When you’re on a diet, mostly everything you eat and drink gets a makeover. You might switch to low-sodium soups, lean protein, whole-grain versions of your favorite refined carbs, and low-sugar snacks. Fruits and veggies get a pass, but that’s about it.
Except, blessedly, your morning cup of joe. As long as you’re not pouring in tons of creamer, sugar, and sweetened flavorings, most diets allow you to keep your coffee—and it even gets to be your favorite brand or variety—no diet versions or “light” substitutions required.
But even though coffee tends to be labeled as a good diet drink, there seems to be a lot of confusion about whether it can actually help lead to weight loss. Even scientific research goes back and forth on the Big Question of, can drinking it actually help you drop pounds or not?
Excerpted from Women’s Health