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Does coffee make you fat? All you need to know

by Georgia Ede
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Does drinking coffee make you fat?

There are many controversies about whether or not coffee should be included in the diet when we want to lose weight. So if you are a coffee lover and you want to lose weight, we recommend that you keep reading so that you dispel all your doubts about this worldwide spread drink.

The coffee  contributes a negligible amount of calories , coffee is basically composed of carbohydrates (70%) and protein (28%) and a  minimal amount of fat (2%).

The caloric intake of coffee is very insignificant to be able to affirm that coffee can promote weight gain, however, if sugar, milk, alcohol or chocolate is added to the coffee, things change.

As an example, a cup of coffee can contain 4 calories, on the other hand if we add sugar,  each teaspoon  that we add can contain about 20 calories. That is when the caloric intake changes. For this, we recommend not adding sugar but stevia to sweeten our coffee without adding calories. In the link we offer you all the information about this sweetener).

What do studies say about coffee?

Recently a study carried out at the Faculty of Sports Sciences at the University of Birmingham  concluded that caffeine intake helped the human body to assimilate carbohydrates .

This study found that when athletes drink a glucose drink (rich in carbohydrates) and combined with caffeine, the amount of absorption of increased carbohydrate .

It is true that this study was not aimed at investigating whether coffee could influence weight gain but whether caffeine helped athletes to increase their performance.

Although today there are still many controversies, based on a previous study, it seems that caffeine is a great advantage for athletes (you can see here a post that deals with caffeine as a sports supplement to improve performance ) , both for active exercise as for the recovery of the effort itself, since caffeine helps to fill the glycogen stores through the better absorption of carbohydrates.

Caffeine is a natural stimulant of the Central Nervous System, it is actually a legal psychoactive drug (a crystalline alkaloid) that produces a temporary alert effect fighting fatigue and drowsiness, precisely because of this stimulating effect it also accelerates the metabolism , which facilitates the chemical reactions that take place in our organism favoring the combustion of fats and therefore  helping to lose weight . Caffeine was originally extracted from a bush or plant native to Ethiopia (Coffea Arabica). In fact, this substance is also present in many other plants such as tea, guarana or yerba mate.

Coffee to lose weight: Properties

According to the properties of coffee, due to its high caffeine content, we can say that it stimulates lipolysis , that is, the destruction of fatty or adipose tissue.

It also increases the production of free fatty acids and is a natural appetite controller . In fact, there are a lot of people who go long hours without eating anything; based on a coffee or a latte.

So much so, that they have developed the coffee diet to lose weight, which helps reduce fat absorption if we eat coffee beans before main meals.

Among the properties that would help us lose weight with coffee consumption we can highlight the following:

  • Coffee is a powerful natural diuretic.
  • It accelerates the metabolism, which produces a greater combustion of calories, thus causing them to accumulate to a lesser degree in the body in the form of fat.
  • It is stimulating, so it facilitates digestion.
  • It has a natural laxative action.

Does coffee retain liquids?

It is not that coffee directly retains fluids, but rather that as coffee acts as a natural diuretic that favors the elimination of fluids, but it can lead to a water imbalance produced well because the blood vessels that are responsible for the transport of water pour out too much water and it is retained in the body tissue; or because the blood vessels are not able to return the water retained in the body tissue.

In addition, as is already known, it is a powerful natural laxative  ( see here 15 natural laxative foods ) that helps us to have faster digestions and therefore less toxins accumulate in the body, thus favoring the correct elimination of fluids. .

If you still do not know, the fact that causes constipation is accumulated fluid retention due to the difficulty in eliminating toxins accumulated in the body.

Does decaffeinated coffee make you fat? Does coffee with milk make you fat?

Decaffeinated coffee is not fattening more than normal, but the slimming properties that coffee has are found in caffeine, so we can say that decaffeinated coffee does not provide us with the slimming benefits that we have described above; Although, as you should already know, decaffeinated coffee has traces of caffeine, it is not totally decaffeinated, so it will help us lose weight , although to a lesser degree than normal coffee; but it does not make you fatter or much less.

The caloric intake is exactly the same.

As we have mentioned before, coffee only gives us around 4 calories per cup, depending on its purity and the type of coffee.

But, if we add milk to it, we would increase its caloric intake considerably, so this type of additives would not be facilitating weight loss and we should adopt several guidelines to encourage said loss, such as adding skimmed milk instead of whole milk. By adding skim milk , we would only add about 35 calories to our coffee.

Coffee contraindications

Remember that you should not drink coffee if …

  • You have high blood pressure.
  • In cases of arrhythmia.
  • You have liver problems.
  • You suffer from recurring heartburn.

Below you can see an  explanatory video of the coffee to lose weight …

A very interesting explanatory video is attached on what to keep in mind to lose weight if we like to drink coffee. It also lists different properties and benefits that coffee has and that we should take into account.

Green coffee to lose weight

In addition, lately it has become fashionable to take a supplement for weight loss based on green coffee extract  if you still do not know it, you can find out below in the link that we leave you.

Do you want to know why green coffee helps you lose weight?

According to several studies,  the green coffee bean contains chlorogenic acid that is responsible for reducing or preventing the absorption of carbohydrates in our digestive system.

Well, this green bean is an unroasted bean , because the roasted coffee bean loses a large part of the active principle of this chlorogenic acid, which is what prevents the absorption of carbohydrates in the body and therefore favors the loss of weight.

Therefore, due to some published studies that have concluded that taking green coffee supplements is equivalent to eating a diet low in carbohydrates and therefore losing weight, which has made green coffee supplementation become fashionable in the diets to lose weight .

If you want more information about green coffee to lose weight , here is an article with great detail. Do not miss it!

And what is bulletproof coffee?

You still don’t know this coffee that has become fashionable in the US thanks to the fact that its creator met it on a trip to Tibet. What he has really done is to adapt the coffee that is drunk there to overcome altitude sickness or discomfort due to lack of energy, creating a coffee that has around 400 calories to lose weight , and you will wonder how? What does it take? that coffee? lose weight?

Well, if you want to know how it works, click here to know everything about bulletproof coffee .

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