When, despite of all the effort you make, you can’t lose a single kilogram, then you start looking for other ways to do it. You come across a bunch of weight loss supplementsthat are advertised onlineas very effective. Now we are going to talk about such a supplement and we will explain what it is and what are its advantages and disadvantages.
As in2012 Dr. Oz was extremely fond of the green coffee for weight loss, announcing that this is a supplement that makes you lose weight without having to undergo a diet and without physical effort, the green coffee became very popular around the world.
What is green coffee?
Green coffee is obtained from the same coffee varieties from which you prepare your morning coffee at home, as the difference is that the coffee beans from which you prepare the standard drink are baked, and those of the green coffee are not baked.
The green non-baked coffee beans contain higher concentration of chlorogenic acid (CGA), which has the ability to lower blood sugar levels,toreduce the absorption of carbohydrates in the digestive tract, and to improve and speed up the metabolic processes in the organism and thus to affect weight.
Effect of green coffee use
Green coffee for weight loss
In studies carried out on the effect of green coffee for weight loss, it has been found that if people suffering from obesity drink 5 times a day a green coffee extract for a period of 8 to 12 weeks, they lose between 2,3 and 3,7kg. of their weight.
But now is the time to say that these studies have been performed for a very short period of time, so we can‘t be sure if the weight loss is only due to the use of green coffee or the weight loss is a result also froma change in nutrition and an increase in physical activity of the tested participants.
Lowers high blood pressure
There is evidence that green coffee helps to reduce high blood pressure. Studies have shown that drinking green coffee extract for a period of 4 to 12 weeks can reduce blood pressure in people who suffer from high blood pressure.
Helps in type 2 diabetes
The green coffee extract is very useful in treating type 2 diabetes as it normalizes the blood sugar levels.The chlorogenic acids contained in green coffee inhibit the release of G6P, which in turn stabilizes the blood sugar levels in the organism.
Side effects of green coffee use
It can be said that if green coffee is consumed in the proper dosageit is safe. However,if drank in improper dose, some side effects may appear:
Elevated homocysteine levels
Prolonged use of green coffee or exceeding the recommended dose may result in elevation of plasma homocysteine levels, which in turn can lead to cardiovascular diseases.
Since coffee contains higher levels of caffeine, the use of green coffee for weight loss can rise the anxiety levels and it can lead to anxiety disorder.
Caffeinecontained in green coffee may cause disturbance in blood circulation and cause bleeding.
IBSor irritable bowel syndrome
Consumed in large quantities or for a long period of time, green coffee may cause diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome.
Caffeine intake, containd in green coffee may increase the pressure in the eye and cause glaucoma.
Caffeine in green coffee can increase the calcium released in the urine, as this can weaken the bones. If you suffer from osteoporosis you must limit the green coffee intake to less than 300 ml a day, and you have to take supplements containing calcium in order to normalize the calcium levels.
In addition to the abovementioned side effects:headaches, vomiting, nausea, increased heart rhythm, anxiety, excitement and so on.
How to consume green coffee for weight loss?
Although nothing prevents you from drinking green coffee as a standard coffee, only few people do it because it is very bitter. Thatis why, the supplement is usually taken as a tablet or a capsule.
The dose is determined by many factors such as age, health condition and others, therefore we also recommend if you decide to try the effect of this supplement, before doing so, first consult with your physician.
What we can say for sure is that it has been proved that a dose of green coffee up to 480 ml a day for a period of 12 weeksis completely safe for adult patients.
Who can drink green coffee for weight loss and who should avoid it?
If you are healthy and you want to try whether the effect of the green coffee is real or only a myth, do it only after consulting with your physician.
However, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, if you take medicines for blood thinning, if you suffer from cardiovascular problems, lung diseases, depression, schizophrenia, weak bones or osteoporosis, or if you are in menopause, then green coffee is not a good weight loss optionfor you.