Among all caffeine options, there is nothing like an aromatic cup of strong coffee. We all love coffee for beating the afternoon slump and even to kick start a sluggish morning. But other than black coffee being the ideal pre-workout drink, not many know that a little tweak to it is significantly helping people in weight loss and even alleviating their energy levels (and fat burn).
From fighting free radicals, to improving memory, diabetes, parkinsons, and even reducing cancer risk, there are plenty of studies touting the health benefits of coffee.
Drinking coffee can also reduce the risk of liver and skin cancer. And recently, USC researchers also concluded it could reduce chances of developing colorectal cancer. "The more coffee consumed, the lower the risk," said Stephen Gruber, director of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The latest trend of mixing coffee and coconut oil came into being with the popular Keto diet - labeled bullet coffee, it acts as a meal substitute for many health aficionados. Fans of this meal-in-a-cup say it gives you an energy hit that lasts longer and helps you stay alert, active and even helps you burn calories. While the shot may be tough to down for first timers as its texture isn't exactly what your regular coffee shot tastes like, those who manage to acquire its taste can't stop harping about its magical effects.
More research has now brought to light that coconut oil not only burns stubborn abdominal fat, but it also increases thyroid function, improves metabolic markers and is associated with considerable weight loss.
So How Is It Made?
Brew 1 cup worth of coffee into espresso and once the coffee shot is ready, add two scoops of coconut oil to it. Some may even add kosher salt to the mix.
So what's exactly the role of coconut oil? Going by the Keto diet logic, when you replace carbs in your diet with fat (in this case coconut oil), the body turns fat into fuel and keeps you energized longer in comparison to the fuel extracted from carbs.
It is believed that this coffee shot shuns the feeling of fatigue and acts as a vitality booster. And if you go for your workout after having this shot, you will also see that it reduces the post workout soreness. However, there are many who frown upon this fad. Would you give it a try?