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Take a Coffee Break to Lose Weight?

By now we all know about the Green Coffee Bean diet.  Didn’t Dr. Phil or was it Dr. Oz say that green coffee beans contain a magic chemical proven effective in the battle of the bulge. We already knew that coffee keeps us alert and awake so why not take a coffee break to lose weight. Well, don’t rush out to your local coffee shop and ask for a shot of the green bean dieter’s special with an extra shot of real whipped cream. It doesn’t work that way.

You cannot use raw coffee beans, green or otherwise, to make your morning cup of coffee.  The green beans are actually the seeds of the coffee berry. These seeds must be separated from the berry using a machine designed to remove the flesh without crushing the beans. To ensure smooth processing the berries must be sorted by degree of ripeness and color. Next they are soaked then washed thoroughly in fresh water.  Upon completion of the washing and preparation process these beans can be roasted to create the brown coffee beans that can be ground and packaged for sale in stores or to make the coffee we buy at the coffee shop.

By now you may be asking what roasted brown coffee beans have to do with the green coffee bean diet. The truth is that the miracle weight loss ingredient in green coffee beans is attributed to the compound chlorogenic acid and its metabolite caffeic acid. Chlorogenic acid helps to keep the body from absorbing sugar from the digestive tract, and it also stimulates the burning of fat by the liver.

However, Green Coffee Beans are not a special blend for St Patty’s Day celebrations. They are simply coffee beans that are fresh and have not been roasted. The beans we grind and brew have been roasted and that is why they turn brown.  Green coffee beans naturally contain chlorogenic acid, which is the active weight loss compound in the Green Coffee Bean Diet.  Recent clinical studies and trials have shown that the specific combination of chologenic acid and caffeic acid are effective for weight loss. Roasting coffee beans destroys the cholorgenic acid. 


One particular study followed 16 people (with a body mass index between 25% and 30%) and between 22 to 46 years old. Study participants were monitored for 22 weeks and participants’ diets and exercise were strictly monitored throughout the study.  The participants ate on average 2,400 calories a day and had a calorie expenditure of 400 calories, nowhere near the levels necessary for weight loss.


Excitement about the weight-loss potential of the green coffee bean diet began this year, after a “randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, linear dose, crossover University of Scranton study.” Neither the active researchers nor the study participants knew what they were receiving, and all blindly rotated through a high dose, low dose, or no dose/placebo phase of the experiment. The Journal report did not disclose if coffee breaks were allowed during the study but it is clear that neither green coffee beans nor coffee


brewed from them were part of the routine.   The study was published in the January 2012 issue of the peer-reviewed journal Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity. This wasn’t just a bunch of anecdotal claims, but the results of a 22-week study involving 16 participants who showed an average weight loss of 17 pounds — a 10.5 percent overall weight loss and a 16 percent overall body-fat reduction.

The researchers who conducted the study, as well as consumers who have tried the extract, say it promotes weight loss without any significant side effects.  So next time you feel the need for a coffee break at the local coffee shop head for the Vitamin Store instead. Ask for a Green Coffee Bean dieter’s special. They’ll know what you mean. 

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