Are you one of the millions (probably billions) of us who make new years resolutions? I’m sure the list consists of traveling more, spending more time with friends and family… but I bet “be healthier” is close to the top of your list. You’ve probably got your workout routine sorted out and which foods you want to eat more of and which ones to stay away from.
With this in mind, I think it’s only responsible of us to do our part and try to help you out with where your coffee options are concerned.
If you’re a coffee drinker, you’re in luck. With coffee coming in at 1 calorie per cup, you certainly won’t have many issues there. In fact studies show that having a cup of coffee before a work out accelerates fat loss and increases performance[i] (Tweet that!) So habitualize having a coffee prior to working out.
Now if you’re a coffee drinker that adds milk and sugar you’re looking and closer to 80 calories per cup and risk losing some of the benefits that coffee on it’s own provides. Not only that but triggering insulin in your body, which will store that sugar as fat.
Work on incrementally reducing your coffee additives.
Low fat milk won’t make you skinny.
Skim milk contains a higher percentage of sugar and carbs to fat than whole milk does[ii]. What does this mean? Although you are ingesting less total fats and taking in less calories per cup it doesn’t necessarily result in weight loss. Fat does not trigger an insulin response in the body, the way sugars do. Insulin stores the excess sugar as fat, and that is much more difficult to burn than fat itself.
Studies have found that drinking low fat milk may have some quicker short-term weight loss results, but created a much higher chance of being overweight later in life. Also skim milk brands often have increased sugar levels in order to make them taste better.[iii]
In all honesty, the studies about skim milk vs whole milk are ongoing and it truly is hard to find a clear winner.
That being said, without really knowing which is better, why sacrifice the superior taste that whole milk brings to your cappuccino when we don’t truly know if the skim milk is beneficial anyway? 😉
As with most things, it comes down to moderation.
You can be confident you’ll hit your goals if you can stay on the right path with the 4 tried and true drinks, a classic case of quality over quantity.
Not only will you be doing your body a lot of favours, you’ll also make your barista pretty happy as well. [iv]
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