Many of us can’t imagine getting through the work day without a cup of coffee. It can either be comforting or invigorating, but it’s always flavorful and enjoyable. Now, recent research is suggesting it’s more than just a delicious drink. Coffee has calorie burning properties as well.
Here are the top ways drinking coffee can aid in shedding those pounds.
Caffeine increases thermogenesis
A few studies were able to discover a link between caffeine and thermogenesis, which is the process of producing heat in the body. To generate heat, the body burns up calories. When caffeine stimulates thermogenesis, more calories are then consumed, therefore getting rid of more fat.
Some types of coffee contain theobromine and theophylline
Both theophylline and theobromine are a lot like caffeine and yield more or less the same results. Theobromine is mostly found in cacao beans but when coffee is mixed with chocolate, such as in mocha beverages, you’re getting both caffeine and theobromine, a double dose of calorie burning stimulants. Green coffee meanwhile, which is coffee made from unprocessed and unroasted coffee beans, contains theophylline.
The chlorogenic acid in certain kinds of coffee affects the body’s ability to take in fat and glucose
What chlorogenic acid actually does is to hinder the absorption of fat and glucose in the body. However, regular coffee from standard home coffee machines may have already lost all of its chlorogenic acid since the more coffee is roasted, the more chlorogenic acid is leached out of it. It’s green coffee that’s rich in chlorogenic acid.
Caffeine triggers adrenaline in our body
Called epinephrine in scientific terms and adrenaline among the general public, this hormone improves your energy and jolts your mind and body into alertness. This rise in energy requires the conversion of more calories from your body which is why more fat is burned.
Caffeine raises the body’s metabolic rate
Every time caffeine rouses the body into action and uses up calories, the body’s metabolism also picks up. With an increased metabolic rate, fat in our cells is broken down and converted into energy more quickly, instead of being stored up slowly in the body. Research confirms that after drinking coffee, metabolism picks up for about three hours after which it subsides to normal.
Caffeine is a diuretic
Some studies using caffeine as a diuretic have shown an increase in urine output from the subjects after consuming coffee. Caffeine likely helps flush out excess fluid in the body, avoiding weight gain from too much water.
Caffeine may curb your appetite
In one ongoing study, the researchers noted a connection between drinking coffee with caffeine and feeling fuller and less hungry. It’s quite possible that caffeine can induce people to feel satisfied longer, reducing the desire to eat more or eat frequently.
Black coffee is healthier than other drinks
Compared to other sugar-laced beverages, coffee is still delicious and perks you up even without added sweetness. Mixing sugar and cream into your coffee can negate its weight loss benefits; everyone knows sugar is the enemy when you’re trying to shed weight, but as a pure-beverage, coffee contains no sugar so unless you’re adding it, it’s a great option in moderation.
Though drinking coffee has several advantages, over consumption of any food or drink is rarely good. You should still limit yourself to two to three cups a day to avoid unhealthy side effects like insomnia or heart palpitations. On a final note, while coffee has been shown to support weight loss, it should not be your only method of losing weight.