New diet book claims coffee can help weight loss

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A new diet book claims coffee is the new red wine, and it's helping some java-lovers lose weight.

Americans drink an average of three cups of coffee each day, spending more than $13 billion on brews each year.

A new book, "The Coffee Lover's Diet," claims to help shed the pounds. The author, who is also a doctor, recommends adding several cups a day to a low-calorie balanced diet.

"First of all, it's gonna increase your metabolism a little bit. You know, you'll burn 100 or so more calories with the caffeine. It does help to sort of take fat out and use it during exercise. It does improve the intensity that you can exercise at," said Dr. Bob Arnot.

Experts caution if too much coffee makes you stressed, anxious or sends your heart racing, scale back or switch to decaf.

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