Caffeine and Weight Loss*

Wednesday, 2 August 2017, By Louise Barter

So, we have all heard about the pros and cons in relation to coffee with regard to weight loss and there are so many variations of caffeine-based products on the market that it's hard to know what to go for. Caffeine while it does suppress appetite and stimulate thermogenesis has not been proven to aid in long term weight loss. As caffeine does cause the metabolism to speed up and thus burn more calories it is also a diuretic which means it will help you lose water weight in the short term and is not a great indicator of long term weight loss.

It is important to be mindful of how much caffeine we ingest daily, together with this the type of coffee you are ordering is also relevant in relation to weight loss. The type of milk we use in coffee can have a great effect on added calories while dieting. Being mindful of this is of immense importance when ordering from the local barista after that morning work-out. 

Coffee can also have a detrimental effect on sleep patterns which can lead to weight gain and undoing all your hard work at the gym. This then has an effect on how tired you are in the morning...leading to most people reaching for a coffee to perk them up. It can become a vicious cycle! 

Instead of relying solely on several strong coffees a day, switch one up for a green tea which has a much lower caffeine percentage and also contain lots of anti-oxidants that aid weight loss.


 

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