Richmond, Virginia (PressExposure) June 26, 2011 -- "Will consuming caffeine risk your weight loss plan? Unfortunately, unlike coffee, there's no black and white answer," admits Ellen Wright, website manager of Weight-Loss Center.
Technically, caffeine can help reduce weight by triggering the ephedrine, particularly its fat-burning properties. It also increases your basal metabolic rate, which simply means the amount of calories that you burn when your body is at rest.
Black coffee, without the sugar and other additives, contains very low calorie to even impact on your weight. Ms. Wright says a cup will net a maximum of eight calories but when designer coffees were introduced by coffee chains, the calories add up. Sugar and cream alone can add another 100 calories to a cup of coffee.
"You can get 260 calories from a cup of Caffè Mocha from one of the largest US coffee chains, for example. That is already equivalent to eight grams of fat.The Grande White Chocolate Mocha has about 550 calories," she says. In order not to gain excess pounds, women need to avoid exceeding 2,000 calories per day and 260 calories is already about 12 percent of the total.
Caffeine also boosts production of cortisol, a stress hormone. High levels of cortisol are linked with increased appetite, cravings for sugar and insulin resistance, which in turn is linked to the development of type 2 diabetes.
To avoid derailing your path toward weight loss, Ms. Wright offers the following suggestions:
- avoid going designer brands from coffee shops and drink your coffee as plain as possible. Don't put too much sugar in it and stay away from sweeteners like aspertame which can affect your hormones;
- regulate your coffee consumption. If you are drinking five to six cups a day, you may develop caffeine addiction.
- Coffee encourages snacking. So avoid a slice of cake or pie when you do drink coffee.
Ms. Wright says that the Weight-Loss Center is home to hundreds of articles, weight loss tools, healthy recipes, and "the busy Weight Loss Forum devoted to helping you maintain a healthy body and lifestyle."
"The Weight-Loss Center is run by dieters just like you. With today's fast paced lifestyles it is harder and harder to get into shape and stay that way. Yet there are thousands of products and services (diet programs, supplements, pills) available for just that purpose," she says, which explains the difficulty in sorting out the false information from the truthful ones.
She says the weight watcher needs educate himself or herself particularly on the many factors that go into determining which diet programs will work best for you. These factors include age, sex, genes, and attitude.
"For any weight loss program to be successful, experts all agree that it must include the three basics. They are: an eating plan that reduces the amount of daily caloric intake, a strong physical activity component and some behavior modification to change old habits," she says.