it. If it is a low-carb diet, you might need more time to have the same benefit, but there is no real proof that it wouldn’t work for you. Generally speaking, there is no point in changing your diet drastically just because of Garcinia Cambogia.

Since you are taking the Garcinia Extract supplement before your meals, and you know how it works, what you should notice is a decrease in appetite. This is the normal reaction and this is how you start loosing weight. You can also focus on preparing or ordering less food, and in this way avoid any temptation of overeating. 

And after couple of weeks the benefits of weight-loss should already be visible. Remember, being of ideal weight is not just a matter of aesthetics, it is vital that your inner organs are not covered with fat but rather work normally the way they are intended to. Your body will feel better, you will feel better and be loaded with happiness and energy. 

Is there a possibility that Garcinia Cambogia doesn’t work?

Garcinia Cambogia and Weight LossIf you are currently on a low-carb diet, then Garcinia Extract might take a little more time to show all its benefits, but it should eventually work without problems. This happens because HCA works in a way that it stops creation of fatty cells from carbohydrates. If your carbohydrates intake is less than usual, the time-frame of your diet could be expanded a little bit.

What’s the most important is not to lose faith immediately, rather be patient and keep on with the supplement. You can also check the following post I wrote: what to do if Garcinia Cambogia doesn’t work.

If you are unsure what contains carbs, here is a short list of food that is known to contain a lot:

  • all types of bread, bagel, etc
  • any kind of pasta
  • potatoes
  • corns. 

Many other things of course, but these food are on the very top of the list. 

You should also know that soft drinks are high in carbohydrates, the amount of sugar in any soft drink is very high on the list.

Carbohydrates are very popular since they are an immediate source of energy. However taking more carbs into your body then needed easily leads to extra weight: it is “stored” in your body in form of fat. 

Bottom line. If you don’t eat a lot of carbs, you still can benefit from this supplement. It just might take a little longer. 

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Pilar - April 12, 2013

This product is fiaatstnc. I’ve tried many diets and weight loss products but none of them worked as per my expectation. My friend recommended this product because he lost quite a few pounds with it, so even I bought one bottle & results after 1 month were amazing. I actually lost weight more than I expected. I don’t follow any strict diet or exercise. I am extremely happy and recommend it to all of those who wants to loose weight.

    Sangeeta - July 2, 2013

    Hi Pilar, Could you please tell me how many dosage did you take to lose so much weight in 1month?

      rahul - July 12, 2013

      sangeeta ji daily 3 pill u can take before 30 min every meal

    Amy - July 12, 2013

    Dear Pilar,

    I too and wanting to know the dosage that you took to have lost so much weight… I am willing to try the product but I don’t feel that the recommended dosage (1before each meal) will get me where I am wanting to be…


    lisa - March 22, 2015

    How do I know the amount of carbs to eat per day?

Zoya - July 9, 2013

Im 16 yrs old amd currently weigh 160 pounds. I work out at the gym 4 days a week. I want to try these pills. Would it be harmful for me in any way? Would they be effective for me?

    Stephen Miller - July 17, 2013


    you have to consult your doctor before taking Garcinia, I think it is NOT recommended for persons under the age of 18.

    Hope this helps.

      Flavia Ribeiro - November 20, 2015

      Can I take it during pregnancy treatment

vanessa - July 15, 2013

yes what dosage did you take to get such great results? and how long before you ate did you take?

Debbie Peters - July 23, 2013

I have been taking it for 2 weeks now without any weight loss and am frustrated. I weigh 235 and have been taking 2 capsules/day before meals. I don’t eat hardly anything at all mostly 1 real meal/day and a couple snacks. I also drink a couple alcoholic beverages daily. Cold this be my downfall? Should I increase my dose? I also drink plenty of water.

