How drinking coffee might help you lose weight
Black coffee has almost no calories
Not only is coffee delicious, it's also known to help mobilize fats and increase metabolism, which can sometimes help people lose weight.
Coffee contains two substances that can affect metabolism:
- Caffeine which is a central nervous system stimulant.
- Chlorogenic Acid which may help slow absorption of carbohydrates.
Both of these are key ingredients in a wide variety of diet pills and weight loss supplements.
Caffeine helps to stimulate thermogenesis, the metabolic process during which your body burns calories to produce heat. It also helps to boost your metabolism from 3-11% and help mobilize fat from fat tissue. Chlorogenic Acid has been shown to enhance insulin function, which helps curb fat accumulation in the body and boost your metabolic rate.
Coffee is also number one source of disease-fighting antioxidants
Nothing else comes close. It outranks both fruits and vegetables combined, according to a study by researchers at the University of Scranton Pennsylvania. Both caffeinated and decaf versions appear to provide similar antioxidant levels.
Coffee doesn't actually contain the most antioxidants. That would actually be dates, but not too many people eat dates. Over half of all Americans drink coffee every day, so it comes out WAY ahead as the leading source.
Coffee’s antioxidant properties have been linked in multiple studies to help flush out toxins that may lead to protein and DNA damage by free radicals.
Here are some of the main antioxidants found in coffee
- Trigonelline - Also known as Vitamin B3 (or Niacin) - Trigonelline can improve cholesterol levels and lower cardiovascular risks, boost levels of good HDL cholesterol, and lower triglycerides.
- Chlorogenic Acid - (Mentioned above) Shown to enhance insulin function - Helps curb fat accumulation in the body and boost your metabolic rate.
- Melanoidins - Known to have anticariogenic, anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, and antiglycative properties.
- Caffeine - Yes - Caffeine itself is an antioxidant.
It's best to drink coffee black if you're trying to lose weight
Avoid packing it with calorie-laden creams, sugars, and flavors
The benefits mentioned above result only from a moderate coffee intake.
Always chat with your doctor before boosting your caffeine intake, and consume it in safe amounts. It's not for everyone. Pregnant women and people with heart conditions, like an irregular heartbeat or hypertension, are advised not to over-indulge in drinking coffee and should cautiously limit their intake of caffeinated coffee.