If you’ve done an internet search or opened your email in the past six months (and if you haven’t, we want to know where you’re hiding) you’ve probably bumped up against a banner ad, pop-up or spam touting the green coffee bean. The ad usually proclaims, “Green Coffee Bean Extract: the Fat-Burner that Works!” or some similar verbiage. This little seed is the new darling of the diet fads, surpassing hoodia and raspberry ketones as the latest solution to the battle of the, well, bulge. Does it do the job it’s supposed to do? We’ll break it down for you.
What is a green coffee bean?
Coffee beans don’t start out in that cozy brown shade. They grow as a green seed deep inside a bright red berry before the roasting process turns the seeds brown. The exact process varies by manufacturer, but in most instances the unroasted seeds are soaked and concentrated to create the green coffee bean extract.
Umm, why not just drink coffee? Isn’t it supposed to suppress your appetite?
Green coffee bean extract manufacturers stress that in the roasting process, a natural substance called chlorogenic acid decreases. This chemical is thought to block fat accumulation, so by leaving the beans unroasted, it boosts the body’s ability to lose weight. However, the unroasted beans are missing the increased antioxidant levels that roasting provides—an important point that green coffee bean extract manufacturers don’t promote.
If it’s a natural substance, it shouldn’t have any side effects, right?
Unfortunately, most of the studies done on green coffee bean extract have been conducted with small group studies or funded solely by the product’s various manufacturers. Because the formulas for these supplements aren’t standardized, they come with a wide range of ingredients. This is especially critical when it comes to the amount of caffeine in the extract. It is well-known that high, concentrated doses of caffeine can cause headaches, insomnia, and anxiety, and if you’re in a high-risk group with heart and blood-pressure problems, the risks could be even greater. Even coming off the supplement can create caffeine-withdrawal symptoms such as fatigue and depression. Webmd and other expert resources advise that you discuss the use of this product with a physician before trying it.
So what should I do to lose weight?
Eat properly, exercise more and take a supplement that doesn’t produce harmful side effects. NuShape contains only two natural ingredients- leucine and B-6-which work to boost your metabolism during 15 minutes of daily exercise. If you’re experiencing hunger pangs, try foods that are natural appetite suppressants, including coffee: there are 25 great suggestions in this slideshow.