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TOPIC: GREEN COFFEE BEAN EXTRACT... Does it work for you?

September 24, 2012 10:41 AM
If green coffee bean extract is working for you guys, try stacking it with CLA.

I work at GNC and most people prefer the CLA (conjugated linoleic acid, which is supposed to shrink your fat cells) over the green coffee bean extract. Or you can try both!
September 24, 2012 10:50 AM




I have been on MFP for 8 months and was stuck at 17 lbs for 3 months. I started taking green coffee bean extract and dropped 4.9 lbs in 1 week. There is something that is working, I also exercise 4 x a week and eat low carb. However I have been exercising the last 8 months and eating low carb for 5.

The supplement is the only thing I have changed in the last week. So it must be that.

What is this!! Am I missing something? Is this a sarcastic answer or what.

I assume you are unaware of different types of logical fallacies?
You assume correct.
September 24, 2012 10:56 AM
@ Acg67, got it. Post Hoc kinda like that red herring thingy.
October 9, 2012 10:39 AM
Where can I get the green coffee bean extract looking online and there are so many brands, I would just like to go to a store and pick up some, I have read people saying they brought the wrong brand.
October 18, 2012 10:55 PM
You have to make sure you are getting the correct one, the label must have Svetol or GCA on it, if not, don't waste your money. It must be at least 400mg with the Svetol or GCA and at least 45% Chlorgenic Acid (spelling?). Since this has become the lastest thing on Dr. Oz, there are a bunch out there, but you must get the correct should have NO other binders, fillers, etc., just whatever the capsule is made from. It is NOT a miracle pill, diet and exercise must be included, there are no miracle pills or we all would be thin.

I don't believe this stuff, I think like someone else said....they have a bit of diuretic to them, I also believe if you believe they work, then sometimes its a head game. But, I did decide to give these a try and here is what I found....

The first week, I didn't take them nothing really. The second week, I took them everyday and pee'd my brains out and didn't relate that to the GCBE until I read it on here. Third week....lost a half a pound, which is what I have been losing all along. This will be my fourth week, so we shall see what happens, although this week I am upping my exercise. and exercise is the only way, period. What I have noticed, on a positive note....I am diabetic and my sugar readings have been great, so if they help with that, I will continue taking them, but for weight loss.....not so much.

October 28, 2012 5:43 PM
Hi there,

I'm new to the forums but I've been using the site for a while now. Most of you seem to be based in the US and so I wanted to give an opinion from someone based in the UK as we don't have Dr Oz or Oprah over here recommending pills and such. The way I heard about it was through a high quality vitamin and mineral manufacturer based in the UK who provide high quality service and a money back guarantee on ALL their products. They also conducted their own trials on the Green Coffee Bean Extract (Svetol) and saw significant results. They have customer reviews and specifically say it is NOT a magic pill, but in conjunction with diet and exercise can help to shed extra weight.

I have PCOS but I don't believe I'm Insulin Resistant. I was put onto Metformin for a trial and it hasn't helped. I have an eating disorder and mental health issues as well which make my struggle with weight loss 10 times more difficult than purely physical. Even though I'm not IR, I have had difficulty shifting weight most of my life. I have been back to dieting for about 4 months and initially lost 17lbs but have put a couple back on. I haven't lost weight for a few weeks and it's at this point when you are desperate for some help because you are losing the will to carry on. I need to lose another 20lbs at least to be within my healthy weight range and I think it's quite unkind of people to judge others who do need a boost with weight loss. We know there is no miracle cure for obesity, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking a supplement to help push you in the right direction when you're struggling. Surely it's better than a crash diet?! Even if it doesn't work, it's always worth a try and it has no negative side effects so what is the harm?!! It's just money and one day scientists might develop a magic pill for weight loss so let's not knock it until we've tried it. Plus I hardly think it would be selling so well if it was just some useless supplement to make money. You try something once and it doesn't work? You don't buy it again and you tell others it doesn't work. Think about it.

