It's no secret that coffee is one of the most highly consumed drinks in the country and around the globe, whether it's an occasional treat or a daily cup. According to the National Coffee Association, about 62% of Americans drink coffee daily. We are curious about how it affects our health, particularly our weight. When it comes to losing weight, should you stay away from coffee? How does coffee affect weight gain? Let's discuss what the research says.
A lot depends on what goes into coffee regarding weight gain. According to research, black coffee doesn't make you gain weight and may even help you lose weight. However, suppose you regularly indulge in a speciality beverage from your favourite coffee shop or heavily sweeten your daily cup. In that case, it may contribute to weight gain.
Knowing the nutritional content of your favourite coffee preparation is a good idea, especially if you're drinking it regularly. It doesn't mean you always have to drink your coffee black, but it's good to know how it's prepared. Taking these common coffee additives into consideration, here are the nutrition facts:
We'll take a look at a few popular coffee chain speciality drinks:
Consider this: 100 calories, 9 grams of fat, and less than 1 gram of sugar appear to be the nutritional information for an individual cheese pizza from Domino's®. One of these specialty coffee drinks can easily provide the equivalent of a meal's worth of calories, fat, and sugar, not to mention a day's worth of sugar. It is good news that most of your favorite coffee chains are providing nutrition information for their drinks online or through their apps, so you can make an informed choice for your favorite beverage.
Also, you can get drinks that contain fewer calories and sugars. You can choose a "skinny" drink or request that it be made from skim milk with sugar-free sweeteners. Some of our patients enjoy using low-sugar caramel, or vanilla-flavored protein shakes as a creamer alternative at Form Health. It is low-sugar but still sweet enough, and it keeps them feeling full. Sugar-free syrups such as those produced by Davinci Gourmet™ and Torani® also provide the same benefit by adding sweetness without all the calories.
Coffee and tea contain caffeine which is a naturally occurring stimulant. However, it can also be added to various drinks, such as sodas and energy drinks, to add even more caffeine. Medication for cold symptoms also contains it.
The research conducted on caffeine's effects on weight suggests that it may have a positive effect on our weight; helping us lose and maintain weight rather than causing us to gain weight as a result of caffeine consumption. Generally, caffeine affects metabolism or energy expenditure in this way. As a result of caffeine consumption, we burn more calories per day, which is measured by energy expenditure. In addition, some studies suggest caffeine may help us curb our appetite, so we eat fewer calories. One must keep in mind that this should be balanced with adequate nutrition as well. It would not be a healthy weight loss strategy to drink caffeinated beverages instead of eating food in order to lose weight.
Caffeine can also negatively affect our health, so consuming more is not necessarily a good idea. In addition to causing an increase in heart rate, palpitations, anxiety, and a difficult time sleeping, caffeine is a stimulant. Additionally, poor sleep has been shown to negatively affect weight, so you want to reduce your caffeine intake if it keeps you awake at night or causes other negative effects. It is also not recommended that you take caffeine supplements, as the FDA does not regulate them.
Many studies have evaluated the effects of coffee and caffeine on health because these substances are consumed so frequently. The consumption of caffeinated coffee is not associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease or cancer. Despite the fact that caffeine can increase your blood pressure in the short term if you don't consume it regularly, regular coffee consumption does not have this effect. In addition, drip-filter and instant coffee do not appear to increase cholesterol levels, but unfiltered coffee and espresso do.
Nevertheless, the good news is that most studies on coffee and overall health have indicated that a daily cup(s) of coffee is associated with a reduced risk of developing a number of chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes. So you can include it in your healthy balanced diet as part of your daily cup(s). Remember, however, to be mindful of what else is in your cup beside the coffee itself if you intend to lose weight.
If Weightloss Coach can help you if you are watching your coffee intake, regulating sugar and cream use, or following a healthy diet and are still not seeing the results you want. We carefully evaluate all factors that could contribute to excess weight with our Board Certified Doctors and Registered Dietitians. The clinical team will develop a personalized weight loss plan based on your lifestyle, medical history, and needs. The Medical Weight Loss program at weightloss coach may be right for you if you want individualized guidance towards a healthy weight.