The idea that drinking coffee helps you to lose weight has been around for ages, and we’re here to tell you, it doesn’t. For coffee drinkers out there hoping to hear that it does, we’re sorry to burst your bubble. Where does the coffee and weight loss myth come in? Caffeine and appetite suppression.
Caffeine is a stimulant, and as such is thought to boost your metabolism so you can burn more fat. If it does in fact boost the metabolism, the amount of caffeine you’d have to consume to see real results would be potentially deadly. It can however be used to give you a little kick start just before a workout but drinking it all day long hoping for some permanent 24/7 fat loss is not going to happen.
Caffeine, though a stimulant is also a diuretic. Diuretics are chemicals that pull water from the body, which in turn will dehydrate you. Ever notice you have to run to the bathroom a lot when you’ve had a lot of caffeine? That’s why. If you’ve been drinking coffee on a regular basis and see weight loss on the scale, it is likely just water weight, which will rebound quickly. It will be hard to lose fat by relying on the caffeine in coffee. The caffeine in coffee can also cause your blood pressure to rise, as well as your heart rate, and you’ll find it harder to sleep at night. You’ll eventually crash and possibly crave sweets to pick yourself back up, feeling worse than you did before you needed the boost. Fat loss tends to be a lot of water weight at first, so this is a key reason why the myth is so easy to believe.
Sadly, drinking a cup of coffee in the morning will not suppress your appetite any more than a cup of another liquid. It’s going to work by filling your stomach, just the way a glass of water or milk will. The difference? Coffee, especially if you pack on the cream and sugar will be much higher in calories than water or skim milk. It will not last long, and you’ll be hungry again pretty quickly. Don’t rely on it to help you feel less hungry! If you really want appetite suppression, eat higher quality foods that are good for you and filling. A bowl of whole grain oatmeal topped with some berries will keep you feeling full and give you plenty of energy until your mid-morning snack time. Eating plenty of fiber is the healthiest way to suppress your appetite, which will help with your weight loss efforts far more than coffee ever could.
So what can you do if you’re addicted to coffee and you don’t want it to ruin your health and weight loss goals or you want to use it, as I do, for a pre workout kickstart?
It’s up to you what to do. We’re not telling you to completely give up your coffee, but now that you know the truth about it, make sure you use it in a way that it will help you with your fat loss goals instead of workout against you!