Here’s how the new trend helps you lose weight
There’s a new trend on TikTok that’s making everyone brew Proffee. What is that even supposed to be? Pro-ffee is a word mix and drink mix made from protein powder and coffee. Classically prepared as a cold brew.
High-protein products are already very popular anyway, from yoghurt to bars and even bread, which is said to contain a lot of protein. Added to this is the social media hype about coffee, which initially began with particularly aesthetic creations and is now expanding into nutritional theories. Et voilá, the perfect trend mix is ready. In addition, both ingredients already have an established reputation in the health and fitness scene – mainly thanks to social media.
Coffee is known to boost metabolism and boost fat burning when the body is in a calorie deficit. At the same time, protein has been shown to help the body feel full and build muscle, which in turn burns more calories at rest.
So it makes perfect sense that someone would come up with the clever idea of adding protein powder to their coffee and calling it Proffee. Now the Proffee trend is exploding on TikTok and the media are reporting it like this is finally the solution to boost metabolism, burn fat faster and lose weight.
But this is the only way Proffee really helps you lose weight:
The idea that Proffee can help burn fat and lose weight may be backed by solid science backed by reliable peer-reviewed research, but there’s a catch. Which unfortunately is not really communicated on TikTok.
How coffee helps you lose weight:
First, it’s important to understand that coffee has been extensively studied and shown to promote weight loss, fat burning, and boost metabolism, even without a scoop of protein powder. Coffee even contains antioxidants and has been shown to mobilize fat cells. According to a study, drinking coffee when there is a calorie deficit in the bloodstream stimulates the body to use fat for fuel. Coffee accelerates the resting metabolism. However, the coffee must be drunk black, without sugar, calorie-rich coffee cream or other additives that could impair the effect of the caffeine. Coffee also promotes weight loss. Unfortunately, only to a small extent and not without side effects, such as tachycardia, anxiety, nervousness or sleep disorders. Also, caffeine works best when taken after a meal, not before. A study shows coffee after breakfast appears to speed up metabolism, but drinking coffee before a meal, especially after a bad night’s sleep, appears to raise blood sugar by up to 50 percent more than counting calories just eaten without the coffee. Finally, caffeine increases athletic performance. Anyone who goes to the gym or does any other type of exercise can increase their performance if they drink coffee beforehand. These studies were conducted on male and female athletes who consumed caffeine prior to aerobic testing. It turns out that caffeine is a powerful performance enhancer. At the same time, caffeine also increases adrenaline levels and heart rate, which is why one should not overdo the espresso consumption before training.
How protein helps you lose weight:
High-protein diets promote weight loss. Studies show that protein helps you feel fuller for longer. At the same time, however, the carbohydrate content must be greatly reduced. But most of us consume far more protein than we need in a day. According to studies, Western cultures consume more calories than they need anyway, including protein. So if you already have a protein surplus anyway, then it may simply be unnecessary to add protein to the coffee. According to the study, “A high-protein diet for reducing body fat: mechanisms and possible caveats,” “General dietary guidelines for adults recommend an acceptable macronutrient balance of 10% to 35% protein, with recommended intakes of 46 and 56 grams of protein per day or. 0.8 grams per kilogram of body weight.”
What does this mean for the Proffee?
As with any other diet, the effects of Proffee depend on what you would have eaten instead. If you add a scoop of protein powder to your coffee and the extra protein and caffeine boost results in you consuming fewer carbs than you would have eaten instead, then the drink will do the promised job. Then the Proffee will fire up the body’s own incinerator, fill you up and also help you recover from your workout.
However, an excess of protein does nothing for the body except digestive problems. And if you dip a croissant in your Proffee or try to pimp your sugared cappuccino with protein powder, the pounds won’t go away.
Proffee works best as a satiating agent in the morning or before training, in connection with sport, so that the protein can support muscle building and on an empty stomach, so that the caffeine can have an optimal effect when the blood sugar level is low.