If you're trying to lose weight, the good news is that you can still enjoy a coffee!
In fact, it can actually be very helpful with weight loss if you use it in the right way.
Caffeine is a stimulant and can help improve your focus. It makes you feel more alert and can spur you on to be more active.
On the other hand, too much coffee has the opposite effect. It will make you feel sluggish and tired.
My advice is:
☕️Limit Your Coffee Intake To One Per Day
If you’re having more than one per day then try to cut down so that you avoid sugar cravings.
☕️Drink Black Coffee
Espresso and Americano coffees are great because they are low in calories and don’t contain and sugary syrups or milk. Meaning you can enjoy a nice hot cup of coffee without tipping you over your calorie allowance.
☕️Ask For A Substitute
If you really can’t resist a flavoured latte, then you can ask for it to be made with soya, coconut or almond milk (which has less calories that cows milk) and ask for half the amount of syrup, so that it lowers the amount of calories that you’re consuming.
☕️Time Your Caffeine
The best time to have a coffee is about half an hour before your workout to make you more alert and focused. You’re more likely to push yourself harder during the workout if you’re alert. On days that you don’t have a workout scheduled, mid-morning is the best time to get a caffeine hit as this is usually when most people have a dip in concentration.
☕️Avoid Caffeine Close To Bed Time
Personally, I don’t drink coffee after 4pm because I’m wide awake come bed time. If you find it hard to get to sleep on a night try reducing your caffeine intake, especially in the afternoon.