OK, I won’t go into the ins and outs of a ducks arse on this one, if you want to know the multitude of benefits good ol’ coffee can bring then check out my previous article on the matter.
We know that coffee is one of the most readily consumed forms of antioxidants, and it also delivers more antioxidants than most other foodstuffs on the planet. Coffee gets you out of bed in the morning, it helps you to stay focused, it makes work seem easier both mentally and physically (reduced perceived exertion). Heck coffee can even reverse (yep, actually reverse) alcohol related fatty liver, so it’s fair to say the stuff is pretty special not just for its taste and social elements.
Weight Loss though?
However, when it comes to coffee’s ability to help you lose weight, I get the message and appreciate the logic, but the premise is a little far- fetched. Frankly, and I risk sounding like the ‘Nutrition experts’ out there that can’t think of any original content to talk about, so blindly jump on the ‘calories’ bandwagon for the umpteenth time’ but, calories in vs calories out is what weight loss boils down to (no pun intended).
Hey, I get it, caffeine can increase metabolic rate, and an elevated metabolic rate can increase thermogenesis, but please don’t spout that coffee, for all it’s incredible benefits, is a useful tool for fat loss as this is the wrong message to send.
Of course coffee contains Chlorogenic acid which is understood to slow down the absorption of carbohydrates and break down fat, but do you know what really slows down the absorption of carbohydrates? Protein, fat and fibre, oh and lower glycaemic index options. Chlorogenic acid might play a miniscule part, but it’s a drop in the ocean in comparison to proper dietary alignment.
But there’s a catch, obviously…
The Nutritionist quoted in The Independent goes on to say ‘But don’t start guzzling numerous cups of coffee just yet – as it turns out our bodies can become immune to the fat burning benefits if we drink too much coffee.’
And therein lies the problem, we drink gallons of the stuff for goodness sake, any fat loss potential of coffee depends on too many variables for it to be credible. You know what else increases metabolic rate? Exercise and protein, a lot in fact, so instead of listening to those people out there pushing quirky nutrition ‘facts’ to get a mention in The Independent, do yourself a favour and get your actual DIET in check first.