Does Coffee Help You Lose Weight?

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May 4, 2010
By  Katrina Devine, Contributing Columnist




Do you feel guilty every time you reach for the coffee pot?
Are you thinking about giving it up for good? Well,  think
twice as some research suggests that coffee can help you
lose weight. How does coffee help you lose weight?


Coffee Stops Your Body From Producing Fat and Converting
Sugar

The first way that coffee can help us lose weight is by
stopping our bodies from producing fat.


A joint study between the University of Gueplh, Ontario and
the University of Copenhagen, Denmark published in 2005,
found that the equivalent of 2 to 3 cups of coffee per day
can inhibit the body’s uptake of glucose which eventually
gets turned to fat in the body.  This is one of the reasons
that coffee is one of the beverages included in a
diabetic
meal plan.  


The study found that coffee --actually the compound
caffeine -- affects the central nervous system and changes
how our bodies work. Caffeine affects the involunatry
muscles of our bodies, such as the muscles that keep our
heart pumping and our intestines moving.



Coffee also helps to
lower cholesterol. A 2010 study
conducted by the University of Tromso, Norway found that
drink-filtered coffee can lower cholesterol. It is thought that
the coffee helps the body break up LDL (bad) cholesterol.


Coffee Speeds Up Your Metabolism
Another way that coffee can help with weight loss is its
ability to make our exercise sessions more productive.  
Coffee increases your metabolism.


The first study relating to the positive effects of coffee for
physical performance was led by David Costill working at Ball
State University, Indiana in 1978. The study found that
coffee improved the performance of athletes. The way that
the body metabolized the carbohydrates already in the body
was affected by the coffee. The better metabolism of the
carbohydrates led to a better performance.



























However, a study conducted in 1989 by McMaster University,
Ontario found that it was only habitual coffee drinkers that
would feel the effect of increased metabolism.


A study lead by NA Elliman of the Psychology Institute,
School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University,
Birmingham, UK, published in 2010, found that the effect of
coffee could also be a mental one. The study had two
groups- one were given decaffeinated coffee and the other
regular. The performance of the decaffeinated group was
always poor but the caffeinated group only performed better
when they were told their drink was caffeinated. When they
thought the drink was decaffeinated they performed as
poorly as the decaffeinated group.


Coffee May Help Europeans to Stay Slim

Research also suggests that if we enjoy our coffee like the
French we can aid our weight loss.  There is mounting
evidence that coffee helps to keep Europeans thin.


A joint study between Athens University Medical School,
Greece and the Imperial College, London published in 2010
found that eating more slowly may be the reason that
Europeans such as the French and Italians tend to be
slimmer.

If you had the luck to walk through Parisian streets you will
know that the so-called ‘café-culture’ is not a myth. The
French love to stop and have a coffee in a café , be it alone
or with a friend. It is rare to see people rushing through the
streets grasping onto their cardboard cups frantically sipping
while trying to get to their destination. As the above
mentioned study suggests, enjoying your coffee might be
key to its benefits.


But off course there has to a warning when dealing with a
substance that essentially changes how your body works.


According to a 1989 study conducted at Duke University
Medical Center, Durham, coffee, if ingested through-out the
day affects, the heart rate and also blood pressure. There is
a cumulative effect that even habitual coffee drinkers cannot
avoid. It suggests that these people may be at higher risk of
cardiovascular disease.



Therefore you don’t have to feel as guilty about your coffee
habit but there may be healthier ways to lose weight.


One thing to note is that in all the studies the amount of
coffee was significant. Too much coffee had a detrimental
effect on physical performance. Therefore having 3 to 4 cups
of coffee per day is the recommended amount.


The most important thing is to drink the right kind of coffee.
A cup of black coffee contains no calories and no fat.  But a
cup of coffee with milk or whipped cream, or caramel, or
chocolate or any of the other delicious options will contain
the fat and calories from those additions. Drinking 3 lattes a
day will not help you lose weight but will help you put it on.



So, the key to making coffee an asset and not a liability to
your diet is moderation. Keep it plain. Basically, if you enjoy
a nice slow cup of coffee 3 or 4 times a day you can aid your
weight loss and not only shed pounds but shed the guilt of a
coffee habit.













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