This time of year, the scale’s not anyone’s friend.
Heck, most folks won’t even step on one in January. Because let’s face it, most of us didn’t exactly get smaller during Christmas.
Well, friend, I’m not here to make you feel guilty about ANY of it. You’re entitled to celebrate just like anyone else.
And I’m not here to harass you about those diet and exercise resolutions. There’s plenty of that every time you turn on the TV or check your mail right now.
No, today I’ve got something else for you. A simple trick that could help offset some of the damage from that unhealthy eating.
It’s completely effortless, doesn’t cost much, and it’s something you probably already love anyway. In fact, you may have had it this morning at breakfast and didn’t even think twice about it.
CAFFEINE helps reverse unhealthy eating damage
I don’t know about you, but I’m not ready for much of ANYTHING before coffee.
After my first cup, I can start moving. After the second, I can start working. On days I get to cup number four or five, who knows… maybe I could wrestle a polar bear at that point.
It’s not just me, either. Millions of Americans choose caffeinated coffee to get up and moving every morning.
But it turns out it could do more than get you moving, working, and wrestling polar bears. If you’ve let yourself go a little – like many of us did over the holidays, for example – and if you’re not at your perfect weight, it may help undo some of the damage.
In experiments on rats, four weeks of extra caffeine – equivalent to what a human would get from a bear-wrangling four cups a day – led to…
- 16 percent less weight
- 22 percent less body fat
The rodents also had favorable changes in cholesterol and better gene activity related to fat and cholesterol.
Pour yourself a mug of health protection
This trick WON’T reverse the damage of constant bad eating, of course. But it IS a good start. Caffeine could help get you back on track and ease the toll of extra weight and some less-than-ideal food options (especially if you made a little too merry last month).
Now, coffee and tea already provide plenty of benefits from the polyphenols, minerals, and other healthy compounds in them. But this specific benefit doesn’t come from any one of those healthy ingredients.
The credit goes to the part some people still think is the “bad stuff” – the caffeine.
See, they also gave some rats decaf. And those critters didn’t get ANY benefit at all. Only the ones that got the real deal got the real benefits.
Clearly, caffeine isn’t the “bad stuff” at all. And along with helping to reverse the damage of poor diet and weight gain, it’s also been shown to help protect the brain from cognitive decline, dementia, and more.
So if you aren’t caffeine sensitive the next time you brew up a cup of coffee… make sure it’s turbo-charged.