For me, coffee boosts my mood and gives me more energy so I am more active, especially early on in the day. I am NOT a morning person but with 2 little ones I have to be up when they're up. It takes me forever to truly be awake naturally so as I said, coffee gets me up and off of the couch much sooner than I would without it.
It certainly doesn't help my weight loss. The more I drink, the more antsy I get, and the more hungry I get, leading to excessive eating for hunger reasons and emotional reasons. I try to keep it to 16 fl.oz. of coffee per day AT MOST, because I'm on medication that makes caffeine affect me much more strongly, and even two cups of coffee makes me feel funny, and when I feel funny, it makes me want to eat, because I'm an emotional eater.
I need to get back down to only 24 fl.oz of black tea per day, or even better, back down to 12 fl.oz. of black tea and 12 fl.oz. of green tea. My coffee times have gotten closer and closer together, and if I'm not careful I'll soon be drinking 24 fl.oz. per day, which is way too much for someone like me.
I love coffee, and get a fat free creamers to use with it. It helped my digestive issues and keeps my body going, but I can EASILY overdrink it and overdo the caffeine. I lately have been drinking a couple cups of green tea (unsweetened) everyday! It has MAJORLY increased my weight loss! I hate the taste of tea and had to get used to it, but I mix it with low-calorie, low-sugar lemonades. Delicious and has honestly given such a boost to my weight loss.
As others have said, coffee by itself isn't going to affect weight loss in any appreciable sense. Coffee with cream and sugar might slow you down if you're not accounting for the calories. Technically, caffeine can increase metabolism, but only in "caffeine virgins," only for about two weeks, and only by a few calories a day for those two weeks. The body adapts very, very quickly.
For some people caffeine is an appetite suppressant, and for most people, a hot drink is an appetite suppressant, so it can help if you drink it instead of eating a muffin. On the other hand, it can disrupt your sleep, and poor sleep is directly correlated with poor weight control. You have to balance those two factors and understand how it affects you personally.
While it doesn't directly affect weight, coffee may have some other health benefits. People who drink about 24 oz a day (that's two "cups" for most people, because most coffee mugs are 10-14 oz) tend to have lower rates of liver and pancreatic cancer, Parkinson's, and maybe Alzheimer's. That doesn't mean coffee actually prevents those things, though. It's equally possible that there's something else that's different about people who drink coffee. (One likely theory is that people who drink coffee have it instead of sugary soft drinks, which can raise risks of those diseases.)
If you like coffee, you can continue drinking it without worry. It's not bad for you and it might be good for you. If you don't already drink it, though, the research on the benefits isn't strong enough to justify starting a new habit.
I love coffee and it contributed to a huge weight gain because I was drinking large flavored dunkin donut coffees twice a day with extra extra extra sugar and cream. I now drink 2-3 small cups brewed at home or from my favorite diner and sweeten with splenda and skim milk. The change cut out almost 400 calories a day...
If I don't get coffee one day, I tend to lack motivation for everything else, but wouldn't say it is a miracle food.
My take on it is this: there is no magic fix. I love coffee. If I'm low on protein for the day, I get a latte with skim milk. If I've had too many calories, I drink it black. It has no effect on my hunger or weight gain or loss as long as I stay in my calorie range. A friend said he read somewhere that three cups a day is cancer preventing though? Perhaps I do have a healthy addiction for a change!!!
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I know a few people who say coffee makes them hungry, but I think I have the opposite reaction to it. It makes me less hungry depending on how much I drink.
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Coffee is to be a drink to be enjoyed! I know there are people who skip meals AND drink STRONG coffee to fill them up. I don't think that's a good idea. Drinking water is much better to use to fill up on & hydrate your body.
I have heard that caffeine can stimulate hunger, so there are some who suggest drinking decaf!
BUT as someone else said, IF you're NOT a coffee drinker, don't worry!
I think the difference is negligible. I drink two cups of coffee each weekday with a little sugar & skim milk and I'm not any thinner. If you don't drink coffee now, there's no reason to start drinking it just to try to get some effect like this.
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No food will "trigger" or hold back weight loss, if that's what you mean. Caffeine is a stimulant, but won't cause weight loss if you're overeating. There are no magic foods that will trigger weight loss without effort.
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