Happieee Sunday . What special did you eat this weekend 😀 ?
I am right now sipping my cold coffeee, yummmmmm !
There have been a lot of queries on Coffee, I shall be doing a series of posts on Coffee !
Lets begin with the first post of this series –
Can Coffee Help You Burn Fat?
Coffee contains caffeine. Caffeine is known to be the most common psychoactive element in the world. It is one of the few elements that is widely used in fat burners. This is because Caffeine helps to mobilize fats from the fat tissues and increase metabolism.
Coffee Can Increase The Metabolic Rate
Caffeine can increase your metabolic rate by 3-11% with normal dose. And now the icing on the cake – the metabolism increase by caffeine is due to burning of fat !
Caffeine however works different for different people. The fat burning in obese people is less ie app 10% whereas in lean people, it is more ie. app 30 %. Similarly, fat burning with caffeine is more in young people as compared to elderly folks.
Coffee Can mobilize fat
Till now we learnt that caffeine stimulates the nervous system. This sends signals to the fat cells to break down fat. Caffeine also increases a hormone called Adrenaline in your blood. Adrenaline flows to fat tissues through blood and signals to break fat and release it in blood. That is how caffeine can mobilize fat from your fat cells !
Coffee Contains Best Stimulants
Coffee contains caffeine as mentioned above. Caffeine works as a nervous system stimulant; it blocks neurotransmitter called Adenosine. When adenosine is blocked,
- Neurons firing is increased
- Dopamine and Norepinephrine are released. Dopamine is produced my brain to make you feel happy and good
Chlorogenic Acid is another substance is coffee that causes slow absorption of carbs in body. That’s another reason why I am having cold coffee 😛 .
Coffee and Weight Loss!
Now if you wish to have Coffee primarily for weight loss, here is the catch ! With continuous intake of coffee, you can become tolerant to it and so it stops working. In a short term, cofee peps up metabolic rate and cause fat burning, no doubt about that !
In the long run, even if fat burning by coffee becomes less, coffee can still act as hunger suppressant and reduce your appetite making you eat less. More hunger suppressants here.
My suggestion is to start with a lower dose of coffee and increase in with time. Then give a gap of few days and start afresh so that your body does not become used to it !
P. S – If you have high blood pressure, please avoid taking coffee. You can have tea instead. My mum complains of high pulse rate post coffee consumption.
Have you experienced weight loss with coffee? Share your experience !
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