Coffee for weight loss: benefits of black and green coffee; 5 coffee recipes for weight loss
Most of us like to start the day with a steaming cup of coffee – it helps wake us up and gives us a boost of energy. Plus, it’s too delicious not to eat every morning. But, what if we told you that your morning cup of tea could benefit you in more ways than just giving you that caffeine kick you need? We have long been talking about the many benefits of coffee. On top of that, recently a few studies and research have pointed out that coffee could also help with weight loss. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the caffeine in coffee helps speed up weight loss programs. It stimulates metabolic activity and increases energy level, which further reduces hunger.
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However, if you really want to incorporate coffee into your weight loss diet, it is always advisable to do so without sugar or milk. Black coffee has been called a much healthier option if you keep track of your calorie intake. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), one cup of regular black coffee made from ground beans contains two calories. One liquid ounce of rich black espresso, on the other hand, contains only one calorie. And, the number of calories in your coffee is reduced to zero if you use decaffeinated beans!
Decaffeinated coffee beans contain no calories.
Another variety of coffee that has been in the media for its weight loss benefits is green coffee. Green coffee beans are coffee fruit seeds that are not roasted, unlike regular coffee. These coffee beans contain a higher amount of chlorogenic acid, which is said to have many health benefits. According to Dr Simran Saini of Fortis Hospital, âthe chlorogenic acid in green coffee acts as an antioxidant. It helps in controlling high blood pressure; helps to lose weight and maintain blood sugar levels in the body. That being said, many still may not know how to incorporate coffee into their weight loss regimen; and for that, we are here to help you. Besides eliminating milk and sugar in your coffee, here are some other ways to use the drink that can help you shed those extra pounds.
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Here are 5 coffee recipes for weight loss:
1. Black coffee:
Regular black coffee will be one of the easiest drinks to prepare on a daily basis. Just mix coffee powder and water and sip. You can count on black coffee not only in the morning, but at any time of the day. If you consume black coffee after dinner or after dinner, the presence of chlorogenic acid slows down the production of glucose in the body. In addition, the production of new fat cells is reduced, which means fewer calories in the body.
2. Black coffee with cinnamon:
Dr Anju Sood, a renowned nutritionist based in Bengaluru, says. “Cinnamon increases the metabolic rate, which further helps break the fat storage chain in the body.” Add a teaspoon of cinnamon powder to your morning black coffee to increase its benefits.
3. Lemon coffee:
Lemon juice is known to boost the metabolic rate of the body which greatly helps in shedding extra pounds. It induces satiety and can also help improve the digestive system. All you need to do is brew a cup of black coffee without sugar or milk, add the juice of a quarter of a lemon and stir. Sip.
Lemon coffee can help you lose weight.
4. Green coffee with ginger and mint:
If consumed in moderation, green coffee can be a great addition to your weight loss diet. You can make green mint and ginger coffee by mixing green coffee powder, ginger, mint leaves, and chia seeds. Let sit for a while before swallowing.
5. Green coffee with herbs:
Just like green tea, you can also use green herbal coffee after meals. Sheryl Salis, Registered Dietitian, shares this green herbal tea recipe that requires boiling water with whole spices like cinnamon and cardamom. Also add tulsi, turmeric and black pepper. Now pour this boiled concoction into a cup and add some green coffee powder and lemon juice to it.
Try these amazing recipes and enjoy an overall healthy life. But always remember that moderation is key. And don’t forget to consult an expert before making any lifestyle changes.
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