Who doesn’t love a great cup of coffee? It perks you up and gives you energy for the next few hours, it tastes wonderful, and the aroma is just delightfully soothing. About a third of the world’s population drink coffee and we enjoy it not just with our breakfast but at various times throughout the day.
The more health-conscious among us might be worried about the effect coffee could have on our health. Here’s good news for coffee-lovers who are also looking for more weight loss solutions. You now have more motivation to indulge in this delectable brew.
Here are the four innovative ways coffee can help you lose weight:
1. Black Coffee
Straight black with no cream and no sugar is how some people prefer their coffee. The jolt you get from the caffeine and strong flavour is quite invigorating. But how does black coffee contribute to weight loss? Coffee, aside from containing anti-oxidants which eliminate harmful free radicals in our body, also has chlorogenic acid. This particular compound acts to lessen the production of glucose and fat cells.
Black coffee is also low in calories but increases your energy level to help you burn more calories as you work out. Another benefit to drinking black coffee is that you end up peeing more frequently which gets rid of excess water in your body. If you want to experience the benefits of black coffee for weight loss, try consuming one cup a day, but limit yourself to only two cups daily.
2. Cinnamon Coffee
If you’ve been looking for an alternative to sugar for your beverages, try using cinnamon. The wonderful smell of coffee combined with the mildly spicy, sweet one of cinnamon creates a lovely fragrance.
Substituting cinnamon for sugar in sweetening your coffee is also surprisingly beneficial to your health. A source of manganese, iron and fiber, cinnamon was used traditionally to cure digestive problems like indigestion and diarrhea.
Cinnamon can slow down the passage of food to the body’s intestine from the stomach, making the body feel fuller longer but with less food consumed. But the main reason cinnamon can aid your weight loss is that aside from lowering bad cholesterol, it helps regulate the body’s insulin levels and blood sugar, keeping the body from storing too much fat.
To make delicious cinnamon coffee, just brew your hot coffee together with a teaspoon or two of cinnamon.
3. Coconut oil in coffee
Another unique way of making your coffee healthier is by adding some coconut oil. Studies have shown that coconut oil is high in Medium Chain Triglycerides, or MCT. These MCTs are converted into energy more quickly and have lesser chances of staying in the body’s fat cells. They also increase the body’s ability to burn more calories. Some athletes have been using MCTs for years for this reason.
To enjoy coconut oil in your coffee, just mix in a tablespoon or two of coconut oil with your hot coffee. You can also add a tablespoon of whipping cream and if you need more sweetness, try stirring in a calorie-free sweetener.
4. Bulletproof Coffee
A tastier version of coffee with coconut oil was developed by Dave Asprey. He developed a coffee recipe with coffee beans, grass-fed butter and coconut oil, which he then named bullet-proof coffee.
We already know about the positive effects of coconut oil on the body but what about this grass-fed butter? Vitamin K2 (menaquinone), found in grass-fed butter, has a significant role in keeping calcium in the bones and preventing it from entering the arteries.
While calcium is good for your bones, it is not good for your arteries, as this leads to heart disease. Grass-fed butter is also the type of butter with the most CLAs (conjugated linoleic acids). CLAs have become a popular dietary supplement since they’ve been proven to reduce fat and maintain weight loss.
For your own bullet-proof coffee, just mix a tablespoon of the grass-fed butter and a tablespoon of coconut oil with your hot coffee.
There you have it, 4 ways that drinking coffee can actually help you to lose weight. Isn’t it great to know that some of life’s little treats can actually help your weight loss goals, not hinder them?!