Caffeine. Many of us have a love/hate relationship with it. While caffeine does have some health benefits, it also has its drawbacks. One of the overlooked drawbacks is its effect on weight. While consuming the right types and right amounts of caffeine can have a positive effect on health and weight, most Americans misuse caffeine in a way that’s harmful for their health and waistline.
Here are my top 4 reasons to cut down on caffeine to help with weight loss:
Cutting down on caffeine can reduce overall calorie consumption.
Sure, we know that a large mocha latte is jam-packed with sugar and calories. But, what we may not realize that a couple tablespoons of cream is worth about 200 calories. And if you have more than one cup, than you can do the math. Calories can add up very quickly if you consider how much extra stuff we put in our caffeine on a daily basis. And when it comes to weight loss, a few hundred extra calories can make all the difference.
Those of us who are sensitive to caffeine can feel its effects up to 12 hours after consumption. So, depending on what time you have your last cup of Joe and your bedtime, caffeine may be interfering with your REM cycles. And if you wake up groggy, then you need more caffeine, and the cycle continues. But those who completely cut off caffeine sleep more deeply and better than those who drink even a little coffee. It may be an adjustment at first, but eventually you'll have more energy than you did before. And those who get a good night sleep are rewarded with better metabolisms, which means burning more calories at rest and can help with weight loss.
Less caffeine can mean less sweet treats.
Cornell researchers recently published a study that showed caffeine may trigger the temptation for sweet treats. Researchers believe caffeine's ability to boost alertness also reduces people's perception of sweetness, which may make them desire such flavors more. The researchers believe that caffeinated coffee will change how you perceive taste, for however long that caffeine effect lasts.
Coffee increases cortisol levels, which slows metabolism.
Caffeine is known to increase cortisol levels in the bloodstream. And cortisol is known to slow metabolism, break down muscle and increases blood pressure, among other functions. So, it makes sense that cutting down on caffeine can reduce your overall cortisol levels, which in turn can increase your metabolism.
Bottom Line: Cutting back or completely eliminating caffeine may seem like a difficult task, but the health benefits are well worth it if you try!
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