Dr. Bob Arnot made the coffee diet popular, because this drink “can speed up metabolism, burn more fat, block the absorption of calories and decrease appetite,” as he explained in his book The Coffee Lover’s Diet: Change Your Coffee, Change Your Life in words quoted by the portal Vozpopuli.
Arnot recommends lightly roasted coffee beans ground at home and brewed with filtered water for best results in the diet; In addition, it is highlighted that You can drink three cups daily, preferably without sugar.
But coffee is not miraculous, because this drink must be accompanied by a healthy diet and physical activity. “Other meals and snacks should be low in calories and fat and high in fiber (whole grains, fruits, and vegetables). Highly processed foods should also be avoided. In total, one should consume about 1,500 calories per day,” explains Dr. Arnot.
According to the Vozpopuli website, for lunch “a plate of vegetables with brown rice or a salad with grilled chicken” is recommended.
“Coffee can lose weight by suppressing appetite, which will make you eat less during the day, something that has not been scientifically proven one hundred percent, although it has been proven that consuming coffee decreases the number of total caloric intake per day”, says Dr. Bob Arnot.
Vozpopuli also makes some recommendations on contraindications when exceeding coffee consumption, since “excessive caffeine intake has been linked to heart attacks, headaches, insomnia and increased risks of bone fractures, osteoporosis and even depression.”
“The properties derived from caffeine seem to activate the metabolism and fat burning and, therefore, help to lose weight,” explains the Business Insider portal.
Due to the characteristics of coffee, specialists recommend including this drink in some diets designed to lose weight, but they warn that it is important to drink it with other ingredients free of calories, such as “adding milk, sugar or any other supplement”, says Business Insider.
In the Mayo Clinic portal they warn that “caffeine alone will not help you lose weight”, in addition, the aforementioned portal adds that “it can slightly increase efforts to lose weight or help prevent weight gain, but there is no solid evidence that the mere consumption of caffeine helps to lose weight”.
In addition to drinking coffee, for the diet that helps lose weight it is important to “limit daily calories to 1,500, preferably derived from plant foods and lean proteins,” explains the Business Insider website.
Another recommendation to have the benefits of coffee is made by the nutritionist, Nicolás Mier y Terán, who according to the Glamor portal “always emphasizes on his social networks that it is best to consume black or American coffee. Get in the habit of consuming your coffee black, without any milk, cream, sugar or sweetener”, highlights the aforementioned nutrition specialist.
The Glamor portal also warns that coffee supplements can provide the “same calories as eating a chocolate bar.” Also, adding “just one tablespoon of sugar, according to a study in the Journal of Health Psychology, can add up to 48 calories.”
The nutritionist Nicolás Mier points out these figures to take into account when drinking coffee:
- 1 cup (355 ml) of American coffee: 0 calories.
- 1 cup (355ml) coffee cappuccino: 100 calories.
- 1 cup (355ml) of latte: 120 calories.
- 1 cup (355ml) coffee caramel macchiato: 180 calories.
Glamor also cites that specialists, research and books “indicate that it is necessary to accompany him with healthy eating for weight loss, as well as drinking a cup of water for each cup of coffee, in order to purify the body, without this diuretic drink taking all the nutrients in the urine”.