Golo Diet Review

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Losing weight is something that many of us are concerned about. This is reflected in the fact that the weight loss industry is now a billion dollar global industry. Unfortunately, because of the proliferation of so many companies and products, it can be quite overwhelming to determine exactly what does and does not work, and it would be impossible to test everything out. Another issue is that different programs and products take different approaches on how to “beat the bulge”. So how do you choose between all of those options?

One program that has been getting a lot of positive attention as of late is GOLO for Life. It promises to be innovative by focusing on insulin resistance, claiming that this is the reason why people plateau in their weight loss efforts and can’t lose any more weight. So just what is this program about, and is it something that you should consider trying?

What Is GOLO for Life?

GOLO for Life is a 30 day plan that suddenly became popular in 2016. It was created by Keith Ablow, MD, a bestselling author of self-help books and a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine graduate. He worked together with Jennifer Brooks, certified holistic nutritionist and GOLO President, to create the program with a focus on insulin management.

The program was created for individuals to “rescue” them from insulin resistance. In so doing, they aim to boost metabolism and help speed up weight loss at the same time. They developed the “Once and for All” advertisement, which showed some pretty impressive before and after results. GOLO for Life consists of three elements, which represent the three pillars of health: diet, fitness, and supplements. Put together, these three pillars help your body to once again develop balanced insulin production.

The Three GOLO Elements

As stated, there are three key elements to the 30 day program:

  1. Go Lose Weight
  2. Go Look Great
  3. Go Love Life

During the program, you will have to take Release supplements, which have been patented by GOLO. The ingredients help curb appetite while at the same time helping the body to burn stored fat. According to the manufacturers, some 200 independent studies have demonstrated that the ingredients in Release are 100% safe and effective.

The second element of the plan is the Metabolic Fuel Matrix. This includes personalized meal plans that ensure your meals are balanced so that you can be energized without having insulin spikes (and associated fat storage). The meals are made up whole foods, which are healthy micro- and macronutrients.

The last part of the plan is the GOLO Roadmap. This will help you identify the changes you need to make, and why it is so difficult to make those changes. As part of this, you will also gain access to mygolo.com for one year, where you can get support from members or give support to them, and track your results at the same time.

How Does GOLO Work?

When people have insulin resistance, they are pre-diabetic, meaning that they create too much insulin. It is believed that around 86 million people in this country are currently in a pre-diabetic condition, and this can lead to various problems, such as frequent urination, fatigue, increased thirst, and mainly, finding it impossible to lose weight.

Prediabetes is reversible, and the people at GOLO claim that this is what they are able to do. They do this through their supplements, nutritional plans, and workout elements. The workouts are based mostly on HIT (High Intensity Training), which has been proven to be effective. The second element of working out that GOLO encourages is Spot Training, focusing on specific elements on the body. Spot training has been proven scientifically to have at least some benefits in terms of weight loss.

Golo Ingredients

The key element of GOLO for Life is their Release supplement. This is made up of a number of natural ingredients, supported by scientific evidence to work in synergy with each other. Those ingredients are:

  • Banana leaf – has anti-diabetic properties because it contains a large amount of corosolic acid, which has been scientifically proven to control glucose levels. Essentially, it lowers the amount of carbohydrates that are absorbed, while at the same time helping to better transport sugar in the blood stream. In fact, blood glucose has been demonstrated to be reduced between 20% and 30% in studies. Additionally, banana leaf is filled with important antioxidants.
  • Berberine – also has anti-diabetic properties. In fact, some suggest that it works better than pharmaceutical drugs. Berberine is commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine to lower levels of blood sugar and inflammation.
  • Chromium – regulates levels of blood glucose by improving insulin sensitivity. It is commonly used by diabetic patients.
  • Apple polyphenol – has very strong anti-oxidant properties. It is often used in traditional Japanese medicine as an additive to food. Scientific studies have also shown it to be completely safe and not have any toxic effects.
  • Salacia bark extract – reduces the ability of the intestines to absorb carbohydrates, which is why it is also a common anti-diabetic agent. To be effective, the extract has to be consumed with food. Hence, it is important to take Release at the right time. Scientific studies have shown it also help lower levels of blood glucose.
  • Gardenia fruit extract – found in a huge variety of dietary supplements. It has been scientifically demonstrated to make people feel full for a longer period after a meal.
  • Rhodiola – a type of adaptogen. This means it helps to balance and normalize hormone levels. It helps to reduce levels of cortisol, which is why it is often used to combat stress and fatigue. Rhodiola is also a neuroprotective agent, which means it enhances cognitive function. Some studies suggest that it can increase average lifespan by around 20%.
  • Inositol – a molecule that is similar in function and appearance to glucose. Effectively, it mimics glucose, helping to increase insulin sensitivity and fight insulin resistance. Studies have also shown that inositol acts as an antidepressant. It has even been shown to be effective in the treatment of panic attacks, and it can increase female fertility. Studies have also shown it to be a safe ingredient.
  • Zinc oxide – one of our body’s most needed minerals as it is responsible for a large range of different enzymatic functions. It also strengthens the immune system overall, and helps to normalize the levels of testosterone hormones. Zinc can be consumed in sufficient levels through a healthy, nutritious diet that includes nuts, seeds, eggs, meat, and oysters, but most people consuming a Western diet do not get sufficient zinc.
  • Magnesium and magnesium oxide – many people in Western countries are deficient in magnesium. This is vital to our physical health, particularly to ensure that calcium levels are properly balanced. It has also been demonstrated to improve levels of insulin sensitivity.

