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EasterBunny
06-07-2008, 05:06 PM
Do you think coffee, or caffeine in general, screws up your dieting and makes you gain weight? I think this may be a key for me right now. Im thinking that if I maybe cut out coffee (Usualy have 2 cups drip coffee, and then one or two 16-oz nonfat lattes per day :() that I may actually start losing weight!! And Ive always thought that coffee is what should help me lose weight. But nothing else seems to work. Hrmm.


meowee
06-07-2008, 05:13 PM
In and of itself, coffee should not have an impact on your efforts; at least I don't think so. What are you putting in it?

Meg
06-07-2008, 05:15 PM
We're all different and it never hurts to experiment! But I know that personally, a whole pot (yes, I'm addicted :lol: )of coffee every day never stalled my weight loss or affected me keeping the weight off for six years now. Heavens, I can't imagine life without coffee!! :coffee:


Iianae
06-07-2008, 05:15 PM
I cut out all cream and sugar and started to teach myself to like it black. I save 150 calories a day doing that =)

EasterBunny
06-07-2008, 05:21 PM
well, with my lattes its always nonfat milk and then armaretto syrup (not sugar free)...ive weaned down to these from those horrific mochas. So i imagine the lattes aren't so bad. Coffee in the morning is just w/regular creamer. And the reason I say I feel coffee may be ruining my diet is cause of the crash (which I think leads me to binge), and just the addicitve qualities in general, which I personally feel addictive behaviors can lead to over eating. So I dont know, its true everyones different, and I think this might help me so why not! ;)

Iianae
06-07-2008, 05:25 PM
OMG I LOVE white chocolate Mochas! When I realized I was getting 500 calories every time...it was killing me and my budget at almost 5 dollars a cup! I drink it black now and I have to say, two things...1. I never EVER thought I'd see the day I could do it. My coffee was always a light beige after cream and sugar...and 2. I after almost 3 weeks I am actually starting to like it =)

Starrynight
06-07-2008, 05:39 PM
oh man I love fraps and mochachino's but they're so fatty

there's a lot you can do though with coffee and sugar free syrups (btw i don't think the coffee affects weightloss)
Anyway I'm on a lacto-vegan diet, so sometimes I make these mochachino's and they come out realllly good.
You just need:
Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa Powder & your type of sugar or sweetener (I usually use about 2 -3 packets of sweet n low) - about 2 teaspoons
[[instead of the cocoa powder n sweetener, u can use Walden Farm's 0 calorie chocolate syrup]]
Coffee powder - about 1 1/2 tablespoons
8 oz of milk
1 cup of ice

Blend it all together and enjoy! It's soo good and there's no fat.
You could also try a lil low-fat Cool Whip over it but I just drink it plain~

JenMusic
06-07-2008, 09:12 PM
I love black coffee, and always thought it was fine - while not exactly "healthy," I figured it was calorie-free and OK for me.

However, I make my coffee in a French press, and have been reading more and more studies that say that coffee made in press retains more of the coffee oils (which make it taste good!) but which also can cause cholesterol levels to rise.

Sad news for me, but I thought I would pass it along for those who are interested.

SoulBliss
06-07-2008, 09:24 PM
I love coffee. I try to have it just a few times a week, because the caffeine can mess with my blood sugar.

Anyway I'm on a lacto-vegan diet

You mean lacto-vegetarian (a vegetarian who does not eat eggs, or any animals such as chickens, cows, fish etc. but uses milk and milk products), right?

What kind of plan is it?

gailr42
06-07-2008, 09:25 PM
Could not live without coffee with non fat milk added. I never noticed that it made losing weight more difficult. In fact, I often have a cup of coffee to distract myself from eating.

PhotoChick
06-07-2008, 10:05 PM
What Jay said. I looooove my coffee - and I can't imagine not having it. Every once in a while I put cream (well, half and half) in my coffee, but I do actually like it black. Hasn't hurt me so far. :)

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RobinW
06-07-2008, 10:11 PM
In fact, I often have a cup of coffee to distract myself from eating.


