Just the thought of having to give up our morning coffee is enough to have us sobbing into our flat whites, but is it really necessary if we want to shed a few pounds?
There’s so much conflicting information out there about whether or not coffee helps you gain or lose weight, so we asked an expert to respond to one of our most common reader questions on the topic and give us a straight answer.
How much coffee are you drinking?
If you take your coffee with full-fat milk, sugar, and a sprinkle of chocolate, chances are it’s not helping.
Since you’re trying to lose weight, I doubt this is the case, but even three skinny flat whites a day will add substantial calories to your daily intake.
Excess coffee can sometimes stave off the appetite, but it’s important not to skip meals as this slows down the metabolism and actually leads to weight gain in the future.
If you drink coffee first thing in the morning, be sure to enjoy a substantial breakfast at the same time.
Coffee has gained a reputation for helping people lose weight due to the effect it has on metabolism.
Drinking coffee speeds the metabolism up slightly, but not enough to warrant a drop in calories, as the effect is temporary.
Low-fat milk is a premium source of calcium which has been shown to benefit weight loss, so stick to one skim milk coffee a day, add no sugar and you can be sure it’s not the coffee causing a problem.
This article originally appeared on our sister site, Now to Love.