The Little Things That Make a Big Difference’ is an article series outlining weight loss and diet interventions that may seem insignificant, but can make a huge difference to the success of your diet plan.

How to make caffeine work for you

If you’re anything like me, you think that drinking coffee is one of the finest experiences of life. And that’s great, because it’s one indulgence you can actually enjoy every day.

Good coffee is a fantastic way to begin your day, and can be a wonderful tool in your diet plan too, but only if you don’t make this one mistake.

You see, most people using coffee in their diet as a way to get rid of extra fat are drinking too much coffee. And what happens when you drink too much coffee is that the caffeine stops having a proper effect on your metabolism, and therefore ceases to have any impact on your dietary programme.

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I have learned this lesson the hard way. I was drinking lots of coffee, and enjoying it, but then I realised that I didn’t feel the effects anymore – when you can go to bed and sleep after having a strong cuppa, you know you’re in trouble.

So I did a week long coffee-fast, and now I have two cups in the morning, and that’s it for the day.

And you know what?

I really enjoy my two cups, and they have the desired effect again. So if you’re using coffee for the caffeine benefits, then cut down to between two and three cups (of black, unsweetened coffee) per day, and reap the rewards. If you just drink coffee because you like it, that’s a different story.

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