Before you start increasing your intake of coffee, caffeine or coffee supplements that promise you’ll lose weight, consider what health experts and the Food and Drug Administration say about coffee weight loss.
On October 18, 2011, the Food and Drug Administration advised consumers not to purchase or consume “Lose Weight Coffee.” This product contains sibutramine, which is a controlled substance that is believed to “substantially increase blood pressure and/or pulse rate.” Patients with heart conditions should be especially careful, and anyone taking prescription medications should be aware that sibutramine may interact in life threatening ways.
If you’ve been taking any over-the-counter supplements that are advertised to help you lose weight with ingredients from coffee, stop using the product immediately. If you’re suffering from any adverse reactions, be sure to contact your doctor.
Coffee Weight Loss
According to the MayoClinic, there is no definitive evidence that increased consumption of coffee or caffeine can help people lose weight permanently. While caffeine may slightly help people lose some extra weight, results are not significant enough for dieters to rely on coffee, caffeine or any supplements derived from coffee to lose a great deal of weight and keep it off for the long term.
Coffee and Thermogenesis Weight Loss
Thermogenesis refers to the increase in the body’s production of energy heat. Because eating fewer calories generally slows down the body’s rate of using energy, some dieters are looking to coffee and other supplements with caffeine to increase their metabolism to offset the reduction in the production of energy from dieting, so they can lose more weight.
While it may be tempting to look to supplements to increase your metabolism, keep in mind that the body’s process of creating energy is a natural process that meets individual needs. The best way to boost weight loss is not likely going to be found from supplements containing caffeine. Instead dieters should consider natural ways to increase their metabolism through exercises such as strength training.
Green Tea Weight Loss
Drinking green tea may be another safe alternative to ephedrine-caffeine weight loss because the benefits are generally not accompanied by an increase in heart rate. Dieters should keep in mind that green tea still contains caffeine; however, in limited quantities, it’s relatively safe to consume.
Before taking any kind of product or changing your exercise program to increase metabolism, be sure to talk with your doctor first.
“Does Caffeine Help Weight Loss?” MayoClinic.
“Public Notification: “Lose Weight Coffee” Contains Undeclared Drug Ingredient.” Food and Drug Administration. October 18, 2011.
“Taming Thermogenesis for Weight Loss.” Total Health. Jul/Aug2000, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p49.