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Drinking coffee and weight loss


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I apologize if this subject is on another Weight Loss Topic Thread; I went back several pages worth and didn't see it.

What I am relating is not something that I am advocating people do or even try.  I am just relating how it affects me.

When I wanted to cut calories (and particularly when I was experimenting with really cutting calories) but wanted to be sure that I didn't suffer annoying hunger pangs when I went to bed, I drank a pot of strong coffee in place of a meal.  I have found that, for me, that coffee completely eliminates my wanting food in place of it. 

I almost always drink a pot of strong coffee (I know this is not particularly healthy!) in the morning with or after my breakfast.  But late afternoon or early evening, I used to make a second pot of strong coffee and whip up some skim milk (to take the "bitter" edge of the 2nd pot) and drink it all.  Every time I have done this, it completely curbs my appetite or desire to eat one or two last meals of the day.  Again, I know this is not healthy. In fact, when I was restricting myself to 1500 calories a day (compared to when I was maintaining at 2800 a day), I could always count on the coffee to quell any hunger feelings I had.  If I make a 2nd pot now, it is not to lose weight but simply because I admit that I like drinking coffee too much.

I am wondering if any of you have experienced this same thing: does drinking coffee in place of a meal work for you to curb a feeling of hunger?

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Definitely. I usually drink coffe to stay awake (I don't drink it if I don't have to and almost never drink it in the morning) or to raise my blood pressure a bit, but after drinking coffe I don't feel hungry for a couple of hours.

Btw, I read somewhere that coffe isn't that bad, it's good for your liver and it helps in preventing Alzheimers later in life. :D

Try hot skim milk with a couple drops of Vanilla or Almond Extract...it'll be a about 100 cals which aint too bad...plus it's better than 2 pots of coffee a day.

Or water works for me as well before bed....

I hope you have a small coffee pot BTW

"coffee isn't that bad"

I agree; if I would keep it to 2 cups.  I suspect at some point in time, I will have to restrict my coffee intake. 

"I hope you have a small coffee pot BTW"

My 8-cup one broke a while back, so I went to my 10-cup one, but I use the old 8-cup carafe to fill the water basin--so I guess I am only drinking somewhere between 8 and 16 cups a day (of course, those "cups" are only 6 oz. cups, I believe.)

I am wondering if I can be satisfied drinking hot skim milk.  I guess I won't know unless I try it.

It may be true it's not too bad, but too much of anything is not good.  Especially for women.  Somewhere I read or heard that if you drank too much it was not good for calcium.  Supposedly it drains the calcium out of us.  If you don't take enough calcium supplements it is definitely not good for osteoporosis when we get older. 

My husband for example, he drank coffee most of his adult life or even younger since it is a custom or common for them to drink it as part of the meal or social event as well as smoking.  He was actually getting hypertension and didn't even realize why.  He got used to it until the doctor finally warned him about it.  Ever since he's had not much coffee his hypertension has drastically been reduced. 

Raising the heart rate is not a bad thing but exercising or doing a physical activity is much healthier.  And as another person posted, I've used water as a buffer now a days and actually works or eat a healthy snack such as fruit.  If you really want to test your hunger pains, try doing a Billy Blanks Tae Bo and you'll feel the pain and realize it's not worth taking any more calories if you had to workout that hard to burn even 400 calories. 

Either way drink coffee in moderation like anything else.  I'm not a coffee fan myself since it gives me stomachaches and I don't like to feel my hands shaking from so much caffeine. 

Good Luck.

yes, caffeine is an appetite suppressant, like all stimulants are, but that doesn't automatically translate into weight loss.  i used to drink coffee all day long, skip breakfast, and often miss lunch.  i did that for about fourteen years, and gained a little over 40 pounds. 

when i cut back on my coffee and started eating breakfast, i was hungrier and ate more all day.  i also started to lose weight.  now, i keep it to two cups of (really good) coffee and eat a breakfast of 400-500 calories.  i need a snack by 10am, sometimes earlier.  and--oh yeah--i've lot almost all the weight i gained between 25 and 38 (i was underweight before).

remember that caffeine is a stimulant and although it can supress your hunger.. it also dehydrates you!

