1 cup of coffee results in a 10% boost in your metabolism. This metabolism boost burns more calories without having to increase your physical effort.
Caffeine can prolong the time to exhaustion for an athlete performing especially longer bouts of exercise for 30-120 minutes. Evidently, coffee’s effects reduce the rate the muscles burn fuel, reduce fatigue, and increase alertness.
Caffeine can help suppress your appetite for short periods of time and aid those who are trying to go on a diet (provided you drink your coffee without a ton of milk and sugar).
Coffee can improve your cognitive function and help you stay alert. When combined with glucose – the sugar that your body uses for energy – caffeine improves your verbal memory and attention span.
In order to use coffee for your diet
- You have to drink light roasted black coffee. (No milk or sugar!)
- Caffeine works for only a few hours, so you have to drink 4 or 5 cups a day.
- Drink it hot 30 minutes prior to exercise.
Women who drank 2-3 cups of coffee per day were 15% less likely to develop depression, and those drinking 4 cups per day were 20% less likely to develop depression.
Coffee consumption has been associated with a decreased risk of breast, endometrial, prostate and liver cancers, and those linked with obesity, estrogen and insulin.
Coffee drinkers are less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes, with those putting away 4 or more cups per day 50% less likely.
A study of men older than 40 linked long-term coffee consumption with a lower risk of gout, an inflammatory condition caused by elevated levels of uric acid.
Women who drank at least 4 cups of coffee per day were at a 25% lower risk of gallstones. An earlier study found similar results for men.
Asthma patients who regularly drank coffee suffered 1/3 fewer symptoms than those who abstained. Caffeine is chemically very similar to theophylline, a drug used to treat asthma.
Caffeine intake associated with coffee translated into a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s. Drinking 2-3 cups of coffee per day can mean up to a 25% less chance of developing the disease.
Coffee can help with both long and short term memory. Coffee can decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.