As a non-coffee drinker, and someone that has probably had no more than 5 cups of coffee over my entire life, I can understand that you may think I’m a bit biased against coffee. However, I actually quite like the smell of freshly roasted coffee beans and can certainly appreciate the psychological benefits of starting the day with a relaxing cup of coffee as you read the paper and get geared up for your day. So I’m not here to tell you that you shouldn’t be drinking coffee at all. But what I do want to stress to you is that the type of coffee drink you choose can have a HUUUUUGE effect on your weight loss efforts.
Read below to find out the best coffee options you should be considering to keep your fat loss engines burning….
BEST: Espresso – 1 calorie – pretty much nothing
CLOSE SECOND: Long Black – 2 calories – 1 minute walk
OK: Cappuccino -73 calories – 20 minute walk
BAD: Latte / Flat White – 136 calories – 38 minute walk
TERRIBLE: Frappuccino with Soy Milk – 173 calories – 48 minute walk
HORRENDOUS: Large Chai Latte – 259 calories – 72 minute walk
ATROCIOUS: Mcdonald’s Large Iced Coffee – 276 calories – 77 minute walk
So as you can see from the figures above, there’s a fair variance in how many calories and hence EXTRA exercise minutes you have to do to burn off each of those coffee drinks. So stick with smaller serving sizes with no additions. Coffee on it’s own is very “low-calorie”, it’s only when you start adding sugar, syrups, creams and milks that the calories start stacking up. And remember that if you add sugar to any of the above you can add another 16 calories per teaspoon of sugar!
If you’re having any of the above coffee drinks (other than the first two) once or maybe even more per day, that’s A LOT of extra calories to burn off everyday!!
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