    Stephen Miller - July 30, 2013

    Debbie, it might be the alcohol especially if you are not doing any exercise at all. I will be writing about alcohol soon too, however until then, maybe the best thing to do would be to consult your doctor.
    And yes, drinking plenty of water is always good, and super important.
    Stay well.

    nicole - August 22, 2013

    you need to EAT to lose weight…many people are under the misconception that eating nothing will make them lose weight..this is false…i also have this problem…cut the alcohol out of your daily diet and eat real food…youre wasting calories on beverages that have zero nutritional value to you…

    Jayjay - November 15, 2015

    The alcohol won’t help…I love the red wine but also know that I have to be realistic…I exercise regularly though… I haven’t seen any
    Changes yet but realize that I probably have to watch my time frames…dinnertime is my worst time….
    I will closely monitor from now on though…

Traci - August 6, 2013

You might want to also consider eating AT least 1000 calories PER day, as to not make your metabolism shut down. If you do not eat Enough…your body will think you are in starvation/survival mode. You must give the herb something to work WITH. It cannot help your metabolism if it is shut down! Also, it cannot work on breaking down foods properly if you do NOT eat. I have been in the health and wellness business for many years, and this are just few tips that I would recommend. Good luck! 🙂

Ben - August 6, 2013

Get some exercise!

carmen - August 12, 2013

Hello.. I am a mother of three and my current weight is 163 lb. I have just purchased Garcinia Cambogia from a website called naturalgarciniacambogia.net but I am very confused about the right dosage.
The problem is that it does not say how many mg in the bottle.. the website says 1000 mg. But under the label it says Garcinia Viv blend is 600 mg.. now with the other ingredients on it (Calcium, Chromiun and Potassium plus other ingredients) it might reach the 1000 mg. Now the question is how much is the right dosage for me considering my life as a busy stay at home mom..a few bike rides a week but no gym..just keeping busy with my 3 little children.

Right now I started with 2 capsules a day..(according to the bottle suggested use).. But I have no idea when do I need to take them.. before meals?..after meals?. it doesn’t says!!.. THANKS for your HELP!!!

    jordan - January 10, 2016

    hi my name is Jordan i was wondering the same i just looked it up and it says to take them 30-60 minutes before a meal and one in the morning and one at night 30-60 minutes before dinner

Jessica - August 14, 2013

I am 22 years old and weigh 154lbs. I have been taking the Garcinia Combogia pill twice daily, 1 before breakfast and 1 before lunch.
I exercise regularly and have made small changes to my diet.
I’m 3 weeks in and have not lost any weight.
Can someone please tell me why? Am I taking the correct dosage?
Thank you in advance

    Sasnjay - December 31, 2014

    Hey Jessica,

    you gotta take atleast 1500mg per day.
    this will work for sure.. check your dose.

teresa - August 14, 2013

When using it hhcg, can they be mixed?

Kara - August 20, 2013

Hi Carmen – I looked at the site and clicked on the link at the bottom so see the label – and I think you should return that product and find something else that has no fillers or extra ingredients besides the Garcinia Cambogia and perhaps Potassium (I heard Calcium may be okay, too – though I’ve heard it fights absorption). There should be nothing else in there. Just my opinion.

susan - September 2, 2013

What is more important? taking it on an empty stomach or before hi-carb meals?
For empty stomach I can take it first thing in the morning, but the food that I eat for a few hours after that is quite lo-carb. So what would be the point?
My real downfall is -late suppertime and evening snacking. So I assume that I need the two doses before and after supper?
Are we supposed to keep our blood stream with a high dose of garcinia throughout the day no matter what we eat? or more at hi-carb times?
Also, hats off to you if you know exactly when you will be eating your next meal; I dont really think about it. So how can we plan the dose exactly 30 minutes before? What if I estimate and take a dose, and then end up eating 2 hours after the dose? has it worn off, hence a need to take another pill with the meal?
thanks in advance for your help

    Junior - November 26, 2013

    These are great questions.. please keep me informed if there is any replies to this

jackie - September 10, 2013

Debbie you also need to eat more small meals each day. Eating 1 meal a day puts your body into starvation mode and makes you store fat! Eat up…please! Eating more small meals keeps your metabolism burning.

