Yeah? Prove it.
Well, I can’t prove it. But Professor Joe Vinson and his team, from the University Of Scranton, PA, certainly have made an impressive start. Dr. Vinson recently found that by giving overweight study participants—eight men and eight women— ground green coffee in the form of three pills a day (one before each meal), he observed an average weight loss of 17.6 pounds. Total weight loss of the participants equaled almost 10% of initial body weight, with—and this is crucial—an average of 16% decrease in body fat. This shows participants weren’t just losing water weight or even losing muscle. The green coffee actually worked to help participants lose fat.
The other part of the study that I liked was the fact that Dr. Vinson had participants keep their normal diet and exercise routines (or lack thereof) and merely added the green coffee. So without altering their daily routine in any way, they were still able to lose that much weight. Let’s be real—17 pounds in 16 weeks is pretty darn good. It follows the recommended weight loss schedule of about a pound a week.
And the side effects? You know, after the sales pitch for a drug on TV, when a sweet voice casually mentions that there is a risk of heart palpitations, dizzy spells, stroke, and death?
Not here. This weight-loss supplement is just unroasted coffee beans, ground up and extracted into pills. The total caffeine content of the recommended daily dose of three pills (again, one before each meal) barely equals the caffeine content in half a cup of regular coffee. Green coffee is not a stimulant. So your side effect might be . . . wanting more coffee?
Again, I have to remind you that I’m really not one for the latest weight-loss craze. But a coffee pill? With an organic compound (already in abundance in the fruits and vegetables I eat) that can just help me stabilize my blood sugar, no matter what I do? Popped before each meal with no side effects?
I just might have to rethink my stance. Dr Vinson is currently studying the weight loss effect of green coffee beans in a larger group of people. His goal is to confirm the safety and clarify the mechanism of action of the green bean.