Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world. It had been the early morning drink for most people to start their day at home or the office. Perhaps this is one of the main reasons why the coffee shop business had been growing continuously, and they had been the landmines of calories especially for those who are on a weight loss diet or diet-conscious customers.
Coffee is known to aid in weight loss because of its caffeine content. The caffeine in coffee stimulates a thermogenic effect; or calorie burning effect on the body which is good for weight loss. It is also a good appetite suppressant that reduces food cravings, but one of its drawbacks is its diuretic effect. The caffeine allows the body to excrete more water through frequent urination thus resulting in water loss in the body.
The allure of coffees from Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts or Peet’s Coffee & Tea and other coffee chains that make all these fancy coffee beverages irresistible can offend anyone’s weight loss diet. The fact is all these coffee drinks are not solely made from coffee, but from espresso. Coffee in itself is almost zero calories, and everything is about the milk and sugar used that make up all the calories in it.
Espresso is a way of making coffee from an espresso coffee maker like the Aeropress espresso maker by forcing out the hot water through the ground coffee beans and gave birth to all these fancy drinks bought from coffee shops like cappuccino, macchiato, latte, Americano, and mocha all of which are dependent on the proportion of the milk. And as far as calories are concerned, this go with the type and amount of milk used, sugar and other concoctions that are added to it.
People who are on a weight loss diet will find it hard to resist all these wonderful treats, but a simple way of substituting these to healthier yet delicious drinks that they can enjoy will do the trick without sacrificing the taste.
Cutting the Calories
A special treat of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte grande with whole milk and whipped cream has a total of 410 calories but ordering a tall, non-fat without the whip will cut down the calories to 200. Using syrup instead of artificial sugars will tone down the calories even more us. A good alternative for this is the Skinny Cinnamon Dolce Latte with non-fat milk. This drink has a total of 130 calories and still a great, delicious treat for any dieter on the go.
A medium-sized Caramel Apple Latte treat from Dunkin Donuts has 340 calories but changing it to a medium – sized Vanilla Latte Lite with Splenda sweetening will merely cut those calories down 130.
A Turtle Mocha treat from Caribou Coffee will tip off any dieter with its high-calorie content with all the chocolate or caramel in it. Ordering a medium-sized serving of this delicious coffee sums up to 640 calories plus the fat and sugars. Changing this to the Northern Lite Turtle Latte with skim milk without the whipped cream will bring down the calories all the way to 130.
Peet’s Coffee & Tea Caffé Mocha has 448 calories with all the milk and chocolate in it substituting it with a medium – sized Caffé Mocha with Sugar-Free Chocolate with non – fat milk without the cream will reduce the calories to 195.
Dieters who want to cut down on their calorie intake can still enjoy all these delicious beverages through healthier and lesser calorie alternatives and once in a while treats will not damage a weight loss diet plan at all.
One of the best ways to enjoy these espresso blends is making them at home. Anyone can make their combination of sugars and milk and reduce the number of calories all the way down to 100 and lesser. A Braun aroma deluxe coffee maker or any coffee making machine will do and with the perfect ground of coffee will give each sip that ideal taste.