Coffee lovers, rejoice: studies have shown that drinking black coffee can help with weight loss.
Research from Linus Pauling Institute has shown that coffee consumption is linked with decreased risk of type 2 diabetes, liver disease and Parkinson’s disease. As for weight loss, a 2009 study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition has found that caffeine can cause thermogenesis, which is a process that can help humans burn more calories.
Coffee and Weight Loss
When we’re talking about coffee and its health benefits, we’re talking about pure black coffee, not sugar-laden, calorie-sky-high flavored coffee. So make sure to serve your coffee black and with no sugar, as refined sugar is not only the enemy of weight loss, but of overall health as well.
Caffeine can boost metabolism, and if consumed in moderate amounts, improve concentration, enhance mood and stimulate the central nervous system. Furthermore, it can help your body burn mostly fat for energy while exercising. Just make sure you don’t go overboard, as too much caffeine can have negative health effects.
Black Coffee + Healthy Ingredients
Now that we’ve covered coffee and its health benefits, it’s time to spice it up with some other healthy ingredients: cinnamon, cocoa, honey and coconut oil.
Cinnamon is a spice with powerful health benefits: it’s loaded with antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory benefits, can improve sensitivity to insulin (crucial for getting rid of belly fat), and can lower blood sugar levels.
Cocoa has many health benefits, including lowering blood pressure, raising the good (HDL) and lowering the bad cholesterol (LDL), protecting the body against free radicals… But the most interesting benefit comes from the fact that it can enhance mood and help body deal with stress, which is crucial for weight loss.
Honey, one of the oldest sweeteners ever used, has been used as both food and medicine since ancient times. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties, can help with allergies, fight infections, and boost the immune system.
Coconut oil is one of the healthiest oils, as it can protect against Alzheimer’s, heart disease and high blood pressure, reduce inflammation and boost the immune system. It can also help with weight loss and getting rid of belly fat as it boosts metabolism and reduces appetite.
Here’s how to make coffee with these ingredients:
First, take 1 teaspoon of cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder, ½ a cup of honey, and ¾ of coconut oil. Mix the ingredients and keep the mixture in the fridge. Every morning, add 1 teaspoon of the mixture to your cup of black coffee and enjoy!