Coffee & Weight Loss:
4 Ways Your Favorite Drink Can Help Contribute to
Coffee's role in a weight loss plan has often been hotly debated. Coffee
can have both negative and positive effects on your health and weight depending
on how it is consumed, and of course, what you put in it. Learning how to
harness coffee's positive attributes will be essential. The information below
covers some ways to lose weight with coffee by keeping a few things in mind.
Calorie burning. Skip the cream, flavored creamers and
sugar. This is an obvious but extremely important fact to keep in mind for
losing weight with coffee. Adding large amounts of cream and sugar to your
coffee can give you as much calorie content to that of a candy bar or more. If
you cannot wean yourself entirely onto black coffee, try using skim milk and
sugar-free sweeteners instead.
Coffee after dinner may help to reduce cravings. One of the
benefits of consuming coffee after a meal is its role as an appetite
suppressant. Try drinking coffee after your dinner each night. This may help
you to reduce your cravings for dessert or other late-night snack foods before
bed. Also, caffeine may stimulate
thermogenesis — one way your body generates heat and energy from digesting food.
Try drinking coffee an hour or so before a workout. Coffee consumed
before a workout can increase your energy and can help you to get through a
more high intensity workout. If you’re an early morning workout individual,
coffee can help you to be more alert and focused during your routine.
Drink plenty of water. Coffee can act as a diuretic in many people,
meaning that it will cause you to lose fluids. Stay hydrated and keep your
stomach fuller by drinking a cup of water for every cup of coffee you drink.
REMEMBER: For the best weight loss results, your coffee consumption should be paired with a balanced, healthy diet and regular exercise.