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Does coffee help you lose weight?

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Coffee has been shown to have a positive impact on weight loss. A scientific study determined that dieters who received a supplement of coffee extract shed 5.7 percent of their body weight, compared to the placebo group that lost 2.8 percent.

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Compounds in coffee, known as chlorogenic acids, have been shown to reduce the production of body fat and have a beneficial effect on regulating blood glucose. Caffeine, a common ingredient in coffee, also has been shown to suppress appetite. However, it is important to note that specialty coffees that are loaded with sugar, milk or other high-calorie additions prove counterproductive if the extra calories are not either burned off through exercise or compensated for by consuming fewer calories elsewhere.

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