Taylor - September 17, 2013

Hey guys
I’ve been been taking 4 pills a day each 500mg. I take 2 at breakfast and 2 at dinner. I’ve noticed how much smaller my stomach appears. I weighed in at 190lbs I am not 182. I don’t see the difference in weight loss but I feek great. I haven’t changed much with my diet besides drinking ONLY water and eating smaller proportions. I think this product wrks great can’t wait till after the month is up to see my results

Sara - September 23, 2013


I bought my pills from GNC and at the back of the bottle it is written
Each capsule contains Garcinua Cambogia Fruit Extarct 500mg
Other ingredients: cellulose, stearic acid, vegetable cellulose capsule, silicon dioxide
Are these the right ingredients?? The product is simply called garcinia cambogia but the packaging looks different than the picture from this website it is just a GNC packaging.
Please. Reply to me ASAP
Also it’s my first week I dunno why but I kind of have gained a kilo is this normal?? What can I do to get maximum results I’m not overweight I’m 58kg even tho I’m 59 now but I jus need to reach 54kgs

    Stephen Miller - September 29, 2013

    Sara, well, what our favorite doctor said was to find the one with no additional ingredients. That being said, what you mentioned here doesn’t sound alarming these are all supposedly safe ingredients.

    I always recommend the one without anything else just the garcinia + veggie capsule.

    Hope the one you bought works for you, let us know of your progress.

shazia - October 24, 2013

i started GC a week ago, two capsules a day. i have observed no weight loss but good energy and less appetite besides some what constipation and more urination. i feel too thirsty and drink a lot of water. are these all associated with the use of GC? when I will start loosing weight?

nili - October 30, 2013

Hi, I bought a bottle recently. It is written “Advanced Garcinia Cambogia”. I just wanted to confirm whether it is original or fake.

Jenny - November 3, 2013

Hi, I bought some GC on Amazon a few months ago, I am 30, 5’4, weighing 155, I would like to get down to about 135 but seem to be stuck at a plataue, I bought GC hoping it would help get me unstuck. I have 3 small children, I run 3-4 miles about 3-4 times a week or sometimes run twice and do weights or some other activity. We eat organic, clean and healthy balanced meals. My question is that my product has a Satiety dosage of 1 capsule 3 times a day….seeing as I am relatively active this is what i have been taking with no results. There is a weight-loss dosage of 3 capsules 3 times a day but that seems a bit much? Could you please tell me how much I should be taking? The pills I have are 500 mg capsules with no extra fillers.

    J - August 15, 2015


    You need to take 2 of 500mg capsules in the morning 30 minutes before breakfast and another 2 of 500mg 30 minutes before supper.

Rosy - November 14, 2013

I bought GC online of Nutrigold brand. It says 1 cap contains 500 mg and recommended dosage is 1500 to 3000 mg per day but not more than that.
I started taking it from 1st oct, 2 caps before 1 hr of meal 3 times a day. I have not made any changes to my diet and I do not work out.
I do not see any change in my weight. It has been almost 45 days now.

I am wondering is there anything that I am doing wrong…Dosage wise? Please advise. I will, however, continue with the remaining 45 days of capsules left.

Sylvia - December 20, 2013

I am taking viridian HCA from Garcinia Cambogia, is it as good as the pure Garcinia Cambogia?

Colleen - January 12, 2014

Hello. I bought some of this product and started to finally take it a week ago and was taking one pill before breakfast and lunch only the twice a day and I noticed getting a terrible stomach ache, should I go down to one pill and will it work??

Thank you.

Jon - January 12, 2014

I was told 3 tablets, 3 times a day otherwise you are just wasting your money.

becca - January 21, 2014

Would it be ok to take this just once a day? and if i have to take it twice a day would it be better for breakfast and dinner or lunch and dinner? i take a multi vitamin after breakfast, i dont want them to mix with this one unless its ok.

farzana kousar - January 23, 2014

hello.i am a mother of 6 month old child.he is on mother feed.can i use gc tablet for weight lose?

    Steve - March 17, 2014

    Hello, Farzana,

    no I wouldn’t recommend it. Garcinia cambogia is not supposed to be used by young mothers who still breastfeed their child. Hope this helps.

Janet - March 3, 2014

What shuld you do if you miss your meal and you already took your dose. Continue on with the rest of the dosages or skip the next pill?

    Steve - March 17, 2014

    You can continue, don’t worry about it. Just keep on your normal daily routine.
    Hope this helps.