So make sure you are drinking a cup of water a long with your coffee

Original Post by pgeorgian:

yes, caffeine is an appetite suppressant, like all stimulants are, but that doesn't automatically translate into weight loss.  i used to drink coffee all day long, skip breakfast, and often miss lunch.  i did that for about fourteen years, and gained a little over 40 pounds. 

when i cut back on my coffee and started eating breakfast, i was hungrier and ate more all day.  i also started to lose weight.  now, i keep it to two cups of (really good) coffee and eat a breakfast of 400-500 calories.  i need a snack by 10am, sometimes earlier.  and--oh yeah--i've lot almost all the weight i gained between 25 and 38 (i was underweight before).

I've noticed this same exact thing.  I used to drink coffee all day, never eat breakfast, sometimes miss lunch, and eat a HUGE dinner.  I gained 20-30 lbs  over the course of 3 years.   One of the biggest changes in my lifestyle is that I never miss a meal, and the 20 lbs have melted off.

Everything in moderation, right?  OP, your withdrawal headaches must be awful if you miss a day! Surprised

andi:  Interesting observation.  Occasionally, missing a day or two would trigger a nasty migraine.

I have coffee on occasion. I add a half-cup of milk and enjoy.  I've noticed that warm beverages and foods keep me satisfied.  It's much easier to stick around my calories intake goal in the colder months bc I have a lot of soup and tea and oatmeal and anything served hot. Having too much of that in the summer makes me sweat bullets.

Also, I agree with the other posters. Don't use it as a meal. I drink beverages like coffee or anything but water as a treat.  So make sure you're eating your breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks...and enjoy your low cal coffee too.

I love the idea of using coffee as part of the weight loss regimine.  I am a coffeeholic and drink a pot plus per day.  It doesn't matter to me whether it is hot or cold out, I still need my coffee.  I like it because I drink it black which only costs a minimum amount of calories, it fills me up and gives me energy.  I know it is not the most healthy thing out there, but it is better than all the sugar in an energy drink. 

I will have a wicked headache if I don't get a cup by 10am, a migraine by noon.  I still eat the right amount of calories, don't skip any meals, but it keeps me full in between.  I have to cut drinking by 8pm or I can't sleep, I'm a bit of an insomiac anyway (pre coffee condition) so I'm not really sure if it contributes but I don't drink it late anyway because I do everything I can to get a good nights sleep. 

It does increase my heart rate and my blood pressure is borderline as is, but I don't blame the coffee, I blame myself and the extra 50 pounds my body is carrying.........

I take both tea and coffee as treats. I tend to avoid junk food when I have either of the two. I take two cups of both daily.

I def used coffee as a weight loss tool.  Having two-three cups a day, definitely substitutes snacks I might have had. I don't use coffee as a meal replacement, but mostly as snack replacement or with meals to help me eat less of my meal, or resist dessert.

I find tea and soup are also things that help me eat less of actual meals also.

I love coffe! I too used to drink alot in the morning, I would have 4 cups before going on a 2 mile run and then doing aerobics, then I would eat breakfast after the workout. I lost so much weight. But now I just have two in the morning before I work out and then have breakfast because a lot of caffine means a bigger crash. I didnt like the feeling of dragging *ss in the afternoon and I didn't want to be drinking all that coffee all day long. So I'd take it easy on the coffee or have a sugarfree red bull instead. But the artificial sweetner is no good for your body either. So now, I have coffee with vanilla soy milk or regular milk and brown sugar.