Me too. Usually around 3 in the afternoon when Im looking for something snacky....thats usually when I'll have a cup of coffee.

I used to be like Meg, and drink it by the pots full. But we switched to a coffee press, and I guess you could say my coffee is quite decadant. I love my coffee with a couple shakes of cardamom, sugar free caramel and only half and half will do.

I try to keep it to 3 of these a day. I get the rest of my caffeine from green tea. :D

....to answer your question, no it hasnt hurt in fact its helped. :)

aphil
06-08-2008, 11:40 AM
Coffee itself does not hinder weight loss, but the two nonfat lattes with syrup might be putting you just above where you need, calorie wise, for weight loss. A nonfat latte WITHOUT syrup, can be anywhere from 80-150 calories each, depending on the size that you get. Add in syrup, and there is more calories.

You are going to have to either cut out the latte, and drink black coffee, or black with sweetener, or you are going to have to figure in the lattes into your calorie count for the day.

vikkivma
06-08-2008, 12:07 PM
Coffee will not hinder weight loss, but caffeine in any form is not necessarily good for you. That said, if you need your coffee in the morning, I don't think you should be too concerned. As others have said, the big hindrance to dieting is what you put in the coffee. Especially if you go to somewhere like Starbucks where one drink can end up being half of your calorie allowance.

EasterBunny
06-08-2008, 02:43 PM
ya okay i like what everyones saying. i loooove my morning coffee. dont think i shall ever give that up. And i bet it'd wake me even more up if i drank it straight black! Im gonna have to wean myself into that :) hmm it sucks that im starting this fat smash diet tomorrow, and there is no coffee allowed for the first 9 days!! what ever am I going to do.

onic28
06-09-2008, 12:49 PM
I actually work in a local coffee house and when I first began my dieting, I cut it completely! I've seen first hand what goes into each cup, and the sugar can be unbelievable. If you must have coffee, go for black coffee with out any sugar or a non-fat latte/cappuccino with no whipped cream and no sugar. Please stay away from any blended drinks... even the ones advertised as lite can be loaded with bad carbs and sugars. If you have nutritional information available for the cold drinks and want one after evaluating what's in it, make sure they give you the serving size you saw on the label! We serve all of our cold drinks out of a 16oz cup, but most serving sizes come in an 8oz portion. Also, ask your barista about smoothie options. We have some really healthy smoothies that have only 100 calories per 8ozs and almost no sugar. Good luck!

WarMaiden
06-09-2008, 02:23 PM
well, with my lattes its always nonfat milk and then armaretto syrup (not sugar free)...ive weaned down to these from those horrific mochas. So i imagine the lattes aren't so bad. Coffee in the morning is just w/regular creamer. And the reason I say I feel coffee may be ruining my diet is cause of the crash (which I think leads me to binge), and just the addicitve qualities in general, which I personally feel addictive behaviors can lead to over eating. So I dont know, its true everyones different, and I think this might help me so why not! ;)

I'm sure the mochas were horrible, but that doesn't mean the lattes with sugar syrup are good.

I just did a little specific nutritional analysis for you:

A 16-oz latte-with-syrup probably has about 10 oz of milk in it, an ounce or two of espresso, and a couple tablespoons of syrup. I'm assuming you're not having whipped cream on it, too.

Calories: 180 (almost half of the calories come from the sugar syrup)
Fat grams: 0
Carb grams: 33 (of which 32 grams are sugars)
Protein grams: 12

Two of these lattes every day is running you over 350 calories.

-- If you cut one latte out, and still had one latte with sugar syrup every day, you'd cut 180 calories per day / 1260 per week, which is about 1/3 pound weight loss per week. 19 pounds per year.

-- If you kept having both lattes, but used sugar-free syrup instead, you'd cut 150 calories per day / 1050 calories per week, which is again about 1/3 pound weight loss per week. 15 pounds per year.

