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Coffee and Weight Loss

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Though the drink is most popular for boosting energy, it can also be healthy and help with your weight loss goals. 

“Coffee, when consumed in moderation and without too many added sweeteners, can help with weight loss and be beneficial to your overall health,” says Ashley Shaw, RD, a registered dietitian at Preg Appetit. 

Here’s what you should know about coffee and weight loss, and how much you should drink to lose weight. 

Yes, coffee can help with weight loss

Coffee contains nutrients such as niacin, potassium, magnesium, and antioxidants — which can improve digestive health, support muscle function, and lead to better heart health. It also contains caffeine, which boosts metabolism, improves energy, and can promote weight loss. 

Here are some health and weight loss-related benefits of this energy-boosting drink:

Black coffee is a low-calorie beverage. Weight loss is associated with a calorie deficit, which is when you consume fewer calories than you burn. A popular way to help achieve a calorie deficit is to consume fewer calories than your usual caloric intake. 

Black coffee is an ideal beverage to drink for weight loss as it contains less than 5 calories per serving (one 8-0z cup). However, it’s only low-calorie if you drink it black. 

“While black coffee is low-calorie, it can quickly become high in calories, sugar, and fats when different milks and sugars are added to it,” Shaw says. 

Caffeine boosts metabolism. Metabolism is the process in which the body breaks down nutrients and utilizes foods’ calories throughout the day. Caffeine, a stimulant found in coffee, is one of few substances that may increase your basal metabolic rate (BMR), also known as the rate at which you burn calories while resting. 

A small 2018 study found that participants who drank various measures of coffee over the course of two months had greater metabolites, a product of metabolism. A higher or faster metabolism will allow you to burn more calories at rest or during physical activity, which may help lead to weight loss. 

“There is a growing body of research on how coffee consumption is positively associated with BMR, however it’s important to keep in mind that we metabolize foods and beverages at different rates. Coffee may increase one person’s metabolic rate but not another,” Shaw says.

Caffeine may decrease feelings of hunger. Appetite is influenced by a variety of factors, including the type of food you eat, physical activity levels, and hormones. While there is not sufficient research to determine a cause-effect relationship between caffeine reducing appetite, studies have shown that it may reduce levels of ghrelin, the hormone that makes you feel hungry. Learn More Here

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