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How to Stop Drinking Coffee and Lose Weight

By Rachel Nall ; Updated July 18, 2017

You rely on your morning coffee drink in order to feel alert and ready to face the day. However, some coffees--such as a vanilla bean frappucino with whipped cream--can contain 500 calories, according to Natural News. These coffee drinks come with an unintended consequence--extra pounds gained. Trying to quit drinking coffee cold turkey may be difficult because caffeine can be addictive. In order to reduce your caffeine addiction and lose weight at the same time, take steps to reduce your caffeine consumption until you have given up caffeine entirely.

  1. Switch your high-fat coffee drink to a "skinny" version by ordering a coffee made with skim milk and/or sugar-free syrups. This can reduce the calorie content of your coffee drinks, helping you to achieve weight loss.

  2. Switch to a coffee that is lower in caffeine, according to Fit Day. Ask for a half-caf latte at the coffee shop, or pour half regular coffee and half decaffeinated coffee into one cup. This will help you to slowly cut back on your caffeine consumption without running the risk of side effects such as headache, irritability or drowsiness, according to MedlinePlus. Other lower-caffeine blends of coffee include those from Kenya, Yemen, Ethiopia and Guatemala, according to the Coffee Review.

  3. Reduce your coffee consumption by one cup per day, according to McKinley Health Center. By cutting back on one cup at a time, your body will adjust more easily to the lack of caffeine.

  4. Replace your daily coffee with lower-calorie options, such as decaffeinated teas, low-fat ciders or water. This will help to keep you hydrated while still reducing your overall calorie intake, according to McKinley Health Center.

  5. Do calorie-burning activities such as walking, running, biking or swimming, according to McKinley Health Center. Not only will performing these activities help you to lose weight, they will also help to take your mind off of drinking coffee.

  6. Warnings

    If you experience strong symptoms of caffeine withdrawal, such as nausea or vomiting, consider increasing your caffeine consumption slightly in order to reduce these symptoms, according to MedlinePlus. Reducing coffee consumption more gradually can help you to reduce serious symptoms.

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