Thursday, December 2, 2010

Caffeine diet for weight loss?

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 and burn more calories. New research has shown that caffeine may aid in weight loss because of another factor.

Caffeine Diet Study

Researchers at The University of Illinois 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.
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’.

Common Diet Pills Containing Caffeine

ProductCaffeine content per serving
Body Choice Hoodia High Fiber75mg
Dexatrim Max complex 750mg
Dexatrim Natural Green Tea50mg
Dexatrim Natural Extra Energy100mg
Dexatrim Daytime200mg
Twin Lab Diet Fuel200mg
Estrin D300mg (caffeine and caffeine-like stim.)
Stacker 2200mg


Overall there does seem to be mounting evidence for the use of caffeine as a diet aid 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 in supplements. There also is the caution to not go overboard with caffeine as the woman from New Zealand did during her Red Bull Diet.

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