We are always looking for ways to lose weight. There are the fad diets, like the Master Cleanse or the acai berry diet, and there are the countless reduced fat, no fat, and lose weight fast foods and supplements on store shelves across the country. There are a variety of apps you can download on your mobile devices to help lose weight, and then there are products you can buy to help count your levels of physical activity.
The market is cram-packed with ways to lose weight. But, instead of literally buying into combinations of these, consider losing weight by simply drinking coffee!
According to an article by Health.com, caffeine in coffee can help boost your metabolism by up to 15 percent, and it can help you burn stored fat.
Coffee may also act as an appetite suppressant, according to FitDay.
“Drinking coffee during the afternoon or after dinner can help to reduce cravings for snacks or sweets, by filling the stomach and suppressing the appetite, without the addition of calories,” the article states.
Drinking coffee before a workout can also help you perform better. Studies have found physical performance can be increased by an average of 11-12 percent when caffeine is in the mix, states an article by KristjanGunnarsson in Lifehacker.
These benefits seem promising. However, be cautious. Coffee is a diuretic, which means it can cause you to lose fluids, so you’ll want to be sure you don’t drink more than two cups a day and continue to drink plenty of water. Also, watch out for creams, sugars and specialty coffee drinks. These can counteract the positives. Instead, drink coffee black, or use skim milk and artificial sweeteners.