No Magic Pill for Weight Loss

Green Coffee Beans in Burlap Bag

One thing that weight loss research shows over and over is that there is no magic pill for weight loss.  The best weight loss regimes encourage diet and exercise, and long-term lifestyle changes (particularly those that involve an improved menu plan) are the ones that work.  The fad diets that use one substance to induce weight loss are shown to simply not work.  One recent scandal involving one of these “magic pills” is the green coffee-bean diet, which was even touted on the Dr. Oz show. 

Green coffee beans purportedly contain a substance, chlorogenic acid, that induces weight loss in humans.  The study, originally performed in India, and funded by the company that makes the green coffee bean pills, was even published in a diabetes medical journal.  Unfortunately, the study that proved this particular claim was falsified, the data doctored, and became a huge embarrassment to Dr. Oz and the medical journal, which retracted the study from their publication.  The Federal Trade Commission filed a complaint, and Dr. Oz had to defend himself in front of the Senate subcommittee for Consumer Protection.  The study was shown to have changed the length of the trial, changed the weights and measurements of the participants, and confused the pill and the placebo during the trial. 

What's the moral of the story?  Again, the only diets that work involve a healthy menu plan and exercise, and fitting those into a permanent lifestyle.    Studies have shown that nothing else, even the surgeries, will work as well if those two items are not maintained.  The old adage “If something is too good to be true, it probably is?” certainly holds true here.  Beware the magic diet pill...weight loss is hard work ...but hang in there, the results are worth it.


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