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Drink coffee, lose weight?

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playnicee1 wrote:
Jul 16th, 2017 6:30 pm
Please be more specific. I'm thinking you mean that even if weight can be lost, the side effects of coffee intake are not worth the bother.
Okay, what I mean is...

Weight loss is driven by energy balance. The most significant way to set up a calorie deficit is via controlling your dietary intake (i.e. Eating less). Next would be NEAT (non exercise activity thermogenesis) IMO. So when someone wants to lose weight, controlling their intake is going to have a much more significant impact vs minutiae like drinking coffee. Adding coffee might help a tiny bit, but it's not going to be significant. Most people can't handle eating in a consistent deficit so they should focus on that vs thinking 'hmmm what can I do to lose weight? I know, drinking coffee will help!'

Hope that makes sense and add more to my shorter reply above.
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amz155 wrote:
Jul 16th, 2017 7:02 pm
Okay, what I mean is...

Weight loss is driven by energy balance. The most significant way to set up a calorie deficit is via controlling your dietary intake (i.e. Eating less). Next would be NEAT (non exercise activity thermogenesis) IMO. So when someone wants to lose weight, controlling their intake is going to have a much more significant impact vs minutiae like drinking coffee. Adding coffee might help a tiny bit, but it's not going to be significant. Most people can't handle eating in a consistent deficit so they should focus on that vs thinking 'hmmm what can I do to lose weight? I know, drinking coffee will help!'

Hope that makes sense and add more to my shorter reply above.
Now more than ever it sounds like drinking more coffee is brilliant, but drinking more water might work just as well.
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playnicee1 wrote:
Jul 17th, 2017 5:45 pm
Now more than ever it sounds like drinking more coffee is brilliant, but drinking more water might work just as well.
Drinking coffee isn't going to be a brilliant weight loss aide, but it often tastes better than water. Drink what you prefer ;)
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Vietnamese coffee, with sweetened condensed milk, is empty calories.
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Coffee increases energy, has appetite suppressant ability for some. If used properly with other supplements it can help, but not on its own.
Quite a lot of people notice how their bowel movement improve after they drink coffee(there are other supplements and food that works similarly though), that's one of the way it speeds up metabolism a little bit. I am one of those people,but I don't drink much coffee as I don't enjoy the taste. It works similarly on a few of my friends.

If you want to lose weight, start eating less sugar and control your portions. That's it. There's no magic to it. No need to go to a gym, which may even cause you to gain weight as your body will require you to crave for more calories and not many know how to calculate calories. Drinking more water is also essential as it fills you up.

A lot of people can benefit(weight loss) by perhaps having a protein drink in the morning instead of a breakfast. That's why there are a lot of diets based on protein powders. Proper intake is the key, again.
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georgesears wrote:
Jul 5th, 2017 5:15 pm
I lost a lot of weight by cutting out sugar and cream for my coffee. It took me a while to get used to it but I like my coffee black now.
Once you go black you don't go back!

I transitioned several years ago from double double to black and have never gone back. I've on occasion tried with creme and sugar but couldn't bring myself to enjoy.

Only time i'd get coffee with creme or sugar is when it's a specialty drink.
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jono454 wrote:
Jul 19th, 2017 10:27 am
Once you go black you don't go back!

I transitioned several years ago from double double to black and have never gone back. I've on occasion tried with creme and sugar but couldn't bring myself to enjoy.

Only time i'd get coffee with creme or sugar is when it's a specialty drink.
you don't have any sweeter or nothing?

I could never drink black coffee plain, I prefer black over with cream but I need sweetener/sugar
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toronto19850 wrote:
Jul 19th, 2017 4:10 pm
you don't have any sweeter or nothing?

I could never drink black coffee plain, I prefer black over with cream but I need sweetener/sugar
Nope, just plain black.

It does take time to get use to though. I had a coworker who wanted to lose weight so i forced him to drink black coffee for a few weeks and now he only drinks black.
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jono454 wrote:
Jul 19th, 2017 9:53 pm
Nope, just plain black.

