Can Caffeine really help with weight loss?
We are prepared to give up a lot to lose weight. Takeaways, Fast food, Even chocolate (well, maybe). But for many of us giving up coffee is a no-go. How else are we expected to function after 2 hours sleep because the kids go up 4 times in the night? Is there another way to stay awake through a 12 hour shift?!
According to a recent article in the Daily Mail, drinking coffee really could hold the key to combating obesity. Caffeine helps to burn off calories by boosting the release of oxytocin. This hormone affects both appetite and metabolism, therefore, scientists suggest that this allows people to battle their bulging waistline. Chinese researchers recently found that during their trials on overweight mice, high levels of caffeine actually helped them slim down. It made them eat less and inspired them to be much more active on a wheel running machine.
Well, we’re not so sure about it all but hey we’ll give it a go to see a smaller waistline. Interested? Well we look a little deeper into the pros and cons of caffeine:
What are the pros?
- Studies suggest it can have a variety of health benefits, including combating liver disease and type two diabetes.
- Research has even suggested it could even help people live longer.
- It is the world’s most widely consumed stimulant and reports show it can boost daily energy expenditure by around five percent.
- Researchers have said combining two to four daily coffees with regular exercise would be even more effective at keeping the weight off.
- A 2015 study showed just a couple of cups a day could help millions of dieters stay trim once they have achieved their desired weight.
What are the cons?
- The average cup of black coffee contains 2 calories. hardly enough to have you piling on the pounds. The calories appear once you start adding the sweet stuff; flavoured syrups, milk and whipped cream.
- A basic whole milk latte has 170 calories, double that for a large vanilla latte with an extra helping of 6g of fat. And don’t even get us started on a large Frappe (87g of sugar anyone)?!
- Black coffee on its own has been proven to act as a mild appetite suppressant, but all that sugar will just leaving you craving more.
Does Coffee Affect Ketosis?
Ketosis develops when you use up your glycogen stores and need an alternate source of energy. Caffeine has the potential to disrupt glucose metabolism, which could, in turn, affect ketosis, although the limits of ketosis range so vastly from body to body that the evidence is not concrete.
Many low carb dieters continue to enjoy caffeine-containing beverages with no serious impact on their weight-loss efforts or ketosis. However, if your body happens to be extremely insulin resistant, you may need to restrict or even eliminate caffeine completely
If not, just make sure you stick to a cup of black coffee and steer clear of the calorie-laden chain shop stuff.