Although it may seem counterintuitive, Best warns that sweetening your daily coffee with sugar will hinder your weight reduction attempts.
This is due to the fact that "drinking sugary coffee first thing in the morning can increase weight gain and glucose even more."
An insulin response and subsequent drop in blood sugar level follow the morning glucose spike.
Overeating, especially of processed foods, can lead to increased irritation and exhaustion, which will perpetuate the cycle.
Hunnes adds that the nutritious benefit of black coffee is nullified when you add processed flavored syrup to it.
She warns, "Many of the syrups they are adding contain a lot of sugar, and that can add many extra calories when you visit your favorite coffee shop."
She says, "A black coffee on its own is zero calories," but "syrups and creams that are used, and any whipped toppings can make this zero-calorie beverage now closer to 300 or 400 calories."
Hunnes notes that the additional calories in a coffee drink may not even be obvious.
You should also avoid all the delicious creamers that are often used. We hate to break it to you, but creamers aren't great for your health or weight reduction efforts.
"While it is common, adding creamer is also a way calorie, sugar, and fat sneak into our diet and it adds up quickly," explains Richards.
Don't even think it! However, Best cautions against assuming that non-dairy creamers are the best option.
"Often times plant based creamers can be just as high, if not higher, in calories than regular dairy creamers."
When brewing coffee, you may want to think about whether or not the extra sugars in these creamers are worth it to you.
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