Did you know that drinking coffee can help you lose weight? The toasty delights below are brimming with polyphenols that curb cravings, increase fat burn, and more!
How Coffee Speeds Weight Loss
Boosts metabolism: Each cup of coffee revs metabolism enough to burn an extra 150 calories — that’s enough to lose five pounds by Christmas effortlessly! Scientists reporting in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition say that the brew’s caffeine prods cells to burn more energy to generate body heat.
Dials down appetite: Sipping coffee first thing in the morning reduces blood-sugar fluctuations by 50 percent and can help reduce cravings all day, say USDA scientists. Credit goes to coffee’s rich stores of chlorogenic acid, which increases cells’ sensitivity to the blood sugar–regulating hormone insulin.
Optimizes liver function: Powerful polyphenols in your favorite roast help liver cells regenerate faster. Swiss researchers report that these new cells improve the organ’s ability to convert stored fat into fuel, increasing fat burn by 29 percent.
- 2 (3 oz.) shots hot espresso
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
- 1 Tbs. honey
In glass, whisk espresso, cinnamon, nutmeg, and honey. Pour into mug filled with 1/2 cup hot water.
Per serving: Cal. 72 Pro. 0g Carb. 18g Fiber 0g Sug. 17g Chol. 0mg Sod. 26mg Total fat: 0g Sat. 0g Trans. 0g
Bonus! The tryptophan in honey soothes stress.
Blended Mocha Bliss
- 3/4 cup iced coffee
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3 Tbs. cocoa powder
- 3 Tbs. maple syrup
- 1/4 cup whipped cream
In blender, purée coffee, milk, cocoa powder, and maple syrup with 1/2 cup ice. Pour into glass. Top with whipped cream. Sprinkle with additional cocoa powder, if desired.
Per serving: Cal. 375 Pro. 10g Carb. 59g Fiber 5g Sug. 44g Chol. 48mg Sod. 109mg Total fat: 15g Sat. 9g Trans. 0g
Bonus! Compounds in cocoa improve memory within 15 minutes.
Iced Coconut Caramel Macchiato
- 1 Tbs. caramel sauce
- 3/4 cup hot coffee
- 1/2 cup coconut milk
In large glass, whisk caramel into coffee until fully dissolved; add coconut milk and 1/2 cup ice. Stir to combine.
Per serving: Cal. 329 Pro. 3g Carb. 20g Fiber 3g Sug. 4g Chol. 0mg Sod. 93mg Total fat: 30g Sat. 93g Trans. 0g
Bonus! Healthy fats in coconut milk boost energy by 65 percent.
This story originally appeared in our print magazine.