According to the manufacturers, you should take a GOLO Release tablet around half an hour before your meal. This will enable you to enjoy the maximum health benefits of the supplement, and to normalize your level of insulin. Various scientific studies have indeed demonstrated the effectiveness of the different ingredients in terms of insulin levels, particularly in terms of overall health and well-being. The claim is that the supplement’s ingredients work in synergy with each other, making the effects stronger and more effective.

Prices and What You Get

GOLO has developed their product as a 30 day rescue plan. However, those who want to lose quite a bit more weight, or who feel they are in advanced stages of prediabetes, are encouraged to go with the plan for 60 or even 90 days. To make this possible and more affordable, the company has set different price structures. At the time of this writing, the company also offered free express delivery with each of the plans, including to Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands. For those in Canada, a $15 surcharge is applied.

The price plans for the GOLO for Life plans are:

  • A one month supply, for those who want to lose up to 20lbs, costs $49.95 and comes with one bottle (a 30 day supply) of the Release supplement.
  • A two month supply, for those who want to lose between 21lbs and 40lbs, costs $79.95 and comes with two bottles of the Release supplement. This represents a savings of $10.
  • A three month supply, for those who want to lose 41lbs or more, costs $99.90 and comes with three bottles of the Release supplement. This represents a savings of $30.

Side Effects

While the ingredients contained in the GOLO Release supplement are completely natural, some have been reported to cause side effects. Overall, however, users have reported that they were very pleased with the effects of the supplement and very few have mentioned that side effects were bothersome. Those who did mention side effects indicated that they were mild and short lived. They included:

  • Dizziness, headaches, nausea, and fatigue. These are caused by the effects of the supplement on levels of blood glucose.
  • Constipation, flatulence, bloating, stomach pain, and diarrhea, which are caused by changes within the digestive system.

What I Liked about GOLO for Life

  • It is a very affordable option that includes a supplement and diet plan, customized to your personal needs.
  • It has three main components, targeting each element of weight management. They are the Release supplement, the Roadmap, and the metabolic fuel matrix.
  • It comes with a full money back guarantee so you can try it risk-free.
  • It helps to balance your levels of insulin, which means it improves overall health.
  • It works on different levels of weight loss, including insulin, cortisol, hunger feelings, and carbohydrate absorption.
  • It comes with a lot of really tasty recipes, so you don’t have to starve yourself or eat a bland diet.
  • The plan includes a one year membership to mygolo.com, where you can be motivated by others or help motivate others.
  • It has a strong focus on living a healthy lifestyle, rather than offering a magic cure.

What I Didn’t Like about GOLO for Life

  • Some people have reported some mild side effects from taking the supplement.
  • The product may not be suitable for those who are already diabetic.
  • You will have to make some signification changes to your lifestyle if you really want it to be effective.

The Final Verdict

GOLO for Life is a different weight loss program. This isn’t only a supplement, only a diet program, only an exercise program, or only a support network. Rather, it is all of those things. Thanks to the supplement and the diet plan, people can have a kick start towards weight loss, either for 30, 60, or 90 days, followed by a full year of support and motivation.

The main element of the program is the Release supplement, which is made up of clinically proven to be effective ingredients, which are said to work in synergy with each other. GOLO has also performed a number of clinical trials between 2009 and 2014, which have provided further evidence on the effectiveness of their product.

Overall, therefore, GOLO seems to be a cost effective way to help people not just lose weight, but also become healthier overall. It helps to reduce levels of blood sugar, fight insulin resistance, improve insulin sensitivity, lower stress levels, energize people, and more. It is, therefore, really advantageous to people, even if all they are aiming for is to have an improved immune system.

GOLO is also surprisingly honest. Unlike many other weight loss product manufacturers, they do not claim that users only have to pop a pill once per day for a month in order to watch their weight decrease. They understand that a supplement is only a first step towards this, and that people must also be fully committed to eating a healthy diet and getting plenty of physical exercise. Most importantly, they encourage healthy and sustainable weight loss.

