Question

I'm trying to lose weight. Should I cut back on coffee?

Answer

It depends on the type of coffee you drink. A plain cup of brewed coffee has less than 5 calories — and no fat. But if you dress up your coffee with extras, whether at home or your favorite coffee shop, you also add extra calories.

See how many calories these extras can add to your coffee:

  • Sugar: 16 calories for 1 teaspoon (4 grams)
  • Heavy whipping cream: 101 calories for 2 tablespoons (1 ounce, or about 30 milliliters)
  • Half-and-half: 37 calories for 2 tablespoons (1 ounce, or about 30 milliliters)
  • Fat-free milk: 10 calories for 2 tablespoons (1 ounce, or about 30 milliliters)

When you're at your local coffee shop, check out the nutrition information before you order. Some coffee drinks are more like dessert and can have hundreds of calories.

Occasional indulgence is fine. But remember that when it comes to weight loss, all calories count — even calories in liquid form.

Last Updated: 03-08-2017
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