Herbs and plant based consumable products, such as coffee, can also play a role in weight loss.
Coffee is a central nervous system stimulant which means is boosts brain function. But it also has some other properties that can help you lose weight. Many weight loss supplements contain caffeine, one of the main ingredients in coffee, due to these properties.
1. Appetite Suppressant
Coffee can suppress your appetite. Simply drinking a cup of coffee every time you have a food craving or get those hunger pangs although it isn’t meal time, can help reduce how much you eat. However, it is necessary to mention that the effect is not very long lasting and you may need quite a few cups a day in order for it to be effective.
2. Regular Bowel Movements
Good digestion is essential to losing and maintaining weight. Coffee stimulates bowel movements, keeps you regular and you may find the need to go after drinking your first cup in the morning.
3. Increased Metabolic Rate
The faster your metabolic rate, the quicker your body burns energy, preventing carbohydrates from becoming stored as fat. Caffeine stimulates metabolism thereby increasing metabolic rate. Exercising directly after drinking a cup of coffee will help you achieve better weight loss results.
4. Fat Burner
As a nervous system stimulant, caffeine signals fat cells in the body by producing epinephrine. Epinephrine is a hormone that is naturally produced by the body and is responsible for breaking down and eliminating fat cells in the body. This is another popular ingredient in many different weight loss supplements.
Oxidation is a process that occurs in the body that results in the build-up of free radicals that occur from the toxins that accumulate in the body. Coffee has antioxidant properties that help eliminate these toxins from the body. Antioxidants should form an important part of any diet that is aimed at weight loss as well as increasing overall health and well-being.
There are some factors that must be taken into account when drinking coffee with weight loss in mind. Firstly, eliminate the sugar and the creamer as these can reduce the positive effects and can in fact result in weight gain.
Also invest in some high quality coffee. The best coffees have a higher caffeine content and are therefore more effective. You can also opt for other alternatives that have the same properties such as different types of tea (especially Green Tea) or use a dietary supplement that is high in caffeine.