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GOLO Weight Loss Diet Review: Does it Really Work?

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Written by Rashida Ruwa on November 21, 2022

Getting your body in good shape can be challenging. It's no secret that the first step to a healthier you is understanding how your body works and what it needs to function at its best.

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The GOLO weight loss diet was developed in 2009 by a team of doctors, researchers, and pharmacists who aimed to find the solution for why people can't lose weight or keep it off, and they did. The GOLO diet plan mainly works by managing insulin resistance, which occurs when your body doesn't respond well to insulin.

This diet is simpler than other traditional diets because it does not require you to eat specific foods or avoid certain ones. You can eat whatever you want as long as it's within your calorie limit, making it perfect for those just starting their weight loss journey. The GOLO diet plan also allows any type of exercise as long as it doesn't exceed your daily calorie burn goal. 

But is it safe? Are there any side effects? And does it actually work? Let's find out! 

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What is GOLO and how does it work

GOLO stands for "go lose weight," a popular diet plan that balances hormones and manages insulin resistance to achieve permanent weight loss. Balancing your hormones makes it easier for your body to regulate blood sugar levels and speed your metabolism so you can shed pounds without starving yourself.

When your metabolism is high and stable, you will burn fat more efficiently so that it doesn't have to store it away in other areas like the stomach, hips, or thighs. The golo diet plan also helps to prevent health conditions related to increased weight gain, such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

A picture describing how the GOLO diet works
A picture describing how the GOLO diet works

Although you can eat almost anything you want while on the GOLO diet, you need to watch your portion sizes and take a specific supplement called Release supplement, sold by the company, which helps regulate insulin and speeds up metabolism.

The GOLO diet Supplement contains three minerals and seven herbs as follows:


  • Magnesium: helps your body to burn more fat and also helps with digestion. One study proved that magnesium supplementation resulted in a great reduction in BMI (body mass index), which is a way of measuring your body fat. 
  • Zinc: plays a big role in helping your body turn food into energy. It's also important for healthy digestion, which helps keep your metabolism working at its best, aiding in weight loss.
  • Chromium: helps your body regulate insulin levels (a hormone that regulates the amount of glucose in the body), which is important for weight loss because if your hormones are out of balance, it can be hard to lose weight.
a picture describing the minerals found in the Golo diet supplement
a picture describing the minerals found in the Golo diet supplement


  • Rhodiola extract: has been shown to suppress appetite and reduce food intake. It also increases energy levels and helps balance blood sugar levels, which helps prevent insulin spikes that cause weight gain.
  • Inositol: One study showed that inositol reduced weight in people with obesity and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a common hormonal disorder that affects women of reproductive age.
  • Berberine extract: is a natural compound found in several plants, including goldenseal root and barberry bush leaves. It suppresses appetite while burning fat to produce energy in your body.
  • Gardenia extract: helps regulate your blood sugar levels, which means your body will find it easier to burn fat resulting in weight loss, rather than store it when you're not eating regularly or when your blood sugar is low due to stress or illness.
A picture describing the herbs found in the Golo diet supplement
A picture describing the herbs found in the Golo diet supplement
  • Salaretin extract: supports healthy blood sugar levels while also encouraging weight loss through its ability to stop inflammation in the digestive tract and increase metabolism, the process in your body that converts food into energy.
  • Apple extract: contains pectin, a form of soluble fiber that slows digestion and keeps you feeling full for longer periods than other foods, helping in weight loss.

Can you lose weight on GOLO diet

One study proved that taking the GOLO release supplement alongside a balanced diet and combining it with exercises resulted in an average weight loss of 37.4lbs. But there is a high risk of bias in this study because it was sponsored by the company and involved only a small population, and most information isn’t published in peer-reviewed journals.  So, there's a need for more research to be conducted on large populations to determine its effectiveness.

A picture of person wondering if they can lose weight while on the golo diet plan
A picture of person wondering if they can lose weight while on the golo diet plan

Is golo safe?

The GOLO weight loss diet has been said to be safe and effective for the past thirteen years and should provide adequate nutrition depending on followers' food choices. However, it would be best to talk to your doctor about your diet before you begin.

Side effects of GOLO

According to the manufacturing company, there are no harmful side effects. But there's a need for more studies to determine whether people following this diet have experienced any undesirable side effects.


What food can you eat on GOLO?

Fruits and vegetables, protein like beef and chicken, seafood, healthy fats like coconut oil, and whole grains are just examples of foods you can eat when following the golo diet plan.

What can you drink on GOLO?

Ideally, water and milk. The golo diet plan encourages followers to avoid sweetened drinks with added sugars, such as sodas, juices, and sweetened teas.

How to use GOLO?

Take one Release supplement pill with each meal or three daily pills. You can take the pill as you begin, during, or right after the meal, and you should never take it on an empty stomach since this could cause low blood sugar.

How long has GOLO been around?

Thirteen years since 2009 when the GOLO companywas founded.

How long does it take for GOLO to start working?

Most people start to see results within the first 2-4 weeks. However, this may vary because everyone loses weight differently.

How much does GOLO diet cost a month?

The GOLO diet plan is free, but for it to work, you must buy the Release supplement, which costs an average of $59.95 for a 30-day supply. This may vary depending on the amount of Release supplement you take, based on your weight loss goals.


Getting your body in good shape can be challenging. It's no secret that the first step to a healthier you is understanding how your body works and what it needs to function at its best. One way you can achieve your weight loss goals is to manage insulin resistance, which is the body's inability to process sugar healthily. Insulin resistance can lead to weight gain and an increased risk of diabetes, so it's important to keep an eye on this issue as you work toward your goals.

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