At first glance, 'coffee' and 'weight loss' don't seem like words that belong together in the same sentence. But whether you love it hot or iced, coffee is about to become your go-to new diet drink.
Inspired by exciting evidence that an ordinary cup of joe can help increase a person's odds of a long life by up to 50 per cent, former NBC Nightly News and 60 Minutes medical correspondent Bob Arnot, MD, began experimenting with ways to reap the drink's maximum benefits.
The result: A whole new way to detox, one built around special coffee (both regular and decaf, hot and iced) that boasts the highest doses of disease-and-fat-fighting antioxidants.
To date, folks testing Dr. Arnot's 'coffee cleanse' have been able to treat everything from eczema to type 2 diabetes while shedding up to 50 pounds (22 kilos) in 50 days.
After studies from the National Institutes of Health pointed to antioxidants in coffee (which are called phenols) as key to the drink's many health benefits, Arnot was curious about which brew options were highest in phenols.
He was shocked to find no comprehensive tests existed, so he hired chemists at a Vermont lab to systematically rank hundreds of beans.
"Dark roasting destroys phenols," Arnot said, adding that he and his team took to calling the lightest roasts "lean roasts," because they explode with slimming compounds.
Plus, unlike their dark counterparts, they "are delicious without fattening sugar or cream."
High-phenol coffee affects the body by giving you...
A faster metabolism:
According to a preliminary Japanese study, phenols cause a short-term burst of faster calorie burning. Phenols also boost calorie burn long-term by preventing a type of inflammation that not only stalls our thyroids, but can also lead to loss of metabolism-boosting muscle. Bonus: Stimulants in even a single cup of caffeinated coffee "are proven to increase metabolism by an extra 75-100 calories a day," Arnot said.
Faster fat burning:
Phenols in coffee have been shown to lower levels of insulin, a very good thing since the hormone blocks fat burning. The less insulin we make, the more readily fat burns! Phenols have also been shown to decrease the formation of new fat, Arnot said. Another caffeine bonus: The stimulant helps free fat from fat cells during activity, so the body can quickly incinerate it. "It's a phenomenal boost to weight loss!"
Fat and calorie blocking:
There are actually a couple few different types of phenols in coffee. One type, chlorogenic acid, has been shown to decrease our absorption of carbs, so some calories from, say, the bread we enjoy with coffee won't count. Meanwhile, Arnot noted, another phenol called melanoidin decreases absorption of dietary fat — meaning even more calories don't count! He added: "I suspect it's the reason people instinctively reach for coffee after a rich meal."
Via our sister site Woman's World.
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