TAKING a tiny amount of raw coffee extract a day can see the pounds falling off.
People who were given a fraction of an ounce of green coffee a day in a study lost an average of 17lbs in 22 weeks.
They achieved an average 10.5 per cent decrease in body weight and a 16 per cent decrease in body fat.
Dr Joe Vinson and colleagues from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania studied 16 overweight or obese people aged 22 to 26.
They gave them either capsules of the coffee extract or a placebo.
They were given alternating doses from 700mg to 1,050mg. All of the participants were monitored for their overall diet, including the amount of calories and food they ate and the amount of exercise they did.
Their calories, carbohydrates, fats and protein intake did not change during the study, nor did their exercise regime.
“Based on our results, taking multiple capsules of green coffee extract a day while eating a low-fat, healthful diet and exercising regularly appears to be a safe, effective, inexpensive way to lose weight,” said Dr Vinson.
He believes the treatment works because of a substance called chlorogenic acid, which is present in the unroasted beans but breaks down when they are roasted.
Dr Vinson said previous studies have shown weight loss with green coffee, but this was the first to measure the response to varying doses.
Green coffee beans have already been shown to help restore thinning hair. While green tea is a renowned antioxidant, green coffee is twice as powerful.