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Caffeine- does it help or hinder weight loss?


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I am a college student and have become addicted to caffeine. I never drank coffee/tea in high school but now I feel as if I need to have a cup of coffee/tea (drink it black without any sugar or milk) with my breakfast and mid-afternoon.

I was wondering if any of you CC have noticed any effects on caffeine on weight loss? If so, please explain. Thanks!

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Original Post by musicismylife:

I was wondering if any of you CC have noticed any effects on caffeine on weight loss?

Other than coffee curbing my appetite, no. If you're worried about it possibly stalling your weight loss, as long as you drink it with no milk and/or sugar, you'll be fine, as coffee is extremely low on calories. Tea has about 2 calories a cup, if any. How much of it do you drink daily? It doesn't seem like you drink either of them it in excessive amounts.

I just wanted to say that I have only read good things correlating between drinking black coffee and weight loss, it gives you a kick of energy for almost no calories (I count pretty obsessively and I have to say, even I do not count the calories in black coffee,) so I can't think of any way that it would have a negative effect on weight loss.

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Original Post by musicismylife:

I was wondering if any of you CC have noticed any effects on caffeine on weight loss?

Other than coffee curbing my appetite, no. If you're worried about it possibly stalling your weight loss, as long as you drink it with no milk and/or sugar, you'll be fine, as coffee is extremely low on calories. Tea has about 2 calories a cup, if any. How much of it do you drink daily? It doesn't seem like you drink either of them it in excessive amounts.

I drink between 3-6 cups a daySmile

there's contradicting studies out there.

one says that coffee DOES help speed up weight loss by stimulating your metabolism

others say that coffee raises cortisol (a stress hormone) that makes you hold onto and/or store BODY FAT, especially around your midsection. 

 

best bet? have one cup per day if you need it (but no cream, sugar, milk-- just black) and switch to green tea for the rest of the time

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Coffee makes me hungry. But it speeds up metabolic rates I guess
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Drinking 5-6 cups a day didn't hinder me losing 50 lbs. The magic key to weight loss is the calorie deficits.
Original Post by carmenxox:

there's contradicting studies out there.

one says that coffee DOES help speed up weight loss by stimulating your metabolism

others say that coffee raises cortisol (a stress hormone) that makes you hold onto and/or store BODY FAT, especially around your midsection. 

 

best bet? have one cup per day if you need it (but no cream, sugar, milk-- just black) and switch to green tea for the rest of the time


Good idea. I have have heard that green tea has lots of health benefits!

musicismylife, I am a coffee lover as well. I do drink it black which is very low in calories and it hasn't stopped me from losing 18 pounds my first month.

I drink coffee everyday (with vanilla soy milk) and I've lost 50 pounds so far. I lose 2 pounds every single week. So I don't think it hinders weight loss. All stimulants are appetite suppressants so they make you feel less hungry, making you apt to eat less.

I've read that caffeine does raise your metabolism as does Epigallocatechin gallate also known as EGCG which is found in green tea. EGCG also comes in an extract pill you can take which is how I ingested it. I've also read that hot peppers raise metabolism. I did all three during my weight loss and of course drink coffee almost daily with sugar free creamer.

Rachel - how have you lost 50 lbs? That's impressive!!

 

Caffeine is a toughie - bc I tend to like a little something sweet with it. So now I've stopped having it with sweets, but instead with half and half.. and that's pretty caloric!!

Hi, If you are only having a cup of black coffee at breakfast and mid-afternoon this will do you absolutely no harm and does not really count as an addiction (over 6 cups a day are drunk by most of my work colleagues!). However, if you are worried about it, try having a cup of normal caffeinated coffee in the morning and decaff in the afternoon. After a while the physical and mental stimulants caused by caffeine will lessen and you could switch to decaff all the time. As for weight loss, Yes coffee due to the caffeine does help stop appetite cravings, but it can become truly addictive. Why not try Green Tea which also has caffeine (less than coffee) but is packed with anti-oxidants to assist weight loss. Take care, Alex

I love my morning latte from my own espresso machine. It's the only time of day I drink coffee or cow's milk. I have tried soy,almond,coconut milks but none of them froth. Does anyone have a suggestion?

I am addicted to coffee an drink anywhere from 5 cups to 7 n plus... I hav been trying to stop but I did cut it down from drinking 14 -15 cups of coffe a day... I do think that it doesn't help u in remembering stuff for too long as I m also in college... I tried green tea but it doesn't do the samething ... Is there something else that will help to also work in college and as to focus n keep u awake?
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Before college, I did not drink coffee either but then started drinking it a lot! My desire for coffee continued when I started working. I averaged 3-4 cups per day.

I gained 15 lbs in college and kept 10 of those extra lbs. until early this year. So I did not benefit from any weightloss by drinking coffee. Only when I switched to green tea this year and added other healthy things to my diet, did I lose 15 lbs.

If I were you, I recommend drinking green tea. What happened after all the years of coffee drinking was a digestive problem that I almost needed surgery for. Coffee is an acidic drink (you feel it sometimes when you have that weird empty sensation) and wore down my intestinal tract... which also caused problems for weightloss. 

I started drinking coffee when I was in college. A million years later, here I am. I've lost 115 pounds since June 2010 with 1500 calories a day and 1+ hours on my good old 3-speed bike.

I have a bit of a struggle getting enough lean protein on my particular high-fiber plan and I like coffee with milk. So every day I have 3 cups of coffee with and 2 cups of hot skim milk mixed together: my skinny latte. Yum.

I only started drinking coffee a few years ago when I got a new coffee machine in my office... It was the yummy smell of freshly ground coffee that got me interested. Soon after I noticed an immediate change in the frequency of my bathroom trips as well as a bit more sweating.

While we are used to normally count what goes in, it's sometimes also important to consider what coffee might be taking out of your body.

Here's an article on 'The effect of dietary caffeine on urinary excretion of calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium in healthy young females'

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/ pii/S0271531784801323

and a somewhat more biased one, that might promote a bit of an agenda...

http://www.mcvitamins.com/Health%20Opponents/ Coffee.htm

A good search on the matter yields a good harvest of articles,

I enjoy my two (three sometimes) cups a day with skim mild and sometimes splenda, but I also take a break for a few days every now and then.

Interesting, the old European tradition of serving coffee always included a big glass of fresh cold water along with your cup of coffee. They still serve it like that in traditional cafes in Austria. Maybe they knew something back then?

 

The only problem with caffeine is that there's rarely enough of it.

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