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Ok... So I've lost 95 pounds and I was ritually eating my Quaker Weight Control oatmeal every morning for 160 calories.  I never drank coffee.  BUT, the other day I just started drinking coffee (I saw on The Biggest Loser how the caffeine helps in weight loss).

Anyway... I put some Fat Free creamer, 25 calorie hot chocolate and splenda in it.  So, each cup is 55 calories and I typically start the day with two cups.  So, that is 110 calories in the morning.

What I am wondering is: Is that enough calories to get my metabolism started in the morning?

I used to eat my oatmeal at 6am and then eat again at 9.... Now it is 9am and the only thing I've taken in is my coffee.  I feel like this gives me a little bit more cushion for later in the day (10-2) when I want to snack away.

It's 9am, I've had two cups of coffee and I don't feel hungry... I'm planning on waiting until I feel hunger to eat (no more than 3 hours from now)... What are your thoughts???

Side note: I have broken out SO BAD since starting to drink coffee...do you think there could be a correlation there? =) Thanks!

Nicole

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Try it black. Very few calories. I use to put artificial sweeteners and milk in my coffee but once I started paying attention to calories I did not want to waste the calories on drinks. I like food!! So I started drinking it black. At first I did not like it. Now I love it that way. I have one cup every morning.

I have a banana (120 cal) and black coffee in the morning.  I'm assuming that the "experts" would suggest that you still eat something with the coffee.  I feel a little jittery if I don't eat something.  If you can't take your coffee black, you could at least take out the hot chocolate, which would save you 50 cal...... then your coffee would just be 60 cal, which really isn't bad.  You could still eat your oatmeal. 

Yes, drink it black instead, if you can bring yourself to like it that way.  And I would go back to eating the oatmeal instead of snacking later, you'll get a much bigger metabolic bang for your buck eating breakfast.

Read this article on caffeine and weight loss

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/caffeine/HQ0 0369

I've never been a big breakfast eater as I just dont seem to be hungry in the morning. So I'll have coffee with a piece of fruit or granola bar in the morning to get me going. For me, the coffee does seem to supress my appetite for awhile. Although, I work in a school and drink coffee until almost 10am most days.

It has been suggested that coffee can supress your apetite. Also, since it's a diuretic, people will claim that it promotes weight loss (as it will cause you to urinate more often). However, if you're drinking coffee for these purposes, I'd suggest you to can the idea. None of these things are likely to happen from one cup of coffee.

If you do continue to drink coffee, I'd suggest (as others have) to drink it black. If you've never been a coffee drinker you may need to ease into this. Start with original coffee creamer (it's 10 calories per tsp - but use what you need for taste to get yourself started). Then, use splenda or other sweetner. I used to love Equal.

Leave the chocolate out. It will only make it harder to drink your coffee black later on.

Drink 1/4, 1/3 or 1/2 of your coffee and then refill it. But don't add any additional creamer or sweetner. This will ease your tastebuds into black coffee. Eventually you'll be able to start with it black and like it just fine.


Best wishes!

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Congratulations for your weight loss!

It's totally fine to have coffee in the morning. However, three things:

1) Try weaning yourself to black coffee. As bitter as that might sound, a cup of black coffee has roughly 5 calories. That would save you 50-100 calories a day, or 300-600 calories a week. That's 300-600 extra calories you could burn off from your existing fat, instead of burning off the creamer + chocolate.

2) Having coffee in place of a pre-workout meal is generally not a recommended strategy. If you lift weights during the same morning workout, you MUST eat some kind of food, not just coffee. The simple sugars from the chocolate/splenda/what-have-you will get absorbed too quickly and spike your insulin levels, leaving you with very little energy to simply COMPLETE your workout (forget about beating your personal best).

3) The number of calories you eat vs. the number you burn in a day is certainly the overriding factor in fat loss. However, the quality of your calories is also very important. 110 calories from coffee is not as beneficial to your body as if it came from a small bowl of oatmeal or shredded wheat with a sprinkling of protein powder. Or half a large banana with 1/4 c skim milk and 1/4 scoop protein powder. Eating either of those 30 mins before your workout will do wonders for you when compared with two cups of sugary coffee.

With all of that being said, we are all individuals. If you can drink 2 cups of coffee and continue to lose fat, then keep doing it. Some people are genetic superiors -- they could eat a full McDonald's breakfast in the morning and still shed fat!

Generally speaking, your body needs fuel to workout. Two cups of coffee to "fuel" a full cardio and weights workout just won't cut it.

(Quick note: I say "lose fat" instead of "lose weight" because you ARE concerned about losing FAT, right? Not just "weight?")

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"Train hard and expect success!" - Tom Venuto

My coffee with a 1tbsp of french vanilla cream is only about 44 calories.  Black coffee is just too gross but it is about 4 calories a cup.

It's possible that your breakouts are related to the coffee, or the creamers or simply not drinking enough water.  You'll have to try experimenting with different options to really know.  If it's the coffee, you could try drinking a dark tea like Earl Grey which has the caffeine.

