Could drinking coffee help with weight loss? To jump ahead, we’re excited to report that after speaking to a registered dietitian and a physician that it is possible. Which is good, considering our affinity for a cup (or three) of Starbucks daily.
“The caffeine in coffee can help boost your metabolism in the short-term,” says registered dietitian Dara Godfrey with an emphasis on can. “As a stimulant, it can help signal fat cells to break down fat. It can also help you eat less during mealtime by reducing the feelings of hunger.” But as all good things must come to an end, Dara tells us that as time goes on, coffee drinkers may become less sensitive to the effects of caffeine.
So how should you drink your coffee, and just how much for it to be effective? Drink two to three cups before 3 p.m. and try to have it black (without milk, cream, or sugar). We recommend drinking it before a workout to help give you an energy boost. Skip the pre-workout drinks with tons of artificial sweeteners that have been shown to increase appetite and kill your flora (good bacteria). Have a cup of coffee before you exercise, as it will give you the energy you need and also improve fat burning when your body wants to burn fat most.
This is how it works, “Adiponectin is a hormone your body uses to burn fat, sugar, increase metabolism and suppress hunger. Coffee intake has been shown to increase this fat-burning hormone in women, especially in habitual daily coffee drinkers.” It’s important to note that too much coffee can increase stress hormones and weight retention in women. Keep your coffee intake to less than four cups (6 oz.) daily. Also bear in mind to avoid coffee if you experience PMS, bloating, or weight gain during your period. “Coffee can cause muscle cramping, can irritate your intestines, contributing to more bloating and inflammation.
For the purpose of weight loss try intermittent fasting and coffee is when you fast 12 to 16 plus hours, giving your gut a break and letting your body run on the stored fat and sugar. Having coffee during your fast will not only cut your hunger and cravings, but it will force your body to pull from those stubborn fat cells, especially if you have coffee during the last few hours of your fast. If dinner was at 8 p.m, then have your coffee when you wake up, and then wait two more hours before eating to let your body work on the fat burning process. This works best if you keep carbs intake low.
Have you tried drinking coffee before exercising? Did it give you a boost? Please share in the comments below!