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How Caffeine & Coffee Can Help Or Hinder Your Weight Loss?

How Caffeine & Coffee Can Help Or Hinder Weight Loss?


I for one am a big coffee lover, I’m sat here right now having a black coffee and my breakfast whilst writing this out. But there are positives and negatives to having coffee at different volumes and different times of day. Firstly we will look at a few of the positives of how it can help you in your weight loss journey.

  • Coffee can help to mobilise fat from fat tissue by raising blood levels of epinephrine (adrenaline), caffeine promotes the release of fatty acids from fat tissue.

  • Coffee can increase your metabolic rate with studies showing that caffeine can increase RMR by 3–11%, with larger doses having a greater effect.

In the short term, caffeine can boost the metabolic rate and increase fat burning, but after a while people become tolerant to the effects and it stops working due to over drinking (daily recommendation is 400mg per day). But even if coffee doesn't make you expend more calories in the long term, there is still a possibility that it blunts appetite and helps you eat less.

Again coffee does have its down points like everything especially when you drink too much of it.

  • Coffee/Caffeine affects your sleep: Sleep is so vital to your body and how you recover, repair and improve. When your sleep is affected it can affect your mood, your recovery and can affect your mental health plus much more.

  • Digestive issues: Coffee’s laxative effect has been attributed to the release of gastrin, a hormone the stomach produces that speeds up activity in the colon. What’s more, decaffeinated coffee has been shown to produce a similar response. however, caffeine itself also seems to stimulate bowel movements by increasing peristalsis, the contractions that move food through your digestive tract. Given this effect, it’s not surprising that large doses of caffeine may lead to loose stools or even diarrhea in some people.

  • Fatigue: Coffee, tea and other caffeinated beverages are known to boost energy levels. However, they can also have the opposite effect by leading to rebound fatigue after the caffeine leaves your system. One review of 41 studies found that although caffeinated energy drinks increased alertness and improved mood for several hours, participants were often more tired than usual the following day.

So the meaning and moral of this is that coffee can help you if used in the correct way during your weight loss journey but ensure you don’t overuse it because it can have a negative affect on your body when you do that.



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