Coffee fans don’t need another reason to keep drinking java on the regular (guilty as charged), but those who tend to stay away from it because of health scares do—and the reason to switch might finally be here. A new book, The Coffee Lover’s Diet: Change Your Coffee, Change Your Life written by Bob Arnot, MD, says that drinking a cup of joe (or three) a day doesn’t only carry eye-opening benefits in the morning, but it can also aid in your diet and weight-loss goals, too.
On a recent Good Morning America (GMA) segment, Dr. Arnot explained how coffee is a dieter’s secret weapon, as it works to jumpstart weight loss, and recommends adding several cups of coffee to a balanced, low-calorie diet. “It’s going to increase your metabolism a little bit,” he says of the coffee consumption, explaining that you’ll burn around a hundred calories from the caffeine, and that it also improves the intensity that you can exercise at. Another benefit Dr. Arnot says you can expect when drinking more java: a mood boost. “You’re just going to feel great when you’re losing weight.” But, before you think that a sugar-loaded coffee Frappuccino will do the trick here, Dr. Arnot is talking about black coffee—no cream or sugar allowed.
However, this “diet” is not right for everyone, as Dr. Arnot says that you should absolutely be aware of your caffeine levels and what you can tolerate. Dr. Jennifer Ashton, ABC’s senior medical contributor, echoes this point, explaining that if you’re not careful, coffee can raise your heart rate or blood pressure, and lead to dehydration, tremors and insomnia in some drinkers. So, if drinking coffee makes you stressed, anxious or boosts your heart rate too much, switch to decaf—which Dr. Ashton says isn’t actually free of caffeine (it contains 0-7 milligrams per serving) or stop drinking it entirely.
If your body is comfortable with caffeine consumption and there are results that have proven more coffee paired with a balanced diet can lead to weight loss, what’s the harm in trying it out for yourself? As Dr. Ashton says, “bring it on!” For more information, you can watch the entire GMA segment here.