Lean, Mean & Hopped Up on Green Coffee Beans
The Type of Coffee Beans That Can Cause Substantial Weight Loss
Green, unroasted coffee beans can produce substantial weight loss in a short period of time, as a study from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania recently reported. (We really hope that this is what Michael Scott actually left Dunder Mifflin to oversee.) Over the course of the study, overweight individuals who took green coffee bean extract capsules lost about 10.5 percent of their body weight.
For 22 weeks, researchers monitored the diets and exercise of overweight individuals (ages 22 to 26)—they ate about 2,400 calories a day (of healthy, low-fat foods, but still this is far more calories than people on a weight reduction plan would normally eat) and through exercise they burned about 400 calories daily. (Four hundred calories a day? Why the hell are we slaving on a treadmill for a measly 200 calories when these people clearly have some sort of secret process?) The subjects alternated between taking a low dose green coffee extract capsule (700 mg), a high dose capsule (1,050 mg) and a placebo, each for six weeks. Because the subjects taking the active capsules were also taking the placebo, researchers could determine with greater accuracy how adding green coffee beans to the diet impacts weight loss.
Indeed, adding green coffee bean supplements to subjects’ diets accelerated weight loss. Subjects lost the most weight while taking the higher dose capsules, and over the course of the study, they lost an average of 17 pounds and had a 16 percent decrease in body fat. Looks like beans really are the magical fruit, after all. The head researcher pointed out that this number could have been even higher if the participants had not been interspersing their green coffee bean intake with the placebo or lower dose capsules.
The scientists believe that the weight loss promoting substance in green coffee is not caffeine, but instead chlorogenic acid, which unfortunately breaks down as soon as coffee beans are roasted, and thus is not in your typical cup of joe. While green coffee has a bitter taste (from not being roasted), one can avoid this by taking capsules instead. We just hope that the capsules are the smooth kind and not the kind that get stuck on your tongue until you eventually give up. You know who you are (weird Vitamin B pill in the cabinet).
Source: American Chemical Society (2012). New Evidence On Effects of Green Coffee Beans in Weight Loss. ScienceDaily. Retrieved from http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/03/120327134209.htm
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