Golo.com Diet Review by Cardiologist Weight Loss Expert

Apr 18, 2022

There's this new diet called the Golo.com Diet. They have a well done website, but is it any good?

I have 2 major problems with the Golo Diet. The first one is that they are promoting an "insulin model" for weight loss. I have done countless videos now and reviewed countless studies that show no role of insulin for weight gain, in absence of excess calories. If you aren't over eating, it doesn't really matter.

Sure, if you are over consuming calories, yes you will store them as fat. And sure, insulin is one of many messenger molecules that will help direct the processing and storage of excess calories as fat. That's a normal physiologic process.

My second issue with the Golo.com Diet is that they are selling a fat burner called Release. There are no legal fat burners that people can just buy over the counter. We do have great medications that help cause weight loss, but you need a prescription to get them. Yes, I prescribe them occasionally when they are indicated and warranted. But there is no magic pill over the counter.

Watch my quick video on the Golo.com Diet and then come back for more! This was my fastest video to 2000 views! I was quite surprised that that many people were looking for this topic.



 The problem with most of these commercialized diets is that they are mostly "marketing hype". They put you on an unsustainable diet that you can only tolerate for a few months hoping that you lose some weight and that you will tell your friends about it. 

It's much better to follow a diet that actually causes long term weight loss and that you can stick to for the rest of your life.

No one wants to eat kale and quinoa for the rest of their lives. Sure, you can. But you can't do that forever. I always teach my patients to eat a more reasonable and sustainable diet.

Below I will post links to articles demonstrating that sugar and insulin do not cause weight gain.

If you want to read more on this topic, grab my book, it's a super fast easy read and costs less than a cup of coffee.

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All of the articles below are discussed in depth in my book, in easy to understand terms. You do not need to go on a crazy diet to lose weight. You will be armed with all of the data and studies to disarm your friends that want to go on crazy anti-carb diets and that believe in magic fat burner pills.


Articles showing that sugar does not cause fat gain unless also accompanied by an increase in calories.

Dietary sugars and body weight: systematic review and meta-analyses of randomised controlled trials and cohort studies



Articles demonstrating that differences in glycemic load do not affect weight loss or gain when calories are equated.

Effect of Low-Fat vs Low-Carbohydrate Diet on 12-Month Weight Loss in Overweight Adults and the Association With Genotype Pattern or Insulin Secretion: The DIETFITS Randomized Clinical Trial



No difference in body weight decrease between a low-glycemic-index and a high-glycemic-index diet but reduced LDL cholesterol after 10-wk ad libitum intake of the low-glycemic-index diet



Metabolic and behavioral effects of a high-sucrose diet during weight loss



Randomized controlled trial of changes in dietary carbohydrate/fat ratio and simple vs complex carbohydrates on body weight and blood lipids: the CARMEN study. The Carbohydrate Ratio Management in European National diets



Metabolic and behavioral effects of a high-sucrose diet during weight loss



The effects of four hypocaloric diets containing different levels of sucrose or high fructose corn syrup on weight loss and related parameters



Treatment of massive obesity with rice/reduction diet program. An analysis of 106 patients with at least a 45-kg weight loss



Articles demonstrating that low carb diets do not cause more weight loss than low fat/high carb diets when calories and protein are equated.

Ketogenic low-carbohydrate diets have no metabolic advantage over nonketogenic low-carbohydrate diets



Energy expenditure and body composition changes after an isocaloric ketogenic diet in overweight and obese men



Low carbohydrate versus isoenergetic balanced diets for reducing weight and cardiovascular risk: a systematic review and meta-analysis



Articles demonstrating that insulin levels do not predict weight gain.

The entero-insular axis and adipose tissue-related factors in the prediction of weight gain in humans



Articles showing that overfeeding carbohydrates or fats are both equally fattening in humans.

Fat and carbohydrate overfeeding in humans: different effects on energy storage



Effects of isoenergetic overfeeding of either carbohydrate or fat in young men



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