I have read many rave reviews about success with this supplement and I've just bought some to try for myself. I will also say that not all brands of this supplement are "legit". They have to be pure coffee bean extract with no fillers and be at least 45% chlorogenic acid. If it doesn't state these things on the bottle then don't buy it. Whilst I believe it is recommended to go for a product that says Svetol or GCA on it, these 2 names are trademarked names so the manufacturers have to pay these companies to use their product. If it doesn't say either of these names it doesn't mean the product is inferior and rather I would check that the product contains at least 45% chlorogenic acid and has no fillers. I would also go for a high content per pill as many brands only contain 200mg per pill and the studies with the most success were apparently done with 800+mg per day. I'm surprised that anyone's had success with a brand from somewhere like Walmart for $7 as the good quality supplements are not sold cheaply at all. But if it works then fine. When people say it hasn't been working I'd be inclined to ask if they've made sure they tried a high quality brand and also I guess it may just not work for everyone sadly.

As for the caffeine issues, 800mg of green coffee extract does not mean 800mg of caffeine as coffee beans are not 100% caffeine! And as others have said, the supplement contains only small levels of it and the way it works is not by curbing your appetite or giving you more energy or making you go to the toilet more (even though it supposedly does these things). I don't understand why people would comment on a thread without knowing anything about the subject. If you want to know how it works, try Google. The thread is for those who've tried it to share their experience, therefore if you want to add anything at least make sure you know what you're talking about and don't be condescending about it. And to Dittmarml who stated "FYI , coffee can be thought of as "green coffee bean extract" since green coffee beans are roasted and then ground up to make coffee.", this is absolute rubbish. Green coffee bean extract is exactly what it says - extract taken from GREEN UNROASTED COFFEE BEANS. Once they are roasted they no longer contain the high amounts of chlorogenic acid and any extract taken from them once roasted cannot be called "green coffee bean extract" - because it's not!

To Sherry above, it is supposed to lower blood sugar levels and I have read reviews from people saying they had great blood sugar readings from taking the pill so it doesn't surprise me that you've experienced this. As for the weight loss, I'm still waiting to try it for myself so I will report back after I've taken it for a few days but I appreciate it won't work for everyone and it will depend a lot on how much weight you have to lose and on diet and lifestyle. I just hope it gives me a boost now when I desperately need it!

Sorry everyone for the long post and good luck to those trying it! I'd also be interested to hear from the OP how she's doing with it since she started back in February...
Edited by deethebee83 On October 28, 2012 6:15 PM
January 16, 2013 6:32 AM
Does anyone know if you can you can take this if you have PCOS and insulin resistance? I am also currently taking Metformin for the insulin resistance. Anyone who has PCOS and IR knows its really hard to loose weight no matter how good you are at eating right and exercising, so any extra boost will help!
January 16, 2013 6:42 AM
I have been taking the green coffee bean for a week and the raspberry ketones also exercising on the elliptical 20 minutes a day. I have not noticed any difference in my weight. I weigh 190 pounds. I think is it too soon to see the difference since we all have different metabolism. Good luck to us all..
January 16, 2013 11:12 AM
Ive been taking it! Granted, Im also watching my caloric intake, but Ive been drinking ALOT of water too, and so far ive been showing a loss of 1lb a day... which im sure is only water weight, otherwise I think Id start worrying it's unhealthy :/
Im still doing the 1200ish calorie intake.. so it may be that, but it helps curb my appetite!!
January 17, 2013 3:07 PM
Question: I am taking the green coffee bean extract, and about 80% of the time I remember to eat it 30 minutes before my meal. But can anyone tell m e if it will still work optimally for me if I forget to take it before my meal and instead eat it right along with my meal? What's the half hour before supposed to do?
January 17, 2013 3:13 PM

Question: I am taking the green coffee bean extract, and about 80% of the time I remember to eat it 30 minutes before my meal. But can anyone tell m e if it will still work optimally for me if I forget to take it before my meal and instead eat it right along with my meal? What's the half hour before supposed to do?

