Can Coffee Be an Appetite Suppressant?

Drinking Coffee to suppress your appetite

Is it good to use coffee as an appetite suppressant

Everyone is looking for the next big weight loss trick and for some, they are leaning toward the morning cup of Joe. But while some people are swearing that coffee makes for a great appetite suppressant, others are not so sure.

Simply put, an appetite suppressant is a substance, whether in food, pill or liquid form, that tends to make a person feel full or at least not craving food. This substance suppresses the appetite causing one to eat less.

Everyone is Different

Just as not all people are the same, neither are appetite suppressants. They don’t work the same for everyone and not all of them are safe or natural. Some don’t even work at all as some people are persuaded more by the power of suggestion than by any actual evidence. As it turns out, coffee could be lumped into the “wait and see” category in regards to weight loss plans. While one person can swear coffee works as a great suppressant for them, another will say just the opposite. While the verdict is out, coffee is getting some good press these days.

The Star Ingredient

While many people wake up to a cup of coffee to get their day started, others are actually motivated be the belief that their morning java will help them eat less as the day goes on. And there is some good reasons for this. Studies have shown that coffee is good for raising the body’s metabolism. But while coffee gets the credit for being an appetite suppressant, it is most likely the caffeine in that coffee that is doing all of the work.

Caffeine is known for stimulating heat and energy from food, making one more alert, boosting brain function and improving results from short bursts of exercise. Caffeine can help curb one’s appetite, at least for a while, and keep one’s stomach feeling full. Plus, the burst of energy one feels from caffeine can also make one feel more motivated to exercise longer at the gym than they normally would.

Some nutritionists believe that caffeine can help people from overeating and drinking coffee can help one from giving into cravings for more food. (Although doughnuts do pair well with coffee.) Caffeine can also stimulate thermogenesis which is a fancy way of saying it can help one’s body generate heat and burn off some extra energy while digesting food.

A Natural Solution

One of the great benefits of drinking coffee is knowing that is all natural and before one dumps a bunch of cream or sugar into it, is extremely low in calories. The caffeine in coffee works like a diuretic, and so, one will lose water weight due to the fact that one urinates more often when drinking coffee. But coffee can also aid in digestion too.

Coffee is also full of antioxidants and nutrients. Men’s Fit Club says that green and roasted coffee beans are full of biological compounds known as chlorogenic acids and various researchers think that they might be the holy grail of weight loss. This is good news, but these chlorogenic acids can also be found outside of coffee in other natural forms such as apples, pears, strawberries, pineapples, blueberries, artichokes and sunflower seeds. (Men’s Fit Club)

The Dark Side of Coffee

With all of the good news about coffee, the fact of the matter is that there is no sound evidence that drinking more coffee than one usually does will actually aid in significant or permanent weight loss says the Mayo Clinic. As with many things in life, too much a good thing can give unwanted consequences.

“Caffeine may slightly boost weight loss or prevent weight gain, but there’s no sound evidence that increased caffeine consumption results in significant or permanent weight loss,” says Katherine Zeratsky, R.D., L.D. “Some studies looking at caffeine and weight were poor quality or done on animals, making the results questionable or hard to generalize to humans.”

Zeratsky also warns that too much caffeine can cause nervousness, insomnia, nausea, increased blood pressure and other problems. To keep a healthy handle on things, try not to take in more than 400 mg of caffeine per day. (The Mayo Clinic)

The Final Verdict

So while coffee might not be that magic bullet many people have been looking for, one could do worse says Mindy Fischer, a writer for Your Shape Your Life. “Immediately after drinking coffee, you may go through a short time where your appetite gets curbed,” says Fischer. “When added to a well-rounded diet and combined with other suppressing foods, lose weight with the right diet.” (Your Shape Your Life)


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