Many of us start our day off with a cup of coffee as it helps give our energy levels a boost. But that pick-me-up beverage could be wrecking your gut and waistline.
This is because many of us don’t drink our coffee mindfully and fill a generally healthy drink with milk, sweeteners, and other additives that not only deplete coffee of its benefits but could be contributing to weight gain.
Ever heard of a beer belly? Well, the same can occur with too much coffee that is filled with additives. This can become worse if you drink large coffees or multiple coffees a day.
Another problem many people face after their morning coffee is bloating. A common reason for this is a reaction to milk or cream. You may need to cut back on how much you use, eliminate it completely, or find non-dairy alternatives.
If you don’t want your coffee to contribute to weight gain, there are a few things you can do. First off, whether you make coffee at home or order it, opt for a smaller serving size. A small coffee with full cream has calories equivalent to a slice of bread, where a large coffee with cream has enough calories to make up a sandwich.
You also want to cut back on the sugar you add to your coffee. Sure, maybe at first it may taste different, but eventually, you will get used to consuming less sugar and begin to appreciate the taste of coffee.
Another tip is to avoid using whipped toppings. In a perfect world, we would drink our coffee black, but it’s understandable that not everyone prefers it that way. Therefore, finding other options to still make it taste good but keep the beverage healthy are important.
It may also be a good idea that if you’re consuming multiple cups of coffee a day you swap some of those out with a caffeinated tea for an energy boost. But remember, like coffee, loading up tea with milk, cream, and sugar can have the same negative effects on your waistline.