Nothing to worry about, it's going to have the same effect either way - none. Green coffee bean extract is another diet scam, the only place you lose weight is in your wallet.
January 17, 2013 7:12 PM
Yes, I understand some think it's a scam, and who knows, maybe it is, but it does seem to be backed by some research at least. I am not taking it for weight loss - I'm taking it to help lower my cholesterol, along with a great diet and exercise. The lowering of my cholesterol is way more important for me at this point than the 20 pounds I need to lose. So back to my question about why it should be taken a half hour before eating. Anyone know the answer?
January 18, 2013 3:39 PM
I decided to try this Pill.
I felt great.. I had a new found energy... I took it for about a month but did not lose a pound. I am terrible at remembering to take pills at all, and ended up forgetting to take it. I will say that the week i stopped taking it i felt like CRAP!!! so bloated , no energy etc. It was at that moment that I decided that anything that had a withdrawel like that was not worth it. I work out like crazy now and it makes me feel great, and I cut out gluten. I have only lost a few pounds so far, but I think taking a pill to help is just a silly idea, and I scoff at myself for being so desperate to listen to a flake like Dr OZ. Oh wait.. I did lose something while taking it.. about $100 ;)
Good luck to all of you.. Loving this site so far. ;)
February 5, 2013 7:02 PM
I just started taking it and am hopeful that it will help me with my weight loss. Congrats to everyone who is here since it means you are trying!

I have never read or posted here before, but I can tell that many of you are not very nice to each other. I hear that being intentionally pleasant burns calories.
March 5, 2013 8:54 AM
March 5, 2013 10:02 AM

I am currently using green coffee bean extract for weight loss and it is working really well i have been on it for about a month now and its great. I have lost about 9 lbs and have had zero side effects and it is very easy to get. I ordered from a website called | their formula is 100% natural so 0 side effects and they offer free shipping with no tax or fees. If your looking to lose weight try green coffee bean extract

Just like your other post.. SPAM.
August 18, 2013 4:41 PM

I just started taking Green Coffee Bean Extract 2 days ago and have already lost 3-4 pounds. I take 2 a day with meals. I also drink 8 cups of water daily.

Tell me... Has anyone tried it and how has it worked for you?

Even though it's been over a year since you ask this question, I think I'll reply for the record.

I'm 60 yr old, overweight, 5'10" 235 lb, high bp, but active and in ok physical condition. I workout in a gym 2 times a week. Otherwise. I've been gaining weight slowly for the last 20 years. I've wanted to stop gaining weight for 15 of those 20 years with little success. The reason I keep gaining weight is because I eat too much.

I watched the Dr Oz video, and decided to try some. I got it at Sprouts, it's some brand of GCA, green coffee antioxidant, 50% Clorogenic acid, 800mg. I take 2 caps a day. This is what I noticed,

45 minutes after taking the first cap I noticed my appetite was crushed. That's how I think you can tell if it's working. It's been 5 days now and the number one effect I've noticed is greatly reduced appetite. There's no doubt in my mind I'm losing weight, I'm eating so much less I have to be reducing. The real big story about GCA is how it nukes your appetite, but doesn't act as a stimulant. At least I don't think it's a stimulant, but my energy level has been generally at high levels since starting GCA. The first night I thought my sleep was disrupted, but since then it has gone back to normal.

Something else I'm usually sensitive to is heart burn. A lot of things that are supposed to be good for me I can't do, because it gives me hb. So far in 5 days I haven't noticed a trace. I'm not trying to say it helps with hb, but I think it probably doesn't bring it on either. It's possible it might help though, and this is my reasoning. Normally when I try to lose weight, after a few days I become very sensitive to getting hb. If GCA aggravates hb I'm pretty sure I'm the guy to know about it, and so far I don't.

So this is my advise, for what it's worth. If your weight problem is caused by over eating, because you can't control your beast of an appetite, GCA will probably work for you. If you eat a 800mg cap of 45-50% Clorogenic acid and your appetite doesn't almost completely disappear, either the stuff you bought is crap, or you weren't that hungry in the first place. Make sure what you're buying is real, and not some fake Chinese synthetic garbage.
August 18, 2013 5:13 PM
I tried this stuff a couple of years ago, and it certainly suppresses the appetite. I lost about 15 lbs in the first month, mostly because I didn't eat nearly as much as I had been. BUT - it drove my blood pressure through the roof. After I quit taking it, my BP still did not come down and I nearly had a stroke as a result, plus I put all the weight that I'd lost back on, and more as well.

Take it as fits. For me, they were a huge mistake.
August 19, 2013 7:19 AM
I have been taking it and it seems to be helping. I bought it at Walmart and it contains 200mg of svetol per pill. The recommended dosage is 3 pills in the morning and 3 pills 6 hours later with afternoon meal/snack. You are to take full 8oz glass of water with each.

