There’s been a lot of interest in weight loss circles in green coffee bean extract. Recently, Dr. Oz dedicated a segment to testing the effectiveness of this extract in losing weight. A study in January, 2012 of 16 adults had shown an average of 18 lbs over 12 weeks. Dr. Oz’s team decided to follow up on the research and conduct their own studies. Here were their findings:
The show’s Medical Unit enlisted 100 women between the ages of 35 and 49 who were overweight with BMIs between 25 and 45. The women were not pregnant or breastfeeding and didn’t have any major medical problems including diabetes, or history of heart attack or stroke. These women received either the green coffee bean extract or a placebo, and were instructed to take 400mg capsules, three times a day – 30 minutes before each meal. No participant knew which pill they were given. Furthermore, the participants were instructed to not change their diet, and to keep a food journal that would help The Dr. Oz Show learn what these women were eating. After two weeks, the study participants were weighed.
In two weeks, the group of women who took the green coffee bean extract lost, on average, two pounds. However, the group of women who took the placebo lost an average of one pound – possibly because they were more aware of their diet for that two weeks because of the required food journal.
The show further warned against phony, ineffective products and stated that children should not take green coffee extract, as no studies have been performed yet which would show effects on children.
To read more about Dr. Oz’s study, see: The Green Coffee Bean Project | Dr. Oz Show