Do you ever feel like you're on a merry-go-round when it comes to scientific and other expert views and opinions on caffeine? Seems like every other day there's a headline in the news about how coffee and other forms of caffeine can help you ward off diabetes, treat headaches, control asthma, decrease the risk of getting Parkinson's disease and even help you lose weight.
And just when you get excited about caffeine, you hear reports that coffee can clog your arteries, get your heart racing dangerously, contribute to problems with those prone to osteoporosis, and get you craving carbs (which is never good for weight loss).1
So What's The Truth?
If you browse the recent literature, you'll find over 19, 000 studies examining the various benefits and downsides of ingesting caffeine. According to the Institute for Coffee Studies at Vanderbilt University, coffee is mostly beneficial. Generally, only certain groups of people (like pregnant women or people with heart disease) are warned to avoid caffeine.
Can Caffeine Help You Lose Weight?
You've probably noticed that caffeine is a staple ingredient in many popular diet pills as well as homemade fat-burning stacks. And you've probably also heard experts suggest that you drink coffee or other caffeinated beverages to help you lose weight. All of this begs the question, can caffeine really help you lose weight?
The answer is yes. And it primarily helps you lose weight in two ways:
By Boosting Your Metabolism
Ingesting caffeine jumpstarts the process of lipolysis, which is when your body releases free fatty acids into the bloodstream. This occurs when your body is breaking down your fat stores to convert it into energy. In other words, caffeine boosts your metabolism slightly and helps you burn fat.2