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Does Coffee Really Help You Lose Weight? He’s The Truth About This Myth!


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Ah, coffee. The first drink you have as you get up that you depend on to combat afternoon sleepiness, and also the answer to your sleepless night.

But what are the myths that have been circulating in regards to coffee? Do you think drinking coffee can lead to an increase in weight? Does it really exist that drinking coffee can shorten our lives? Does it really cause harm? Do we get more caffeine when we choose an espresso with a darker shade in the coffee shop?

USA Today interviewed experts to unravel the mystery behind the most loved beverages around the world.

Does coffee consumption really help to lose weight?

Based on “Katherine Zeratsky”, a dietician at Mayo Clinic the caffeine in coffee is a metabolism boosing stimulant in the body. She claims that caffeine by itself, however, doesn’t help in long-term weight loss since there are many other factors to consider which include fitness and a healthy diet.

“Caffeine can increase your basal metabolic rate, but the basal metabolic rate has only a small percentage overall of what happens with how we burn calories,” Zeratsky stated to USA TODAY. “It is probably not going to be significant enough to see a change in weight that most people are looking for.”

Zeratsky states that although research on the link of caffeine with weight loss isn’t conclusive there are a few theories about how caffeine could influence the body’s weight. One hypothesis is that caffeine could lower appetite and decrease sensations of hunger.

Ashley Shaw, a counseling dietician at Natus Wellness, says that caffeine’s ability to suppress appetite could depend on the frequency of consuming it between meals.

“If it were your intention to consume coffee before you consume a meal, you’d probably feel less full than you would normally feel when you drink one glass of water. It is possible that you wouldn’t take in as much food during your food, and that’s likely to be the time you feel the weight loss,” Shaw told USA TODAY.

Shaw says that how bodies respond to caffeine is a matter of personal preference.

“Coffee acts as a stimulant / appetite suppressant for some, but it’s individualized because some people might not have that effect.”

The coffee industry is not healthy, however coffee is healthy

Edward Giovannuci, a professor of epidemiology and nutrition of the Harvard School of Public Health and says that in large reviews of research coffee is associated with a possible decrease in the risk of certain cancers and type 2 diabetes.

“Coffee does have some unique compounds that are beneficial to health. These include some antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds,” Giovannuci said to USA TODAY.

However, Giovannuci claims that the health benefits that could be derived from it don’t always show up.

“Caffeine in pregnant women is associated with increased risk of pregnancy loss,” Giovannuci stated.

He also states that there could be immediate effects of caffeine for those who are susceptible to it, increasing blood pressure and causing sleep disturbances.

“Yet, overall, coffee drinkers have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. So as long as you don’t suffer these acute effects, you shouldn’t worry,” he added.

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The darker the roast, more potent the caffeine

As per the National Coffee Association (NCA) roasting by does not alter what amount of caffeine is present in coffee beans.

“Many people assume that the strong, rich flavor of darker roasts indicates a higher level of caffeine, but the truth is that light roasts could actually have a very slightly higher caffeine content,” an NCA representative said to USA Today.

Coffee can stunt your growth

Zeratsky states that caffeine or coffee in itself doesn’t directly hinder growth. In the event that children are drinking sodas, coffee, or other beverages replacing the consumption of drinks considered to be healthy and healthy, parents will have to consider whether their children are receiving sufficient nutrition to meet or exceed their potential growth.

“It’s the idea that we don’t want to replace caffeinated beverages by any other foods, and beverages that are nutritious that will promote appropriate growth, and that’s why children and teenagers should avoid consuming caffeine as much as they can,” Zeratsky stated.

Coffee may reduce your life span.

According to a study published in 2018, JAMA internal medicine study, the researchers looked at the data of half one million Britons during a 10-year period.

They found that drinking coffee, no matter caffeinated or decaf, had nothing to do with the death risk, especially those who consume at least 8 cups/day.

An 2019. Pubmed investigation which analyzed 21 cohort studies involving more than 10 million participants, discovered that drinking a cup of caffeinated or decaf coffee caffeinated or decaf, each day was linked to a 3% lower risk of dying, and drinking three cups of coffee per day was associated with a 13% lower chance of dying.

“Within an acceptable amount, coffee can be part of a healthy diet and, in fact for many people, coffee is a rich source of antioxidants. So when you think about healthy aging, having foods or beverages that have those antioxidants is thought to be helpful,” Zeratsky stated.

Coffee can dehydrate you.

There are fluids in it, which can be counted towards the need for hydration, and is recommended to drink moderate quantities. However, Shaw says that having excessive amounts can result in an unintentional diuretic effect.

“Basically a diuretic just kind of causes you to go to the bathroom more, so you are having more fluid leave the body, so a balance of one or two cups should be fine,” Shaw stated.



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