Angela - April 10, 2014

I’ve been taking Garcinia Cambogia almost 1 week. I’m wondering if I’m taking it right. I take 1 pill 3 times a day before I eat. I’m just wondering about the correct dosage per day. Can anyone help me?

Jennifer - May 13, 2014

Can it still work if I pour the powder in water? I hate taking pills. I rather just swallow the powder alone. It doesn’t taste like anything. I just want to know if they can still be effective that way.

jack - June 17, 2014

Is it a problem to take GC if you are on Levothyroxine for Hypothyroidism? Dosage is 100 mcg per day.

ali - July 7, 2014

do you take the pill every day ? i use the 1000mg one. help !

Purs - September 1, 2014


I have managed to get get Garcinina extract 60% in powder form

Can I take just one gram of powder & mix in water & then drink 30 mins prior to my meal

Let me know please


swetha - October 2, 2014

Hi Stephen!!!!

This is Swetha from INDIA..

Let me know the exact link from where i can order this product in India or in USA, my friend will get it for me and how much dose is safe per day before meals to loose up to 15kgs in 3 months…

akhere - November 24, 2014

Hi I started taking the pill 4 days ago,at 200lbs,just Checked the scale,am 197lb…I lost 3lbs already,can’t wait to see in 1month,I feel great and more energy

    mahynour - January 31, 2015

    Hey i just want to know how many pills do u took per day and yours how many gram 1000 or more and do u do any diet or exersice thanks i advance

trujillo - December 7, 2014

Hi I just bought garcinia cambogia pure health at Wal-Mart and it’s 800mg a pill. And the bottle looks nothing like the GC that’s advertised. Are they the same? Aslo I want to loose weight as soon as possible. What’s the recommended doaseg to loose weight faster??

Steve - December 7, 2014

Trujillo, I wouldn’t know about Wal-Mart garcinia, I like my from Evolution Slimming better.

Anyway, you should follow their instructions which are possibly on the label.

Hope this helps.

George - January 8, 2015

I also bought a Cleanse to go with my GC, but I am totally unsure on when to take. On the bottle it just says take 2 a day, but when? Do I take them together or at the same time as the GC? Any help would be great. Thanks

    Steve - January 14, 2015

    You could probably try taking them with your garcinia. Since they have different role in your body, it’s a good way not to forget to take both pills. So, one pill a dose, and if you take 3 pills of Garcinia (breakfats, lunch and dinner) and Cleanse says to take only two, then do it in the morning and in the evening.

Sheldene - January 11, 2015

The garcinia cambogia extract bottle I have says 50% hydroxcitic acid (HCA) ingredient 50%HCA 1,000mg,calcium carbonate 50mg- other ingredient gelatin, maltrodextrin,silicone dioxide, magnesium stearate. I just never lost. What am I doing wrong. Tokk 1 before breakfast and 1 at night before dinner. Please help. Still have 3 more bottles to take.

    Steve - January 14, 2015


    are you taking them at least 30 minutes before meals? Do they make you eat less?

    Also, there are different brands of Garcinia and unfortunately, some brands do seem to wokr slower, or not at tall.

    For some people, though, it takes at least 2-3 weeks to see even the slightest results. Keep it up!

ann - January 21, 2015

Hi I just bought GC it says to take 2 pills in the morning do I take them on in empty stomach?

shivi - January 23, 2015

I bought the gc capsules of morpheme industries.
It is 500 mg.
I am confused as the direction of use given on the internet everywhere is 30-60 minute before meals. But this morpheme one says that take.one capsule after the meals.
What.am i supposed to now?
Please tell me.

Hugo - January 27, 2015

Hey my name is juan i just bought pure garcinia cambogia and its a 500mg…how many pills would i have to take and how offten??? Work out require???

Michelle - March 7, 2015

I’m taking as the bottle says 4pills 60 minutes befor meals with 8pz. Of water been on this for a week don’t feel like it’s helping what am I doing wrong?

Jaynie - March 31, 2015

Hi Stephen,

I just bought three botol of Dynamic Garcini Cambogia Juice Blend. Heard that liquid is more effective. the label mentioned to consume 3 cups perday for fat burns. But per cups is around 1500mg. is that too much?

