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How coffee speeds weight loss

Coffee, by any other name, is still as good ...
Coffee, by any other name, is still as good ...
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When I was in college, I drank two eight-cup pots of coffee more days than not. This was scaled back to one ten-cup pot of coffee per day my first few years of teaching in the 70s.

Now they say coffee is good for you!
Now they say coffee is good for you!
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In 1979, a doctor told me I had to quit drinking coffee – cold turkey, no less – because it was not good for my health. Where was all the research about coffee being good for you which we now have when I needed it most?

While I have not yet resumed my prior level of coffee consumption, I do enjoy a cup of coffee, or two, occasionally. After reading the article in the September 15, 2014 issue of First for women magazine about the three ways coffee helps speed weight loss, I can see daily coffee consumption on the horizon. Here’s why.

Coffee speeds weight loss by:

Boosting metabolism – Coffee’s caffeine activates the body’s process of burning calories for heat (thermogenesis), helping to raise metabolism by 11%, according to research cited in a study in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This effect helped subjects who sipped one daily cup of coffee burn an extra 150 calories daily – enough to effortlessly shed 16 pounds a year.

Dialing down appetite – Drinking a cup of coffee first thing in the morning can curb hunger and reduce craving-stimulating blood sugar by 50% - and the effects last the entire day, report researchers from the USDA.

Optimizing liver function – Coffee contains polyphenols that promote healing and regeneration of liver cells and improve its ability to convert fat into usable fuel. Swiss researchers found that a daily dose of coffee can increase fat burn by as much as 29%.