The Worst Coffee Habits for a Flat Belly, Say Experts

Coffee has a way of filtering itself into a person’s morning routine until it becomes a habit. And, for many, “habit” may not even be a bold enough word. Call it what you will—ritual, dependency, obsession—a borderline-caffeine-addiction is widely considered manageable, if not beneficial. Several studies (perhaps conducted by hopeful coffee lovers) point to ways in which java can be healthy. As we’ve reported in the past, coffee may help you live longer, give you better vision, even boost your metabolism.

Caffeine can improve weight loss efforts,” says Trista Best, MPH, RD, LD. “Coffee can be beneficial by providing the body with antioxidants, acting as a diuretic, and improving bowel movements in those with digestive issues. It can also help increase energy which is a necessary factor in exercise, which can lead to weight loss.”

But those potential health perks hinge entirely on how you take your cup of Joe.

We’re not here to wax poetic about right and wrong ways to consume coffee; if you have an affinity for indulging in funnel-cake-flavored frappuccinos, who are we to stop you? However, if you’re looking to coffee for weight loss benefits, you may want to be mindful of how you take it. We spoke with a couple of our favorite dietitians and found out the worst coffee habits to avoid when making coffee for a flat stomach.

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Coffee itself is naturally antioxidant-rich and anti-inflammatory, but adding sugar negates those inherent positives. An over-sugared coffee becomes inflammatory, and the nutritional deficits of the added sweetness quickly outweigh any of the benefits the caffeine may offer. Plus, as Clara Lawson, RDN, explains, the amount of coffee many Americans drink in a day would easily result in maxing out recommended sugar intakes,

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