Drink Coffee: Lose Weight

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5 ways our favorite hot beverage can help us take off the pounds — as long as we drink it black

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The power-packed perks come out to play when you drink your coffee black — no milk, no sugar, no nonsense. Why? For one thing, most of the usual coffee add-ins are, or contain, sugar, which increases insulin levels. 

Drink Coffee: Lose Weight

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The power-packed perks come out to play when you drink your coffee black — no milk, no sugar, no nonsense. Why? For one thing, most of the usual coffee add-ins are, or contain, sugar, which increases insulin levels. 

Suppress Your Appetite

According to a study from Griffith University’s Centre for Health Practice Innovation, drinking coffee acts as an appetite suppressant, meaning that you'll probably ingest fewer calories when you're sipping it. 

Burn More Calories

Caffeine has been to shown to stimulate thermogenesis, which is the way your body turns food into heat and energy. By drinking a cup of coffee or espresso, you could be increasing the amount of calories and fat you burn all day.

Get a Better Workout

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Coffee even improves your workout, according to a study done by the School of Psychology at the University of Wales College of Cardiff. No matter what time of the day or night, they found, a cup of caffeinated coffee had positive effects on “alertness and improved performance on a variety of tasks.” 

Stabilize Insulin Sensitivity

Caffeine has been shown to decrease the body’s sensitivity to insulin, the hormone that regulates the metabolizing of carbohydrates and fats, helping to guard against diabetes.

Slow Carbohydrate Absorption

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Coffee may slow the absorption of carbohydrates via a naturally occurring compound, chlorogenic acid. That means you have more time to burn off those carbs before they get stored as fat.