Weight Loss Tip: Have a Cup of Joe

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Black Coffee Can Help With Weight Loss.  

Weight Loss Tip 59 - Have a Cup of Joe

Weight Loss Tip 59 – Have a Cup of Joe

Cup of Coffee

Cup of Coffee

Coffee and caffeine have been unfairly demonized. If you read many of the articles on caffeine and coffee you will come to the belief that a cup of joe is unhealthy.  Nothing could be further from the truth unless you have a condition such as heart disease or atrial fibrillation.  High-quality coffee is high in antioxidants and it can have numerous health benefits.

So, how much does coffee help with weight loss? Coffee contains caffeine which is one of the most commonly consumed psychoactive compounds in the world.  Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant.  Caffeine is commonly found in most commercial fat burning supplements because caffeine not only reduced your appetite but also increases your metabolism.  Coffee is one of the few substances that is known to help mobilize fats from the fat tissues and increase metabolism.   Research studies show that the caffeine in coffee can increase your metabolism by 3-11%, and increase fat burning by up to 10-29% [1],[2],[3],[4].  Also, coffee appears to lower your appetite[5],[6].  

The bottom line: Coffee helps with weight loss by decreasing your appetite and increasing your metabolism as long as you do not add cream and sugar.  

Footnotes
[1]“26 Weight Loss Tips That Are Actually Evidence-Based.”
[2]Koot and Deurenberg, “Comparison of Changes in Energy Expenditure and Body Temperatures after Caffeine Consumption.”
[3]Dulloo et al., “Normal Caffeine Consumption: Influence on Thermogenesis and Daily Energy Expenditure in Lean and Postobese Human Volunteers.”
[4]Bracco et al., “Effects of Caffeine on Energy Metabolism, Heart Rate, and Methylxanthine Metabolism in Lean and Obese Women.”
[5]Greenberg and Geliebter, “Coffee, Hunger, and Peptide YY.”
[6]Schubert et al., “Caffeine, Coffee, and Appetite Control: A Review.”
“26 Weight Loss Tips That Are Actually Evidence-Based.” Healthline, June 4, 2017. http://www.healthline.com/nutrition/26-evidence-based-weight-loss-tips#section3.
Bracco, D, JM Ferrarra, MJ Arnaud, E Jéquier, and Y Schutz. “Effects of Caffeine on Energy Metabolism, Heart Rate, and Methylxanthine Metabolism in Lean and Obese Women.” The American Journal of Physiology 269, no. 4 Pt 1 (October 1, 1995): E671-8. [PubMed]
Dulloo, AG, CA Geissler, T Horton, A Collins, and DS Miller. “Normal Caffeine Consumption: Influence on Thermogenesis and Daily Energy Expenditure in Lean and Postobese Human Volunteers.” The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 49, no. 1 (January 1, 1989): 44–50. [PubMed]
Greenberg, JA, and A Geliebter. “Coffee, Hunger, and Peptide YY.” Journal of the American College of Nutrition 31, no. 3 (June 1, 2012): 160–66. [PubMed]
Koot, P, and P Deurenberg. “Comparison of Changes in Energy Expenditure and Body Temperatures after Caffeine Consumption.” Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism 39, no. 3 (January 1, 1995): 135–42. [PubMed]
Schubert, Matthew M., Christopher Irwin, Rebekah F. Seay, Holly E. Clarke, Deanne Allegro, and Ben Desbrow. “Caffeine, Coffee, and Appetite Control: A Review.” International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition, April 27, 2017, 1–12. doi: 10.1080/09637486.2017.1320537
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ChuckH

I am a family physician who has served in the US Army. In 2016, I found myself overweight, out of shape, and unhealthy, so I made a change to improve my health. This blog is the chronology of my path to better health and what I have learned along the way.

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