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Coffee an appetite suppressant?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 24, 2013 at 3:07 AM

Since I started paleo I've found that I no longer rely on coffee throughout the days and that I can quite happily go without it and have boundless energy. Also I was researching the side effects of caffeine on metabolism, ketosis, mental state etc. and decided to exclude it from my diet. However, I'm also trying to curb my hunger cravings which have led to binge eating and I find that when I have a coffee it blows them out of the water.. Does anyone else experience this?

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on July 24, 2013
at 12:18 PM

I guess I meant sugar cravings that I gave in to last night.. I ended up binging on ice cream and all sorts, felt horrible today etc.. I think I just need to include more animal fat in my diet. For lunch and dinner I had lamb loin chops and I made sure to eat most of the fat, even after my gym session this afternoon it seems the cravings have gone. Hopefully this method works, early days yet.

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on July 24, 2013
at 11:44 AM

Stimulants distract me from hunger.

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on July 24, 2013
at 09:24 AM

that could be hypoglycaemia - cortisol, blood sugar goes up, then insulin which scavenges what little sugar is circulating so that your bs falls too far. I'm not sure but i think peatarians suggest adding sugar to coffee for this reason...

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on July 24, 2013
at 09:21 AM

What do you mean by 'hunger cravings make you binge'?

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on July 24, 2013
at 06:02 AM

Only black since I started paleo, no sweeteners or milks. My cravings and eventual binge occurred after a period of staying off coffee. Whenever I have a coffee now I forget about food..

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Cdf7f035eb9a38585e082c30b2323703

on July 24, 2013
at 07:12 AM

I've heard that coffee and smoking are appetite suppresants. So, my answer is "yes".

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on July 24, 2013
at 11:44 AM

Stimulants distract me from hunger.

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on July 24, 2013
at 05:13 AM

How did you have your coffee?

In my case, I make it with Cream, honey and vanilla extract...the coffee was more a vehicle for the cream because it added an extra 200 calories to my daily goal, which also makes me feel satiated.

So I'm wondering, depending on how you were making your coffee, did you just create a void in your calories/ fat/ protein which is prompting you to binge now?

Truth.

55b5a02fd471809dfe871acad7aed558

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on July 24, 2013
at 06:02 AM

Only black since I started paleo, no sweeteners or milks. My cravings and eventual binge occurred after a period of staying off coffee. Whenever I have a coffee now I forget about food..

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on July 24, 2013
at 05:04 AM

Coffee does the opposite for me - Doesn't matter how big a meal I've had, if I drink coffee around the time I ate, I feel hungry relatively soon after (I'd estimate a few hours before I'd feel hungry otherwise).

I drink coffee, black, because I don't have any dire conditions that would be aggravated by it, and I like the taste. I find that it keeps me on a more even keel energy wise - I don't spike or plateau, unless I overdo the coffee.

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on July 24, 2013
at 09:24 AM

that could be hypoglycaemia - cortisol, blood sugar goes up, then insulin which scavenges what little sugar is circulating so that your bs falls too far. I'm not sure but i think peatarians suggest adding sugar to coffee for this reason...

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on August 07, 2014
at 01:06 AM

Decaf does work for me at suppressing appetite.

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on August 06, 2014
at 09:11 AM

When you feel like you are hungry or craving something, take these steps.

1.) Drink a good glass of cool refreshing water and wait 15 minutes.

2.) Water didn't help? Drop and give me 10 or take a walk.

3.) Still craving? If you're not hungry enough to eat plain salmon and unseasoned steamed vegetables, you're not hungry. Stay out of the kitchen until it's actually time for your meal.

4.) If all else fails, have a protein and fat snack like a piece of jerky with a couple chunks of avocado or a couple slices of turkey and avocado.

Especially in the beginning, it can be hard for your brain to adjust to being told "no" when it is asking for sugary foods. Giving into the cravings after your brain throws a "sugar tantrum" just defeats your efforts. It's a good idea to try and distract yourself from the cravings if you're not truly hungry.

I personally have never gotten on the coffee bandwagon but, I do enjoy a variety of herbal loose leaf teas.

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on August 06, 2014
at 08:17 AM

I heard that drinking coffee partly can suppress appetite because caffeine speeds up the process of fat burning. Though drinking coffee affects blood and heart work. For example I can not drink more than a cup per day as I have a high blood pressure. I think if you want to lose weight without harm you should consider medical help or diet pills that suppress the urge to eat. Actually you can read more information here http://solutions4weightloss.com/appetite-suppressants/

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on August 01, 2014
at 07:44 AM

I am not quite sure if coffee can be an appetite suppressant. It helps me at work when I feel week and sleepy but I still want to eat when I work hard. I think if you drink coffee everytime you want to eat that is not healthy for your heart. On a weight loss forum I read about appetite suppressant pills which you can buy in Australia but I am not sure how they work. Maybe someone heard about them?http://solutions4weightloss.com/appetite-suppressants/

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on August 05, 2013
at 10:55 AM

N=1 coffee surpresses my appetite for about 4-6 hours after I have it initially, but later on I tend to crave more carbs. I've noticed if I do not have coffee, I won't crave carbs in the afternoon. I'm guessing it has something to do with the caffiene affecting my insulin levels.

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on August 05, 2013
at 10:51 AM

Yes, and it seems that decaffeinated coffee has a higher appetite suppressing effect:

Conclusion

While caffeine has long been used as an appetite suppressant, in this study it was decaffeinated coffee that resulted in significantly lower hunger levels and higher plasma levels of PYY than placebo (plain water) and the other caffeinated beverages.

More PYY means less hunger. Not only that, but the decrease in hunger lasted for the full 3 hours of the lab visit, even though, after 1.5 hours, levels of PYY decreased.

Another interesting finding was that the decrease in hunger and increase in PYY persisted through and after the glucose ingestion.

We can speculate here that there is something – one or more noncaffeine components (coffee includes hundreds of them) – that can decrease hunger and increase PYY. It could be chlorogenic acid, or maybe other satiety hormones. We don’t have the whole picture yet, especially since leptin and ghrelin didn’t seem to be affected.

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on August 04, 2013
at 10:54 PM

I will actually drink coffee to lower my hunger. If I am at work (McDonalds of all places) and I start to feel hungry, often out of boredom, I will drink coffee black to make the hunger go away. I also do decaf every once in a while so I dont over due the caffeine.

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