While most of us know that soft drinks and alcohol are packed full of sugars and empty calories, many don't realize that coffee--even if made with low-fat milk--can seriously contribute to the cause of one's inability to shake those stubborn extra pounds.
And while we love to guzzle the brew as much as the next person, it's important to consider just how much you're really drinking, particularly if you're trying to lose weight.
Coffee shops everywhere offer various cup sizes, and these days, it's not uncommon to see people walking around with vessels more reminiscent of buckets than cups.
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The world knows coffee to be an appetite suppressant, and while it may ring true that many people substitute a large coffee for a meal, skipping lunch for a latte is certainly no substitute for a healthy life (or healthy weight loss, for that matter).
Coffee should complement a balanced diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, fish and poultry, and good fats, not make up the entire bottom tier of the food chain.
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Here’s looking at you, vanilla-latte-with-two-sugars drinkers…
“Adding sugar and flavored syrups to coffee certainly doesn’t add additional health benefits and is not recommended,” said nutritional medicine practitioner, Fiona Tuck, who recommends opting for minimally processed milk of the whole, full-fat variety.
“The fats from the milk help with satiety, keeping you feeling more satisfied for longer.”
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While each and every coffee-drinker will have their own perceptions of what is a normal and healthy amount, experts agree that we should only be consuming as many cups as our hands can hold.
“I recommend one to two cups of coffee per day for most people,” said naturopath and holistic nutritionist Erika Morvay at Fusion Health.
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All in all, here are the important takeaways to keep in mind:
Coffee will not make you gain weight, but the way you drink it might.
Forgo sugars and flavor syrups, and enjoy the rich bitterness of coffee, the way it was meant to be enjoyed.
Learn to love small or regular sizes and part with venti, grande, and trenta beverages.
We'll definitely be changing up our coffee routine after this.
This post was written by editors of Now To Love. For more, check out our sister site Now To Love.
Once her weight reached almost 400 pounds in 2014, 29-year-old Mallory Buettner decided it was time for a change. See the teacher now on the next slide.