Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Can Coffee Beans Help Me Lose Weight?

By    |   Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 11:29 AM

Question: I'm trying to lose weight and lately everyone is writing about coffee bean diet pills. Are they safe? Do they work?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Please forget the fad diets like this one. Fad diets are typically profit generators offering the "holy grail" of painless and transparent weight management. Avoid diets that emphasize single-agent tablets. They are usually not recommended and can be unsafe for some people.
 
Coffee Bean diet pills (created from green unroasted coffee beans) contain caffeine which is a stimulant but is not an effective long-term appetite depressant. Coffee bean extract also contains chlorogenic acid that some studies have found may help lower weight by an average of five to six pounds, but they have  downside risk of elevating homocysteine levels associated with heart disease risk. 
 
It's not worth spending hard-earned dollars on a supplement that helped subjects lose a total of one pound over a two-week period, using 400 mg of green coffee extract three times a day. Also, coffee drinkers should limit their intake to less than four cups a day.
 
It would be better for you to follow a sensible low-calorie — with restricted fat and sodium and high fiber — with the guidance of your physician, coupled with daily aerobic physical activity. 

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