Will coffee make you gain weight?

Will coffee make you gain weight?

Coffee: that wonderful cup of joe that kick starts your morning and gives you the right amount of oomph to get you through the early hours.  But even though it feels so good, can it be bad?  Will coffee make you gain weight?  If it’s one thing I tell people when they’re cutting down calories consumed per day, the first thing I always tell them is to never drink your calories.  This can include your glorious morning perk if you’re not careful.  A regular latte can shockingly contain anywhere from 300-500 calories.  And that’s only if you have one a day.  Why is a coffee so high in calories?

It might not be exactly what you think it is.

Coffee itself, contains almost no calories.  Zero.  Zilch.  Nada.  No matter how much black coffee you drink at a time, it has practically no impact towards your daily caloric intake.  It is actually the hidden guilty pleasures that can make it so bad.  It’s the cream, it’s the sugar, it’s the syrups, and all the fancy ingredients that coffee shops add to their drinks to make it their signature.  Like I’ve said before, if it tastes too good, it’s probably not good for you.

To put this into perspective, one single creamer (the little packets you get at a diner or convenience store) usually contains 1.50 grams of fat, 1.71 grams of carbs, and 0.15 grams of protein.  This is about 20 calories in total.  One packet of sugar has 0 grams of fat, 6 grams of carbs, and 0 grams of protein yet is about 23 calories.  Now think about a simple coffee with two creams and two sugars.  With your additives, you now have a cup of 86 calories.  This is only if you put in the additives yourself and you’re in control of what’s going in your drink.  Think about when you order a coffee from a shop where they practically free pour the sugars and creams into your drink whilst adding syrups.  Not only are you not in control of how much is going into your coffee, but it’s likely that the caloric count of your java has skyrocketed!  Can you see how a coffee can seem to aid weight gain when its all dressed up in the seductive lure of glucose and fats?

But don’t be afraid of your regular morning coffee.  If you drink it without any additives, the caffeine can actually be beneficial to not only your health, but to your weight loss goals.

However, if you can’t live without your cream and sugar, always ask for them on the side so you can add it in yourself, or even look for healthier substitutes such as skim milk and brown sugar.  Eventually, work your way to appreciate the tastes of straight coffee, with the caffeine being your only guilty pleasure in a cup.

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