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September 6, 2017 12:09 PM

My blood pressure elevated so high using the golo release capsules I had to be admitted to the hospital through the ER. My Endocrinologist informed me that the Rhodiola can significantly raise blood pressure in some patients.

August 13, 2017 10:10 PM

Do NOT take this Release product unless you want to be rushed to the emergency room for ventricular tachycardia – which is what this product does to your heart! Hard to breathe, headache, palpitations and just a sense of feeling bad. DO NOT TAKE THIS PRODUCT!!

October 3, 2017 11:28 AM
Reply to  Taylor

Just like with any medicine or supplement, it is not for everyone. Depending on a persons overall health, know or hidden health issues may suddenly cause a problem. It is good to know what others are experiencing, but why be so hostile towards the product just because it did not work for you?

Marilyn Brown
September 17, 2020 1:44 AM
Reply to  Marzena

you ask why that reviewer was hostile toward the product – how about because it almost killed them? That’s why we read reviews – so we all don’t have to take that kind of unnecessary chance. the two reviewers who mention it had an adverse effect in BP and heart / saved me from a potential issue myself.

Beverly Casper
April 15, 2019 12:35 AM
Reply to  Taylor

I agree with Marzena, you do not have to be hostile about the product. Everyone is different. It did not work for you and it is a 100% money back. Did you send it back for a refund? If so you should be telling everyone about how understanding Golo is and that they stand behind their promise to refund you. Hope the next product you invest in will work for you.

January 22, 2020 6:26 PM
Reply to  Beverly Casper

She’s not being hostile at all. She’s just saying her experiences. Not everyone will have good experiences.

Allen Plitt
March 15, 2020 6:43 PM
Reply to  Allison

I totally disagree with you Allison.

July 4, 2020 2:55 AM
Reply to  Allison

I agree with you Allison. Being rushed to the DR is scary and that was just her experience.

Dorothy Daley
September 15, 2020 12:55 PM
Reply to  Beverly Casper

The best thing for everyone to do before taking this product or any product for that matter, is to consult your primary care doctor.

Marilyn Brown
September 17, 2020 1:46 AM
Reply to  Beverly Casper

How about also asking GOLO for reimbursement of medical expenses? You want someone who genuinely experienced a serious medical reaction to tout the refund policy? I’m sold on NO

October 23, 2019 12:58 PM
Reply to  Taylor

I’ve noticed my heart rate slows so incredibly. One evening around 55 beats. I read your symptoms and I’m experiencing the same. I’m not taking it anymore and increased my COQ10 to avoid additional issues. So glad I came across your post

January 22, 2020 6:23 PM
Reply to  Taylor

I agree completely. I was on this for a week and one day I stopped and that day I began having heart palps and was sent to the ER the next day because it wouldn’t stop. I threw these caps out.

Amy Johnson
April 30, 2020 6:58 PM
Reply to  Allison

There was 100% money back why did you throw them out instead of contacting the company to advise of your side affects and your money back?

January 10, 2018 7:10 PM

I tried Golo for about 2 weeks, and even though I was eating less, I don’t think I lost one single ounce of weight. It seemed to have no effect whatsoever. I would give it zero stars if possible, and feel ripped off.

P psyment
February 17, 2018 8:53 PM
Reply to  Sharon

It did not do one thing for me a waste of time and money

August 6, 2019 8:57 AM
Reply to  P psyment

Its not a waste of money. It clearly states, full money back guarantee if not satisfied, so you basically got to try it for free.

March 23, 2020 8:27 AM
Reply to  Beebee

If it was really money back guarantee they would send a return label, instead it costs $10.00

May 14, 2018 9:27 PM
Reply to  Sharon

Maybe you aren’t insulin resistant ….

Jacqueline McNeiley
September 23, 2020 6:59 PM

That is the key. They are selling a product to people who may not be insulin resistant.

Dorothy E Nelson
May 20, 2019 5:15 AM
Reply to  Sharon

Me too. I was on a low carb diet and didn’t change when I started taking golo and I gained weight.

Becky Rule
September 19, 2019 9:19 AM

The diet by itself has helped me lose weight- pills are “a supplement,” not a cure all. There is no magic pill.

August 9, 2020 12:45 PM

I gained weight too

June 3, 2019 1:09 PM
Reply to  Sharon

Did you even attempt to return the balance of the pills?

August 6, 2019 8:54 AM
Reply to  Sharon

As with any diet plan, you have to get up off your butt, and do a bit of exercising. It does not have to be drastic. A 30 minute walk, or some basic low impact aerobics. Some strength training and stretches help also.

nancy sinkule
May 11, 2020 11:41 AM
Reply to  Beebee

I know I am insulin resistant…on Keto diet…have been walking for 1 hour every day for 2 weeks…taken it the right way…no side affects…but no weight loss at ALL.