If you like that much coffee? Make sure you are drinking a lot of water. Coffee dehydrates you. And don't forget to brush! It stains teeth bad too! If you can exercise without it? Do it! You want to eventually get into shape with out any help. And if you get hungry during the day, have ONE cup of coffee and some heathy snacks instead. I'll bet you will see more results if you ate some veggies or protein instead of all that coffee.

charlie:  I think you give some good advice.  Definitely all the coffee I have drunk has stained my teeth--even though I brush 2-3 times a day. I definitely agree that I would be better off dropping my coffee intake to 2-4 morning cups and stop there.  It would be unlikely that I would switch to anything like a Red Bull, though.  For some reason, even when I drink a pot of coffee late or later at night, caffeine almost never affects my ability to fall asleep.  So I can't say that, as a general rule, caffeine gives me "a crash" at anytime of the day.  However, I do readily admit there have been those few occasions where too much coffee made me "hyper."

One thing I have found, though, about current research is that it is a myth that coffee dehydrates a person.  I found several sites that question that long-held belief.  This is from Rebecca Kern who wrote in AARPToday:

Facts: “The evidence does not support the belief that caffeinated beverages, including coffee, cause dehydration,” says Alice Lichtenstein, director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Lab at the Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston.

The reason for this belief is that many people think their morning joe acts as a potent diuretic. Actually, when you down a cup of coffee, you don’t excrete any more fluid than you would from drinking one cup of water, says Christine Gerbstadt, M.D., a media spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

I have to day, in the past when I was a lot thinner than I am now, I drank a lot of coffee - in my final year at secondary school (aged 18) I had a coffee machine with the water basin full and fresh coffee in ready for me to switch on when I woke up first thing each day! I must have been drinking a minimum of 15-20 mugs of coffee a day. It definately replaced breakfast for me, and snacks a lot of the time.

However, it has caused me problems with stained teeth (for quite a while I had to brush about 4 times a day to deal with it) and also contributed to me ending up in hospital with a stomach ulcer last year :S

Re dehydration - I beleive this misconception comes from the fact that PURE coffee beans would dehydrate you, but when you drink a cup of coffee the amount of water in it massively outweighs the dehydrating effect, so you still experience a net gain in fluid. On the other hand, some people find excessive caffeine encourages fluid retention.

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i drink at least 2 cups of coffee in the morning and then if i am getting tired through-out the day i will drink it as a snack iced of course. i know it keeps me from eating more than i would normally and i also know that for me for many years it has been breakfast. i am really trying to change that though because from what i have heard and read breakfast is essential in weight loss because it jump starts your metabolism better than anything else. it's hard to change this habit after so many years of not eating breakfast and only drinking coffee but i know it will help.

coffee is good for you for sure. not only for dietary reasons but if i may be so bold- it keeps me regular as well :)

monosco:

"i am really trying to change that though because from what i have heard and read breakfast is essential in weight loss because it jump starts your metabolism better than anything else. it's hard to change this habit after so many years of not eating breakfast and only drinking coffee but i know it will help."

That is exactly the way I was at work for well over 25 years, except for the occasional roll, dougnut, or bagel--I would only have coffee.

Now I have a big breakfast.  Once you get used to doing that, I am a firm believer that it will jumpstart the metabolism for the whole day.

thanks i am working on it. baby steps. i don't have a big breakfast yet, just one of those pre-packaged oatmeal things and then a mid morning snack but already in just the few days i have been eating breakfast i am noticing that i am a lot hungier and that makes me nervous.   i don't want to eat more i want to eat less but i have been working a lot more than usual so i am sure that has something to do with the appetitte as well. 

anyways thanks for sharing your experience with that cause it really is a challenge for me.

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Coffee is a natural anti-depressant. It lowers your risk of parkinsons disease and has more antioxidants than green tea. Its a diuretic and a stimulant. Coffee is good to drink pre-workout because it'll help u work out longer and burn calories quicker. Just try to drink it in moderation.... and definately not as a meal replacement.

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