Coffee is used by people all over the world as a key part of their weight loss strategy. Caffeine is present in almost every single dieting or weight loss product going. But why? Can caffeine really help you reach your weight loss goals? Can it really help you shed the pounds? Here are 10 ways to use our coffee on your weight loss journey:
Our coffees are infused with exciting flavours that complement our quality Arabica coffee. Because of its great taste and quality, this means you don’t need milk or sugar to make your coffee drinkable. By cutting out milk and sugar, you can save around 60 calories per cup! That’s 180 calories a day if you have three cups! High five! Drunk black, each cup of Little's contains 4 calories and should satisfy your sweet tooth.
CAFFEINE BURNS CALORIES
One laboratory study, published in Food & Function in 2012, found that caffeine boosted thermogenesis (the process of your body producing heat). The more heat your body generates, the more calories you’ll burn away (and the faster you’ll reach your weight loss goals). That sounds like a win-win to us!
CAFFEINE BOOSTS PERFORMANCE
Caffeine gives you a big energy boost and prompts the body to burn more fat stores instead of the limited stores of carbohydrate in our muscles. When drunk 30 minutes before exercise, coffee improves your performance and makes you feel like you can go harder for longer. This way you’ll burn more calories during your workout and lose weight quicker. Many people add our coffee to their pre-workout protein shakes, or they just drink it black. Drinking black coffee before any physical activity can achieve higher calories burned both during and after the workout, as well as improved use of fatty acids for aerobic energy.
COFFEE INCREASES YOUR METABOLIC RATE
Caffeine has been said to increase your metabolic rate by 3-11%. The higher your metabolic rate, the easier it is for you to burn fat. So this is basically gold if you’re trying to lose weight.
COFFEE IS JAM-PACKED WITH ANTIOXIDANTS
In weight-loss expert – Keri Glassman’s – book, The O2 Diet, she reveals the powerful benefits of eating foods packed with antioxidants on losing weight. Antioxidants protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called ‘free radicals’. Interestingly, the Western diet gets 79% of its antioxidants from beverages, rather than food. In studies carried out in Finland & Norway, coffee was proved to be the largest antioxidant source, providing around 64% of total antioxidant intake.
CAFFEINE MOBILISES FAT FROM THE FAT TISSUE
Caffeine has been proven to send direct signals to the fat cells telling them to break down fat. Fat needs to be broken down before it can be utilised and expelled from the body through physical exertion. Coffee also increases the levels of adrenaline in our blood, which helps with this process of breaking down fats. This is the reason why caffeine is a staple ingredient in most weight loss supplements and diet pills.
CAFFEINE REDUCES WATER RETENTION
Water retention (or edema) is swelling caused by your body holding onto fluids. Your body cannot store caffeine, which means that up to six hours after drinking coffee, caffeine is excreted through increased urine output. This increased output of fluids from the body helps alleviate water retention because of its diuretic effect. Fluid retention can hinder your weight loss progress because it often makes you feel bloated, sluggish and like you’re not getting anywhere.
COFFEE HELPS YOU BREAK DOWN FATS
Chlorogenic Acid stimulates your body to break down fats more efficiently, meaning you lose weight faster. Amazingly, caffeine increases lipase, an enzyme that helps break down fat during digestion. It is the synergetic combination of caffeine and chlorogenic acid working together that makes coffee a great fat burning technique.
COFFEE SUPPRESSES THE APPETITE
It has been said that Chlorogenic acids present in coffee suppress the appetite, making you want to eat less. This is pretty ideal for anyone who is trying to cut their calorie and food intake. Raw (green) coffee beans are the most abundant natural plant source of chlorogenic acid, however it is still present in roasted coffee. The lighter the roast profile of the coffee, the more chlorogenic acid is preserved. Our coffee is a medium/light roast (unlike some espresso-style instant coffees i.e. Azera, Carte Noir etc.), so our coffee would arguably suppress your appetite more than the darker roast instant coffees.
SATISFIES THE SWEET TOOTH
Our coffees have a natural sweetness which cures your sweet cravings. Many of our customers have explained that when they are feeling weak and likely to reach for chocolate, they make themselves a Swiss Chocolate coffee instead. As this is infused with real, natural Swiss Chocolate extract, it gives you that sweet taste you need, without the sugar or calories. We add absolutely no sugar to any of our coffees, so you can be confident that what you’re putting in your body is only the very best. Also, when drunk black, a cup of our coffee is just 4 calories a cup!