Who doesn’t love a nice cup of coffee in the morning? There’s nothing quite like it to get you ready for a long day of work, and the rich, bitter taste of a cuppa Joe goes a long way towards helping you start the day off on the right foot.
But, is there any truth to the theory that coffee can help you to lose weight?
Coffee and Weight Loss
Coffee is loaded with caffeine, a natural stimulant that will help to get your heart pumping and your blood flowing – or at least that’s how it feels when you’ve got a few double espresso shots in your stomach.
When it comes to weight loss, there is little scientific evidence to back up the claims that caffeine can help you burn fat and shed pounds. Most of the claims are made by companies that sell caffeine-rich weight loss products, though a number of independent studies have found that caffeine does make weight loss a bit easier by:
Boosting Your Metabolism — One of the great things about coffee and caffeine is that it will start the process of lipolysis in your body, also known as fat burning. This process turns the fatty acids into a form of energy that your body can use, thus reducing the fat in your body while simultaneously giving you extra energy. You’ll find that the metabolic boosts provided by caffeine are noticeable for a short amount of time, but it will only be a slight metabolism boost.
Suppressing Appetite — If you’ve ever had a cup of coffee before your meals, you’ll find that you will eat less thanks to the fact that the caffeine tends to suppress your appetite. It will stop you from wanting to eat for at least a short amount of time, though your appetite will return within an hour or two. Still, you’ll find that suppressing your appetite can make it much easier to avoid eating those things that you know you shouldn’t.
Increase Body Heat — Thermogenesis is the name given to the increase in your body’s internal temperature, which coffee is known to cause. Caffeine will stimulate heat in your body, which will in turn burn a bit more fat and calories as a result. Of course, the thermogenic effects may not be noticeable, but every little bit counts when you’re trying to lose weight.
Boosting Energy Levels — One of the best things about both coffee and caffeine is that they will give you a short term energy boost. The less frequently you drink coffee, the greater the energy boost and the longer it will last. For those who are trying to summon the energy to get to the gym or go running, having a cup of coffee about 60 to 90 minutes before your workout will be the way to go. You won’t have all the acidic coffee sloshing around in your stomach and causing digestive issues, but the energy boost will still be noticeable – and will make it much easier to get through that workout.
While caffeine is an excellent thing to add to your day for your health’s sake, it’s really not a weight loss food. Supplements containing caffeine can actually be dangerous if you overdo it, so it’s best to stay away from them. The best thing to do is simply to add coffee into your daily meal plan, but only when you need it. It will help you have all the energy you need, but without causing you to become addicted to coffee – meaning you notice the effects less and less as time passes.