In a recent episode of the ever-popular Dr Oz Show (August 15th 2014), Dr Mehmet Oz spoke about how buttered coffee when used as a replacement for sugar could help with your weight loss efforts.
Usually we would put sugar into our coffee to help give yourself an energy boost, however butter is a low carb alternative that will actually help keep the caffeine found in your coffee in your body for a longer period.
As caffeine is a stimulant you will notice that your energy levels will remain high long after the coffee has been drunk.
How can buttered coffee help with your weight loss efforts?
For a start, if your energy levels are high then you are less likely to reach for those energy boosting snacks.
You will also be able to work out that much longer and harder if your energy levels are high.
Finally, this buttered coffee has also been shown to help curb your appetite, which as we all know will help with your weight loss efforts. As eating less will surely result in those excess pounds being lost.
Alternatives to butter?
If you are looking for an alternative to butter then you could try ghee (which is clarified butter), coconut oil or MCT (medium chain triglycerides) oil.
Not only will they keep your energy levels high, but will also help to keep your blood sugar levels stable, which will help ward off hunger.
Other natural ways to boost energy levels
Here are some other natural energy boosters that you may want to try, especially if you are not a coffee drinker:
Energy booster #1: Oat straw extract
By adding just 2 teaspoons to your coffee or a juice you will experience an energy boost without the crash associated with both sugar and caffeine.
Energy booster #2: Rhodiola
You should try taking a Rhodiola supplement (available from the Vitamin Shoppe) to boost your energy levels, 100 mg a day should suffice.
Energy booster #3: Home-made energy bars
By mixing the following ingredients together before placing in the refrigerator for 2 hours will provide you with fibre, protein and antioxidants that can keep your blood sugar levels stable and your energy levels high.
- 1 cup quick-cook oats
- 1/3 cup dried tart cherries
- 1/2 cup all-natural peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
Energy booster #4: Kiwi
Eating 2 kiwis every day will only add up to 100 calories but its simple sugars will give you the energy boost you need to get through the day without crashing.
Each kiwi contains twice the potassium of a banana, with twice the vitamin C of an orange.
It also contains 2.5 grams of fibre that will help keep your feeling full.