Worst Coffee Habit For Weight Loss, Says Dietitian – Eat This, Not That

Anyone who tells you coffee is bad for you probably doesn’t know all the facts. Coffee itself can actually be classified as a great addition to your diet. Not only does it help prevent disease and manage weight, sipping a cup of java every morning can even prolong life. No really, it’s true.

Still, it’s important to note that not all cups of coffee are created equal. It all depends on what’s going on in your cup and how much too.

Specifically, the amount of added sugars you put in your cup of coffee can have a negative effect on your overall health– and should be something to be aware of. Especially if you’ve set yourself some weight loss goals.

“Adding sugar is by far the worst coffee habit if you want to lose weight,” says Courtney D’Angelo, MS, RD, author at GoWellness. “This includes any type of unhealthy cream that contains added sugars or artificial flavors. “

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According to a 2019 review published by the Polish Journal of Food and Nutritional Sciences, it has been proven that a reduction in sugar consumption is linked to a slower increase in obesity. Right now, the average American consumes more than 300% of their recommended daily amount of added sugar, which the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends to be 25 grams per day for women and 37.5 grams per day for men.

How does that compare to how much sugar you can consume, especially when it comes to your coffee? D’Angelo says that “to maintain a healthy body weight and prevent disease, men should only consume 9 teaspoons of sugar and women 6 teaspoons of sugar per day.”

The review indicated that while some sugars are essential for life (such as those found in complex carbohydrates, such as fruits and whole grains), Americans still consume too much sugar, and for their health, should try to find ways to reduce their consumption. Coffee is a great place to start.

“If you drink 2 to 3 cups of coffee a day and add artificial sweeteners or sugar, you are putting your health at risk as well as your weight,” says D’Angelo.

To put this in perspective, a generic coffee creamer can contain around 5 grams of added sugars in a single tablespoon, which is 10% of your Daily Value, or 20% of AHA recommendations. Plus, with many sugary drinks sold in well-known coffee chains (did you know that some Starbucks Frappuccinos can have the same amount of sugar as seven Krispy Kreme donuts?), It’s incredibly easy to exceed your sugar limits for the day – and sabotage your health and weight management in the process.

We strongly believe in healthy, healthy and balanced eating, so if you want to enjoy a sweet cup of coffee once in a blue moon, get yourself the drink you really want and enjoy it. But doing it regularly can absolutely have a long-term effect on your health. Especially when it comes to your weight.

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