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LW12
01-18-2012, 01:58 PM
I'm a bit of a coffee fiend. I don't put sugar in my coffee & always drink it with skimmed or semi skimmed milk. Does caffeine have any effect on weight loss? I've given up so much already & I get a certain amount of pleasure from sitting down with a hot mug of coffee. I don't want to give it up but if it would make a substantial difference I would force myself to make that change.


Lambiechop
01-18-2012, 02:11 PM
I don't find that it does but if I go without I'm definitely not much fun to be around. I drink about 6 cups a day with skim milk and I'm losing at a pretty decent rate.

Munchy
01-18-2012, 02:12 PM
I don't think so - only the calories from the additions (cream, sugar, etc) and the effects of caffeine on appetite. For some people caffeine makes them hungrier, for others it works as an appetite suppressant.

One of my personal trainer friends drinks a cup of black coffee before going to the gym daily.

I've cut down on it considerably because it has somehow suddenly made me jittery, but still drink about 10oz a day.


JudgeDread
01-18-2012, 02:14 PM
I've read a lot of articles on caffeine and weight loss. It is actually recommended to intake a certain amout of caffeine due to a temporary metabolism increase. That is not to say it will make you drop weight without working at it..but it may help you burn a few more calories than without. If you drink that much coffee try to drink it black, but in total if you are staying under 50-100 calories of milk in your coffee total you should be fine.

JudgeDread
01-18-2012, 02:17 PM
I don't think so - only the calories from the additions (cream, sugar, etc) and the effects of caffeine on appetite. For some people caffeine makes them hungrier, for others it works as an appetite suppressant. One of my personal trainer friends drinks a cup of black coffee before going to the gym daily.

I've cut down on it considerably because it has somehow suddenly made me jittery, but still drink about 10oz a day.

That's true for a bit. I notice if I drink coffee in the morning before breakfast I can wait longer before eating bfast since I do not feel as hungry. I usually eat 2 hours after waking up.

If you get real jittery yes eat before coffee! I think I have the gut of a racoon haha.:carrot:

LW12
01-18-2012, 02:18 PM
YAY! No giving up coffee. Thanks folks! :)

Munchy
01-18-2012, 02:23 PM
If you get real jittery yes eat before coffee! I think I have the gut of a racoon haha.:carrot:

It's so odd, I have been a hardcore coffee drinker (30+ oz a day of strong, strong coffee) for about 15 years. I used to drink it all night and it never had any effect on me. Suddenly I'm jittery from even 5oz of coffee, especially if I drink it on an empty stomach. :o

JudgeDread
01-18-2012, 02:30 PM
It's so odd, I have been a hardcore coffee drinker (30+ oz a day of strong, strong coffee) for about 15 years. I used to drink it all night and it never had any effect on me. Suddenly I'm jittery from even 5oz of coffee, especially if I drink it on an empty stomach. :o

Well could be a few things going on....age perhaps. And type of coffee. I will get jittery if I drink more than 6 cups (as the coffee pot brews). I have a tendancy to drink more on my days off...did that last week and I felt like crap!

And now that you backed off 30 ounces you are probably not used to the high caffeine intake anymore. You would have to work your way back up if you wanted to drink more!

mmmmmmmmm coffee:devil:

lin43
01-18-2012, 07:22 PM
Munchy, I'm like you were: Coffee does not affect my sleep. I have two espressos every night, and I sleep like a baby.

To the original question, my husband drinks a massive amount of coffee, and I honestly believe it's one reason he doesn't have a weight problem. I believe in his case, it suppresses his appetite. He often eats breakfast, skips lunch, and just has dinner. In between, he drinks coffee all day long.

Coffee suppresses my appetite, too, and I really like it, but I'm good with just two mugs a day and two espressos at night.

Petite Powerhouse
01-18-2012, 07:36 PM
I notice if I drink coffee in the morning before breakfast I can wait longer before eating bfast since I do not feel as hungry. I usually eat 2 hours after waking up.


I drink decaf (drinking any more caffeine than that makes me very ill), but I still find this to be true. Non-caffeinated tea also works.

rainydays
01-18-2012, 07:45 PM
Also a diehard coffee drinker, and I've lost 90 pounds drinking it the whole way down. I too find it to be a good appetite suppressant and an energy booster before exercise.

pattyhues
01-18-2012, 09:12 PM
Caffeine is a proven fat burner and there are litterally thousands of studies to back that up. special diets like that come and go. increasing caffeine intake is the way to go to cut body fat. just dont over due it.

novangel
01-18-2012, 10:15 PM
Coffee is an excellent appetite suppressant for me..and um..helps to keep the bowels moving as well. Sorry TMI.

Natasha22
01-19-2012, 08:20 AM
Yes, it's true coffee "wakes up" your metabolism, which means you'll burn calories faster and it also gives you the energy to work out more. For those who are not a big fans of coffee it's easy to replace with any drink that contains caffeine, such as green tea. I'd advice staying away from sodas though, even diet sodas (diet coke or anything like that)!

MiZTaCCen
01-19-2012, 08:36 AM
for others it works as an appetite suppressant.


I've cut down on it considerably because it has somehow suddenly made me jittery, but still drink about 10oz a day.

I just resently starting drinking coffee last year (when I had three jobs) it actually used to help "regulate" me now my body is just amune to it.

It also helps suppress my appetite (it's kind of like the energy drinks I used to drink. Drink one and I can go for a few hours with out eating even though they are soo bad for you.) I'm bad tho...when I go out for coffee I'll get milk and 1 sugar, but at home I buy these french vanilla creams which make it taste yummy...but I'm also still experimenting with what I like so it's not like if I get something wrong in my coffee I'll know! lol

Sometimes it makes me jittery, and most times I'm okay it's so weird how that happens...

