Green Coffee Bean Extract- Myth or Magic Pill?

Last year the Almighty Dr. Oz aired a segment on the latest miracle supplement to hit the shelves: Green Coffee Bean Extract. A study published in the journal on Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity stated that subjects who consumed the supplement lost an average of 17 pounds in 22 weeks by taking it 30 minutes before meals 3x per day without altering their diet or exercise regimen.  Sounds a little too good to be true, doesn’t it?  Let’s get down to the facts…

Unlike regular coffee which is roasted, raw green coffee beans contain chlorogenic acid which is a naturally occurring chemical that burns glucose – a sugar produced by the consumption of carbohydrates.  In addition, it halts the release of sugar into the bloodstream allowing for a reduction in fat storage.  The extract also contains polyphenols which are powerful antioxidants that can help prevent numerous chronic ailments including cancer and heart disease.  With that being said there are plenty of good reasons to add green coffee bean extract to your daily supplement plan.  Whether it will actually (miraculously) help you shed substantial amounts of fat without training and clean eating is highly unlikely.  The study I mentioned previously has been ridiculed for using such a small trial group and it’s important to note that it was funded by a supplement manufacturer….Big business at it again – not necessarily for your health but definitely for your money.  I highly recommend that you implement a solid supplementation program to assist you in achieving your fitness goals but if you are looking for that magic pill you will not find it.  The magic begins in your mind.  Believe in yourself and push yourself to take the necessary steps to reach your goal.  Follow these rules and you are destined for success…coffee or no coffee!image

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