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Do Coffee and Green Tea Really Promote Weight Loss?

Updated on April 27, 2015

Does it really work?

Trying to lose weight? You must have tried out coffee and green tea as well. So, how did it go? For some, it may have worked well; for others, not so well. So, the question is, does coffee really work? Is green tea really effective in weight loss?

Let's have a look at both coffee and green tea and see if there is actually any scientific evidence that proves that they are indeed right for weight loss. Of course, if it has already worked for you, there is no need for any research to tell you that.

Coffee for weight loss. Does it really work?
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Weight Loss and Coffee

So, you love your morning cup of coffee. But did you know that it can actually lead to weight loss? Well, if you are adding cream, you are only going to increase your fat intake. So, no weight loss for sure! You are only going to add some pounds here.

Now that we have that out of the way, let's find out why is there so much noise about coffee being good for losing weight.

Well, for starters, your cup of coffee contains caffeine. While there is no proof that this caffeine actually leads to good enough weight loss, there are quite a few theories that talk about how it can actually do so.

Firstly, it is supposed to work as an appetite suppressant but only briefly. So, if you want it to continue suppressing your hunger, then you will need to continue guzzling your coffee throughout the day.

Now, you may think that this is great. You already do drink 5 cups of coffee a day, so your weight will be under control. Well, don't be so pleased. The fact is that too much coffee is not good for your health.

Secondly, caffeine is supposed to stimulate what is called 'thermogenesis'. This is one way for your body to generate heat and energy while digesting food and is supposed to boost weight loss. Again, it is probably not enough to go from being obese to thin.

The third theory states that caffeine in your coffee works as a diuretic. So, the more coffee you drink the more urine will be released from your body. This water loss may lead to some temporary reduction in your weight. However, water loss is not the same as fat loss. Unless you lose some fat, you are going to remain overweight.

What kind of coffee helps in weight loss

So, what should you do? Well, when taken in moderation, your regular cup of coffee is fine. However, if you begin using it as a way to lose weight, you may do more harm than good.

Too much coffee will lead to an increase in blood pressure, insomnia and nervousness, and the weight loss will not be enough to make you happy. So, don't count on your regular cup as a means to lose weight and stay healthy.

If you really do want to use coffee for weight loss, you will need to consider using green coffee bean extract. It is supposed to contain a compound called chlorogenic acid which has been found to promote weight loss in a study. This variety is not roasted and is too bitter. So, you will need to take it in the form of a supplement.

You can read more about this in the article "Use Green Coffee for Weight Loss".

Green Tea for Weight Loss

This one is again a very popular way to promote weight loss. Green tea also contains caffeine. So, everything that we discussed above applies here too. In short, the caffeine in this food will probably not be enough to lead to any significant weight loss.

However, there is something different in green tea than your regular cup of coffee. Researchers have found that green tea is indeed quite effective because it contains antioxidants known as catechins. These catechins are believed to increase metabolism. In fact, green tea may also act as an appetite suppressant by inhibiting the effect of an enzyme that is involved in regulating appetite.

Again, that doesn't mean that you should overdo it. Keep in mind that this too contains caffeine. More than five cups a day and it may lead to irregular heartbeat and sleep problems, and even anxiety, high blood pressure and diabetes in the long run.

So, should you be consuming green tea. Yes, because green tea is a healthy alternative to your regular decaf. It is also rich in nutrients that will promote metaboilsm and cut down on fat deposits. Furthermore, the nutrients in green tea are also good for your overall health and well-being.

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No harm in trying!

Simply said, scientifically there is very little evidence to prove that coffee and green tea actually lead to weight loss. However, when did science stop us from trying out our own weight loss remedies? Right?

So, go on pick one and try it out. If it helps you lose extra pounds, great! If not, just move on to the next; either way don't forget to share your experiences for everyone's benefit.


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      john sokayama 5 years ago

      Green tea indeed has been shown to help with weight loss

      especially in conjunction with some exercise. Studies have been done by government agencies and others. For more information on this and how to make your own green tea I recommend

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      cavallo 5 years ago from Newmarket,UK

      In my E-Book I have written on the subject of caffeine and weight loss. The reasons are not connected.