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Food Hacks — Lean Up Your Morning, Shed Pounds, & Boost Your Health With Cinnamon Spiced Coffee

Drop the milk, sugar, Splenda, sweeteners, and other nonsense that you’re probably about to dump into your next cup of coffee.

There’s a new secret weapon that can help control weight and reduce a variety of key health vitals — fresh cinnamon.

On its own, coffee is a lean machine. It stimulates metabolism, boosts mental acumen, improves cardiovascular endurance, is loaded with antioxidants, and might even increase lifespan.1 The USDA even recognizes coffee as a potential safeguard against type-II diabetes, heart disease, and Parkinson’s.2

But do it the wrong way—especially if you’re guzzling 3, 4, 5+ cups a day—and it quickly escalates into a colossal deathtrap, capable of blowing up the leanest of physiques.

Coffee companies LOVE using fancy ingredients to boost profit margins. Caramel, chocolate, sugary syrups, and waterfalls of cream are all ubiquitous in the coffee-sphere. And they effectively turn liquid gold into liquid dessert.

Fun Fact: A standard latte foams up between 150-200 cals. And if you start messing with Frappuccinos and other bombshells (we’re looking at you, Pumpkin Spice Latte) the caloric damage surges into the 400 & 500s.3 Extrapolate that out across multiple cups, multiple days per week, and the cals, sugar, and fat stack up quickly — setting YOU up for weight gain, without even realizing it.

Instead, start black (make sure you’re drinking quality coffee, not Keurig nonsense) and sprinkle in a hefty dusting of cinnamon. It’s a lean, smart way to add thickness, richness, subtle sweetness, and fall spice. Plus cinnamon is a potent antioxidant, actively controls blood sugar—a key cog in weight gain/loss—and helps improve key risk factors indicated in patients with type-II diabetes; things like triglycerides, blood glucose, LDL cholesterol (the bad kind), and total cholesterol.4

Go brown and spice things up. You’ll slash cals and sugar, kickstart weight loss, and boost your health along the way. BADABOOM.

Bryan DiSanto

Bryan DiSanto

Owner & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
Bryan DiSanto is the Owner & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a culinary student at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, an ACE-CPT & CSN, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness/nutrition nutjob.

He also contributes to Men's Health Magazine.

When he’s not working on his (or somebody else’s) abs, whipping up Eggocados, or running a Tough Mudder, he’s probably off yelling at a Carolina Panthers game somewhere.
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References, Notes, Links

  1. Lean It UP — Drink Up! Coffee Drinkers Live Longer, Study Says []
  2. Lean It UP — Game, Set, Match — Start Sipping More Coffee, ASAP []
  3. — Coffee Nutrition Facts []
  4. American Diabetes Association — Cinnamon Improves Glucose and Lipids of People With Type 2 Diabetes []


  • Rebecca Slosberg

    Would it be ok to put a splash of cashew milk in too?

  • Crysti Couture

    Can you recommend some quality coffee brands / varieties?