Losing weight can prove to be a difficult feat. It isn’t supposed to be easy. Why? Because it is a complete rearrangement of a lifestyle or habit that somebody has fallen comfortable or routine to. Trying to lose weight is trying to change how you eat, what you eat, where you shop, what you choose, how you decide to stay active and more. It changes the routine you have set for yourself and although many understand that this routine is detrimental to their health, often find it is hard to let go because sometimes bringing change to life isn’t always easy. It requires breaking a comfort zone and going towards different choices that people dislike or often have never tried, and for some people that can be a serious source of anxiety. Thankfully though, I know that there are some things in your routine that won’t have to change. For instance, your beloved coffee that makes you happy and working on those hectic days. Life is rough sometimes and sometimes changes need to happen, but if you are looking to lose weight, you can actually turn to your coffee consumption as a constant, comfortable routine that you do not need to give up during your battle to shed some pounds. Confused? Don’t worry this article will aim to clear that confusion right up.
Coffee’s Connection to the Metabolism
Coffee and specifically caffeine have been studied at large by many to truly understand the connection between caffeine and metabolism. Of course, we all know that metabolism is linked to body weight. Those who have high metabolisms mean that their body converts food into energy at a quicker rate and this is linked to being able to eat more without gaining weight while those with low or slow metabolisms mean that their body converts food to energy at a much slower rate, meaning that they can eat less, but gain more weight. There have been studies that show that coffee can actually help mobilize fats from the body’s fat tissues and from there increase the body’s metabolism. Coffee contains caffeine which is a central nervous stimulant. Caffeine helps to mobilize fat from fat tissues by first stimulating the central nervous system into sending direct signals to fat cells. The signals tell the fat cells to break down fat. In addition, caffeine increases our blood levels with a hormone known as epinephrine or adrenaline. The adrenaline then travels through the blood stream sending signals to fat tissues that they need to break down fat and release those fats into the blood. The fats then become free fatty acids within the blood that float freely for use. More studies have shown a link between coffee and an increase in the metabolic rate by about 3-11% with large doses providing an even higher percentage. This is important because the metabolic rate is known as the rate at which our body burns calories while we are at rest. The higher your metabolic rate is, the easier it is for you to lose weight, while the lower it is the easier it is for you to gain weight. In addition, coffee also has what is known as thermogenesis which actually helps to heat up the body and boost metabolism; however, it is true though that as one drinks caffeine more often, body becomes more is tolerant to its effects. Over time the effects of coffee on your metabolism will start to stop eventually, but this also leads to another thing that is still helpful in losing weight, and that is reducing your appetite.
Reduction of Appetite
Coffee also has the power to reduce your appetite which can aid you in your journey to losing weight. There has been links and reports to a suppression of appetite after having a cup of coffee. This suppression of appetite is by no means enough to make you feel full, but it definitely is enough to make you feel as if you want to eat less food then you would normally if you drank no coffee. Also, when you think about it coffee is really just ground up coffee beans mixed with water. Therefore, feeling full may also be attributed to the fact that you filled yourself up on water which is actually known to make you feel fuller and less hungry. If you like your coffee with some milk such as soy milk, then this may also aid in your suppressed appetite since soy milk has protein and protein is known to keep you feeling fuller for longer. Studies on the relationship between coffee and appetite have also shown that decaffeinated coffee has the most profound effect on appetite and can keep you feeling a lot less hungry then normal coffee. This is due to the fact that decaffeinated coffee has an increased amount of peptide which makes you feel less hungry. In addition, coffee may make you feel less hungry because it modifies the hormone that makes you feel satisfied leaving you with no desire to really eat, binge, or overeat.
It Lowers Your Stress Levels
Stress is something that everybody hates. No one likes the feeling of being stressed or overwhelmed. It makes you feel anxious, upset, or depressed and it makes you extremely susceptible to overeating as a way to seek comfort or solace. Many people turn to food as a comfort for their problems when they are stressed. Its natural since food triggers the release of hormones that make you feel happy. Yet it is only temporarily and it won’t be long until you are stressed again and looking to eat more for temporary satisfaction. This could all be stopped with a cup of joe. By drinking coffee, the caffeine can actually stimulate happy hormones like food can, but if consumed correctly won’t harm your chances of losing weight like food can. By drinking some caffeine, you can eliminate your stress and feel more motivated to tackle the day, all while feeling relaxed and satisfied. Meaning there is no need to reach for food as your comfort. In addition, stress can make you feel extremely unmotivated and lazy. By eliminating stress out of your life through some caffeine you can find the motivation and energy to get up and stay healthy and energetic. Perfect behavior that you need to have to lose weight.
