Your cup of coffee may not be helping your weight loss goals

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Caffeine doesn’t only increase alertness, but also cuts down sweetness perception, causing more cravings for such flavors. A recent study reveals that losing weight is largely based on diet control and not just work outs. The research suggests why you omit or eat plays significant roles in your weight loss.

The research was carried out by Cornell University in Ithaca; New York shows that those who wish to lose weight should reduce their coffee consumption, as it may call for sweet taste cravings. The study shows that caffeine also reduces an individual’s perception of sweetness and not just boosts alertness, causing them to seek having such flavors.

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According to the lead author and professor from Cornell University, Robin Dando, when you take caffeinated coffee, it will alter how you perceive for as long as the effect lingers. As such, when you take food just after having the caffeinated coffee, you may perceive the food distinctly.

The team examined 107 volunteers and separated them into two different groups. The first group got decaffeinated coffee with a caffeine supplement of about 200-mg, the other group got decaffeinated coffee with an additional substance to make it as bitter as the first drink. The two drinks featured added sugar and all the volunteers underwent sensory tests.

The result showed that the individuals find caffeinated drinks less sweetened, indicating that coffee alters tastes. The scientists believe that caffeine boosts alertness by dampening down taste receptors. It also cuts down the perception of sweetness which causes cravings for such flavors.

Prof. Dando pointed out that drinking coffee with taste and aroma causes alertness. As such, the panelists get alert even without the caffeine.