Black coffee boosts your energy without the extra calories.
Drinking black coffee may help enhance weight loss, especially when paired with a reduced-calorie diet. Although drinking black coffee isn't a guarantee you'll lose weight, it may boost your chance at weight-loss success -- and increase your energy level. Adding cream and sugar to coffee may counter any weight-loss benefits, however.
Black coffee contains very few calories but still helps fill you up because it mainly consists of water. A 6-ounce portion of instant black coffee prepared with water contains just 4 calories. Therefore, drinking black coffee in place of higher-calorie beverages, such as soda, juice and other sugary drinks, helps reduce your overall calorie intake for effective weight loss. Avoid adding cream to black coffee, which adds 30 calories per tablespoon, and sugar -- which contains 16 calories in each teaspoon.
Caffeine may also play a role in coffee's beneficial effects on weight loss, according to a 2006 review in the вЂњAmerican Journal of Clinical Nutrition.вЂќ Authors of this review point out that one study indicated higher caffeine intakes are associated with less weight gain. Caffeine in black coffee can increase your energy, which may help you burn more calories throughout the day -- and therefore enhance weight loss.
Other Possible Benefits
Although coffee's low calorie content and caffeine likely aid in weight loss, the 2006 review published in the вЂњAmerican Journal of Clinical NutritionвЂќ reports that other constituents present in black coffee may also be beneficial for individuals trying to lose weight. Authors of this review point out that chlorogenic acid and quinides, compounds abundant in coffee, might play a role in successful weight loss. Therefore, decaffeinated black coffee may be a viable alternative for those trying to lose weight who want to avoid caffeine.
Drinking coffee won't lead to weight loss if you're eating too many calories. To effectively lose 1 to 2 pounds weekly and keep weight off long-term, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests burning off 500 to 1,000 more calories than you eat daily. To effectively reduce your overall calorie intake, consume plenty of lean protein foods -- such as egg whites, low-fat dairy foods, skinless poultry, lean meats, seafood and soy products -- and fiber-rich foods, such as whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds. Cut back on refined grains, such as white bread and white rice, sweets, added sugars and sugary drinks.