Coffee has many nutritional benefits, but too much can have negative effects on the human body. Coffee alone won’t help you lose noticeable amounts of weight, but it can slightly boost weight loss or help to prevent pesky weight gain. Remember! As mentioned in Wild Foods’ previous article about the nutritional value of coffee and “How Does Coffee Affect Your Digestion”, only 8 ounces a day is the safe amount of coffee to consume to benefit from the delectable beverage.
Although research about the effects of coffee and weight loss are not definitive, there are a few working theories about how coffee (due to its caffeine content) might affect your weight. These theories include appetite suppression by reducing the feeling of hunger and burning calories by increasing energy when you’re at rest.
Ways Coffee Can Support Your Weight Loss Journey
As mentioned before, coffee (due to its caffeine content) can affect your weight. It can do this by appetite suppression and by burning calories while your body is at rest.
Coffee contains phytochemical compounds called chlorogenic acids. These compounds are naturally occurring acids in roasted coffee beans. These acids are what “suppresses” hunger and curve’s your appetite temporarily. You can also find these naturally occurring acids in fruits like apples, pears, strawberries, pineapple, and blueberries.
- Coffee doesn't technically suppress your appetite, but it does end up working out that way.
- Coffee is a stimulant, which allows you to focus easier. When your brain is engaged and focused on a task, you notice hunger significantly less.
- As with any stimulant, there are issues with becoming resistant to the drug, so you'll need stronger doses to get the same result. It's important to monitor your caffeine intake and take periods of time as "caffeine fasts" to reset your tolerance.
Coffee already has an impressive list of health benefits, including antioxidants and nutrients that highly benefit the human body. When you need to focus and shake off some of that sleepiness, be sure to reach for that cup of coffee. Maybe try a little decaf and organic coffee, easy on the sugar and creamer, or maybe even none at all, if you want to enjoy the full benefits coffee, has to offer.
Decaf coffee is the king of reducing hunger and suppressing your appetite due to its protein known as “PYY”. This protein helps to reduce your desire to eat. The sharpened focus due to caffeine intake may also have a little something to do with that suppressed appetite.
Increase Base Metabolic Rate
Coffee is known to increase your energy, which in return can sharpen your focus. Because of this increase in energy, thermogenesis takes place causing your body to generate heat and energy from digesting food, thus burning calories.
May Increase Base Metabolic Rate
- While it's not a certainty, studies have suggested that drinking coffee can raise your metabolic rate.
- When compared to a placebo, caffeine increased energy expenditure by almost 150 kcal! That's the equivalent of walking for 35 minutes at 3.5MPH. That's a significant increase.
Function as a Change of Pace Drink During Periods of Fasting.
- Not everyone uses intermittent fasting on their weight loss journey, but it's a powerful tool for helping along the way.
- During fasting periods, for maximum benefit you want to consume as close to 0 calories as possible. This means that you need to drink water, and lots of it to keep hunger at bay.
- Black coffee is VERY close to 0 calories, and would generally not be likely to trigger an insulin response. So it becomes a great drink for helping you get through your fasted state on a regular basis.
Commonly asked questions
Q: Which coffee is best for weight loss?
Since the stimulant caffeine is the biggest contributor to weight loss, a light roast black coffee is probably your best bet. Contrary to popular belief, light roast coffees actually have MORE caffeine than a dark roast, even if dark roast tastes stronger.ff
Q: How to brew my own coffee for weight loss?
Whole bean light roast coffee that you freshly grind (at home). Drink your coffee black or add some Wild Cocoa Butter to add that extra flavor for those who don’t like black coffee (put me in this category)!
Q: What is the best creamer for weight loss?
Most creamers will not be conducive to your goals of supporting weight loss. If you must add creamer to your coffee, you’ll want something with a coconut cream base. You may also want to try using almond milk in the place of creamer. In the end, black coffee is the best.
Q: Is coffee bad for you when trying to lose weight?
There is no evidence that coffee works against weight loss. Coffee does contain the stimulant caffeine and like everything else, too much can cause more harm than good. Make sure you understand the boundaries of caffeine and the side effects of taking too much.
Q: Does coffee reduce belly fat?
Coffee itself will not reduce belly fat, it would simply be a tool in your weight-loss toolbox to support your journey.
Mood booster, energy booster, improved health, and a proactive digestive system is only some of the many health benefits that coffee, in healthy doses, contributes to the human body.