PaintedButterfly
01-24-2012, 11:17 AM
I've always drunk caffeine and found it an appetite suppressant.. however my old psychiatrist used to go on and on at me about how drinking caffeine was causing me to binge and that I should cut it out... that kinda freaked me out. I've never found that to be the case though (or at least I don't think I have.. I was binging at the time but I didn't see any link to the caffeine I was drinking).. the idea of cutting out caffeine actually makes me feel a little bit upset lol. I find it comforting somehow.
Anyway has anyone else found or heard this thing about caffeine being an appetite STIMULANT? Because I've heard other people tell me it too...
Although at one point I used to drink energy drinks instead of eat which is NOT a health weight loss approach and I have since banned myself from drinking any at all so I don't fall back into that.. but that's why I was so surprised by my psych's insistence that it was causing me to binge and that it's an appetite stimulant.

Dawnberry
01-24-2012, 12:16 PM
all good news as i like coffee ... no I love coffee ;)

ennay
01-24-2012, 02:45 PM
It definitely improves my workouts since I workout so freaking early. It also IMPROVES my sleep. I sleep much better with 2-3 cups of coffee before noon than I do when I was totally abstinent.

There are some studies that shows it temporarily boosts metabolism, however there have also been a couple recently that suggest the metabolism drops off farther than normal after so that it is a netzero effect.

As to the appetite stimulant part. COFFEE can be a stimulant for me at times but not because of caffeine, because of the acid irritating the stomach making me THINK I am hungry. Decaf is no better. I find brewing my coffee with cinnamon and a dash of cayenne (dont knock it 'til you try it!!!!) totally eliminates that. Every friday I have coffee with girlfriends at a coffee shop and "have" to drink normal coffee and my "hunger" is much higher.

PaintedButterfly - whether or not caffeine contributes to your own tendency to binge is something you may need to experiment with/pay attention to. It kind of depends on WHAT your own personal binge triggers are. Mine are more related to self sabotage and caffeine is not a contributor at all (actually since I found the connection between morning caffein and IMPROVED sleep for me it is actually a binge deterrent before noon. After 5 it is a binge stimulator because I highly associate evening coffee with dessert - although again, decaf is no better here).

However there have been studies that show that binges occur as a response to stress or anxiety, then caffeine CAN (not WILL) have an impact as it can increase feelings of anxiety and stress. It can also be hard to tell sometimes. Because the effect of caffeine may only drive your binge when you are in the presence of another binge trigger. e.g. most morning you have a cup of coffee and you are fine. Thursday morning you start thinking about your mom's impending visit and your stress starts rising. Add a couple cups of coffee and suddenly the cookies hiding in the back of cupboard go from tempting to the only thing in the planet that will save you.

Is your psych stating that because he thinks it is applicable in your specific case based on any kind of knowledge of your binges, triggers, food patterns, or is this a blanket statement s/he always gives to patients. Some people think caffeine is evil and will do anything to disparage it.

roxybabay
01-25-2012, 09:34 AM
I always felt personally that coffee works better in my favor when losing weight. I drink my coffee black with some cinnamon and it gives off a pleasant aroma like I'm at a starbucks.

Rana
01-25-2012, 09:56 AM
I've been drinking coffee and I don't think it has helped or hindered my weight loss. I just have to be careful not fall into bad habits like having a pastry with my coffee!

freelancemomma
01-25-2012, 09:59 AM
I see no reason to give it up. I drank 3 cups of strong coffee per day throughout my 50-pound weight loss last year and continue to drink it as I maintain my lower weight. If anything I would guess that coffee helps weight loss by boosting metabolism. And I recently read an article about new research showing that coffee (even 4+ cups) reduces the rates of several types of cancer.

Freelance

Kahokkuri
01-25-2012, 06:43 PM
I've noticed that one small mug of black coffee when I gets to work gives me enough of a boost that I'm able to concentrate on my work and am less likely to be sidetracked by thoughts of snacks.

ValRock
01-25-2012, 06:47 PM
I think it helps. I drink a cup in the morning and one around noon with almond or coconut milk and stevia :).

cathleenathome
01-25-2012, 07:03 PM
I always felt personally that coffee works better in my favor when losing weight. I drink my coffee black with some cinnamon and it gives off a pleasant aroma like I'm at a starbucks.

Another coffee lover here!:love:: I really like the idea of adding cinnamon as I believe that cinnamon helps regulate blood sugar and reduces the risk of Type 2 diabetes, so that is helpful, too, especially when dieting.

MikeP
02-01-2012, 12:43 AM
Caffeine will help you suppresses your appetite.But to much caffeine will cause you too much trouble.

freelancemomma
02-01-2012, 01:09 PM
In my experience, caffeine has no adverse effect whatsoever on weight loss. I lost 50 pounds last year and have been maintianing for 3 months, all the while drinking three cups of strong coffee with milk (and sometimes sugar) every single day. The latest research suggests that coffee helps prevent several different cancers, too. I see no reason for you to give it up.

F.

Weeram
02-03-2012, 01:54 AM
HI.........

Nice to meeting you everyone....
Interesting topic here...Haven't heard about caffeine and weight loss programs before. Sounds like something worth looking into more closely.....

Lemongrab
02-03-2012, 04:32 AM
I don't normally drink coffee cause it makes me feel jittery but I do when feeling too lazy to exercise. It's temporary boost.