Is coffee bad for diet?
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I drink coffee all day long. I drink very strong, black coffee. I am a size 8 now.
At one point four years ago I cut out all caffeine and diet pop. I had hit a plateau and couldn't loose anymore weight. So I decided to cut out caffeine. I was a size 12. It didn't help. Working out frequently actually helped me drop the weight.
At one point they said caffeine was bad for you, then they said it wasn't. I don't know what the current status is now. All I know is that it is something that I am addicted to and committed to. I am sure that's not good for you. As for weight loss. I am beginning to think it doesn't really matter.
However, the diet coke hurts diets. The sweetner can make your body think that it's actually sugar (in some people and I am one of those people). Cutting that stuff out is a good idea.
I hope that helps.
If you LOVE it and have to have it do. BUT it does cause inflammation and effects the central nervous system.
Inflammation is the BIG thing right now and it does cause weight gain and a whole host of other problems. If you switch to green tea...it is siad you can lose 10 lbs in 6 weeks from that adjustment alone.
There is also a gene that they now detected that, if you have it, allows you to metabolize the caffeine more quickly. For those that don't have it...there are other risks associated with drinking coffee that are much more serious for cardiovascular health. I can't remember the other risks....since I can drink espresso and then go to sleep...I figured I have the gene and stopped listening...LOL!
lipoterster who didn't log in...whoops.
Our one word answer to this coffee question would be: yes. We think you should be concerned about drinking coffee - but perhaps for some different reasons that you might expect. Few research studies have found direct links between coffee and disease - based on this type of research, coffee appears to be in a different category than saturated fat, or alcohol. But virtually all research studies show definite impacts of coffee on metabolism, and on overall body function. In many sports events, for example, caffeine-containing beverages - including coffee - are disallowed 24 hours prior to certain events. Why? Because the caffeine in coffee is chemically classified as a methylxanthine, and methylxanthines are chemical substances that can act as phosphodiesterase inhibitors (substances that shut down the activity of the phosphodiesterase enzyme), and when they do, they shift the body away from sugar as a source of fuel and toward fat as a fuel source instead. For certain athletic events, this shift from sugar to fat would give the athlete an unfair advantage, and so coffee and caffeine are disallowed. Does this set of events mean coffee is bad for the average non-athlete? No, but it does mean that the caffeine in coffee affects your metabolism at a fundamental level. Coffee - again, largely thanks to its caffeine - is also a diuretic, and unless accompanied by increased water intake, can be dehydrating. Is this bad? Yes. Keeping optimal water balance in the body is essential for health.
One of the most problematic aspects of coffee, however, is its ability to make a person feel awake, alert, and ready to go - even when that person's body is exhaused, drowsy, and in need of rest and sleep. The caffeine in coffee provides a false feeling of vitality - the exact opposite of the world's healthiest foods. These foods provide real vitality - complete with conventional nutrients, phytonutrients, and the wisdom of the earth that produced them.
Finally, what about decaf? Organically grown, water-decaffeinated coffee is the best choice here, since other methods of decaffeination typically add small amounts of toxic substances to the beverage. But unless it is simply the taste and aroma of coffee that are desired, why not experiment with other hot beverages from the cornucopia of herbal teas that most cultures include in their traditional cuisines and that provide the nutrients and phytonutrients that are characteristic of the world's healthiest foods?
Anyway, decaffeinated beverages, including coffee and green tea, can be drunk for the fun of it as much as you want, but without all the weight loss properties!
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