Caffeine has a helping hand in losing weight. It also has the ability to slightly increase weight loss or prevent weight from being gained. The view on caffeine has gone back and forth with the positive and negative side effects for over a decade now. One source will say caffeine is great for working out while another will say caffeine should be avoided for the body all together. In today’s indecisive world it is hard to decide what the right choice is when it comes to deciding on potentially adding that cup of Joe into a daily routine.
While it is true that caffeine does help with weight loss, there is not enough evidence stating that caffeine taken in higher doses can cause high amounts of weight loss or permanent weight loss. However, it is proven to help.
Caffeine has proven to help with weight loss in several ways. The first is that caffeine helps to boost metabolism. When a person drinks a caffeinated beverage his or her body begins the process of lipolysis. Lipolysis is when a body begins to release excess fatty acids into the bloodstream. Your body begins to break down the fat that has been storied inside and uses that fat to burn into energy.
Another way that caffeine aids in weight loss is by providing the body with energy. This energy will allow the person to perform tasks longer with more focus. These tasks include ones like working out. The more caffeine a person has the more energy he has to release in the gym, and this will result in a better workout which helps to burn more calories leading to weight loss. Athletes have used caffeine as a way to boost their training and give themselves a leg up over the rest of the competition.
Caffeine has also been linked to causing an appetite suppression. Having caffeine may reduce a person’s desire to eat temporarily. This will in turn lead to weight loss as the person is consuming fewer calories. Caffeine has also been said to stimulate thermogenesis, which is when the body creates heat and energy by breaking down food. A main form of caffeine is coffee, and since coffee is a natural diuretic it causes people to lose excess water weight. This can be especially helpful for those who are more prone to retaining water and have a tough time shedding it.
While all the above reasons offer evidence about how caffeinated coffee helps with weight loss, it must be clear that those fancy lattes full of whole milk, sugar, and syrups do not count. When studies show coffee has been linked to weight loss they mean black coffee, not a chocolate chip Frappuccino topped with whipped cream. Those drinks have little coffee and a lot of fat, which will definitely not help with weight loss.
Weight loss can be a touchy subject and people are quick to try all the latest fad diets and pills, however next time try a homemade remedy instead with the help of coffee. Pour a steaming hot cup of black coffee and if desired add a little milk and sugar to it, but not too much. It may turn out this could be the missing ingredient to help lose those last few stubborn pounds of fat.
By Amena S. Chaudhri