Weight Control and Coffee


Personally, I am not a coffee drinker. I believe I was the only medical intern/resident that did not consume multiple cups of coffee during the on-call overnight working hours. However, mostly everyone I know, doctors and non-doctors alike are coffee drinkers. A question that comes up frequently when I do an SP consultation: “Is coffee and coffee creamer allowed in the program?”

Coffee, in its’ plain form, has no detrimental effects on a person’s weight control efforts. The calorie count of an 8-ounce cup of coffee is 2. Adding 2 tablespoons of whole milk brings this to 20 calories, 2 tablespoons of cream adds to a total of 106 and non-dairy creamer provides 68 calories.

BUT….here is where the major “damage” starts occurring:

McDonalds Mocha (16 ounces): 330 calories
McDonalds Latte: 180
Starbucks Café Latte: 190 (Saturated fat 4.5 grams)
Dunkin Donuts Coolata with cream: 400

So, as you can see, there is weight friendly coffee (called a cup of plain coffee) and derailing coffees (kind of milkshakes dressed up as coffee). During your long-term weight control journey try to stick more to the plain coffees…it will save you a bunch of money too!

Dr. Robert Posner One of the world’s leading medical weight loss researchers, Robert Posner, MD, operates his state-of-the-art weight loss clinic, Serotonin Plus, in the heart of Burke, Virginia, in the suburban Washington area.

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