According to a ComRes poll carried out in 2015, weight loss is the second most common goal for Brits when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. If you’re thinking about trying to lose some weight, you may be worried that your morning caffeine kick will have to be a thing of the past. But fear not, drinking coffee can, in fact, help you along your weight loss journey. Coffee contains many beneficial substances such as Theophylline and Chlorogenic acid, but the most prominent one is caffeine. Aside from giving you that boost of motivation in the morning, caffeine has many benefits that can help with weight loss.
Drinking Coffee Boosts The Body's Metabolism
Caffeine is used in many market-leading fat-burning supplements due to its ability to increase your resting metabolic rate (RMR). By increasing your metabolic rate, you will find it easier to shed the pounds as well as being able to eat more without gaining weight. Drinking coffee in the morning can boost your metabolic rate by stimulating thermogenesis which helps you to burn more fat. Research has shown that metabolic rates were boosted for up to three hours after consuming 8mg/kg of caffeine. Other studies have also indicated that caffeine can increase your base metabolic rate (BMR) by as much as 11%. It is worth noting, however, that these effects are more prominent in lean people than in obese people. Nonetheless, there is still an improvement for everybody, meaning a morning cup of coffee will help with weight loss and can feature prominently as part of a diet plan.
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Research has shown that metabolic rates were boosted for up to three hours after consuming 8mg/kg of caffeine.
Drinking Coffee Improves Physical Performance
Caffeine is renowned for increasing energy levels and making you feel more awake. This increase in energy can be used to fuel your workout and allow you to train harder for longer, ultimately helping you to lose more weight. An increasing number of studies have shown that drinking coffee can improve physical performance as effectively as consuming pure caffeine. By making you feel more energised, the caffeine content in coffee will help to improve exercise performance by 11-12%. Caffeine improves your energy levels, cognitive functions, mood and memory. In addition, it can also increase the amount of oxygen consumption during physical activity and stimulate the nervous system to aid the breakdown of body fat for energy. Studies have also found that drinking coffee before working out allows the body to burn off more fat compared to if no coffee had been consumed.
Drinking Coffee Slows The Absorption Of Carbs
The presence of Chlorogenic acid, a biologically active compound, can help slow the absorption rate of carbs and aid the break down of fat. Chlorogenic acid delays the absorption of sugar in the intestine by inhibiting the enzyme alpha-glucosidase, which is responsible for breaking down carbohydrates. By consuming this compound when drinking coffee, you can help reduce insulin and glucose spikes, resulting in reduced body fat and weight loss.
Caffeine improves your energy levels, cognitive functions, mood and memory.
It is worth noting that these positive weight loss effects do not apply to sugary, milky coffee drinks such as your caramel lattes, which will actually have the opposite effect. The most beneficial way to drink coffee in order to lose weight is a straight up black Americano. If you are not a black coffee fan then take a look at our blog post on healthier sugar alternatives that sweeten up your healthy caffeine kick without jeopardising your weight loss achievements. Sweetened or unsweetened almond milk is a healthier alternative to cow’s milk, and also takes the bitter edge off of a black coffee.
If none of these alternatives sound appealing, you can also enjoy the weight loss benefits of caffeine by drinking green tea. Green tea has a far lower caffeine content than coffee, so its effects are a lot less potent, but something is better than nothing. If you want to maximise your intake caffeine through drinking green tea, then matcha green tea is the way to go. Matcha tea is basically pulverised tea leaves and is prepared much like instant coffee insofar as it is mixed into water rather than simply steeped in it. This makes its caffeine content considerably higher than other green teas, though drinking coffee still provides the more substantial boost.