From single colour eating to the 'drip diet' and wheatgrass shots, bizarre slimming crazes are par for the course in Tinseltown.
But there's a new fat-buster on the block, and this time, there are no oddball eating habits in sight.The new A-list diet aid of choice is the green coffee pill, which is believed to help suppress the appetite as well as encouraging fat burning.
Already believed to be using the pills are Demi Moore, Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry, while the rest of the Los Angeles glitterati are set to follow suitThe pill, sold under the trade name Verdesse in the UK, is made from unripe coffee bean extract, and contains no caffeine - unlike green tea.Instead, the beans contain chlorogenic acids, including one that happens to be a potent natural fat-buster called 5-caffeoylquinic acid.
Slender: The petite Demi Moore is rumoured to be using green coffee bean pills to control her weight
'My clients have been going crazy for green coffee bean pills,' a well-respected Hollywood nutritionist revealed in an interview with Grazia.'They're taking Tinseltown by storm. In the run-up to the Oscars, actresses do almost anything to look as slender as possible and they're all fighting it out to have the best body on the red carpet.'As soon as this pill got a name for itself as being the new miracle weight loss tablet, word spread like wildfire among the Hollywood elite.'You're supposed to take 800mg a day but some are taking 1,600mg and insisting "it can't do any harm".'
Competitive: According to one nutritionist, awards season pressure to be the slimmest is behind the rise of green coffee bean pills among Hollywood actresses
Tinseltown trend: Pills made from green coffee beans are believed to be popular among Hollywood slimmers
Although taking double the correct dose isn't recommended, there is some evidence to support green coffee's fat-busting reputation.A study conducted by scientists from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania found that taking the pills can help boost weight-loss by an impressive 10 per cent - even when taken in relatively low doses.Joe Vinson, who led the study, said: '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.'But not everyone agrees with Vinson, and a significant number of health professionals have come forward to outline the downsides of green coffee bean pills which can include anxiety and high blood pressure.'Side effects can include anxiety, high blood pressure and IBS [irritable bowel syndrome],' says Romi Polichino, a London-based nutritionist. 'People have suffered from any of these things, or panic attacks and epilepsy, shouldn't take them.'Worse, suppliers outside of Europe and the USA are relatively uncontrolled and some have been found to substitute cheap ephedrine for the expensive coffee extract.'The quality of these pills can vary,' adds Polichino. 'You can buy them cheaply online but who knows what's in them? I've heard that lots of them have fillers added to bulk them out.
Inexpensive: The green coffee bean pills cost just £14.95 from UK supplier, Nature's Best
Banned in the UK, ephedrine is a substance that acts similarly to cocaine when ingested, leaving the user with a racing pulse and making them hyperactive, while also suppressing the appetite.But even without the potential for ephedrine contamination, nutritionists are concerned that the pills will become popular with women who don't need to lose weight - and will suffer as a result.
'Women who are already slim shouldn't be taking these pills,' says Polchino. 'In my view, more rigorous research needs to be carried out before we start putting them in our mouths.
Celebrity fans: Singers Jennifer Lopez and Katy Perry are rumoured to use the fat-busting pills
- 2013/02/27(水) 09:56:05|