Over the past few years, coffee’s reputation has been bolstered by java enthusiasts and simultaneously attacked by caffeine-fearing health advocates. While many people view caffeine addiction as being very dangerous, coffee shops and producers pioneering coffee-based drinks such as cold brew are still booming with business. When considering the potential dangers of caffeine consumption, the phrase "too much of a good thing" comes to mind. If you’re able to maintain a healthy intake of coffee, however, you may see that just enough of a good thing is great for weight-loss.
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Quantifying what a healthy dose of coffee consists of is an important first step when looking to use it for weight-loss. The Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee notes that “consumption of coffee within the moderate range (3 to 5 cups per day or up to 400 mg/d caffeine) is not associated with increased long-term health risks among healthy individuals” and that “consistent evidence indicates that coffee consumption is associated with reduced risk of type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease in adults.”
Everyone knows his or her own coffee tolerance, and by sticking to three to five cups per day you may be able to reap in some of its weight-loss “side effects.” The ways in which coffee makes a great weight-loss supplement are vast, but one of these reasons is that the caffeine it contains helps boost your metabolism. A revved up metabolism is in a prime state to burn fat. Also, caffeine is a stimulant. This results in increased alertness, making the ingestion of caffeine prior to a workout not only smart but also incredibly beneficial. You’ll find that having a black cup of coffee before a workout will help to get your mind right and to keep you moving. While some coffee is more expensive than others, you can readily find affordable brands nearly anywhere.
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