Losing weight is a very difficult process, there is absolutely no doubt about that! As a result, people turn to all sorts of dietary supplements in order to make life easier for themselves. Green Coffee Bean Extract is one such product, currently trending as the most popular weight loss supplement in the world.
As you may have already gathered from the name, this dietary supplement is extracted from green coffee beans. It has a substance known as Chlorogenic Acid which is considered to be responsible for effecting weight loss in individuals. Back in 2012, Dr. Oz, a famous American TV doctor and possibly the most gifted health “guru” the world has seen, promoted green coffee extracts as a means of weight loss.
While I am a big fan of health supplements in general, dietary and weight loss products tend to make me sceptical since they rarely work as advertised. So if you are to lose weight with coffee beans, how effective would green coffee extracts prove to be? Read on to find out more.
So what exactly is a green coffee bean extract? The natural color of coffee beans in green but they are roasted before being eventually sold for consumption. This is where the beans turn brown.
It is a well known fact that coffee beans are packed with pharmacologically active compounds and antioxidants. Chlorogenic Acid and Caffeine are two of the most important substances in this regard. The former is believed to be the most active ingredient in this regard, producing all the desired effects for weight loss. Unfortunately, most of it gets withered away as soon as coffee is roasted. This is why regular coffee beans fail to have the same level of effect on weight loss, though you cannot discount the numerous other health benefits of drinking coffee.
How does a green coffee bean extract supplement work? Green coffee bean extract contains a certain amount of caffeine which is said to boost metabolism by as much as 11%. However, chlorogenic acid is the main active ingredient to work with. A number of studies conducted on human beings have revealed that this compound is capable of reducing carbohydrate absorption along the digestive tract which reduces spikes in insulin and blood sugar levels.
If this is indeed true, then there will be very little difference between following a low-carbohydrate diet and adding coffee bean extracts to the diet regime. Studies conducted in mice and rats have shown its benefits in reducing liver fat and keeping the body weight in check. Chlorogenic acid has also been found to improve triglyceride and cholesterol levels in rats- these are usually huge triggers of heart diseases.
Is there an adverse side to it as well? As per the limited evidence on offer, green coffee bean extracts have so far shown a pretty good safety profile. However, there have also been reports from certain studies where individuals have dropped out citing urinary tract infection and headache. Since the study base has been very small, it is difficult to pin-point the use of these extracts as a cause for the same- how can you simply rule out coincidence?
Green coffee also contains a certain proportion of caffeine. This has numerous side effects if consumed in very large proportions: rapid heartbeat, jitteriness, and anxiety to name a few. Those who are sensitive to this substance should be very careful when consuming green coffee bean extracts. Chlorogenic acid, on the other hand, may produce a laxative effect and result in diarrhoea.
This weight loss supplement has also produced allergies in some individuals. So if you are aware of being allergic to coffee, it is best to look elsewhere. Green coffee extracts are not recommended for children and pregnant and breast-feeding women as well.
So what have we concluded? As it stands, green coffee bean extract looks like a very useful aid for weight loss while also having benefits for blood pressure and glucose metabolism. However, the studies are not to be relied upon. Being small and conducted over a short-term basis, they have mostly been undertaken by the companies who deal in such weight loss products. At the end of the day, it is a changed diet and healthy lifestyle that will help you get long term results as far as weight loss is concerned.
Nevertheless, all said and done, green coffee bean extracts are worth giving a try for those who are really very curious about it. It will likely have a mild effect lasting for a few weeks, maybe months, but it would be wrong to expect anything far more significant than that.
Losing weight is not a sprint, it is akin to a marathon. So as far as obtaining long-term solutions is concerned, a quick fix procedure is never the way to go!