Green Coffee: Weight-Loss Hope or Hype?

Wouldn’t it be great to lose weight simply by popping a pill? No dieting deprivation, no arduous exercise, just a few affordable pills a day, gulp, and you’re a super model or at least as thin as one. Sound too good to be true?

 It well may be. TV’s Dr. Oz (The Wizard of health TV ) seems to think green coffee is the real deal and has said so on his national TV show.According to an article on “green coffee beans comes with an (unofficial) endorsement from celebrity doctor Mehmet Oz who says it's true: green coffee bean extract can help people lose weight.”

 The September 11th article continues, “Green coffee beans are coffee beans that have not been roasted. When coffee beans are roasted, the plant compound, chlorogenic acid, is broken down. It’s thought that the chlorogenic acid has an affect on limiting glucose absorption, which in turn helps reduce weight.” The article continues, “Oz didn't single out any one product to recommend because he says he doesn't want his name associated with any particular brand, but noted that people should look for green coffee beans extract with at least 45 percent chlorogenic acid. When looking at the ingredients, chlorogenic acid can be listed as GCA (green coffee antioxidant) or Svetol.”

  Do You Doubt the All-Powerful Oz? But all may not be well in the kingdom of the svelte. According to “I just came across a post on Green Coffee Extract. I tried to look up some research on it, but most of what I found had a link to the product. According to a Dr Oz clipping it's supposed to help you lose weight and all sorts of other stuff. Warning bells were ringing in my head the whole time I was listening as it sounded too good to be true.” Does 16 People Make for a Reliable Study? Do we Care? The research study took place in Bangalore, India, Not only only did it number a mere 16 participants, it was funded by one of the supplement manufacturers (RED FLAG) that hopes to make some serious dough off the discovery. 

“The study claims that there was no difference in calorie type or intake, yet the participants lost an average of 17 pounds in 22 weeks.” While an appetite suppressant would certainly aid in weight loss that’s not the case here. The participants didn’t change or adjust their diets in the slightest or increase their exercise regimes if they had them. Did the supplement magically increase their metabolisms and therefore the rate at which they burned calories? No matter because they ate the same amount of food as always. Maybe it’s just plain magic. That would play well on a TV show hosted by a guy named Oz. The author of the study theorizes that “a chemical in the unroasted bean called chlorogenic acid could be responsible. Other experts suspect the stimulant properties of caffeine could be the culprit.” 

The participants on the Dr. Oz show (who both lost weight taking the supplement) said that they felt fuller. Were they eating less? Their experience seems to contradict what the research paper indicated. There are still too many unanswered questions to start riding through the street proclaimed that green coffee will slim our overweight nation. Hopefully, a study with a larger group of participants for a longer period with another group of researchers will do a study that is scientifically sound. Until then, I would follow the advice of the reviewer of Green Coffee Extract: “Don't waste your money. It is all in your head. None of theses things really work.” Bet that guy was naturally thin.

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