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Does Green Coffee Bean Extract Work For Weight Loss?

Dr. Oz once called it “the fat burner that works”

On today’s episode of Live Lean TV, I’m answering the question, does green coffee bean extract work for weight loss?

This is another Throwback Thursday post from our #TBT Q&A series.

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These are questions from our #LLTV Q&A series, that we filmed for our Live Lean TV YouTube channel back in 2012.

So first, I’m going to share my answer from 2012, then I’ll answer the question again, with my thoughts today.

Does green coffee bean extract burn fat fast?

But first, lets talk about the past hype surrounding the green coffee bean extract supplement.

This “fat burning” supplement first went mainstream after Dr. Oz hyped it up, not once, by twice on his popular television show, Dr. Oz.

Based on the segment titles of his show, such as “the fat burner that works” and “the answer to weight loss”, sales of green coffee bean extract went through the roof.

This also led to a lot of people digging deeper into these claims that, “this miracle pill can burn fat fast…”.

So back in 2012, one of my viewers asked me about my thoughts on Dr. Oz’s green coffee bean extract weight loss claims.

Before I get to that, be sure to keep reading to the end of this post, as I’ll update my thoughts with new findings, that you’re going to find very interesting.

So first, lets flashback to 2012.

Here is today’s viewer question:

Wondering about the Green Coffee Bean theory from Dr. Oz. Is this something that can help you lose weight?

I have a lot of respect for Dr. Oz, as I feel like he is a good guy.

He also promotes Eastern methods of preventing issues, rather than just medicating them.

But at the end of the day, he’s the host of a TV show, so to get the ratings, they have to use big headlines.

In this case, the headline was…

Green coffee bean extract: the answer to weight loss?

But, come on, let’s be realistic here.

If the green coffee bean supplement was a magical pill, it would be hugely marketed right now, everybody would know about it, and the stock price would be through the roof.

The green coffee bean extract experiment

If I remember correctly, during the Dr. Oz Show, they did a 2 week study with the audience.

From my understanding, half of the audience took a placebo and the other half supplemented with the green coffee bean pills.

Then the people who took the green coffee bean supplement had to track the foods they were eating in a food diary.

So think about it.

What do you think happens when most people have to track their food intake in a diary?

Since they have to track their food intake, they are less likely to binge on bad foods.

The results from the green coffee bean experiment

If I remember correctly, based on the results of the 2 week study, the people who supplemented with the green coffee bean lost, on average, 1 or 2 pounds per week.

If you know anything about personal training or fitness, an average weight loss from following a healthy diet and exercising, is approximately 1 to 2 pounds per week.

So the people who supplemented with green coffee bean pills didn’t really have extraordinary results by any stretch.

Let me just end with this

Supplementing with the green coffee bean pills may have some antioxidant benefits to it and it may help boost your metabolism.

But as I mentioned before, spend your money on real food and move your body by working out.

Alright, now lets fast forward.

Here’s my answer 7 years later

Well, my answer is still the same.

But here’s what I found was interesting.

During my recent research, I was trying to find videos and blog posts on Dr. Oz’s website that linked to these green coffee bean extract segments.

No sign of any green coffee bean extract content on the Dr. Oz website

All of the links that I could find on Dr. Oz’s website now lead to dead pages.

So, in other words, I couldn’t find any content covering green coffee bean extract on Dr. Oz’s website, except for this.

In prior seasons, we covered Green Coffee Extract and its potential as  a useful tool for weight loss. Recently the authors of the peer reviewed research paper on which our coverage had been partially based formally retracted their study. While this sometimes happens in scientific research, it indicates that further study is needed regarding any potential benefits of Green Coffee Extract.


Not only were the experiments conducted by Dr. Oz heavily criticized as being badly flawed, the initial study on green coffee bean extract had serious variable control problems with it.

Plus the author of the study was paid for by a producer of green bean extract.

The FTC claimed the researchers manipulated the data and “the study was so hopelessly flawed that no reliable conclusions could be drawn from it.”

Bottom line:

I feel like a broken record.

Don’t waste your money on miracle weight loss supplements.

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Miracle weight loss pills don’t exist.

Here’s the true answer to weight loss:

  1. Follow a properly structured workout program
  2. Eat delicious healthy foods that fit within your energy needs
  3. Sleep

That’s the true answer to weight loss.

No more shortcuts

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