Over the years, we have heard to stay away from caffeine, especially coffee because it
was being classified as a dru
g. “Say no to drugs” has been our world-wide motto and this campaign was affecting the coffee bean industry; however, there has never been a study or test that has proven coffee or caffeine has a connection to a heart condition or any other medical problem. Drinking about 2 cups of coffee could possibly cause a rapid heart beat in a small percentage of people and could temporarily raise their body temperature.
Some weight loss clients have been advised to drink 2 cups of coffee in the morning before a workout to help reduce body fat. How this works is that the client will awake with an empty stomach, drink the 2 cups of coffee and proceed to workout. The caffeine in the coffee will boost their endurance by prolonging fatigue and help the client burn just body fat. What many people do wrong is they eat a meal right before a workout, usually high carbohydrates or no meal at all and wonder why they crash during a workout. Unfortunately, you will only maintain your current weight and body fat instead of tapping into your excess body fat storage.
Some other benefits to drinking coffee are:
Improvements to long term memory
Stimulates the bowels
Of course, plenty of clear liquids should be taken in to flush out toxins no matter how much coffee is consumed.
The only proven negative effect of coffee is that unfiltered coffee beans have compounds that could possibly raise your blood cholesterol as much as 20 points. Basically, stay away from coffee made in a French press. Many people claim the flavor is better but obviously not healthy for the body. Therefore, drink only filtered coffee!!
Coffee and Weight Loss in the Long Term
There is one major caveat here, and that is the fact that people become tolerant to the effects of caffeine. In the short term, caffeine can boost the metabolic rate and increase fat burning, but after a while people become tolerant to the effects and it stops working.
But even if coffee doesn't make you expend more calories in the long term, there is still a possibility that it blunts appetite and helps you eat less. Whether coffee or caffeine can help you lose weight in the long term may depend on the individual. At this point, there is no evidence that it can help with weight loss in the long term.
A couple of tidbits of information about caffeine:
1 shot of espresso has less caffeine than regular coffee
1 cup of tea has more caffeine than regular coffee
1 cup of coffee can enhance your alertness
So, go ahead and have a java jolt and enjoy! Take advantage of the benefits a hot cup of coffee can do for you. One short, skinny latte to go could add amazing results to your life!!