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

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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

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine.

When I'm not working on my abs (or somebody else’s), whipping up avocado roses and avocado toast, or running a Tough Mudder, I'm probably 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 []


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

    • You got it! That, almond, or coconut milk would be my go-tos if you like it a little creamier.

  • Can you recommend some quality coffee brands / varieties?

  • Gabriela Anaya

    Sooo delicious! I use ceylon organic cinnamon in my coffee everyday.
    Just be careful with cinnamon though…studies have found that cassin cinnamon (everyday cinnamon found in most storea) has a toxic chemical called coumarin which is harmful especially to your liver.

  • Sarah Grover

    I’m hearing a lot about the bulletproof coffee lately. Many things I’ve read say to add either mct oil or coconut oil along with grass-fed butter. Do you have a preference between the coconut oil or mct oil? I also read that it was great to drink before a workout but that still seems like a load of calories even with a workout. Sometimes I take a less intense boot camp class and I know the calorie burn has got to be way less than when I lift. Thanks for any direction.

    • I LOVE bulletproof coffee, but I personally just blend it up with grass-fed butter (Kerrygold) and a little cinnamon. It tastes delicious, it’s a great way to slow-release the caffeine, and it does provide energy for workouts (especially in the morning on an empty stomach).

      It’s also lighter on calories than the butter + coco oil combo.

      All coconut oil has MCTs, their “brain octane” oil is just specially formulated to have higher MCT content. Unclear if there’s any noticeable difference. I personally don’t bother with either.

      I love the effects of coffee with butter — especially from an energy PoV, you don’t get that crash.

      Give it a shot!

      • Sarah Grover

        Awesome, thanks so much! One last question.. Would it have the same effect if I make it the night before and pop it in the microwave in the morning? I’m at the gym about 5:30 am and am sure the family wouldn’t appreciate my using the blender at that hour.
        Thanks again!!

        • I definitely agree with that ;). I would just heat your coffee in the AM and then stir the butter in while it’s hot — it should melt and combine nicely.

          Don’t worry about pre-blending it.

          • Sarah Grover

            You’re the greatest!!
            Thanks again

            • You got it, any time! If you ever need quick answers to anything, feel free to shoot away on snapchat (brydisanto)