Can Caffeine Help You Lose Weight?
It seems like its in every weight loss pill, and we know its in every cup of coffee (unless you’re a decaf kinda human). Your doctor or friends may also have suggested you drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages to lose weight. So, can caffeine help you lose weight?
*groans overtake the blog for a moment*
You know we pride ourselves on truth, so—we’re giving it to you, even if that means disappointing you.
So, let’s get down to the cold hard truth about….
So……Can Caffeine Help You Lose Weight?
Caffeine Boosts Your Metabolism
Caffeine is a natural thermogenic. As such, it can help you lose weight by making your body burn more calories. It speeds up your heart rate for a while which increases caloric burn. It also triggers lipolysis which is when the body breaks down fats to use as energy. This is part of thermogenesis—and yes. That obviously can help you lose weight.
Caffeine Gives You an Energy Boost
A more well-known side effect of caffeine is that it is a stimulant. Caffeine stimulates the nervous system—this includes the brain. In turn, you feel more alert, you have more energy and you’re ready to rock out a workout.
Caffeine can stave off fatigue, allow you to work out longer, and help you ‘do more’ but it only lasts around 4-6 hours and burns around 100 extra calories per day.
How Much Caffeine Can Help You Lose Weight
Here is where you have to be careful. You should limit your intake during consumption to 400 mg or fewer. Everyone reacts to caffeine differently, so if you’re prone to anxiety or have trouble sleeping, you should talk to your doctor first.
Caffeine overdoses can be serious and dangerous.
Overdose symptoms include jitters, nervousness, anxiety, chest pain, irregular or fast heart rate, uncontrollable muscle movements, convulsions, vomiting and more.
So if you’re thinking about getting an energy drink, two shots of espresso and a shot of energy, think twice. It’s not worth it. Stay in the recommended dose range.
Now for the bad news….
If you regularly drink caffeinated beverages, chances are your body has adapted to the effects of caffeine and you won’t benefit from it when it comes to weight loss.
A way around that is to give it up and let your body withdraw and then start again. But to most caffeine addicts, that sounds like a death sentence.
So, there’s your ‘no’.
So the answer to your question of “can caffeine help you lose weight’
The answer is still yes and no. And the amount of weight at 100 calories per day is pretty subtle if not maintenance. Don’t count on your coffee to help you lose weight. And, if you’re one of those people who order coffee with flavors and sprinkles and whipped cream—don’t expect caffeine to counteract bad choices like that!
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