    Stephen - April 2, 2015

    Hi Jaynie,

    I wouldn’t know about this brand, what you need to do is check the percentage of HCA in it, and calculate it out for yourself.

    For example, if it is 60% HCA then I think 1500mg is too much, what I would recommend is to take 400-1200mg daily. And not per cups.

    So I can imagine your brand has less HCA % which means you need to take more, but check it out first and then decide.

    Hope this helps

Windy - June 16, 2015

Hi Steve.I just bought GC from ur website,I started using it a day.ago,but my sister bought the Wal-Mart brand and she’s taking 12 tablets a day….each tablet it say 1500 mg ,do you thing she’s taking to much of it….tks

RP - July 9, 2015


Am taking this product since last week.
Do we need to exercise and diet along with this .
i have a desk job hence need to sit for long hrs
would any exercise be needed with this ….pls advise .
Also what kind dinner is recommended with this pill .

vinay yadav - July 15, 2015

Hey my sister name is sonal jain shez 19 years old.. Height 5’3 weight 60 kg.. She wants to take this tablets.. Plz cn u suggest me wheather she should take these tablets or not’,, or of how much mg she should take i mean of 1000 mg 500 mg or less than dat..
Note: she dont hv any medicl prblm

J J - July 17, 2015

Hi there

I have purchased the pills and they have send me the food & dietary supplements,

is there a specific dosage that i must use or do i take which ever one one i want to take or can i mix them

anitha - September 14, 2015

hi,i am anitha from india i am married and have two childrens my weight is 80kg i need to buy this product can any one suggest which is gud and how many pills i must take for a day in one month how many weight can loose plz give me suggestion i am waiting for the answer then only i can buy the product

Vaishali Jain - September 30, 2015

Hey i am consuming wow garcinia plant extract with 60%HCA, daily dosage is 3 times in a day before breakfast, lunch & dinner.
i recently started dated:- 27/09/2015
but feeling constipated & even wanted to mention that i have hypothyroid & doc had put me on 75mcg.
please request you to advice me whats the reason me feeling constipated?
even wanted to know some vegan diet which is healthy enough as i am vegetarian.

awaiting for your reply.

Thank you

Odin.S - November 25, 2015

Years ago I had a scale accident and gained weight. I heard some conjecture online about Garcinia Cambogia and decided to give it a try. So far after 3 weeks I am down 13 pounds and will continue to use the product. The fact of weight and weight loss has been a plus for me. This is a product not to miss, it works and the benefits have been can’t be missed.

Jen - November 29, 2015

Hello, I have Garcinas Pure and also Vimax Detox, how do I mix them?

Dhiraj - December 23, 2015

Is there any problems or effectiveness of garcinia reduces if I take the dose 2 to 3 hours before meals.

Kristen - January 23, 2016

I got garcinia cambogia pure extract it is 500 mg but says serving size is 2 capsules and it only has 60 pills so do I just take it before lunch and dinner? I’m also doing the cleanse 2 capsules a hour after dinner every night cause that’s what the bottle said?

mandi kamps - February 1, 2016

Hi i just started taking Garcinia Cambodia 3000 with the Green Coffee 3000 they say to take them together but with the Garcinia you are supposed to wait 30 min before eating and with the Green Coffee you are supposed to take with food…so how am i supposed to take them together

Jo - February 20, 2016

I got them but which one do I take in the moring I got small tablets and big one do I take the big one in the morning and the small one at night

Yesenia - February 29, 2016

Hi i just started taking gc a week ago i weigh around 156, i started working out and cut out soda and kool-aid and eating smaller portion of food will i see a change soon

jagadish - March 12, 2016

Hi, is it advisable to have this for men also….and am married..if my wife took this, is there won’t be any probs for pregnancy…. But now she s not conceive…in future am asking…there is no any side effects if we have this……pls anyone reply for this…

Lee - March 26, 2016

I just bought garcinia cambogia and I was wondering can I take 3 pills at once before a meal instead of 1 pill 3 times a day? Thanks.


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