-- If you cut down to one latte with sugar-free syrup, you'd cut 250 calories per day / 1250 calories per week, which is about 1/2 pound weight loss per week. 26 pounds per year.

It's not always necessary to totally eliminate something from our diets. Especially in this case, nonfat milk is a food with plenty of good stuff in it for you, so maybe getting rid of it isn't the thing to do, if it's a treat you really enjoy.

The sugar, of course, adds absolutely nothing but calories to your diet. And it's more than likely the cause of your post-coffee crashing, which leads to binges.

onic28
06-10-2008, 12:23 AM
Ask about sugar-free alternatives! Most places have sugar free syrups to go in your latte, and you can add splenda after it's made.

rockstar87
06-10-2008, 11:22 PM
Moderates amount of caffeine certainly won't do anything as long as you're wary of what you put in your coffee or tea or whatever. Most studies do show that moderates amount of caffeine (like pretty much anything) can actually be good for you. If you consume a lot of caffeine though, (ie: more than 2 or 3 cups of coffee a day) you experience adrenal burnout. Basically caffeine causes your adrenal glands to secrete more hormones like epinephrine and norepinephrine and you can overstimulate your adrenal glands to the point where they actually fail to produce these hormones as effectively. Your body experiences a state of stress and you release cortisol. Whether or not this will have any bearing on your weight is a personal thing. Some people are just accustomed to taking in that much caffeine because they've built up a tolerance over time (it's a drug, remember) and therefore they don't experience this. I know personally if I take in too much caffeine I feel really bloated and exhausted as soon as the effects wear off because I never have more than 1 or 2 caffeinated drinks a day.

onic28
06-11-2008, 01:57 PM
Why don't you think about replacing your morning coffee with another drink that will get you energized? I switched to taking a vitamen and drinking either orange juice or Minute Maid Blueberry Pomegranate juice. After I got over my caffine withdrawls, I noticed a big difference. I'd never go back to morning coffee!

Lori Bell
06-13-2008, 10:51 AM
What about flavored coffee for that afternoon treat? Many of us only purchase flavored coffees during the holidays, but I have decided I can treat myself daily since I'm not over eating, and haven't had a cocktail in months. (I was a daily happy hour fanatic.) Check labels, but most are calorie free. I absolutely LOVE a flavor made by Door County called "Jamaican me Crazy". It reminds me of vacations at the beach every time I drink it. Since I drink it almost every day, you could say my, "life is a Beach". :)

Starrynight
06-16-2008, 04:32 AM
I love coffee. I try to have it just a few times a week, because the caffeine can mess with my blood sugar.



You mean lacto-vegetarian (a vegetarian who does not eat eggs, or any animals such as chickens, cows, fish etc. but uses milk and milk products), right?

What kind of plan is it?

Actually, lacto-vegan diets mean that the person eats only dairy and veggies and cuts out meat. I'm doing Accu-weight, it combines eastern and western practices involving accupressure. The diet consists of fruits, veggies, and whole milk or whole yogurt. It sounds nuts, I know, but it's amazing. :D

aphil
06-19-2008, 09:00 AM
Actually, lacto-vegan diets mean that the person eats only dairy and veggies and cuts out meat. I'm doing Accu-weight, it combines eastern and western practices involving accupressure. The diet consists of fruits, veggies, and whole milk or whole yogurt. It sounds nuts, I know, but it's amazing. :D

Actually, SoulBliss was right in saying the term lacto-vegetarian. There is no such thing as a lacto-vegan. Vegan means that the person does not eat ANY animal products at all...not just meat, but any eggs, dairy products, fats from animal sources, etc. Nothing related to an animal...

However, there are different types of vegetarians. Some just cut out meat but still might eat dairy or eggs (or both)...and even some might cut out just certain kinds of meat (like someone who only eats fish...).

So, the term lacto-vegan is incorrect. One can only be vegan if there are no animal products consumed at all-dairy included.

:)

I know it sounds silly (for those who might not be vegetarians or vegans) to be so thorough about it, but for those who are vegans it is a very distinct difference.