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Ever since its discovery in the Ethiopian plateaus, coffee has traveled far and wide. It has reached masses through the Arabian Peninsula and Europe before it was introduced to the Americas.
What is Coffee?
So what is this delicacy that took the world by storm? This brewed drink is essentially prepared from coffee beans after they are roasted. These beans are extracted from the seeds of the berries of certain flowering plants called the Coffea Genus. Once extracted, these seeds are dried and roasted, and then eventually ground into your beverage of choice.
Why does Coffee taste so good?
Coffee contains caffeine. This is a stimulant for the central nervous system and acts by blocking the action of a chemical known as adenosine, from affecting its receptors, therein preventing you from feeling drowsy.
In simple words, this caffeine jerks you awake and energizes you by increasing brain function as well as that of the nervous system.
Furthermore, it increases the release of adrenaline and cortisol in your body, making you feel more focused. Do all these effects sound familiar? Well, now you know why.
Does Coffee stimulate weight loss?
Now let’s come to the main question of this article. Does Coffee indeed stimulate weight loss in one’s body? Or is it just another one of those rumors with little evidence to back them up? Today, our article aims to debunk all these coffee myths, so keep reading!
To answer right off the bat, yes, coffee does help you achieve weight loss. Many reasons cause this mere powdery substance to have such significant effects on one’s weight loss goals.
First off, let’s get over with the most obvious one. Coffee is a zero-calorie beverage that serves the purpose of revitalizing you as well as keeping your calories in check and well within your daily caloric intake, provided you are following a balanced and calorically deficit diet.
Next, coffee contains Chlorogenic Acid which is scientifically known to stimulate your body in the processes of breaking down fats more efficiently, and once this happens, you can lose weight faster.
In addition, caffeine also increases the levels of lipase in your body, which is an enzyme that helps with fat break down during digestion. This phenomenon is known as lipolysis and is carried out during the release of adrenaline in your body, as soon as you consume caffeine contained in coffee.
Some research also suggests that consuming coffee over the long run can increase your metabolism level, enabling your body to digest and process food faster, as well as increasing your calorie requirements.
Over the long run, coffee helps your body consume more food and also digest it faster. When this happens, you have a window to create a larger calorie deficit and remain within healthy levels of consumption without over restriction, as that can have long-term repercussions on your health.
How to make black coffee for weight loss?
Now comes the easy part. Making black coffee might be one of the simplest beverages you have ever made, and there isn’t just one way to make it either. The following recipes might be of help.
For beginners, it is recommended that you first bring water to a boil, and then slowly add this water to a teaspoon or more of instant coffee, depending on how strong you want your coffee to be.
You can additionally add sugar, honey, or milk to this, but if the goal is weight loss, we would advise that you skip on these components.
If you are someone who prefers cold beverages, we have a cold brew recipe for you as well. Take some fresh ground coffee and add boiling water to it. Once it has cooled down secure a lid on the container and let it steep in the fridge overnight.
This will allow the coffee to infuse overnight. In the morning, add this cold mixture into a glass and top it up with ice cubes. And voila, you will have yourself a yummy cold brew. If you want, you can add some milk and sugar to this too, for some extra flavor.
Apart from these additional flavors, you can also add a dash of cinnamon or lemon to your coffee. When it comes to coffee you can’t go wrong with the options you have at hand. These extra nutrients can help boost your immunity and flush out bad toxins from the body.
Other benefits of coffee
The benefits of coffee range far beyond those associated with weight loss. This divine beverage not only tastes delicious, but it’s a hub for many important and nourishing nutrients. It also comes in the form of so many different blends and tastes. Some of its benefits include the following:
This first one we’ve already covered. Because of its caffeine content, coffee serves as a boosting agent, that increases brain and spine function and helps you perform on your optimum levels.
Some research suggests that drinking coffee, in the long run, can help you avoid developing type 2 diabetes. This might be owed to coffee’s ability to preserve the function of beta cells present in your pancreas that are responsible for insulin production for blood sugar regulation.
This fact can help coffee affect insulin sensitivity, and inflammation in your body as well as boost metabolism. These antioxidants can also help your body fight diseases and sustain long-term health.
Some research has suggested that coffee can help your body fight against certain neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Additionally, several other studies have also highlighted that coffee consumption in moderation can lower the risk of cognitive decline and dementia.
Some studies suggest that drinking moderate amounts of coffee over the long run can reduce the risk of heart disease, and may also lower that of stroke and heart failure. However, coffee’s effects on blood pressure need to be monitored simultaneously.
Research conducted has also hinted that coffee may have a hand to play in liver health and longevity. It lowers the rate of liver cancer and scarring as well as that of chronic lived disease. Additional research suggests that it may also be associated with decreased liver stiffness.
A final word of advice
Now that you’re familiar with the whole process, try not to overdo it. Coffee contains caffeine is a drug that is not good for your body in large doses. The average adult should only consume around 400 milligrams every day.
Any amount above this can be dangerous over the long run, and cause a wide range of side effects such as restlessness and shakiness, sleep disorders such as insomnia, anxiety and prolonged dependency, and faster heart rate which can have long-term repercussions on your heart health.
In addition, relying on black coffee alone every day as a means to reduce weight will be useless. Coffee can aid you in a few calculated ways to reduce weight, but it will only work if you pair this habit with other weight loss habits.
These may include activities such as exercise, eating portioned meals according to your diet plan and required caloric intake, and being consistent in these habits for prolonged periods. Remember, weight loss is only beneficial and long-term if it is done in a balanced manner, and not rushed through hacks and tricks.
FAQs( FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)
To make this drink, just add ½ to 1 teaspoon of ground coffee to a cup and top it up with hot water for the coffee to infuse properly. Add milk and sugar to taste, although it is advised that you add these amounts in moderation.
Black coffee is the best for weight loss. This is because it has zero calories and has a range of immune health-boosting functions. Caffeine content within the coffee also helps break down body fats into energy.
45-60 minutes before your session, you can drink coffee. Once this time is up, the caffeine in your system will be at its peak levels and will help your body function at its optimal performance.
Black coffee is harmless when it comes to weight gain. However, when coffee is doused with high levels of sugar, milk, and cream, it can easily become fattening and calorically dense, which can enable you to gain weight over repeated consumption.
Coffee is a part of our everyday lives and can help against various forms of diseases. In addition, it can also aid in maintaining a healthy and fit lifestyle but only when it is consumed in moderation. So make sure that you consume this beverage in calculated amounts to derive the most benefits out of it.