I was initially mesmerized by the statistics. A study found that the green coffee bean pill led to an average weight loss of 17 pounds in 22 weeks. That is almost a pound every week.
In retrospect, it was all too good to be true. The only thing one would have to do is pop a pill every day. There would be no relentless exercise. I could continue to eat whatever and whenever I wanted. And not only were the results endorse by a scientific study, Dr. Oz did a whole segment of the benefits green coffee be pill as well.
“You may think magic is make-believe, but this little bean have scientists saying they found the magic weigh loss cure for every body type,” charismatic and debonair Oz enthusiastically announced as he held a single green coffee bean. “Its green coffee beans. And when turned into a supplement, this miracle pill can burn fat fast for anyone who wants to lose weight. This is very exciting and its breaking news.”
On his show, Oz went on to have a scientist on his show describe the chemistry behind how green coffee pill supplements has solid scientific method and evidence behind it. So I was convinced.
I spent $300 in December, even gave them out as Christmas gifts, and began to religiously take them.
But I didn’t lose any weight.
Now, I have to admit, I think I was taken.
I thought I would look into the specifics of the study a little further. While the study was was conducted by the American Chemical Society in San Diego, it was funded by Applied Food Sciences who were actually the creators of the green coffee supplement. Perhaps there was some conflict of interest there?
So, I have henceforth given up on the fad diet pill that is the green coffee pill. I have also resigned to give up any “miracle cure” to lose weight as well. The old adage that if it sounds too good to be true, then it is too good to be true, is probably the soundest science in relation to this fad diet fiasco yet.
Of course, it is somewhat comforting to know that I am not alone. In our obesity-plagued society, the weight loss market is a multibillion dollar money maker in the United States.
But I am empowering myself to now stick to a new more reasonable weight loss plan. I will more strictly adhere to the Mediterranean Diet, that includes more vegetables, fruit, olive oil and fish–and reduce my carbs. And at the same time, become a “gym rat,” and try to workout at my club regularly times a week, be it swimming, yoga, or on the cardiovascular equipment.