Weight Loss: Can Drinking Coffee Help You Lose Weight?

There's more to coffee than just energy. Here's how it helps with weight loss.

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Drinking coffee for weight loss has attracted lots of interest and attention in recent times. 

It’s not surprising that around 400 million people consume coffee each year. Coffee has many health benefits, including boosting energy and concentration levels.

In this article, we’ll look specifically at coffee’s role in weight loss. 

You’ll understand how drinking coffee may be able to help you get rid of your extra weight.

Let’s dive in.

How can drinking coffee help you with weight loss?

Coffee can interact with the hormones that control your appetite. It can act as a natural appetite suppressant. 

Also, it can stimulate energy expenditure making you use more energy and lose fat. 

In a clinical study published in the Journal of International Medical Research looked into the impact of different types of coffee on body weight in obese people.

The findings show that drinking coffee over an extended period can help reduce body mass and body fat.

The types of appetite hormones in coffee are Ghrelin, Leptin, and Peptide. 

Ghrelin stimulates appetite, peptide suppresses it, and leptin increases energy expenditure and decreases food intake.

How does coffee impact energy levels and calories?

Drinking coffee can help wake you up and boost your energy levels. 

This demands more energy and calories than when you are in a lethargic or sleepy state. 

And also, coffee can interact with the hormones that control the processes of how the body spends energy and uses calories.

You are right if you feel that coffee gives you energy, makes you focus better.

Recent studies are beginning to find something surprising. 

Coffee effects on appetite, hunger, and energy expenditure may not be due to caffeine, but to other components. 

For example, this research published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition found that decaffeinated coffee also showed these effects during a randomized clinical trial.

More studies need to be done around this topic, but this is already exciting news if your body can’t tolerate caffeine well.

How does coffee impact metabolism?

The thing is that the benefits of coffee depend on how your body processes caffeine. Metabolism is how our body process the food and drinks we consume.

Drinking coffee can give an instant boost to your Basal Metabolic Rate and help burn stored fats. 

But, the effects decrease with time and work less on older people. 

Here’s something else:

When caffeine stays too long in the body you are more likely to experience the side effects. 

Takeaway

The benefits of coffee depend on how your body processes it. If your body is slowly breaking down caffeine, you are more likely to feel the side effects.

And coffee can also act as a natural appetite suppressant and increase your energy expenditure. 

Keep in mind that drinking coffee for weight loss can work may not be due to caffeine, but other components in coffee. 

Therefore, decaffeinated coffee may also be effective in this case.

(Nutritionist coach and health writer)

Miriam is a certified Nutritionist and coach by ISSA and in Advanced Nutrition by Hong Kong University, and she has dedicated last decade to promote healthy lifestyles and education in nutrition. She is the author of the book series Food Wisdom under the pen name Broccoli People, in which she explains the principles of nutrition in an easy and intuitive way. You can follow her at www.broccolipeople.com.