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Green Coffee Bean Extract - Your Diet Pill Savior?

63   August 3, 2012   ‹ Older     Newer ›

Green Coffee Extract Fraud

Do you wish you could take a pill and all the extra pounds would just melt off your body? Join the club.

Man, that would be great. I could just eat all day and not worry about gaining weight. Hello, ice cream sundae :)

I receive many e-mails about dietary supplements and weight loss pills. This one is from Marie:

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. Since I look to you as a reliable source on healthy eating, I was wondering what your thoughts were on the Green Coffee Extract and if you knew of any studies being done on its benefits/problems.

Marie, you are one smart woman. I watched a video of Dr. Oz talking about this pill and he used the words “magical” and “miracle”. That scared me as well.

How many times have we been pitched something miraculous only to find that our credit card bill is enormous and we are the same size?

I don’t want to get into a discussion about Dr. Oz and his choices. I used to be a fan when he was on Oprah showing us lungs that were corrupted from lung disease, but I haven’t watched his new show.

I went looking for more information on the study that Dr. Oz cited in his video. I found this great post - Dr. Oz and Green Coffee Beans - More Weight Loss Psuedoscience.

The research study, based in Bangalore, India, that convinced Dr. Oz of the magic beans efficacy is very flawed. Not only was it funded by a supplement manufacturer (RED FLAG) it had only 16 people in it.

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.

ummmm, how does that work? You see, I can see an appetite suppressant aiding in weight loss. Of course, you would be eating less because you weren’t hungry. But, these people ate the same amount and lost weight? Or, the pill revved their metabolism SO much that the pounds melted off?

Perhaps, the pill blocked the absorption of calories. How could that happen without side effects? (like lacking energy)

Or maybe it is really magic!

The author of the study theorizes a chemical in the unroasted bean called chlorogenic acid could be responsible. Other experts suspect the stimulant properties of caffeine could be the culprit. (ABC News)

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 just too many questions that remain unanswered to say that this actually going to make a difference in weight loss.

Hopefully, another group of researchers will do a study that is scientifically sound. Until then, I would follow the advice of this Amazon.com reviewer of Green Coffee Extract:

Don't waste your money. It is all in your head. None of theses things really work. When will I ever learn? Hopefully this is the last time I will be taken in. If these things were for real, everyone would be thin.

Exactly!! We would all just take pills and look like Elle Macpherson.

My advice is to ignore this stuff. Treat it as “noise” and keep making small changes to your diet that will lead to losing weight. You just need to keep doing the hard work.

What do you think of Green Coffee Extract?

Photo credit: Slashme at the English Language Wikipedia.


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First 20 Comments: [ see all 63 ]

"My advice is to ignore this stuff. Treat it as “noise” and keep making small changes to your diet that will lead to losing weight. You just need to keep doing the hard work."

I couldn't agree more, Lisa.

Doug Lisle (author of The Pleasure Trap and speaker in a great, related "How to Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind" video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAdqLB6bTuQ) proposes swapping out unhealthy foods/beverages for healthy choices. Couple that with moving in some way (walking up and down the block is a great start!) and YOU WILL see progress.

Jason Vale is an expert on addictions and I like these quotes of his:

"If you say, 'I want it, but I can't have it.' -- you will suffer.
If you say, 'I can have it, but I don't want it,' -- you won't."

"Make life a 'get to', not a 'have to'."

It (very likely) took a long time for your pounds to show up; it's going to take some time to get healthy. You CAN do it. You ARE worth it.

Andy D on August 3, 2012

Don't waste your money. The other new thing is the Pure Raspberry miracle weight loss supplement. It doesn't work!!!!

Noreen on August 3, 2012

Healthy eating choices, exercise and balance. There isn't anything more magical than that formula.

De on August 3, 2012

Good morning Snackgirl, Thank you for the article about Dr. Oz,and the green coffee extract pills. I had wondered about them myself..is it worth a try ? I have been working on losing a few pounds. And a bit of help would be great. When I am at home,I have cravings of foods I want to buy at the store. Once I get there,I seem to change my mind and chooose healthier options though.So...maybe I can do this on my own,and save myself some money too.I still see diet pills,and wish something would help. But,I have a feeling they do not.Thank you Snackgirl..for all you do.

arlene on August 3, 2012

Right after I read this I was looking up a recipe from the NYT and up came a huge ad from Starbuck's talking about their drinks with green coffee extract in them...yikes....

Jennie McKenna on August 3, 2012

I'm sorry there is no magic pill to help you lose weight, it comes down to exercise and eating right, plain and simple!!

Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on August 3, 2012

What about Sensa? Anybody know anything about that?

Becky on August 3, 2012

There is not ANY magic pill or supplement that will EVER aid weight loss naturally and safely. Not only do these things not work, they are DANGEROUS. Even if you don't have any immediate side-effects, they do damage that could cause problems long-term.
The key to weight loss is exercise, and a healthy, balanced diet of real, whole foods. End of story.

