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What is good or bad about caffeine when you are trying to diet?

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What is good or bad about caffeine when you are trying to diet?


So, what is god or bad about caffeine when you are trying to diet? Well, it can hinder weight loss. Some people lose additional pounds after stopping coffee or caffeine.

Studies have shown that caffeine (as in coffee and some sodas) contributes to insulin resistance (thus making it harder to lose weight), increases appetite (again making it harder to lose weight) and contributes to food cravings (making it difficult to adhere to a weight loss diet). In those studies, even decaffeinated coffee is shown to be detrimental to weight loss.

Caffeine also interferes with GABA and prevents it from performing its calming duties in the human body. This then increases physiological and psychological stress (often associated with both overeating and difficulty adhering to a weight loss diet). Those who are trying to lose body fat (weight) would do well to avoid caffeine.

Many overweight people, particularly those who have frequently 'dieted' and lost weight only to regain it later, are insulin resistant. Unfortunately, many people are insulin resistant without being aware of it. If you have insulin resistance, using caffeine will further affect your metabolism. It will have the opposite outcome of what you want. In the long term, avoiding caffeine will help to boost your metabolism.


You can increase your metabolism in a significant way by eliminating or limiting refined processed carbohydrates (apart from the occasional treat) and replacing them with specific fat burning proteins to take advantage of the thermic fat burning effect of these foods. If you are unsure what these foods are, you will find a list of refined processed carbohydrates and a list of fat burning proteins in page links at the bottom of this answer.

To increase your metabolism further, add cardio exercise to the above suggestions, plus, if you are able, weight training. Weigh training will increase lean muscle that can burn extra calories 24 hours daily and not just when you are exercising. Even if you are unable to exercise, increasing your metabolism by making the food changes mentioned above will enable you to lose weight and avoid future weight gain.


For the free lists to show you how to do it, see the page links given below.

1. List of Refined Processed Carbohydrates (to avoid along with the coffee and caffeine)
2. List of 15 Fat Burning Foods (to replace the refined processed carbohydrates and coffee and caffeine)
3. The Foods that Do Speed up Metabolism
4. More on coffee and what is good or bad about caffeine when you are trying to diet

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Answer by Doctors Healthpress Confidence votes 123 Caffeine and Dieting There's no substitute for a healthy diet and plenty of exercise when trying to lose weight. It appears that the inclusion of moderate caffeine might aid in weight loss. Be careful though, too much caffeine near bedtime can inhibit sleep, and also too much caffeine can lead to restlessness, higher blood pressure and irritability.  Supporting input
  • Caffeine can HELP you drop small amounts of extra weight with the proper diet and exercise and in proper doses. but always be sure to drink alot of water, because most of the weight at first will be WATER WEIGHT and if you over-do the caffeine you can easily dehydrate yourself. Also remember, while caffeine speeds up you metabolism temporarily, it also can speed up your appetite. but as a whole it can be very helpful to boost energy while dieting and help you lose a few pounds or atleast help you get started.
  • Caffeine, like anything else has both good and bad points. The key is moderation. Some studies have found that small amounts of caffeine may help prevent cancer because of the antioxidants it contains. On the other hand, large amounts can cause heart palpitations and other circulatory problems.
  • Caffiene causes a short-term elevation in your metabolism, which gives you a burst of energy. Like any addiction, however, as your body becomes accustomed to caffiene, it begins to compensate. Used over the long term, caffiene actually reduces your metabolism. . . you come to need increasing amounts of caffiene just to stay alert. The slower metabolism actually causes you to gain weight on less food. This makes Diet Coke the perfect product, since it is actually helping to create the problem it's trying to "cure."
 Opposing views Caffeine is very bad for you, especially if you are trying to lose weight. It is very interesting when I see pages like this where people are constantly trying to defend their unhealthy addictions. Here are just a few reasons why caffeine is bad for weight loss:
  1. It raises Cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol is a hormone that is responsible for fat storage in the body. I dont think we need any help there. Have you heard of the weight loss product Corti Slim. It basically blocks Cortisol from doing it's worst, storing fat. The guy you hear on the radio and see on TV forgets to tell you that a MAJOR cause of Cortisol production is caffeine. So quit the caffeine and leave the Corti Slim on the shelf.
  2. It causes your blood sugar to spike. Then after the caffeine begins to wear off your blood sugar plummets. This causes you to crave sugar. In other words you think your hungry when you're really not. This is obviously counterproductive to your weight loss goal. Have you ever noticed you crave carbs after a cup of coffee. This is why. Your body is tring to get you to eat some carbs to get your blood sugar back to where it should be.
  3. The end result of caffeine is really fatigue. After caffeine wears off youare tired. Then you have more caffeine. Then you are tired. Ect... By the end of the day most people who drink coffee are exhausted and they dont know why. This fatigue makes it difficult to exercise which is a one of the most important ways we should be getting our energy.

I have done major research on caffeine and can tell you honestly, it's bad for you. What you read here is just the tip of the iceberg. What is important for everyone to remember is that the caffeine industry is a billion dollar industry. The truth about caffeines negative health effects are kept in the closet by many large companies. The advice is to give it up. You will be much happier and healthier in the end.
Good points:
1. it brings freshness
2. Some tome... It is good to the health

Bad Points:
1. A new study from Northwestern University sought to highlight the dangers of using caffeine absentmindedly to get a buzz and stay awake.
2. Caffeine may affect fertility
3. not knowing can have repercussions on your health
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