For many, coffee is an essential morning habit. Whether it’s the smell of a warm cup brewing in the kitchen, the act of sitting and drinking a cup while reading the news before heading out the door, or that caffeine rush that kick starts your energy for the day, coffee can be a quintessential part of your everyday routine — one you’re not willing to give up, and one you shouldn’t have to.
If you’re committed to keto, it may be hard not to experience some serious FOMO when you realize that something like a Honey Vanilla Latte doesn’t exactly fit into your diet. Thankfully, you can still get your coffee fix even if you’re going keto. Black coffee has negligible carbs and calories, making it a viable choice on the keto diet. It’s just the add-ons, like sugar and milk that are a big no-no. This means you just have to be willing to make a few swaps and substitutes, whether you brew your own coffee at home or hit up your local coffee shop every morning.
Many popular coffee drinks are full of sugar-filled syrups and carb-laden milks, which means you’ll have to avoid these when it comes to the keto diet. But fear not — there are still plenty of options when it comes to getting your regular caffeine fix. You just have to make the switch to ketogenic coffee by ensuring whatever you’re putting into your cup of joe is low-carb and low in sugar. Thankfully, there are plenty of ingredients you can choose to make that happen.
HOW MANY TIMES A DAY CAN I DRINK KETO COFFEE?
Keto coffee can sound like a dream — creamy, buttery coffee, who wouldn’t want to drink that all day long? But don’t get too far ahead of yourself. Although it’s okay to drink keto coffee several times a day, you may still want to limit yourself to the times you actually feel you “need” it. This is because you’re adding a fat like butter, so your keto coffee still has calories and fat.
Many people will drink keto coffee as a replacement for breakfast, and others will drink it as a mid-afternoon brain boost. There’s no set number of times you can drink keto coffee, so just listen to your body and its needs and make sure your keto coffee consumption doesn’t bump you over your calorie limit.
CAN KETO COFFEE HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT?
Many people swear by keto diet coffee because they claim it helps them lose weight. Well truth be told, keto coffee is certainly not a magic weight loss bullet. However, there are a few ways that keto coffee may be part of a healthy diet and potentially support weight loss. First, it is free of traditional sweeteners and milk, and lowering your intake of sugar and carbs can certainly help with weight loss. Second, because ketogenic coffee is high in fat, it can help promote satiety and feelings of fullness which may prevent overeating when you’re not hungry. Finally, the MCT added to keto coffee converts into ketones, which of course helps you stay in ketosis and also provides energy. So while keto coffee isn’t the miracle diet beverage you may have dreamed of, these are some of the reasons why it has been claimed to help with weight loss.
Keto coffee can also be useful when doing intermittent fasting, as it can help reduce hunger in between meals or give you a boost of energy in the morning before your eating window begins.
It is important to note that a cup of keto coffee will up your calorie intake, since you’re adding butter and possibly heavy cream. While you do need those calories for energy, again, you just don’t want to overdo it by loading up on too much keto coffee causing you to miss out on meals with nutrient packed, whole foods.
KETO COFFEE SIDE EFFECTS
Because keto coffee hasn’t been studied extensively, it can have potential side effects in different people. Because both butter and MCT oil are high in saturated fat, depending on how often you have keto coffee, you may be consuming a large amount of saturated fat per day. Studies on saturated fat are mixed, but it is generally advised to limit your intake. Again, this just means you don’t want to be drinking keto coffee all day long, and you want to make sure you’re eating lots of healthy foods as well.
Additionally, you don’t want to replace your meals with keto coffee too frequently, as it doesn’t contain many essential nutrients. If you choose to just have keto coffee for breakfast, make sure to eat an extra healthy lunch and dinner so you’re getting a balanced diet.