Cristina @ An Organic Wife on August 3, 2012

I don't mean to knock Dr. Oz - oh, wait, yes I do. Why is it that when these guys get themselves a TV show, they go nuts? Is it just that they have all those hours to fill in order to earn their huge salaries? I watched a few Dr. Oz shows before giving up in disgust - if you bought everything he suggests, he would get richer and you would get poorer! Most of what he says about diet has been said before and better, including by Snack Girl :-) The bottom line is that if it worked, everyone would be using it - duh! Weight Watchers works for me with the help of websites such as this one to make sure that I use my points wisely to eat healthy. You can do WW and still eat all that artificial stuff (like the WW frozen dinners, snacks, etc) or you can really learn to eat better. I've learned portion control and to read labels, great tools for maintaining weight loss over time. Thanks, Snack Girl, for your invaluable input - keep up the good work!

JaneG on August 3, 2012

You have to wonder what else it would be doing to your body - will it mess with your liver or other organs? Think about the drug commercials you see on TV with a list of side effects a mile long.

Lourdes on August 3, 2012

I am HIGHLY against taking diet pills of any kind. It seems really questionable that a certified Doctor, even one that's one TV, would push these fad diets.

Stephanie G on August 3, 2012

I'm sad to say that I took these....I"m a 45-year-old who never had any weight issues until 5 or 6 years ago...I was still eating the same (healthy) and exercising the same (very decent) but had put on about 10 pounds more than I want. So I researched and started taking them...and I followed it exactly and what happened over 12 days was exactly....NOTHING....well, not nothing....I GAINED 2 pounds in 12 days. I mean, hilarious. So much for my one try of a fad. :)

southern hope on August 3, 2012

I'm a sucker for anything Dr. Oz says....don't know why...NOTHING has worked yet, as I sit here and still drink my morning Yarba Mate tea because Dr. Oz says it will boost my metabolism...and just prepared my Matcha tea for the day...because it's supposed to boost my metabolism. Been doin' this for months with my usual exercise, healthy eating - no difference in weight loss cause I still like my evening Tasti d Lite indulgence and dark chocolate. I purchased two bottles of Pure Green Coffee Bean Extract...didn't lose a pound. :-( No surprise, but I was HOPEFUL...as I always am. I also purchased that liquid stuff that Montel Williams endorses...SafSlim - I might be nuts, but I actually think that PUT weight on me considering it had 60 calories a tablespoon and you had to take 2 tablespoons a day. I am one of those people who has a shelf FULL of Dr. Oz suggestions: Chia seeds, Flax seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Almond Milk, Caraway Seeds, Hemp Seeds, White Kidney Bean Extract (carb blocker), Bach Rescue Remedy, apple cider vinegar, OH, and you should see my cabinet of TEAS!!!!! CRAZY!! The guy at Whole Foods literally laughs as I walk in and ask him for the next Dr. Oz supplement...actually he says, "What did Dr. Oz tell you today?" I'm still looking for the Saffron Extract with Satiereal to suppress appetite. Will I EVER learn - such a sucker!! Always a dreamer!!!!

Helene on August 3, 2012

I also heard about this pill from Dr. Oz and decided to try it as it's not really a diet pill, its with the vitamins. I've never taken any pill for weight loss but since I was planning on trying to loose weight by counting lories last weekend I decided to try it. So far I'm not noticing anything different, no side effects and it's not suppressing my hunger so we'll just have to see. Thanks for your input though.

Kari on August 3, 2012

My husband and I both lost weight but not from any miracle pill. We both eat better and move more. Now I'm a holistic health coach and that's how I get my clients to lose weight. Of course we all wish for a magic pill but it's still a fairy tale.

Nina on August 3, 2012

The Dr.Oz show where this was discussed actually aired this past week.

One thing that Dr.Oz stressed was that there are all DIFFERENT types of coffee bean pills on the market and if one is going to purchase them, they must be "PURE" Green Coffee Bean pills...it appears that types such as those that are currently sold at Starbucks are NOT PURE.....

He implied that they can only be bought online (I am not sure about that), that they are expensive and to be sure it says "PURE".

That being said, anything that is supposed to have a "magical" quality is suspect in my book!

Caren Gittleman on August 3, 2012

The best fat blocker is to go to a dollar store and buy a tennis ball and stick it in your mouth every time you are tempted to eat something fattening!! This is the only fat blocker you will ever need!!! {:-)

Barb on August 3, 2012

I am in my 50's and tried everything to lose weight. I lifted weights, bought a stability ball, and workout DVD,s and didn't drop a pound. I tried eating smaller portions and didn't drop a pound. I saw on Dr. Oz a "miracle pill", Raspberry Keytones. I tried them and dropped 23 lbs! They took away my sugar cravings, and really curve my appetite. The weight loss saved me from having a knee replacement. I follow Jorge Cruise (one of Dr. Oz's guest) on Facebook. He posts free meal plans. I make smoothies in the mornings with coconut water, frozen spinach, Kale, berries, whey protein, peanut butter, ground flax, Greek Yogurt, and add either oatmeal or x- gum for thickness.
I haven't felt this good in years!

DeAnn on August 3, 2012

Dr. Oz has lost all credibility to me. All he does is push supplements and weird stuff that no one ever heard of. I wish he would take one topic and deal with it in depth. The women all swoon and I think his show is a waste. Sorry Dr. Oz! Eat whole foods and exercise - how about that for advise?

Sharon on August 3, 2012

I also stopped watching, listening Oz when he got into the 'magic pills' of all kinds. It's about making money for him and others who push these and other pills. Smart choices, healthy activity, clean eating... perfect recipe for weight loss and maintanance.

Barbara on August 3, 2012

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