I am a self-confessed coffee freak. I don’t get cravings for dessert nearly as much as I get cravings for coffee, particularly when it’s deliciously organic, fair-trade coffee from Costa Rica. Coffee is also good for dieters (as long as you don’t overdo it) because it accelerates the metabolism. But drinking too much of it can lead to jitteriness, insomnia, and other side effects. This is where green coffee beans come into play. According to a recent weight loss study, green coffee beans may actually help reduce your body fat. Joe Vinson of the University of Scranton was one of the researchers who conducted the study. He presented his research at the American Chemical Society in the spring of 2012.
Vinson studied 16 overweight young adults for 22 weeks (a larger study is being planned). The volunteers took green coffee capsules of either a 700-mg or 1,050-mg dosage three times daily. Other volunteers took a placebo. Volunteers did not follow a special diet. The volunteers who took the extract made from green coffee beans lost an average of 17.5 lbs. and reduced overall weight by 10.5%. While this research is promising, remember that there’s no magic bullet for weight loss. Taking all the supplements in the world won’t help you lose weight if you eat eight boxes of doughnuts for breakfast every morning. But by all means, go ahead and take nutritional supplements as long as you also follow Dr. Gullo’s healthy weight loss strategies of customizing your diet according to your food history.