My initial reaction is, “Well, duh!” But then I realize, it will not if you consume caffeine how most people consume caffeine. Does Caffeine Help You Lose Weight? Absolutely. The truth is, caffeine can act like the popular diet pill you bought online or at the drug store and costs you $50 for a 30-day supply. Plus, caffeine works better. That is, if you can avoid a few pitfalls.
How Will Caffeine Not Work?
If your caffeine comes from regular soda (The stuff full of sugar and calories), fancy specialty coffee (Filled with Sugar and Cream) or Energy Drinks (Sugar, Sugar, and Sugar). The reason this will not work is the small benefits you get from caffeine are instantly negated from the extra calories you get with the sugars pumped into these drinks to make them taste sweet.
How can I use Caffeine to Lose Weight?
Caffeine is a stimulant. A stimulant is a product which stimulates your mind and body. Think of mental energy and physical energy. You get jittery and need to move. Your actions speed up. Caffeine is a drug, and what it does, it does well. In the doses you would consume, or under 200 mgs per serving, it is perfectly healthy and beneficial.
The Main Three Caffeine Benefits:
- Increase Metabolic Rate (Burn More Calories)
- Appetite Suppressant (Makes You Eat Less)
- Increased Energy (The ‘Get Going’ of Coffee)
When you look at this brief list, you see the dream drug most diet pills are sold as. The reason is, most diet drugs contain caffeine as their main ingredient. You burn calories doing nothing, you eat less, and you want to do more. Well, that is exactly what caffeine does. If you are really looking for a single pill which will help you lose weight, a caffeine pill is it. Caffeine is commonly sold as NoDoz at most drug stores.
The increased metabolic increase is minimal, or just a few extra calories. The appetite suppressant is short term, meaning you will still get hungry soon anyways. The increased energy is temporary as well. The best way to know when it may be good for another dose of caffeine is when you no longer feel the energy. Caffeine is straight forward. Just like your morning Joe, when you get tired you drink more to keep going.
How Can I Get Caffeine?
This is how coffee helps you lose weight. Black coffee is just about the best drink for getting caffeine. No other natural drink has more caffeine. It has no calories until you add milk or sugar. Plus, you cannot overdose on coffee. Try it, drink all you want. You will not be able to drink enough to overdose on caffeine.
This is the biggest risk of the NoDoz pills and Energy Drinks. The risk is of overdosing caffeine. I advise black coffee to get your caffeine fix. It benefits weight loss, keeps you alert, and has few negatives if you mix nothing with it. You can also use green tea. After coffee, green tea has the next highest amount of caffeine without the extra calories of a sugary drink.
What are the negatives of caffeine?
Just like the warnings on all diet pills, caffeine has some risks. First is the risk of overdose and negative implications on the heart. More common issues are those of anxiety and insomnia. You know, the feelings you get when you drink a whole lot of pop or coffee.
The other negative to watch out for is dehydration. Caffeine is a diuretic. It helps your body get rid of water. If you switch to consuming only caffeinated drinks you will struggle to stay hydrated. The last note on negatives is what happens when you drink caffeine like you do right now. When you add a lot of cream and sugar into your coffee. When you go to the fancy coffee shop drive through and spend $10 dollars for a double mocha fancy whipped jargon drink. Those are full of calories. Those are full of sugar.
Combining sugar and caffeine is a double stimulant. Which can be bad for people who have a predisposition to heart conditions. This is the primary warning on diet pills and for good reason. Plus, when you add in all the calories from sugar and cream you are negating the positive effects of caffeine.
Find all the resources used in this article and the scientific basis of all our article at The Science Behind Fitness.