Lose Weight and Have Your Cup of Joe Too
The Coffee Diet is a newfangled proposal which says you can lose more weight if you combine drinking coffee with a healthy diet plan. While you will find some people who say that coffee hinders your weight loss efforts, many people believe that it is an asset. Image credit: livestrong.com
Coffee is a stimulant. As such, it will get your body moving. The coffee diet claims that the stimulants speed up your metabolism causing your body to burn fat faster. If you eat a healthy diet in conjunction with drinking a moderate to large amount of coffee, you will be able to lose weight. This works even when you are getting no physical exercise. Of course, you must drink fully caffeinated coffee to take advantages of the properties on the coffee diet.
Coffee has no calories, no carbohydrates and no fat (as long as you don’t add cream or sugar). In other words, it is a “free food” on your diet. Coffee tastes good. When you are cutting out so many other good things while dieting, it is nice to have a comfort food that you can drink guilt free.
For instance, if you go to Starbucks and get a grande Pike’s Peak Roast, you get 5 calories. A White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino Blended Coffee in that same size is a whopping 410 calories! That’s definitely not on the coffee diet!
If you do take cream or sugar in your coffee, try substitutes, though some may say those are not good for your overall health. Also, stay away from flavored creamers. Lite creamers have 10 calories a serving, regular have 20 to 25. Cinnamon Vanilla Creamer may be the worst offender at 60 calories a serving.
Another thing in favor of the coffee diet is that coffee is a natural appetite suppressant. A large glass of hot coffee in the morning may work to keep your appetite in check all day. If you get the munchies in the afternoon, try going to the coffee pot instead of the vending machine.
Coffee can give you more energy before a workout which may allow you to burn more calories on the treadmill. One study looked at people who drank regular coffee versus those who drank decaf 60 minutes before exercising. The regular coffee subjects were able to perform an average of 90 minutes of cycling while the decaf group could only do an average of 76 minutes.
Additionally, coffee lowers the risk of Type 2 Diabetes. In a long term large study of more than 120,000 people, those who drank the most coffee tended to have the least risk of diabetes. Total caffeine intake from coffee and other sources was associated with a statistically significantly lower risk for diabetes in both men and women. That means that decaf is not as good for you as the regular coffee in terms of warding off diabetes.
If you are already a java drinker and are serious about losing weight, check out the coffee diet.