If you’re a coffee lover who’s been wanting to lose weight, the phrase “coffee diet” must be music to your ears. Coffee must already be running in your veins, after all, using it to your advantage when it comes to shedding off a couple of unwanted pounds shouldn’t be too difficult.
But what is the coffee diet anyway? Also called the “coffee cleanse,” this new way to detox and lose weight involves upping your coffee intake or drinking one cup after every low-calorie meal. There are also other studies suggesting that it has to be coffee with a high phenol content. Phenols are the antioxidants found in your cup of joe, and according to the study, the higher the phenol content, the more slimming benefits you get.
Before you get too excited over this diet, however, you have to know what this game plan is and what it’s not. That way you know what to expect, how to approach it, how to make it work for you, and be able to tell if it’s actually worth a try.
To help you out, here are some important things you should know about how your favorite beverage affects your nourishment, your eating habits, and your body weight.
Increase in metabolism
First of all, coffee is a calorie-free beverage, so you can drink as much as you want without worrying about getting fat. Unless of course you like your cup of joe with sugar and milk, then it may not be as guilt-free as you imagined. In general though, black coffee can boost your metabolism. According to studies, caffeine can increase your resting metabolic rate (RMR), which is the rate at which you burn calories at rest, by 3-11 percent. The same studies show that larger doses of caffeine have a greater effect.
Caffeine also stimulates the nervous system, increasing the blood levels of the epinephrine hormone (aka adrenaline), which travels through the blood to the fat tissues, and signals them to break down fats.
Coffee curbs your appetite
Coffee can suppress appetite, and thus it helps you eat less and stick to whatever diet plan you’re into. The reduced food cravings make you take in fewer calories, so apart from the fact that it aids with the faster burning of fat, it also functions like your supportive buddy who discourages you from eating another croissant, so your body, in turn, doesn’t have to worry about additional fats to burn.
The Real Deal
According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, a cup of coffee a day may help you burn an extra nine calories per hour. However, nine calories is not a lot. Even if you multiply it by 24 hours, it won’t be enough for you to notice any difference in your body, especially if the calorie you take in is still more than you burn.
Also, our body can develop tolerance to caffeine over time, so caffeine can boost the metabolic rate and increase fat burning until we become tolerant to the effects and it stops working.
In reality, while coffee can help you with your weight-loss efforts, the result may not be long-term and it may not help you lose weight as fast as proper diet and exercise would. So if you really want a diet that works, combine your coffee drinking habits with a sensible eating plan, and a regular workout.