Drinking coffee and other caffeinated beverages won't do you any good in your efforts to lose weight and keep it off, the Mayo Clinic says.
Caffeine acts as a diuretic, causing the body temporarily to retain less water. But there's nothing to suggest that these effects are permanent, and the stimulant does nothing to reduce body fat.
The best way to lose a few pounds and maintain a healthy weight is to get enough exercise and eat a proper diet.
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