Can Caffeine Help Weight Loss?
March is Caffeine Awareness Month, and when it comes to nutrition we are aware of how many foods and beverage affect the body. This month, we have to ask: do you have to sacrifice that treasured morning cup of coffee during your weight loss journey?
When it comes to weight management, experts will always debate on whether certain foods help or hinder burning fat. Caffeine may stand as such a controversial ingredient while people continue to study its worth. At present, no conclusive evidence exists that points to consumption of caffeine as a means of kickstarting or supplementing weight loss. Here’s what we can tell you:
Caffeine is a stimulant. This is not news, but worth remembering. Most people believe they can’t function before that first cup in the morning. For the scientific version, caffeine works to stimulate the release of dopamine and norepinephrine, which makes you alert and gives you energy. This, in turn, leads to the second point…
Caffeine may boost your metabolism. The higher your metabolism, the better the possibility of weight loss. Consuming caffeine may increase your resting metabolic rate and increase adrenaline. If you burn more calories than you’ve eaten, you can set the stage for losing pounds. However…
Your body may develop a tolerance for it. Like with many drugs (and caffeine, as a stimulant of the methylxanthine class, is considered one), if you take one long enough it eventually will not have the desired effects you want. If you’ve noticed you’ve moved from one cup of coffee in the morning to two to get a start on the day, that’s a good indication.
To answer the question: caffeine may not hurt your diet, but one shouldn’t depend on it for help.
Guidelines from the Mayo Clinic recommend 400 milligrams of caffeine as a safe maximum each day. Keeping track of your daily intake can be a challenge if you don’t eat and drink the same thing with regularity. Consider the following servings of popular caffeinated drinks (Source: Caffeine Informer):
- One 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola – 34 mg
- One 12-ounce can of Dr. Pepper – 41 mg
- One 8-ounce can of Red Bull – 80 mg
- One 16-ounce can of Monster Energy Drink – 160 mg
- One 12-ounce Starbucks latte – 75 mg
- One 12-ounce Starbucks medium roast – 280 mg
If you enjoy multiple caffeinated drinks throughout the day, the milligrams will add up. Not only that, but if you’re getting caffeine from soft drinks and energy drinks, you may be consuming more sugar than is necessary.
At Bon Secours, our team of experts include Registered Dieticians who can help you with proper nutrition planning for your weight loss and weight management. If you enjoy the occasional or daily latte, we can help you work it into your plan, and go over ways you can achieve safe, successful weight loss.
Contact us today for more information.