That being said, I don't follow the full recommendations. I take 2 pills in the morning and nothing later on. It isn't supposed to contain caffeine, but I am sensitive to stuff like that so I don't want to overdo it. The one time I tried to take 2 more 6 hours later I didn't sleep at all that night.

The biggest way it helps me is as an appetite suppressant. I am just not as hungry anymore. I am still watching how many calories I eat in a day and exercising.
August 27, 2013 11:05 AM


According to the information it doesn't contain any caffeine. I saw it on Dr. Qz and then did some research. I agree with the person who talks about its effect on insulin. I just started it so I cant report any results yet

Well, if you saw it on Dr. Oz, it HAS to be legit...

If you do not have any input to offer based on the OP question and are clearly full of sarcastic, arrogant remarks-why are you here? There is already enough negativity in this world without keyboard warriors chiming in.
September 1, 2013 4:47 PM
Hi, SilentNemesis!

What do you recommend mixing green coffee extract with right now? I see your post is about a year old and wondered whether there's any new science. I ordered green coffee bean extract at where I originally found info on the product. I started 2 months ago and have been losing between 2 and 3 lbs a week with only moderate exercise, so I am very happy with the product so far. I'm intrigued as to what else I can take along with it to up the ante, so to speak. Thanks in advance for any feedback.


Edited by JaimeLombana On September 1, 2013 4:49 PM
September 1, 2013 6:26 PM
Have not tried it but cant believe all the back and forth comments on here. Dr Oz did his own expirement and didnt tell which people where taking the actual pill and they lost 2 lbs in 2 weeks compared to 1 pd in 2 weeks. also it is not caffeine! its 800mg of extract. caffeine level is 1/5 of what is in a coffee which is why there is no jitters. dont buy from walmart! does not have over 45%chlorogenic acid, or with GCA® (green coffee antioxidant)or Svetol®. check Dr Oz's website, he is not endorsing any of them just telling you that if you are going to do it that is should have these guidelines and 800mg is the best one.
No I havent tried it yet, but amazon and groupon have got some good deals on for the good brands that meet the actual green coffee bean extract Oz requirements.
also quit bashing people for trying to speed there weight loss up a bit! its a personal decision and no one is asking you to get mad at them or make fun of them, they are merely asking for information about the product!!
September 1, 2013 9:41 PM
Holy Zombie thread, Batman! Oh, look, it's another GCBE thread. How original.

Anyway......the OP hasn't lost any weight since January, and isn't logging in anymore. Looks like those pills are really working!

I've noticed that a lot of people in these types of threads jump from one fad to another. First it's raspberry ketones, then when they don't work, it's the GCBE, then it's off to another useless pill. One thing I've noticed is that the people on MFP who have had the best results don't take any of these things. Just a healthy diet and a sensible training regimen. But I guess taking one pill after another is easier. Then when you don't get the results you want, you can just blame the pill. Sigh..........
September 2, 2013 12:04 AM
I swear Dr. Oz could start a religion...I'm surprised he hasn't thought of it yet. He wouldn't lack for followers. He's already got them.
September 23, 2013 9:05 PM
Now, I know many people think that trying "pills" are useless and a waste of money and a lot of times they are but for some of us there comes a point where we are desperate to gain control of our intake. I have been taking these for about a month and have lost about 10 lbs. The first 5 came off very quickly and I can only assume it was water.

I didn't start taking these necessarily to lose weight, although I am considered obese, but to control my absolutely ridiculous cravings. I had an addiction to sugar. Seriously. Before my eyes would even open when I awoke I would be thinking of chocolate. I would buy a chocolate cookie with my morning coffee. I was consistently having chocolate in some form or other at the very least once a day and sometimes up to three. If I wasn't eating something I was thinking about what and when I was going to be. Since I started taking these, one in the morning and one before lunch, my sugar/chocolate cravings and binges are virtually gone.

I haven't been depriving myself and haven't been obsessively working out but have been able to make healthier eating choices and have the energy to go to the gym more instead of taking my, usually necessary, mid-day nap.

I don't think that these are for "instant" weightloss nor do I think people should look at them that way. Instead I have been looking at them as a supplement. To help me control myself while boosting my energy without making me anxious or anorexic.


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