Almost the whole word takes caffeine every day in one form or the other. In some parts of the world, people prefer tea while others prefer coffee. But in just about everybody needs their caffeine ‘fix’ almost every day.
Currently, Caffeine is being widely touted as the latest weapon in the everlasting war against obesity. Let us see the pros and cons of using caffeine as a long term weight loss preposition.
1. Caffeine helps metabolize fat cells faster
It contains compounds that help stimulates the body’s central nervous system through a hormone called Epinephrine, which proceeds to instruct fat cells into breaking down their fat. Once the fat has been broken down or metabolized, it is then used up as energy by the muscle cells in our bodies.
2. It increases our RMR
The calories that our bodies burn while we sleep or are sitting down or are in any way physically inactive is reffered to a as the R.M.R or ‘Resting Metabolic Rate.’ If the RMR is high, losing weight is an easier preposition since our calories are being burnt faster, twenty four hours a day. Accordingly to many studies a 3 to 11 percent gain in RMR due to coffee and tea consumption is entirely possible irrespective of what we eat. And the best part is the increased metabolism stems from the increase in the fat burning properties of our body.
On the other hand, it efficacy is greater for overweight people while studies on the obese did not show that great an effect. Similarly young people are likely to respond more to high caffeine doses than their elders. In fact over a long term period of time some people actually showed a modest weight gain after taking caffeine habitually.
3. Aids in exercise
Thanks to the increase in the metabolic rate, working out at the gym or any other form of athletic physical activity burns more calories than if such exercise is undertaken without taking caffeine.
4. As a stimulant
The stimulating and diuretic effects of caffeine may ‘potentially’ support weight loss, even though as yet there has been no ‘smoking gun’ study that have actually nailed Caffeine to be directly responsible for long term weight loss. However as a stimulant it does lead to an increase in energy that may be responsible for short term weight loss. I.e the excess energy may make us more physically active leading to a higher consumption of calories. Although no definitive studies show caffeine’s efficacy for creating lasting loss. However lack of caffeine on the other hand might make its constant user more lethargic and prone to being more sedentary, in effect lowering calorie consumption and thereby mitigating any potential weight loss due to the calories burnt.
5. As an appetite suppressant
Its intake (in either tea or coffee) has been reported to curb appetite in many people directly after its consumption. However, since most people take their tea or coffee with sweeteners and milk that are they full of calories, they counter the appetite suppressant effects almost completely. Add to that the fact that there are no studies that indicate long term appetite suppression due to its consumption and long term weight loss due to caffeine alone does not seem a viable preposition.
6. Diuretic properties
It also acts as a potent diuretic. I.e it causes the body to lose water rapidly, but since water weight does not count as weight loss nor does it affect the body’s overall fat levels considering caffeine as a weight loss preposition on the strength of its diuretic properties is not a practical solution to long term weight loss.
7. Effects on long term weight loss
The problem with caffeine is that the more you take it the more you get inured to it. In the short term, caffeine can and indeed does boost metabolic rate and increase fat burning, but after a while as our bodies get sensitized to it, it simply stops working for us effectively forcing us to take more and more of it.
it is a mild stimulant, but a stimulant all the same. Unfortunately if you stop taking it after its near constant usage, you will be hit hard by withdrawal symptoms. While they may certainly not be as harsh as those of hard drugs, but in the short run can make life pretty miserable indeed. You might end up becoming short tempered and start suffering from headaches As such; it is prudent to monitor your intake to see if you are indeed getting addicted to the chemical. If that happens, it is recommended to discontinue usage for at least a month
Caffeine alone as a weight loss supplement may not be able to do much, unless it is combined with an exercise regime and a moderately strict diet plan. However as a popular stimulant Caffeine has no superiors and hardly any equals, but as a pure weight loss supplement, its side effects far outweigh any potential benefits it may have for people who look at it simply as a solution to their excess weight and obesity related problems.