Taking Simply Garcinia With Simply Green Coffee Bean

Last updated December 1st 2014

These two products appear to be made by the same company, and whilst they appear generally safe for consumption, they are both sold using a ‘free trial scam’.

Simply Garcinia and Simply Green Coffee Bean are two weight loss products that appear to be made by the same company. The websites of both products make exaggerated claims about the potential of the products to aid weight loss, suggesting that with Simply Garcinia or Simply Green Coffee Bean, you are able to lose weight without altering your diet or lifestyle; unfortunately this will not be the case. Both of these products are sold via a ‘free trial scam’, meaning that it is made to look like a free trial, but the customer will unknowingly be charged for the product is they do not withdraw from the scheme.

What is Simply Garcinia?

Simply Garcinia is a weight loss supplement that is advertised as a product that prevents fat from being made, suppresses the appetite, and even improves your mood and makes you ‘feel happier’. It is claimed that weight loss can be achieved with the product without the consumer making any changes to their diet or lifestyle; these claims are misleading as even with the help of a weight loss supplement, the only way to lose weight is by increasing your energy expenditure whilst reducing your calorie intake.

It is claimed that Simply Garcinia targets each of these areas of weight loss using just three ingredients. The principle ingredient in the product is Garcinia cambogia; this is the only ingredient that holds claim to weight loss, the other two ingredients are minerals (calcium and potassium) and are unlikely to make any significant difference to your weight. Information regarding the results of clinical trials is provided on the website, but the sources are not cited and no links are given; this information cannot therefore be deemed as reliable. For more detailed information on the product and how it claims to work, see our Simply Garcinia review article.

It is also important to mention that the product is sold on a ‘free trial’ basis, but this free trial only remains free if you cancel your subscription within 14 days of purchase. For more information on this scam read our article ‘Is Simply Garcinia a Scam?’ and be sure to read the terms and conditions of the website before entering your details.

Does Simply Garcinia Work?

No scientific studies have been undertaken on Simply Garcinia as a whole product. Whether or not simply Garcinia is likely to work as a weight loss supplement all relies upon the action of its main ingredient, Garcinia cambogia. Garcinia cambogia has long been used as an ingredient in weight loss supplements and as such, has been the subject of a number of clinical trials attempting to determine whether or not the substance has any potential as a treatment for obesity. The results of these trials have been varied and inconclusive.

Only a couple of studies on the effects of Garcinia cambogia on weight loss have been performed using human subjects. One of these studies was published in 1998, and involved 135 overweight subjects. Throughout this study, the subjects were all given a high fibre, low energy diet and were divided in to a test (1500 mg HCA per day) or a control (placebo) group for a period of 12 weeks. The results of this study indicated that Garcinia cambogia had absolutely no effect on weight loss or fat loss in humans.

The second study performed using human subjects used a total of 86 male and female volunteers. These subjects were split in to three groups; those in one group consumed Glycine max leaves extract (2g), the second consumed Garcinia cambogia extract (2g), and the third consumed a placebo every day for 10 weeks. It was concluded that neither Garcinia cambogia nor Glycine max leaves extract had any impact on weight or fat loss in the subjects when compared to placebo.

Some studies have also been performed on the substance using small mammal subjects. One of these studies for example found that the substance incurred no side effects and helped rats to lose weight. Another found that high doses of Garcinia cambogia extract may be beneficial for weight loss, but also caused testicular toxicity and atrophy in rats. Overall, the scientific evidence for the effect of Garcinia cambogia on weight loss is rather controversial. Studies on humans do not yet appear to have obtained positive results, whilst those on small mammals imply that the substance may have some small potential.

What is Simply Green Coffee Bean?

Simply Green Coffee Bean is a weight loss supplement that is claimed to burn fat, boost the metabolism, and suppress the appetite. It is stated that the product will work no matter what you eat, or how often you exercise. Unfortunately this simply will not be the case, and if you are serious about losing weight then you must alter your diet and lifestyle too. Unlike on the Simply Garcinia product website, the ingredients of Simply Green Coffee Bean are not disclosed, even in the terms and conditions section of the site. All that is mentioned is that there is 800mg of green coffee bean extract with 50% chlorogenic acid in the product, and that you should take two capsules per day.

As with Simply Garcinia, Simply Green Coffee Bean is sold using a ‘free trial scam’, and this is the only way to get hold of the product. If you sign up to the ‘free trial’ on the website and do not cancel within 14 days of purchase, then you will be charged for the ‘free’ bottle you received and another bottle every 30 days thereafter. For more information on diet pill scams, see our article here.

Does Simply Green Coffee Bean Work?

No scientific studies have been performed on Simply Green Coffee Bean as a whole product, and so there is no evidence that the product works. A full ingredients list is not revealed on the website; this means that all that is available to base the likelihood of the product working on is the presence of green coffee bean extract. Green coffee beans are essentially the coffee beans that are used to make the beverage, but before they have been roasted. The substance has been used in weight loss supplements for some time, and as such there have been several scientific studies performed attempting to determine the efficacy of the ingredient.