It does take time to get use to though. I had a coworker who wanted to lose weight so i forced him to drink black coffee for a few weeks and now he only drinks black.
sweetener has 0 calories, well technically Splenda has a couple but it's going to probably be burned when digesting the coffee anyways so it's really just 0 calories

I used to drink coffee without sweetener but it was more expensive stuff, can't do it with mcdonalds, maybe Tim Hortons
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UrbanPoet wrote:
Jul 9th, 2017 4:46 am
Do you like a strong coffee? Vietnamese ice coffee is great for that... really any vietnamese pho shop will have it. Its slow drip espeesso beans. So taste is amazing!!

A bit bold for some... but delicious if you enjoy that sorta thing. It has condensed milk and ice :)
I hate to break it to you, but Vietnamese coffee is just robusta coffee with lots of sugar (in the sweetened condensed milk).
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vietnamese_iced_coffee

Yes, high caffeine robusta coffee and sugar tastes great, but it isn't particularly healthy or sophisticated. You are better off drinking more palatable arabica coffee, weening yourself off sugar as soon as your tastebuds allow. Milk has natural sugars but there are health benefits to milk (and even cream) although you could arguably find those nutrients elsewhere without the fat.

I've drunk my coffee black, no sugar, since my early 20s. I do have a beer gut. Mostly from drinking beer. :)
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When I was over at someone's house, I got to drink a couple of different shots from a Nespresso machine. Wow, it tasted good! Then, I felt my heart beating rapidly beating, so I guess that was caffeine overload or something, lol. But, otherwise, I don't like the taste of black drip coffee or americanos. Do ppl avoid adding dairy for weight control? Wouldn't doing cardio be more effective?
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Becks wrote:
Jul 28th, 2017 11:30 am
When I was over at someone's house, I got to drink a couple of different shots from a Nespresso machine. Wow, it tasted good! Then, I felt my heart beating rapidly beating, so I guess that was caffeine overload or something, lol. But, otherwise, I don't like the taste of black drip coffee or americanos. Do ppl avoid adding dairy for weight control? Wouldn't doing cardio be more effective?
It's much easier to control or limit what goes into your mouth. It takes zero time and effort to not add dairy to coffee. It takes time and effort to exercise enough to burn calories. And then some people might be likely to think 'oh now I can add the dairy bc I burned the calories so I will break even' but they overcompensate.

Anyway, the mentality of undoing food consumption via cardio is silly anyway.
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amz155 wrote:
Jul 29th, 2017 9:32 am
It's much easier to control or limit what goes into your mouth. It takes zero time and effort to not add dairy to coffee.
I think that's also part of my earlier point about how an energy drink is pre set no matter what, while a coffee can be altered to have more sugar or no sugar added etc.
There's also the sugar free energy drinks, but that's another story...
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COFFEE...

Is a stimulant (caffeine) - an appetite suppressant - a diuretic - and a mild laxative.

None of this is news, people have known these things for years.

Some "could say" because of these characteristics, then naturally coffee would be good for dieting... In truth you'd have to drink a ton to actually see any major differences... In the meantime your body would be so hopped up on caffeine that you'd probably have the shakes / heart palpitations.

What NEW science is finding tho is that a moderate intake of coffee (1 to 2 cups a day) may be beneficial to both the gastrointentestal track and liver & kidney function (in particular stone prevention in the kidneys & gallbladder).

Of course all these studies are looking at BLACK Coffee... If you add Milk, Cream, Sugar or Articial Sweetners, then all bets are off in regards to positive anything comeing from coffee.

On the other hand, tea (both green & black) have far greater positive results on health & longevity than coffee. But again the best benefits are realized with drinking tea plain
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amz155 wrote:
Jul 29th, 2017 9:32 am
It's much easier to control or limit what goes into your mouth. It takes zero time and effort to not add dairy to coffee...
No
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