Worried about your weight? Well, there are many things people talk about for losing weight! But have you ever thought that coffee could be the magic pill to help you lose weight?
For many, a day cannot start without a hot cup of coffee. A strong filter of coffee in the morning is a must for many in south India. It is what makes one get going well for the rest of the day. Coffee contains caffeine and other stimulants which increase metabolism rate and helps to stay active and make you more alert. But have you ever thought that drinking coffee can help you lose weight also? Let us see how?
Lose weight tips are galore. Most talk of cutting down on junk food, consuming lesser carbs or eat moderate proportions. A tough job for many! To promote weight loss, it is important to burn more calories than we take in. Drinking coffee is one way to achieve this goal. Having a cup of coffee before a meal makes you consume less quantity of food. Antioxidants in coffee also help crush free radicals which are responsible for fat accumulation. They also help the regeneration of new cells, which is important for a healthy life.
Fat accumulation is the main culprit for weight gain and it largely depends on one’s metabolism. Caffeine, the main ingredient in coffee, increases the metabolic rate, whether you are working or resting. That means you can lose calories even while at rest. Apart from this coffee also burns more fat, blocks calorie absorption and decreases appetite. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system, which sends direct signals to fat cells, telling them to lose weight and to break down fat by increasing blood levels of the hormone adrenaline. Caffeine and chlorogenic acid in coffee help in slowing down the absorption of carbohydrates and eventually help reduce weight. It is scientifically proven that coffee consumption promotes gastric emptying – reducing the time food stays in your stomach. Poly phenols particularly present in caffeine are extremely weight loss friendly.
For fat loss and thereby weight loss it is ideal to have black or green coffee without the addition of sugar, milk or cream. With these additives, all the benefits of coffee will be nullified. One must take black coffee before hitting a gym as it boosts metabolism greatly, allowing one to reap more benefits from workout sessions, specifically black coffee. This helps losing weight easily.
The coffee diet is popular in the western world but not so in the eastern parts. The coffee diet is developed by Dr Bob Arnot. In his popular book ‘The coffee lovers’ diet’, he recommends drinking at least 3 cups (720ml) of coffee a day, replace a meal with lightly roasted whole bean green coffee smoothie and focus on low fat, high fibre meals and snacks.
Not just weight loss, Coffee is also rich in antioxidants called polyphenols which have several other health benefits including decreased inflammation and free radical damage. It can help boost memory, keep the liver and heart-healthy and helps in lowering the risk of developing cancer.
To sum it up, drinking coffee has two main benefits — increase in metabolism and decrease in appetite, both of which are the most essential for weight loss, with a few other health benefits also thrown in.
But it is never a one-way street! One should drink coffee in moderation to avoid unwanted side effects, which include acidity, increased stress and anxiety, low rate of mineral absorption and disturbed sleeping routine. When consumed in moderation coffee is a great beverage that does not contain calories, fats or cholesterol.