Is coffee bad for you when trying to lose weight?

At first glance, “coffee” and “weight loss” don’t seem like words that belong together in the same sentence.

But the coffee diet is rapidly gaining popularity.

Some people have reported short-term weight loss success with the diet.

This article reviews the coffee diet.

Whether it helps you wake up at the crack of dawn or gets you through the 3pm slump, or you simply just enjoy the flavour, coffee is a daily ritual for many.

But if weight loss is your goal, your brew of choice could be seriously hindering your goals – especially if you’re a several-coffees-a-day kinda gal.

To help you sip smarter, here’s three things to consider before placing your next order for an extra-large vanilla cappuccino.

1. Milk or Mylk

All you have to do is look at the mountain of different milks next to your barista to realise we’ve gone loco for milk. From plain old cow’s milk to “mylk” made from almonds, oats or rice, there’s a lot on offer – and choosing the healthiest one is a bit of a struggle.

This might surprise you, but our recommendation is cow’s milk – not the fancy, hipster almonds, oats or rice mylk that most people mistakenly believe to be healthier.

Cow’s milk is rich in protein, so it will leave you feeling far more satisfied than a low-protein alternative made from nuts or grains.

Cow’s milk also offers a plenty of other nutrients, like bone-strengthening calcium and Vitamin A for healthy eyes.

It’ll pay to opt for a reduced-fat kind to keep the calories content in check – 250mLs of skim milk contains just 85 calories, whereas the same quantity of full cream milk packs 169 calories.

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2. The size matters

If weight loss is your goal, it’s not just about what you eat, but your total energy intake.

What you drink throughout the day can really add up in terms of kilojoules, so being smart with your coffee portions is key.

Think your mid-morning coffee as a snack – and a healthy snack contains only about 150 calories.

If you’re ordering an extra-large coffee every time, you’re in for far more calories than that, so it’ll pay to downsize to a ‘small’ or ‘regular’ sized coffee.

3. Last But Not Least

And lastly, don’t forget the extras your order to go in, or along with, your coffee.

Although flavoured syrups like vanilla, hazelnut and caramel make your coffee taste nice, they’re packed with unnecessary sugar (ahh!!! more calories…).

So, it’s best to keep yourself off sweet-tasting coffee, and keep sugary syrups for occasional treats – not an everyday occurrence.

Don’t be tempted by the pastry cabinet on the café counter, either (obviously, that’s not going to help your weight loss attempts…).

If you’re still hungry after your coffee, you’d be far better off opting for a piece of fresh fruit or a small tub of yoghurt to tame your sweet tooth.

Not only are these foods lighter in terms of calories, they also contain hunger-busting nutrients like fibre or protein that will stop you heading for the biscuit jar – so it’s a win-win.

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