Another Possible Option for Weight Loss

Another Possible Option for Weight Loss

Mackenzie Thompson

by Mackenzie Thompson

Life Saver, AMC

posted on Oct 12, 2013, at 9:51 pm


Another possible option for weight loss? These words automatically attract many people’s attention, especially the struggling dieters out there. Yes, many know about the energy-boosting and diuretic effects of coffee, but researchers have been curious about what effects raw-unroasted coffee beans may have concerning the body and its metabolic chemistry. These researchers’ studies consisted of 16 overweight young adults (ages 22 to 26) taking either capsules of green coffee bean extract or a placebo. After 5 months, those taking the extract lost an average of 17.5 pounds and reduced their overall body weight by 10.5% and body fat by 16%, on average. The calorie intake of these subjects over the course of the trial didn’t change and their physical activity was monitored and recorded.

“Based on our results, taking multiple capsules of green coffee extract a day — while eating a low-fat, healthful diet and exercising regularly — appears to be a safe, effective, inexpensive way to lose weight,” said University of Scranton chemist Joe Vinson who conducted the pilot study. A slight foible in the extract is that it is said to be rather bitter, and Vinson suggests taking it with lots of water.

Green coffee extract is classified as a dietary supplement, so it does not need the FDA’s approval. It is presently available as a naturopathic medicine and antioxidant. Also, its about 20 dollars a month, making it much less expensive than many weight-loss medications currently available over the counter or by prescription.

According to Vinson, it appears that the absorption of fat and glucose in the gut is reduced by the green coffee bean extract it may also reduce insulin levels, which would improve metabolic function. The more extract they consumed, the more weight and fat they lost. There were no reported signs of adverse effects on any subjects.

About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a lover of world travel, photography, design, style and Chinese cooking. She is passionate about working towards a purpose, recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Media and Marketing, and is currently residing in Manhattan.

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