The Nutrition Twins Say Drinking the Right Amount of Coffee Can Help You Lose Weight

Written by Henrik Rothen

Feb.04 - 2024 7:14 AM CET

The Nutrition Twins Say Drinking the Right Amount of Coffee Can Help You Lose Weight.

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While diet and exercise reign supreme in the weight loss journey, experts have identified an additional, effortless ally in the battle against fat: caffeine. Tammy Lakatos Shames and Lyssie Lakatos, famously known as The Nutrition Twins®, shared insights with Eat This, Not That on how incorporating caffeine into your daily routine can significantly aid in shedding those extra pounds.

They suggest an intake of 200 to 400 mg of caffeine daily, equivalent to two to five cups of coffee, depending on one's body size.

Supporting their advice, research from the TH Chan School of Public Health at Harvard indicates that consuming four cups of coffee daily could lead to a reduction in body fat by approximately 4%.

The thermogenic properties of caffeine not only accelerate metabolism but also enhance calorie burning. Additionally, it's been found to potentially lower body mass index (BMI), overall body weight, and body fat levels by diminishing appetite and hunger sensations.

Studies highlight that having coffee before meals can notably decrease calorie intake during subsequent meals, with this effect persisting even if the coffee is consumed up to four hours beforehand. Another beneficial component of coffee, chlorogenic acid, aids in fat burning and might slow down carbohydrate absorption.

However, The Nutrition Twins® caution against the common pitfall of adding cream, whole milk, or sugar to coffee, which can counteract its calorie-burning benefits. Recent findings in Clinical Nutrition reveal that while a daily cup of coffee can promote weight loss, the addition of just a teaspoon of sugar can cancel out these advantages.

Thus, embracing coffee as a weight loss aid demands mindfulness about its preparation to fully harness its benefits.