Only one study investigating the effectiveness of green coffee appears to have been performed on humans, and this considered the impact on glucose absorption and its effect on body mass. This study included only 30 overweight volunteers who were split in to a group who received coffee enhanced with chlorogenic acid, and a group who received normal instant coffee, for 12 weeks. It was concluded that the addition of chlorogenic acid did appear to have a significant impact on weight loss when compared to normal coffee. These results implied that the substance may be beneficial as a weight loss aid. Do remember however that 30 is not a very large subject size for a clinical trial to be deemed reliable.

A couple of other trials have been performed on small mammals. One that was undertaken on mice can be found here that tested the efficacy of green coffee bean on weight and fat accumulation. The mice were fed green coffee bean extract with a normal diet for 14 days. The results suggested that the substance could be effective for weight loss, or at least prevention of weight gain, in mice. The authors concluded that the caffeine in green coffee may aid the absorption of fat, and the chlorogenic acid may help to reduce triglyceride levels.

Another study on mice considered the impact of chlorogenic acid on weight loss using obese subjects. The effects of chlorogenic acid for weight loss were compared to caffeic acid. The results indicated that both substances had a beneficial impact on weight loss and fat loss compared to placebo. It was concluded here that whilst both substances appeared to aid weight loss in obese mice, the effect of chlorogenic acid was strongest. Overall, it seems that green coffee bean extract may have a slight beneficial effect on weight loss; however more research needs to be performed on the topic. The majority of this evidence comes from studies on small mammals and the human trial only involved 30 subjects.

Would the Products Work Together?

If the claims made on the official websites of these products are to be believed, then the consumption of Simply Garcinia alongside Simply Green Coffee Bean would prove very beneficial to your weight loss regime without you having to make any changes to your diet or lifestyle. Together, these products claim to target fat burning, metabolism boosting, and appetite suppression – three of the five main methods of weight loss.

Unfortunately, this is simply not the case, and whilst the products may have the potential to make a very slight impact on weight loss, these effects are not going to be drastic, and certainly will not be visible unless consumed alongside a healthy diet and regular exercise. There does not appear to be any scientific evidence to back up the effects of either Simply Garcinia or Simply Green Coffee Bean as appetite suppressants, and their potential to work using the other two methods of weight loss is debatable.

Nevertheless, the products are not likely to cause any severe harm if taken together, although they may have mild side effects relating to the gastro-intestinal tract, and should be taken with caution if you suffer from any pre-existing health conditions. Also remember that if you sign up to both of the ‘free trial’ subscriptions, you will be liable to pay a total of £163.72 every month after you signed up for the two bottles of product (and for the original ‘free trial’ products).

What Side Effects could occur if Simply Garcinia and Simply Green Coffee Bean were taken together?

The official websites of Simply Garcinia and Simply Green Coffee Bean do not mention any possible side effects or interactions relating to the products. Nevertheless, as with all weight loss supplements that claim to have significant results, there are some potential side effects associated with the ingredients in the products. That being said, the lack of information on the ingredients, particularly in Simply Green Coffee Bean, means that it is not possible to list all potential side effects of the product, so be sure to check the products ingredients list and research each substance before consumption if you have purchased the product.

Due to a lack of scientific studies on the ingredients within both products, the long term side effects are not well understood. The more common side effects that have been reported for Garcinia cambogia include: headaches, gastro-intestinal discomfort, stomach cramps, and nausea. There have been claims in the past that the ingredient can cause liver toxicity, kidney damage, and rhadomyolysis (the breakdown of muscle tissue).

For green coffee bean extract, these effects are generally associated with the caffeine content of the ingredient. The minor side effects of green coffee bean extract include anxiety, jitteriness, restlessness, gastro-intestinal discomfort, headaches, stomach cramps, loose stools, and diarrhoea. More serious potential side effects of the ingredient have been recorded; these include urinary tract infections (symptoms of which include painful urination and blood in the urine), and increased heart rate and blood pressure.

Most of the known side effects are mild, and may reduce with time, however, it is possible on the rare occasion to suffer from a severe effect; for this reason please be wary about consuming either of the products if you suffer from a pre-existing medical condition or are taking any form of medication. Both of these products should be avoided by people who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or under the age of 18. You should stop taking the product and consult a doctor if you experience any of the more serious side effects, or the mild side effects persist. Also consult a doctor before consuming if you suffer from diabetes, liver disease, kidney disease, dementia, or high blood pressure.

Sources: Web MD, Healthline, Drugs.com, Medicine Net, NHS, Web MD

Conclusion
Simply Garcinia and Simply Green Coffee Bean appear to be made by the same company. The company sells its products through ‘free trial scams’, which means that the ‘free trial’ is not free unless the customer cancels their subscription. Important information is lacking from the product websites, particularly regarding the ingredients. Nevertheless, the main ingredients in each product are not generally known to be dangerous (although they can cause harm in people with certain medical conditions). That each product will work in the ways that the websites claim is unlikely, although there is a possibility that they may have a slight impact on weight loss if combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise.

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