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Many people believe drinking coffee or other caffeinated beverages first thing in the morning can act as an appetite suppressant aiding in weight loss. However, a University of Buffalo study shows this may not be the case. The study followed 50 adults and found that those who drank a caffeinated beverage in the morning did eat 10 percent less in their first meal but when they tracked them throughout the day, they made up for those calories later in the day!
ER physician Dr. Travis Stork, a huge proponent of having that morning cup of Joe, notes that coffee may help burn a few more calories since caffeine can raise your heart rate, and if you become jittery you may be fidgeting more. However, he doesn't think it should be considered an appetite suppressant.
Dr. Travis worries having the belief that coffee suppresses appetite will lead people to purchase coffee supplements believing it will help them lose weight. "Don't do that, I don't think you are going to get the benefit you're looking for, you don't know what's in those supplements. Drink your coffee because you enjoy it! It's loaded with antioxidants, it's a great way to start the day," says Dr. Travis.
Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra adds trying to eat less in the morning with the help of coffee is actually the wrong way to start the day. A well-balanced breakfast is important to prevent insulin spikes, stabilize your blood sugar, and jumpstart your metabolism.
The Doctors share some examples of healthy breakfast options such as yogurt and fruit or a bowl of oatmeal. They even share that those who eat oatmeal, a complex carbohydrate, for breakfast may actually eat 30-50 percent less for lunch. The best move: enjoy your coffee alongside a satisfying breakfast!