Green Coffee Bean Reviews: The Good, The Bad & The Ugly!

Hi and welcome back to my series of articles on the diet supplement that is causing a storm: green coffee bean extract. You might have already read my detailed Green Coffee Bean review, in which I saw some moderate weight loss for the first few weeks, which then upped the ante in the second stage.

I explained how this is my favorite of all the new weight loss wonder drugs to come to market, mostly because I loooove coffee so I also felt more alert and focused, as well as losing weight. I also helped outline what to look for when buying a green coffee bean supplement, and pointed out the potential side effects and contraindications of green coffee beans, for those doing the sensible thing and checking out whether green coffee bean was for them.

But what does everyone else think?

I’m just one person in 7 billion so what worked for me might not work for you. It depends on age, health, diet, exercise, metabolism and general genetic make-up, so what I’ve done is round up the reviews to give you a general idea of how effective green coffee bean extract is, from a variety of sources.

First off, the clinical sites

AlternativeMedicine.com gives a good overview although doesn’t focus so much on consumer reviews. But it’s a good spot to find a quick overview of the potential benefits, such as how it can assist with blood pressure, metabolism and obesity. Bottom line according to them; it could have many benefits but always consult a physician.

WebMD.com does include green coffee bean reviews as well as clinical information, on the other hand. The great thing about this site is that you can look for the benefit you’re looking for and see how people have rated it. Interestingly, the supplement has only received an average of 2.5 out of 5 from users looking for a solution for obesity or weight loss, but around 3.6 out of 5 for those looking for a solution to blood pressure or general wellness. Comments range from extreme weight loss (over 25lb) to sick stomachs, and everything in between. Bottom line, the supplements out there range from high strength genuine articles through to phony or inferior products, so overall the ratings will represent this.

Forums

Sports, health or weight loss forums are often the best place to read real reviews, as the phony ones stand out a mile! People also discuss a bit more openly as they may do on, say, Facebook or even Amazon. So what are the people on forums saying about green coffee bean extract?

MyFitnessPal reviewers were minimal but generally fell into two camps; one that hadn’t tried the supplements but thought the whole thing was a sham, and the second that saw moderate to good results (between 2lb and 7lb in a week with little change to diet or exercise). Overall positive, with particular note to generally feeling great along with moderate weight loss.

Sparkpeople.com commenters are similar in that very few have actually taken the supplement, but have a strong opinion on the diet industry in general. The handful of people that actually had taken the supplement saw some good weight loss results.

Bodybuilding.com forum contributors were a little more upbeat, calling primary ingredient chlorogenic acid a “nice overlooked ingredient”. Contributor DavidVlad lost around 5lbs with no significant changes to exercise or diet.

WeddingWire.com users saw moderate to good results, with users losing between 12lb and 24lb over three months; there were no specific recommendations but overall it was more positive without the skepticism. One lady said that they gave her stomach ache and she had to stop, however.

Amazon

The Daddy of review sites, there are nearly 10,000 review of green coffee bean extract on the first page of Amazon alone. The lowest rating (with around 300 reviewers) weighed in at just 2.4 out of 5, but the best-selling products, such as NatureWise Green Coffee Bean Extract, scored nearly 4 out of 5 from over 2,500 reviewers. There were some higher rated products but they had fewer reviewers. Typical comments were:

  • “Excellent product, it really works!”
  • “Easiest weight loss ever.”
  • “Actually not a gimmick.”
  • “Great for weight loss.”
  • “Awesome.”
  • “Working great so far…”

…for the best products, to;

  • “It gave me a headache every time.”
  • “Didn’t do anything.”
  • “Another disappointment.”

…for the lower rated products.

Bottom line; do your research and read the reviews before you settle on a particular brand.

The stores

Walmart.com sells a few brands of green coffee bean extract, with the products being rated from 3 out of 5 to 4.5 out of 5 for its Java Slim brand. The comments range from “I lost 27lbs with this product” (Java Slim) and “Great choice for weight loss”, through to comments such as “alright” and “too soon to tell” for the lower rated products.

Target only sells one brand and has one reviewer, so it’s too early to say whether theirs is a good brand, although the one reviewer rated it 4 out of 5.

GNC.com has a range that has been voted between 3 and 4 out of 5, with the comments from the 500 or so reviewers going the full spectrum, from “not worth the money” and “no difference after 2 weeks” through to “miracle pill” and “great appetite suppresser”. One of its leading sellers, ResVitále, would be recommended by over 80% of its reviewers.

Social Media

The Twitter, and Facebook for that matter, discussions seem to be from more research-based or sales companies. There were very few real user discussions to be found, but the comments that I did find were from celebrities who were using it in conjunction with healthy eating. Green Coffee Bean on Facebook has more than 30,000 likes, but the comments are damning them because of their “free trial” with auto charging and shipping. Be aware that you can always ‘buy’ likes on Facebook, and research the user comments before giving away your credit card details. Typical comments included “do not waste your money on these products”, “imposters” and the more ominous “I do not appreciate the way this “FREE” trial has turned into free access of my bank account”. Always be careful and read the small print, nothing in this life is free especially when it comes to the diet industry.

YouTube

I always like to check in on registered nutritionist and PhD Maria Jane Clifford. She refers her clients to Green Coffee Bean and calls it a “great and natural healthy supplement for weight loss”. There are of course the eponymous before and after photos, such as this site, but you never truly know whether these are genuinely related to the product that they’re being used to advertise.  The lovely lady at WeightLossPeeps has been steadily losing 5lbs a month with no major changes to diet or exercise, whereas MrsCeeCeeDee saw very few results. Bottom line; results are going to differ from person to person, and the reviews on YouTube are mixed. I’d recommend researching your chosen product based on store or Amazon reviewers, then following up by checking on YouTube to see whether there are any videos or photos from uses of that particular product.

I hope that you’ve found this round up of reviews helpful. Generally I’d say that this product generates more positive reviews than negative, but as always (particularly with the Dr Oz effect of sham companies setting up immediately after the show to cash in), I’d say that not all green coffee bean extract supplements are the same, but if you get a superior product that fulfils the ‘what to look for in green coffee bean supplements’ requirements, you should see weight loss when you continue with your healthy diet and moderate activity. Thanks for reading, and if you have any comments or stories, I’d love to hear them!

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