ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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?
Coffee for weight loss. Does it really work? | Source

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.

This content is copyrighted and no one has permission to copy it. If you like this article, please link back instead of copying the content.

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.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)