Coffee by itself, even with milk is really not a complete breakfast.  I'd add a banana, an apple and a few crackers, a piece of toast, something to keep you going a bit longer.  I generally add vanilla almond milk to my coffee.  I can use quite a bit of it without having a lot of calories.

Ive also recently started drinking coffee for breakfast. A large starbucks caramel maccioato with soya milk has about 300cals, whilst it may not be as nutritous as other options it fills me up and cuts my appetite till about 2pm so defiantely the best option as a breakfast for me. Im trying to change to black coffee though not sure ill feel as full for as long without the soya milk, but it will really cut the cals so ill try it.

Ohh, now that is BAD! If you only drink the coffee in the morning and then don't eat anything again until 2, you are not getting the most out of your metabolism.  Your body can start to go into "Starvation mode" if you go too long with out food and it'll actually hold on to the food you do finally put in your system.  The best is to eat every 3-4 hours, just small meals.  I have just been cutting out my first meal and replacing it to coffee and then I start my meals 3-4 hours after that.

Thanks to all of you for your advice! After losing 95 pounds, the "normal weight loss routine" can get kind of old... so I'm changing it up a bit!

Nicole

I think that instant "starvation mode" is one of those dieting myths.  Your metabolism in most instances does funciton at a slightly higher rate when you do eat every few hours, but we're talking a difference of a few calories, not a few hundred.  Generally I've heard "starvation mode" given as the point where your body starts cannabalizing resources (other than fat, so muscle, organs, and bones) to fuel it's needs.  Unless you're already right on the edge, a few hours without food isn't going to make much of a difference.

Black tea and green tea have just as much caffeine, I believe, and they're easier to drink without any additives.  Speaking as a caffeine addict, I can't say I've seen any difference between when I'm feeding my habit and when I'm not. 

I just wanted to mentioned that coffee has wonderful antioxidents and when consumed in moderation is good for you.

I just drink it with 1% milk, milk is also good for you as long as its nonfat, 1% or if you must 2%.

I know I have tried it black and its just too black.

It is not a substitute for real food in the morning, you need to fire up your engine!

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Ohh, now that is BAD! If you only drink the coffee in the morning and then don't eat anything again until 2, you are not getting the most out of your metabolism.  Your body can start to go into "Starvation mode" if you go too long with out food and it'll actually hold on to the food you do finally put in your system.  The best is to eat every 3-4 hours, just small meals.  I have just been cutting out my first meal and replacing it to coffee and then I start my meals 3-4 hours after that.

Thanks to all of you for your advice! After losing 95 pounds, the "normal weight loss routine" can get kind of old... so I'm changing it up a bit!

Nicole

 See how smart you have become?  Good Job. and Good Luck.  I am trying to ween my cream out of my morning coffee and I know that can be hard.  But like somebody said,  I would rather crunch my calories then sip them.

This may not be exactly what you want to hear...

But, according to your profile, you just celebrated a big birthday. I am ENVIOUS that you have made it through your teenage years, school, your twenties, being a mom, losing 95 lbs and somehow find yourself NOT addicted to caffeine like most of us! I would say don't start now if you don't have to! Caffeine is indeed a drug, and though it boosts your metabolism (its a stimulant...making your heart work faster than normal/natural), adding 15 min to your workout will do the same thing! I started drinking coffee when I was around 12 and now I am a complete zombie (not to mention a huge witch) without coffee and worse yet, suffer massive migraines if I don't have it. 

Of course, I'm not quitting:) Just a thought though... Congrats on your weight loss and happy birthday:)

 

Hi, I am amy  from   coffeebreakfastblend.info , I like to drink a cup of coffee every morning and I fell alright. Have you ever try colombian coffee ? it's so ...... (why don't you tell me the taste of the coffee ...)

If you do end up trying your coffee black - make sure you get a decent whitening tooth paste! It will stain your teeth lol!

Why not have 1 coffee, white with 1 sugar (or sugar suppliment) and your oatmeal?

I would suggest trying to keep the coffee intake a bot lower than 2 cups - your body will end up relying on it to wake up. I had coffee every morning and if for some reason I didn't, would totally crash by about 4ish. I switched my morning coffee to one every other day, replacing the other with hot water. Feel a lot better and more awake on the days I have the hot water - now just have the coffee because I like it! 

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Hey, don't mind me but do you drink coffee for breakfast only? Like nicsmilingbig said, you can have a calorie intake through coffee and just end up having two meals a day (theiflife.com) and this seems pretty reasonable and appeals to me because I dont always wake up in the morning as early as I would like to. What do you think? Maybe you're no expert but I'd appreciate your opinion. Tahnks

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Hey, don't mind me but do you drink coffee for breakfast only? Like nicsmilingbig said, you can have a calorie intake through coffee and just end up having two meals a day (theiflife.com) and this seems pretty reasonable and appeals to me because I dont always wake up in the morning as early as I would like to. What do you think? Maybe you're no expert but I'd appreciate your opinion. Tahnks

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