In case you haven’t heard the buzz the past few months over this “miracle weight loss supplement”, let me be the first one to let you in. Green coffee bean extract, recently popularized by Dr. Oz, is a somewhat new supplement proposed to help with effective and natural weight loss. Derived from the raw, unfrosted coffee bean, this supplement is said to help shed pounds without changing your diet or increasing your exercise.
Now you know I am not here to sell you this product, which is why I’m using this platform to give my opinion on the use of green coffee bean extract for weight loss. Although this supplement may be useful to some degree for many people in western society, there are some kinks in the claims that I think can do more harm than good for helping with success, natural, and safe weight loss.
The Science Behind Green Coffee Bean Extract
How does green coffee bean work, exactly? Is it really considered the most powerful weight loss supplement?
Here’s my opinion (as well as some science) on the matter.
Green coffee bean extract works like this:
Chlorogenic acid, which is found in much larger amounts in unroasted, “green” coffee, is a natural compound known to have specific health benefits, including helping with blood sugar control and weight loss. When extracted from the green coffee bean and concentrated, this acid may be able to slow down and reduce the amount of carbohydrates that are broken into glucose in the blood.
Glucose, when present in larger amounts than the body can use at one time, is often stored as fat for later energy use. This is often seen in people with type 2 diabetes, or those with pre-diabetes or obesity. When taken before a meal containing carbohydrates, this can be helpful in reducing how much glucose is stored as fat by the body.
Now, what do many people who are selling green coffee bean extract pills and potions claim? They often say that you do not need to change your diet or lifestyle whatsoever before starting this supplement regimen. Although I believe this supplement may be a helpful and natural component of a safe weight loss program, I don’t necessarily agree with many of these claims.
Lifestyle is Key!
Weight loss can occur when using green coffee bean extract and eating a nutrient-poor diet; however, an effective weight loss approach combines healthy eating, intuition, exercise, and then (maybe) supplementation. I’m not a big fan of taking too many supplements, but I would recommend this to someone who is struggling with their weight and eating a nutrient-dense diet with plenty of dark, leafy greens, grass-fed and raw dairy (if desired), nuts and seeds, and healthy fats.
With any goal, whether it be health related or otherwise, doesn’t it make sense to utilise every tool you have available? In a world where quick fixes are the norm, especially dealing with health and wellness, is it any wonder why people are still unhealthy and struggling with their health?
Unfortunately, there are not quick fixes in life. At least, none that provide lasting quality and value.
Green coffee bean extract should only be used while improving nutrition and increasing physical activity. Consuming this before eating a meal containing fruit or other grain-free, high-carbohydrate food, as well as exercise, sleep, and stress reduction techniques, you can ensure health blood sugar levels and proper glucose utilisation.
To be honest, you don’t need a supplement at all for anything. Our bodies are smart when we give it what it truly needs. Even a multivitamin is only insurance, a supplement used on days when your nutrition is less than ideal. No supplement can replace what a healthy lifestyle can offer.
This is The Healthy Advocate.