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Coffee is not your enemy

Have you also heard that coffee and losing weight don’t mix well? That those few cups of your favourite espresso a day will put a stop to your slimming progress? Don’t believe everything they tell you. They are not always right.

Not every coffee is the same. Do you know the 2 basic varieties?

If you can’t imagine even a single day without coffee, we bet you are also very particular about its quality and freshness. That’s why you should always choose it with extra care. In the past, you would find coffee’s quality rating on its packaging. Today, the label informs you about whether the coffee is Arabica, which is the most common variety, or Robusta, or a combination of the two. It is only Arabica that makes the top quality coffee. Robusta is of slightly lower quality and therefore cheaper. Compared to Arabica, it contains much more caffeine which is why some people prefer it.

Say goodbye to sugar

No doubt that many of you like your coffee sweetened, either with white or brown sugar, or possibly even some honey. Don’t do it as this will turn your favourite, low-calorie drink into a calorie assault. Are you thinking of going for artificial sweeteners instead? If used sensibly, they are allowed on a protein diet because they don’t interfere with your weight loss. However, they suppress the coffee’s natural flavour so it’s best to avoid them. If sugar is out, can you at least have some milk? Again, coffee is best enjoyed without any flavouring agents, including milk and cream. Only then can the natural taste of the coffee come to the fore. However, if you really fancy a cappuccino or espresso with a dash of milk once a day, there is no reason why you shouldn’t. Your slimming process won’t get out of control.

How many kJ in 1 cup of coffee?

Ristretto 7 ml 0.38 kcal / 1.6 kJ
Espresso 30 ml 0.57 kcal / 2.4 kJ
Coffee with milk 220 ml (70ml of which is milk) 34 kcal / 143 kJ
Cappuccino 200 ml 67 kcal / 283 kJ
Caffé latte 200 ml 120 kcal / 508 kJ

cup of coffee

Coffee - a fat burner

Coffee, or rather the caffeine it contains, boosts our energy and metabolism, helps us concentrate, reduces fatigue and slightly increases our blood pressure. A cup of coffee before a physical activity is known to boost fat burning by several percent.

‘Coffee is a natural stimulant and a fat burner in one so I wouldn’t try to eliminate it from your diet when you are trying to lose weight or when you exercise regularly. Ideally, you should have one cup of coffee half an hour before the physical activity,’ says a fitness instructor Lenka Berousková. Apart from running her fitness classes, she has also been interested in healthy nutrition for several years. However, Lenka warns, if you’re already taking some freely available pre-sport supplements that act as fat burners and stimulants and that already contain caffeine, you should read the labels very carefully to find out whether any extra caffeine is actually necessary or even good for you.

A glass of water to offset a cup of coffee

As coffee has a diuretic effect on the body (it dehydrates it), you should always replenish your fluids after having a cup of coffee. For every cup of coffee you should drink at least one glass of plain or unsweetened mineral water. And just a word of caution: the coffee or the water to offset it don’t count as part of your hydrating regime. Regardless of them and no matter whether you are following a diet plan, you should still aim for 2-3 litres of water a day.

Coffee can help you lose weight

How much coffee in one day?

How much coffee can you drink in a day without putting your health at risk? If you don’t suffer from insomnia or digestive problems, 300mg of caffeine per day is a safe amount according to general guidelines. It is an equivalent to 4-6 cups of good quality coffee. And when is the best time to have it? As mentioned before, the best time to have your coffee is before a physical activity. You shouldn’t drink it on an empty stomach or immediately after a meal. Coffee irritates the stomach and it can also slow down the digestion. A cup of coffee traditionally served straight after lunch is therefore not the best idea.

DID YOU KNOW THAT...

… although the coffee consumption in the Czech Republic has been steadily on the rise , it is still relatively low when compared to other countries, such as those in Scandinavia? The annual bean coffee consumption in the Czech Republic is 2kg per head, whilst that in Scandinavia is several times higher.

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