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By: Obi Obadike
I've heard that drinking coffee can aid weight loss. What do you think, Obi? You've heard right. Coffee contains the stimulant caffeine, and caffeine can help improve your mental and physical capacities. It can aid your weight loss because it may stimulate your metabolism, inhibit your appetite, and make you uber-focused in the gym.
Research studies show that long-term consumption of caffeine and coffee decreases body weight in rats. These animal studies on weight loss suggest that long-term caffeine and coffee consumption could decrease body weight in humans. However, the research also suggests that caffeine-induced thermogenesis (how your body burns calories to create heat energy) and fat oxidation is more significant in non-obese patients.
Studies have also found that energy expenditure is elevated for several hours after drinking caffeinated coffee; they also suggest that a habitual consumption of 6 cups of coffee per day can increase energy expenditure that could lead to significant weight loss. The American Dietetic Association recommends three 8 oz. cups of coffee per day. Use these recommendations to make the right choice for you.
So, keep making those morning runs to the Coffee Hut - but make sure your caffeine cup doesn't runneth over with whipped cream and caramel.
While the weight-loss effects of coffee are, of course, awesome, there might be even more important health benefits to your daily excursions to the coffee machine:
Because coffee can act as a natural diuretic, drinking it could rid your body of excess water weight. I drink black coffee the day before a photo-shoot to help me look dry and striated. It's been a great tool for me in my fitness career!
Coffee does have some great health and weight-loss benefits. But just like milkshakes, biceps curls and running marathons, too much of a good thing can have deleterious effects on your body. Some people react differently to caffeine - it actually increases their appetites! Also, drinking too much coffee can cause jitteriness and anxiety; use it in moderation.
Enjoying too many cups of coffee too late in the afternoon or evening can also cause insomnia. If you drink multiple after-dinner cups of Joe, you might be in for a rough night of wide-awake life contemplation. If you don't usually drink coffee, make sure you gage how your body reacts to caffeine before you start making it a part of your diet.
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