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Coffee and Weight Management

As the year comes to an end, we begin to contemplate a New Year’s resolution list.  For most of us, weight-loss will top that list.  I’m happy to let you know, you can continue to enjoy your trusty cup(s) of coffee (with a few modifications) without ditching your resolution.  You can lose the guilt and the pounds too!   


We all know coffee contains caffeine and caffeine is what gives us energy. We use energy as fuel to power through our day, and our life!  Your normal 8oz. of coffee contain 85 milligrams of caffeine.  Two cups of coffee a day is the normal recommendation.  However, if you know your body can handle a little more, go for it.  If managing your weight is a priority, calorie counting is key.  The best way to keep coffee on the nice list and not the naughty list will be to monitor what’s going IN your cup(s) of joe!

Here's nutrition rundown of several common coffee additions:

  • 2 tablespoons of flavored liquid nondairy creamer = 80 calories and 4 g fat.
  • 1 tablespoon of plain liquid nondairy creamer = 25 calories, 2 g fat.
  • 1 tablespoon half-and-half = 20 calories, 2 g fat.
  • 1 tablespoon cream = 50 calories, 6 g fat.
  • 1 tablespoon whipped cream = 90 calories, 9 g fat.
  • A drizzle of Starbucks caramel syrup = 25 calories.
  • 2 tablespoons flavored syrup = 80 calories, no fat.
  • 2 pumps of flavored sugar-free syrup = 0 calories.
  • 2 tablespoons malt = 90 calories, 2 g fat.
  • 1 tablespoon mocha syrup = 25 calories, 0.5 g fat.
  • 1 teaspoon sugar = 15 calories.

The next time you order your favorite cup of fuel, make it black or with nonfat milk and/or artificial sweeteners to make it calorie friendly.  You’ll be happy you did!

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