How to Drink Coffee the Right Way
Many people will fervently and passionately argue for the idea that coffee is so bad for you and is no way good for your health. They put on the claims of how many coffee companies use so much sugar, cream, artificial sweeteners, and other unhealthy ingredients to make their coffee more appealing, and while this may be true, the fact is that coffee itself, untouched by those fancy decorations, honestly is not bad for you and can benefit you greatly. If you are looking to shed some pounds or lose a little bit of weight then black coffee can help you. Black coffee does all that has been talked about above and it is unharmed by the fancy sugar and milky creamers that people put in it. Yes, coffee can be bad for you in terms of calories and sugar, but that is really only if you are ordering extremely sweet coffees like a caramel macchiato or a mocha Frappuccino. If you are looking to try and consume that and think you will lose weight than you are very mistaken. Those types of drinks consumed regularly offer high amounts of sugar and calories, and this puts your desire to lose weight in jeopardy. To put it in perspective, the World Health Organization suggests that adults should never try to consume beyond 25 grams of sugar a day. A typical Grande Starbucks Frappuccino puts you at about 66 grams of sugar. At that rate you can kiss your chances of getting your dream body goodbye. If you absolutely find the taste of black coffee horrendous (not a problem it is quite an intense taste to deal with) then there are other healthier alternatives you can turn to instead to decorate your caffeine fix at a less riskier price on your health. Here are some tips to think about when trying to incorporate a healthy coffee caffeine fix into your lifestyle while trying to lose those stubborn pounds.
Avoid those Refined or Artificial Sweeteners
In all try your very best to be extremely minimal with the sugar. You don’t want your sugar craving to mask your caffeine fix that you have allowed for yourself while on this journey to losing weight. You will put yourself so far back if you try to do this. If you absolutely need sugar then try a very minimal amount of brown sugar, maple syrup, or honey, but as stated before the key here is to be very minimal or simple. That way you can get your caffeine without harming your health and potency to lose and keep off weight in the long run.
Skip the Artificial Creamers
Those bad boys are so good and taste so sweet but are the absolute worst if you are trying to improve yourself. This one is a hard one and I have to admit it because as a coffee drinker myself, I find my coffee not satisfactory at all unless I have some type of creamer in them to deck it up and make it sweet. Sometimes though you need to make necessary changes for the benefit of creating a better you. The artificial creamers are loaded with bad ingredients like corn syrup solids and hydrogenated oils (a big no no). If you need cream in your coffee you do not need to do away with it completely. Incorporate some natural or organic cream that is grass-fed. Cream like this is not hard to be found and can be normally found in all major grocery stores. Creams like this are also good for you because they have high traces of vitamin K2 which is active in lowering the risk of cancer, heart disease and yes, I said it- it can actually help you in losing weight!
Add in Some Grass-Fed Butter or Coconut Oil
These ingredients are so great for you and make your coffee taste excellent. Adding grass-fed butter to your coffee allows for a good brain booster to start your day. Grass-fed butter is known to be one of the healthiest fats to exist as it contains saturated fats that can help with the heart, lung, liver, bone, immune system, and signal satiety. That is so important because by the body signaling satiety you can feel full quicker and eat less, helping you to lose weight. If you continue drinking coffee it can also help you in maintaining your weight at the same time. Coconut oil works very similar as well. Coconut oil is loaded with MCTs or what is known as medium chain triglycerides. Multiple studies have been done on the power of MCTs and the results have shown that they are actually extremely helpful in improving weight loss. Another great bonus! If you are interested to know more about this coffee, the coffee actually is called bulletproof coffee and it is taken the world by storm!
Through the cool facts you have learned about coffee and the tips and tricks I gave you on how to make your coffee healthy enough for your lifestyle changes, hopefully now you are filled with the wisdom and positive motivation to actively seek a change in your lifestyle to improve yourself and be the person you have always wanted to be. When everything you are known to be familiar with changes, let your coffee be the one thing that stays constant keeping you happy and motivated to plunge on with the new changes you make for yourself until one day over time they become a new routine or comfort for you, making you healthier and happier than before. Grab your cup of coffee and start today!