The holidays are upon us. It’s only October but with the rate this year has gotten to the tail-end, we’ll all be wearing our favorite sweaters (forcibly or otherwise) and devouring the holiday away in no time.
The forward-looking you will already be starting to watch that *extra holiday weight* before the holiday even starts.
But one step at a time, right? After all, there’s a few weeks left before the celebrations and holiday parties officially kick in.
If the java lover in you has ever been curious whether caffeine can help curb the appetite, now is the perfect time to find some answers.
The word on the street is that caffeine is one of the best appetite suppressants. But is this really the case?
Spoiler alert: research tell us the jury’s still out on this one.
There are research and studies conducted throughout the years that say caffeine may or may not be the best appetite suppressant:
In a study published in "Clinical Nutrition" in January 2009, 27 participants consumed capsaicin, which occurs naturally in hot peppers; green tea, which contains caffeine; sweet peppers; capsaicin plus green tea; or a placebo on 10 separate days. Researchers then analyzed the participants' appetite, food intake, body weight, and heart rate and found that green tea consumed with or without capsaicin led to increased satiation, or fullness, and reduced calorie intake.
While various research and studies have been conducted on the subject, there’s nothing conclusive about caffeine being an effective appetite suppressant.
It’s safe to say at this point that if you wish to curb the appetite, you can stick to a healthy diet, regular workout, and this thing called discipline.
There are also other natural appetite suppressants which you can resort to. Oddly enough, this video says that drinking decaffeinated coffee works more effectively in losing your appetite than caffeinated drinks and caffeine pills.
(Of course, it’s a different story altogether if we’re going to talk about losing weight. Because caffeine does certainly help in this area! There are 3 ways caffeine boosts your metabolism, and we’ve covered it at length in the linked article.)
No matter what its impact on your appetite is, you can always treat your favorite cup of Joe or other forms of caffeine as just that - a caffeine fix.
And if we ever find out in the future that caffeine is indeed the best appetite suppressant, then it’ll be a pleasant icing on the cake!
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What if I tell you that aside from perking you up, caffeine can also help you concentrate and become more productive?
If, during mind-numbing, brain-wracking moments, you want to feel like Popeye going for a whole can of spinach, just reach out for the coffee-maker and you’re likely to feel the same! (For the best java experience, know when’s the best time to drink your coffee here.)
Caffeine can also help you absorb information and remember them more efficiently.
Yep! Our favorite stimulant can boost mental performance in more ways than one. Have a cuppa and you’ll find yourself retaining more information from classes and business meetings, kill it in planning and problem-solving, and finish those day-to-day tasks efficiently.
Without further ado, here are 8 ways caffeine can help us take a step closer to becoming Einstein-genius:
Is getting a caffeine fix really bad for pregnant women?
We’re going to try to answer this million-dollar question by putting together the various research and studies we’ve found on the topic and try to help you ladies come up with not just an answer, but a solution.