Is Coffee Bad for Weight Loss?

Two Cups of Coffee Being Brewed

If you’re trying to lose weight, you may be wondering if you can keep enjoying your coffee while taking off the pounds. There are mixed reviews on coffee and weight loss. Since coffee does include caffeine, drinking it can boost weight loss by suppressing your appetite, helping to burn fat, and eliminating water weight. However, you’ll negate the positive weight loss effects off coffee if you’re packing your coffee with extra calories from whipped cream, sugar, and other extras. 

So, What’s in Your Coffee?

Brew up a plain cup of coffee and you only have 2 calories for a cup, and there’s no fat in coffee. This makes coffee an excellent beverage to drink along with your weight loss plan. However, grab a venti café mocha from Starbucks and you’re pumping up the calorie count with extras. Even if you’re drinking your coffee at home, you could be adding a lot of calories to your coffee, making it harder to lose weight. 

Here’s the calorie count that comes in just one tablespoon of the extras many people add to their coffee:

  • Skim milk – 5 calories
  • Half and half – 20 calories
  • Sugar – 49 calories
  • Heavy whipping cream – 52 calories

Pay Attention to Nutrition

If you head to a coffee shop to get your coffee, take the time to look at the nutrition information on coffee items before making an order. Certain coffee drinks are packed with fat, sugars, and hundreds of calories, which can add up if you’re drinking them regularly. Many people don’t think about the calories they drink, but all of your calories count when you’re working towards weight loss. Sure, it’s fine to indulge occasionally, but if you want to drink coffee regularly, you need to make sure you’re choosing options that don’t sabotage your weight loss efforts.


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