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Green Coffee Bean Extract. Does this help to lose weight?

Updated on July 27, 2013

How it happened.

I stumbled upon the advertisement as I was skim reading the on-line version of my daily newspaper and then the conversation began in my head. It was a conversation that I have had many times before so I knew what I was getting myself into…..

“This sounds great …and it might just work!”

Oh dear, I hope you’re not falling into that “quick fix” trap again.”

" I promise you it will be the last time I do anything crazy like this again!"

“But you said you would never fall for the ‘miracle cure’, ‘the quick fix’ again. You have been telling people for ages that you are over that stage now."

“But who knows? This might be the miracle that I have been waiting for all my life!"

“So what is it this time? Cabbage soup? The miracle Grapefruit cure? The Hypnotic gastric band cure?"

"No, no, no this is all natural stuff and can’t do you any harm! They say it's the real deal! It's all over the press! It's .........Green Coffee!"

Green Beans


Miracle cure?

I know this is sounding like another one of those miracle cures, like the “Elixirs of Life” that were so popular in the late 19th Century, being peddled by travelling vendors who often have been portrayed in films as being rogues and had reputations for selling wares which did not always do what they promised. As these sellers travelled on to the next town or village, unsuspecting housewives would have to take them and their wares on trust, being taken in by their smooth talking and persuasive ways. There must have been some element of truth in these stories, as there are such elements in commercial deals even in the present day, but unfortunately this is not always the case. Yet there is something I find intrinsically attractive about products and dietary supplements which claim to have the effect of extreme weight loss in a reduced period of time, with almost no extra effort or dietary control being required. Or am I just a fad diet junky?

Why am I so sceptical?

Green Coffee can help you loe weight fast. At least that’s what the latest diet trend is telling us. But can it be true? Is there any evidence to back this up and most importantly, what does the medical community have to say about this latest revelation?

I have been struggling with weight issues since I was a child. I have battled with the trauma of being an overweight teenager and have, over the years become very sceptical about all the magical weight-loss programmes which I was never able to complete or maintain. I have tried, them all with very little permanent success. I have seen many other diet programmes advertised and was beginning to feel that finally I was through the phase of believing everything I read. However there was something that has struck me as very significant and that is the endorsement of the medical community of the green coffee extract.

As you can see from the video below, the Green Coffee Bean was featured by the famous Dr. Oz on his programme and has been much publicised since. I have been doing my own research into the product before I actually go out and buy it because, as I say, I have been burned too many times and have wasted too much money already on these miracle cures. I want to really make sure I am not wasting my money this time.

What I have learned so far about the Green Coffee Extract and why it is different to regular coffee extract we are familiar with.

Find out what Dr.Oz says, featured on Youtube

Chlorogenic Acid

Coffee beans, in their natural green state contain chlorogenic acid among other elements. Chlorogenic acid is a compound and is a know antioxidant found in several other food groups. Roasted coffee beans are typically brown in colour due to the roasting process; however this process eliminates the chlorogenic acid from the beans. So the Green Bean still contains the chlorogenic acid, which is the active ingredient behind the weight loss theory. The scientific studies undertaken suggest that it is the chlorogenic acid which affects enzymes dealing with the processing of glucose and metabolism in the body.



There have been several studies undertaken in recent years. In 2012, the Journal of Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity published a study undertaken by the Applied Food Sciences. The results were very encouraging. The claim that you can read below states that 16 people lost 17 pounds of weight over a 12 week period, which is a very encouraging claim. What I found credible was that the study was over a more respectable 3 month period to what I usually see in advertised crash diets.

You can find the results of the study at the following link.

Want to read up on it first?

Quite right too. Do your own research and find out why the medical profession are reticent about endorsing this product.

What are the side effects?

There are other dietary supplements claiming amazing results on the market that have considerable side effects, and I can assure you, some of them are quite anti-social ones. Some supplements advise you to stay near the bathroom for the first hours or even days of taking the product. When you have a job or other serious public commitments, this proves very uncomfortable and even embarrassing.

However, supporters of the Green Bean Supplement claim that the product has few serious side effects and it seems that these are mainly due to the natural caffeine present in the extract. The effects of caffeine have been widely documented for many years so it seems logical that people who know they have intolerance to caffeine should take precaution.


As in all weight reduction plans, medical advice should be sought, especially if you have a pre-existing medical condition. This is especially advisable in the case of the Green Bean Supplement, as relatively so few medical studies have been carried out to date.

What do you think?

Do you believe there may be a magical formula to lose weight effortlessly?

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Have I been convinced enough to actually spend some more money on another wild claim that my dream of effortless weight-loss could be fulfilled? My reasonable, logical mind is warning me and all my alarms are ringing, as I had really promised myself I would not ever fall for the “miracle cure” again. I had vowed to focus on a healthy balanced lifestyle. But my lazy, indulgent, quick-fix mind is nudging me, enticing me to ‘have a go’, to ‘give it a try’, and why not, especially if there are no unpleasant, unhealthy side-effects?

My personal battle


Are you addicted to latest crazes promising fast weight-loss?

I have struggled with my addiction to food and consequently to fad diets since I was a teenager. Please let me know about your own personal struggle.


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      Marie Ryan 4 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      Hi loseweightguide,

      not sure what you mean by 'procrastination' here, but yes, you are right: many overweight people want the "quick fix" and they want it NOW. Losing weight and KEEPING IT OFF means change in lifestyle , and that's hard to swallow! (If you pardon the pun!)

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      Marie Ryan 4 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      hi, dreamer625

      Thanks for reading. We are all starting to understand that true weight loss is down to changes of habits in our unhealthy lifestyle that led to the weight gain in the first place. I hope the green coffee bean extract may be help us a little on the way. We'll see!

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      dreamer625 4 years ago from Northeast USA

      I too have struggled to lose, and now, keep off weight. I may lose a few pounds, but they can come right back. I have heard of green coffee, but never heard of it having weight loss benefits. Although I believe I have heard of regular coffee helping with weight loss by impacting metabolism. That is really interesting. Hopefully there is one day a diet that works for everyone.