August 6, 2019 10:11 AM
Reply to  Sharon

I didn’t lose any weight and had explosive diarhea

February 9, 2020 9:30 AM
Reply to  DANIEL

Sounds like a rip-off to me!

September 8, 2019 10:24 AM
Reply to  Sharon

why would you feel ripped off when you got your money back?

August 28, 2017 8:55 AM

I got really bad headaches. My doctor ruled out many issues before we realized that it was the Release pills.

September 7, 2017 5:44 PM

I’m only 4 days in, but I feel great. Last week, I was so tired I could barely make it through an 8 hour work day. This week, I’m taking 2 release with breakfast, 2 with lunch and 1 with dinner. I am sticking to the fuel matrix (super easy). I am actually waking up before my alarm clock and the swelling that I usually have in my hands and feet is significantly reduced! I know it’s still early on, and haven’t noticed the scale budging, but I’m hopeful. Since the release doesn’t have any caffeine in it, you don’t get jittery or have any heart palpitations like I used to with Phentermine or Metabolife.

May 14, 2018 9:23 PM
Reply to  Nicole

Why do you take 2 the website says if you have 30+ lbs – take 1 before each meal and there was something about 1 around bedtime? can’t remember why.

Angie Z
October 3, 2017 11:33 AM

After taking this product for about a week, I suddenly noticed pre mestrual symptoms. I haven’t had my cycle for over two years already, so this was a shocker. I stopped taking the product for a few months to see if my symptoms subside. Now, giving it another try, but after day three, noticing the same. I have not had a chance to see if this contributes to any of my weight loss, but definitely has to do with my hormones . It may be a good thing, but taking and making notes as I take it each day. I am healthy, have good blood work and blood pressure on a lower side, and have not seen any other symptoms other than what mentioned above.

February 7, 2020 1:07 AM
Reply to  Angie Z

Inositol, an ingredient in the capsules, is used in fertility/women having trouble conceiving due to PCOS etc. For me it caused muscle pain in my legs so badly I couldn’t take it.

April 13, 2019 1:43 PM

It does say to contact your physician before starting. If you have a health problem you should have done so. I am losing weight for the first time in 30 years so I am grateful for the product. I have walked, eaten salads and veggies for weeks nothing else worked.

April 20, 2020 10:41 AM
Reply to  Cheryl

Would you say you are pleased? Did you keep weight off. Your post was a yr ago. I’ve tried sooooo many things and never find success. I’m hoping to hear tips from you. My supplements have not arrived yet. I’ve looked at diet plan and I can do that. I walk almost every day. W the virus shutdown my gym is closed 🥺

July 20, 2020 11:56 AM
Reply to  Linda

Hello, I just ordered yesterday so my pills haven’t arrived, did you see results? Have you lost any weight? I’ve been trying everything and only lost a pound last month. If you have gotten smaller and decreased fat, please share. Thanks. 😊

September 8, 2017 8:15 PM

Love the product. I’ve already lost 17lbs in 6 weeks! Now I have to admit that I’ve cheated a few times on my diet but haven’t gain weight. Lol I also combine half of a 37.5 phentermine pill to give me the extra boost I need and so far its been great. No constipation which I love! I stay away from red meat or pork and stick to turkey and chicken breast. Loads of vegetable and limit the fruit intake. Drink 2 pills in the AM, 2 pills with lunch and 1 with a light dinner. NO SNACKS…at least I try lol.

May 14, 2018 9:26 PM
Reply to  Yajaira

If people are taking too much and adding meds that shouldn’t be mixed – somebody with bad heart, high bp, etc – gets sick and the product gets blamed.

March 23, 2020 8:21 AM

I used Release for over 30 days, NOTHING!! No weight loss no physical change. I have stopped now for 3 days, I am having digestive issues. Everything I eat seems to stay in my throat, I have a large amount of regurgitation. When we (I) learn? This is just another hope in a bottle, stay away!!

Wadell Gray
August 6, 2017 6:10 AM

What about if your hypothyroid?

Becky Rule
September 19, 2019 9:21 AM
Reply to  Wadell Gray

I am hypothyroid -have been on the diet about 2 weeks- have lost 7 or 8 lbs. following the diet.

July 4, 2019 11:08 AM

I had my physical 2 months ago & am fine. Saw this on TV & bought. After 4 pills I became very puffy in my face hands feet. Stopped pills.
In a weeks time afterward gained 6 lbs. Its been a week and still trying to get back to what I was …..I am very puffy & gained weight.
This is what happened to me. ( I wanted to loose 15 lbs…..gained weight instead).

Paula Moore
April 29, 2020 8:12 AM
Reply to  Linda

What prescriptions do u take daily?

Betty Tinsley
March 19, 2020 5:32 PM

I would like my money back. It did not work for me.