As you can see I’ve tried something new! It’s a piktochart discussing the surprising benefit of decaffeinated coffee. It refers to a study that was published in 2012 in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition by Greenberg & Geliebter . According to the study, decaffeinated coffee may be able to help people to diet more effectively. But check the piktochart for more information.
I’ve actually mentioned this study before, both in my podcasts, and in my articles. This is because it is such a simple change that can produce a positive effect, there is a fat loss benefit of decaffeinated coffee, but there is also the benefit of switching caffeine for decaf while trying to lower your tolerance. The way that decaffeinated coffee works is that it stimulates the hormone Peptide YY which is responsible for satiety (how full you feel once you have finished eating). It also appears to increase Leptin which performs a similar function, and lower Ghrelin which is a hormone that increases hunger.
As you can imagine, a drink that reduces appetite, contains almost zero calories, and hydrates you, is a great idea for anyone who is looking to lose a bit of weight by going on a diet. What’s great about decaf coffee is that it works as a nice drink anyway. It tastes nice, it’s very cheap (compare it to anything offered by Herbalife), and has no unwanted side effects. The best diet tips always require little effort and very small changes to someone’s lifestyle. Replacing your second and third caffeinated beverage of the day with a decaf coffee (black) is easy to do, enjoyable, and habit forming.
Just don’t expect decaf coffee to be a miracle cure, you still need to diet, you still need to exercise, and you still need to sleep well each night. This is just a very small change that you can make to your day. So what are you waiting for? Go get some decaf coffee!
Matt Smith is the owner of Beer N Biceps. He has a degree in Sports Science, 10 years of experience working in the fitness industry, and has written for hundreds of fitness websites. He is a lover of good quality beer and believes that drinking in moderation can form part of a healthy lifestyle.