Coffee can help with weight loss, but there is a special way to make it | Harvard Medical School research finds

Coffee is one of the favorite drinks worldwide. But have you ever thought a daily cup of coffee can help with weight loss?

In a recent study, researchers have suggested that incorporating an additional cup of unsweetened coffee into your daily routine could slightly decrease weight over four years. The study was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition last week.

The findings unveiled a connection between an extra cup of unsweetened coffee and a reduction of approximately a quarter of a pound, equivalent to 0.12 kilograms, over four years.

Coffee Habits and Their Impact

Surprisingly, consuming coffee with ‘cream or non-dairy coffee whitener’ didn’t seem to significantly impact weight. But a mere teaspoon of sugar linked to a slight weight gain.

The theory behind these results is that consuming more fluids generally can promote a sense of fullness. And it can potentially result in fewer calories throughout the day.

These changes were more pronounced in younger individuals and those who are overweight or obese. The study is significant, considering that 42% of American adults and 20 percent of children are classified as obese.

The Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts, conducted the research. They drew upon data from three extensive previous studies in which participants provided detailed information on their dietary habits and recorded changes in their weight.

The researchers scrutinized participants’ coffee consumption patterns and how these correlated with fluctuations in weight over four-year intervals.

The Effects of Coffee Components

Their analysis encompassed both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee intake and factored in whether people added sugar, non-sweeteners, or cream to their coffee. The results indicated that an additional cup of unsweetened coffee daily was associated with a weight decrease of 0.26 pounds or 0.12 kilograms over four years.

Credit @The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition

The Sugar vs. Creamer Debate

In contrast, one teaspoon of sugar intake was correlated with a weight gain of 0.20 pounds during the same period. Notably, adding ‘cream or non-dairy coffee whitener’ didn’t seem to affect weight, as suggested by the study.

The link between weight gain and added sugar may be due to the extra calories it contributes. However, sweeteners or creamers, thanks to their protein or fat content, may provide a feeling of satiety.

It’s essential to highlight that the study only identified an association between coffee consumption and weight changes. This means that participants didn’t necessarily lose or gain weight solely because of their coffee intake.

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