Can Coffee Help You Burn Fat? Research Says Yes!

January 27, 2021
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

Studies now show that coffee is an antioxidant rich beverage that whittles your waist, revs up metabolism and slashes your risk for disease

While studies by nutritionally minded researchers before the 1950s concluded that coffee was unhealthy, they didn’t take into consideration other lifestyle factors in their participants. Since then, more than 19,000 studies on coffee have revealed our favorite drink is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols. Coffee has antibacterial, anti-obesity and diuretic properties too, making it a virtual superfood in a cup.

The Power of Polyphenols to Burn Fat

Polyphenols are the unsung heroes in your cup of Joe. These micronutrients, from certain plant-based foods like coffee, pack a powerful punch of benefits for your system. They play a major role in prevention of diseases associated with oxidative stress, such as cancer, diabetes, neurodegenerative disease and cardiovascular issues. As studies continue to highlight the importance of polyphenols in our diets, we’ve learned ways they can help us to burn fat and reach our weight loss goals as well.

Coffee’s most powerful polyphenol, chlorogenic acid, or CGA, tells your body’s fat cells to burn their fatty acids for fuel. This is the same mechanism that statin drugs use to lower your cholesterol, without potential side effects. CGA cuts cravings, suppresses appetite and activates the liver to produce more bile, aiding in detoxing your cells. It helps the liver to process fats and glucose more efficiently by lowering triglyceride levels and stabilizing blood sugars. 

The effect of this blood sugar balancing act decreases your risk for metabolic syndrome and diabetes while inhibiting the growth of new fat cells. Working together with the caffeine in coffee, CGA helps to reduce belly fat by increasing the number of cells that are burned for energy. It even works while you’re sleeping! A Norwegian study found that women who drank high-CGA coffee dropped three times more weight than those who consumed lower CGA brews.

Why Not Just Any Coffee Will Do…

I’m so convinced that the right coffee can help you reach your weight loss goals that I’ve elevated it from a “legal cheat” in my Fat Flush protocols to one of my four fantastic Fat Flush Accelerators. You can download my free Ultra Fast Fat Flush guide here. Here you’ll find the recipe for my Ultra Fast Breakfast Blaster containing a delicious and nutritious mix of coffee, cocoa and coconut to start your day with an energizing, fat fighting boost. But before you head to the store for some fresh coffee to make your Blaster, you need to consider what to look for.

You see, not just any old coffee will produce the fat-burning results you seek. As I mentioned earlier, the right coffee with high levels of CGA can help you melt three times more fat from your body. CGA levels depend on where and how the coffee is grown and how it’s roasted. 

You want to choose a medium roast as opposed to a dark one. Once the beans are roasted beyond medium, they’ve lost a whopping 75 percent of their fat-blasting polyphenols.Also, coffee grown in high altitudes with extreme temperature changes produces the most polyphenols. 

The only brand of coffee I recommend is Purity Coffee for their commitment to producing the cleanest and healthiest coffee on the planet. It not only contains ideal amounts of chlorogenic acid, but it’s organic and contains the highest level of antioxidants of any coffee beans available on today’s market. And it’s free of molds, pesticides and mycotoxins, so what’s not to love? If you don’t want the caffeine, it even comes in a decaf variety which has the same amount of chlorogenic acid as the regular coffee.

An Extra Boost for Your Metabolism

To really kick a sluggish metabolism into gear and enhance the ability of coffee to curb cravings, I recommend adding Uni Key Health’s Radical Metabolizer to your arsenal of weight loss aides. I developed this supplement to help end the frustration of “no to slow” weight loss for those struggling with a sluggish metabolism. It contains five powerful ingredients:

  • African Mango to promote weight loss especially around your waist and hips.
  • Raspberry Ketones which may help increase production of adiponectin, your body’s fat-producing hormone.
  • L-Carnitine to increase your mitochondria’s ability to burn fat for energy.
  • Green Tea Leaf extract containing a rich source of EGCG to help kick your metabolism into overdrive.
  • Forskolin Extract derived from mint plants to aid weight loss by helping to balance your body’s appetite hormone, leptin.

This combination of Rock Star weight loss ingredients will help to re-energize your weight loss efforts. So sit back with a hot cup of coffee and read about the four Fat Flush Accelerators highlighted in my free Ultra Fast Fat Flush Guide.   Here you’ll find all the nitty gritty on how to take your weight loss to the next level, including delicious recipes, cutting edge info and helpful tips. And do check out my enlightening blog on another one of my Fat Flush Accelerators, Apple Cider Vinegar.

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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

For a FREE daily dose of tips and strategies for maintaining healthy weight, conquering insomnia, and much more…check out my Radical Health Tips.

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  1. Leanne

    I love coffee and your information about the benefits makes me love it even more. I do want the cleanest cup possible. I am taking the Radical Metabolizer you mentioned. It has helped me lose a couple of inches around my tummy.

    • Team ALG

      Leanne, Great to hear about your results.

  2. Pam

    I know a slow metabolism is keeping me from losing weight. I’m glad to find out about coffee can help. I drink it everyday and will try the brand you have recommended.

    • Team ALG

      Glad the coffee is helping. I’m sure the Radical Metabolizer will help your metabolism as well.

  3. Roberta

    I will try the Radical Metabolizer to increase my weight loss. I’ve already started losing pounds on Radical Metabolism.

    • Team ALG

      Great to hear about your success so far. The Radical Metabolizer can help too.



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