Caffeine Diet: Weight Loss Booster?

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Caffeine has been used in diet pills and supplements for decades as a weight loss aid.

Until recently caffeine was used because of it’s metabolism boosting properties. If dieters consumed more caffeine they would have more energy to burn more calories. Some research has shown that caffeine may aid in weight loss because of another factor.

First, let’s look at the caffeine levels in some popular weight loss supplements.

Common Diet Pills Containing Caffeine

ProductCaffeine content per serving
Energi-Zing Shake
by Nutrisystem
200mg
Celsius Energy Drink200mg
Leptiburn<1 mg (serving)
Body Choice Hoodia High Fiber75mg
RhinoRush Weightloss100 mg/tablet (also includes additional stimulants)
Dexatrim Max complex 750mg
Dexatrim Natural Green Tea50mg
Dexatrim Natural Extra Energy100mg
Dexatrim Daytime200mg
Hydroxycut250mg
Xenadrine200mg
Twin Lab Diet Fuel200mg
Estrin D300mg (caffeine and caffeine-like stim.)
Natrol100mg
Stacker 2200mg
Green Coffee Pills≤25mg (varies by brand)

Caffeine Diet Study

Researchers at Kawasaki University discovered that caffeine also prevents the accumulation of fat in cells both in a Petri dish and in rodents. They believe that this is due to the caffeine inhibiting enzymes and genes responsible for lipid synthesis.

The results were the same using natural caffeine from coffee or yerba mate’ and using synthetic caffeine which is found in many supplements or energy drinks. src.

Although all caffeine prevented the accumulation of fat in cells, it’s important to note that synthetic caffeine found in energy drinks and diet pills wouldn’t have the same antioxidant benefits as caffeine from natural sources such as coffee, green tea, and yerba mate’.

Calorie Restriction is Still Key

Overall, there does seem to be mounting evidence for the effective use of caffeine as a diet aide and a weight loss booster, however, other studies would show that the greatest health benefit from caffeine would be found by consuming it in natural products and not through the use of supplements.

Calorie restriction is still the key to weight loss. A caffeine enhanced weight loss supplement will not do a thing if the dieter isn’t first, cutting calories and using more calories daily than the are taking in.

Caffeine isn’t a miracle substance and it can’t magically displace calories consumed. Its greatest quality is to help people feel more energetic, which should help them have greater stamina during fitness programs. Thus, burning more calories.

There also is the caution to not go overboard with caffeine as the woman from New Zealand did during her Red Bull Diet. Caffeine is a powerful stimulant and sometimes it doesn’t mix well with intense exercise.

See Also: The Cafe Diet by Béla Csepregi who used coffee to help him to lose 30 pounds and improve his health.

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  • jillblair09

    i didn’t know that.. i usually drink coffee but nothing has change in terms of my weight.. i should at least try it with diet.. but still my friend was addicted to coffee but she is fat!!

  • lolno

    “it’s important to note that synthetic caffeine found in energy drinks
    and diet pills wouldn’t have the same antioxidant benefits as caffeine
    from natural sources such as coffee, green tea, and yerba mate”

    There is literally zero difference between synthetic caffeine and caffeine from natural sources, the molecule is identical. The drinks may contain antioxidants naturally from their respective sources but the caffeine isn’t somehow different than synthetic sourced caffeine.

  • Bella Vi Insane Amp’d

    Yes worth noting that artificial caffeine found in energy drinks
    and weight loss supplements.

  • timer

    she need to do walk or do something to lose weight coffee alone won’t do it, i know a friend who drink coffee all the time and walked and really lost lot of wieght

  • Yes important to note that synthetic caffeine found in energy drinks

    and dietary supplements.

  • MPriya

    I take Hydroxycut Hardcore Elite 2 Capsules a day (1 in the morning and 1 in the evening around 4 pm – 1 capsule has around 100+ mg of Caffeine). I work out 4 or 5 days a week And along with it, 2 hours of Zumba Practice per week.. (I am a Zumba Trainer). I sleep as usual without any problems. And I am happy with it. My question is, Sometimes I crave Green Tea an. I like White tea, but not as much as the Green tea. Is it okay if I take 1 or 2 green teas per day when I am taking the capsules?

  • Ted
Last Modified: August 30, 2017