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Coffee Lover's Diet

Updated on January 5, 2014

Use it to lose it!

We all know coffee kicks up our adrenaline. Coffee has been proven to help us burn calories because it gets everything in our body moving. It also gets us moving, so let’s take that extra energy and put into our workout; burning even more calories. Some coffee before your morning workout can go a long way. Be careful though, you still need to be hydrated. Coffee will dehydrate you, so make sure you’re getting enough water too. Stick with me, and I’ll tell you how to get the most out of your coffee in your diet, with the least amount of calories.

No More Binge Eating

Coffee has been banned from a lot of diets, for reasons I just can’t figure out. The biggest reason it can help you, is that it’s an appetite suppressant. I’ve read so many times that if you need a snack for no real reason, eat some carrots or celery or something that won’t hurt your diet. That’s a load of crap, honestly. Maybe you really like those things and it works for you. If that’s the case I don’t understand why you’re dieting because you probably never got fat to begin with. For the rest of us, we have to lie to ourselves and pretend it’s satisfying. Which later leads to a late night binge of chocolate.

The goal is to avoid the binge eating. If you aren’t actually hungry, you don’t have to munch on carrots and try to smile. Just have a cup of coffee. No, you can’t go to Starbucks or any other coffee shop. They don’t care about your diet. Even if you order low fat, you can get way better at home. It’s cheaper, you get more coffee, and way less calories. It’s a small change if you think about it, and really worth it.

Sugar VS. Sweeteners

You have to change a little more than just not going to starbucks, though. You know those five table spoons of sugar you put in your coffee? That has to go, too. If you’re one of those people who are terrified of Splenda or other sweeteners because of the aspartame, there are natural sweeteners out there you can get. The sugar is a ton of calories, and you’re setting yourself up for more failure later on. Sugar is addictive, if you keep using it like that you’re body will demand more sugar later, sending you into a late night binge. I use Splenda, I have personally seen a lot of people lose weight using these products and I’m hypoglycemic, so sugar is on my list of things to avoid.

Dairy Products

We aren’t done changing it, yet. Just one more thing, then you can have your coffee. Dairy creamer is a diet failure. You already changed every other dairy product in your house, so you know that. You can buy these in low fat form, but you’re better off going with the non-dairy. Have no fear, they come in French vanilla and Hazelnut too. Its right next to the coffee in the store, you’re going there anyway.

The non-dairy creamer has way less calories, and because it’s a powder it will take longer to expire. Not to mention the price difference. With all the money you’re spending on fattening dairy creamer, you could be buying more apples or whatever you’re snack of choice is. If you really can’t change your sugar habit, you must change this.

Calorie Counting

Assuming you’re using correct serving sizes, you just brought your cup of coffee to around 12-15 calories. Calories the coffee practically burn themselves, and that you’ll also burn off during your work out. On top of that, you get to have you’re treat and avoid the late night binge eating, and the middle of the day binge eating. I can’t count for you how many calories you’re avoiding there, but I’m sure you can figure out something for yourself. I’m also sure you’ll be glad to bring those calories out of your day.

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      JP Carlos 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      I used to be a huge coffee drinker. To the point of bringing my own coffee maker to office. I enjoy the flavor and the smell.

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      lilcupcake 3 years ago

      I've been one since I was eleven, I think. A friend and I got into an argument about coffee being bad for losing weight, and this article was born. lol

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