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Did anyone else GAIN weight when they stopped drinking coffee?!?

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Created March 20, 2012 at 11:22 PM

I stopped drinking coffee 6 weeks ago and have GAINED 10lbs! I switched to decaf tea and the occasional decaf coffee at Starbucks. I did start toying with IF around the same time, but stopped doing that two weeks ago because I wasn't losing weight. WTH? Anyone else experience this? What can I do?! I've maintained my paleo weightless for 8months before this.

I'm hoping you don't suggest coffee because I think it makes me short-tempered!

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on October 12, 2013
at 05:29 PM

maybe consider herbal teas or decaf(assuming caffeine is the reason you quit)

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on April 23, 2012
at 12:24 AM

tdgor- The half life of caffeine is around 4-5 hours I think? The independent thermogenic effect is neglibable without accompanying stimulation via ephedrine/exercise/etc. It amounts to around half a pound a week weight loss with both combined.

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on April 22, 2012
at 02:31 PM

MomvsChaos - I also drink coffe with A LOT of heavy cream and love it. It is often a breakfast substitute for me as well. I only just realized now when I read your comment that coffee + cream suppresses sugar cravings for me too. In hindsight I have noticed that on days where I don´t have my morning cup of coffee with cream my sugar cravings make me do things I later regret. I seem to be FODMAP sensitive, so I REALLY regret giving in to my sugar cravings sometimes, depending on what was available to me at the time.

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on April 22, 2012
at 01:54 PM

Kamal, do you have any good studies quantifying the amount and duration of the boost in metabolism? The fact that caffeine increases metabolic rate is well-established, but I'm having a hard time assessing the magnitude and duration of the increase now that I'm interested (having quit caffeine myself in the last six months).

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on March 22, 2012
at 07:29 AM

wow thats a-lot of coffee! I never feel good after black tea or coffee, but i seem to handle dark chocolate quite well!

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on March 21, 2012
at 02:32 PM

Hmmm. I wonder if unsweetened chocolate almond milk would be ok? I haven't had any sweetener in my coffee in over a year- just heavy cream. I L.O.V.E. it! I do think it made me skip breakfast without thinking a lot of days, but since I stopped drinking coffee, my sugar cravings have been CRAZY! I'm sure the paleo "treats" and non-paleo (ugh) haven't helped. Starting 21 Day Sugar Detox stat! Thanks for your help!

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on March 21, 2012
at 02:29 PM

I've never heard of the show, but that is certainly interesting! I always thought I tolerated coffee well...until I started snapping at the littlest of things. That said, however, I was drinking 3-5 cups a day! :/

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on March 21, 2012
at 02:28 PM

I can see that I've gained weight too, but my jeans still fit...which wouldn't normally be the case of I wasn't gaining muscle in addition to some amount of fat (I would imagine). I hope it normalizes soon because its making me feel like I "need" coffee! Ugh. Thank you for your help!

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on March 21, 2012
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...although stopping caffeine+ephedrine would have marked effects on weigh normalization, because of the radical drop in hunger from the combination of the two ingredients.

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I can't answer that Todd, you're already too ripped to consider bodyfat issues :) Although I'm not sure, I would guess that weight would normalize after time because appetite and hormonal status is the main driver of long-term weight change, which coffee is a lesser component of than it is of lipolyis/metabolic rate.

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Kamal, does the weight normalize after time?

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on March 20, 2012
at 11:28 PM

Don't worry.

Caffeine increases basal metabolic rate and is a mild diuretic (although not enough to offset the liquid in the coffee). Thus, just like smokers, coffee drinkers often gain weight after quitting. Don't worry about the scale, worry about the mirror :)

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on March 21, 2012
at 01:20 AM

...although stopping caffeine+ephedrine would have marked effects on weigh normalization, because of the radical drop in hunger from the combination of the two ingredients.

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on March 21, 2012
at 01:14 AM

I can't answer that Todd, you're already too ripped to consider bodyfat issues :) Although I'm not sure, I would guess that weight would normalize after time because appetite and hormonal status is the main driver of long-term weight change, which coffee is a lesser component of than it is of lipolyis/metabolic rate.

7bdfc854e5be7dd94b74dd4a39bfe1d4

(25)

on March 21, 2012
at 02:28 PM

I can see that I've gained weight too, but my jeans still fit...which wouldn't normally be the case of I wasn't gaining muscle in addition to some amount of fat (I would imagine). I hope it normalizes soon because its making me feel like I "need" coffee! Ugh. Thank you for your help!

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on March 20, 2012
at 11:31 PM

Kamal, does the weight normalize after time?

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on April 23, 2012
at 12:24 AM

tdgor- The half life of caffeine is around 4-5 hours I think? The independent thermogenic effect is neglibable without accompanying stimulation via ephedrine/exercise/etc. It amounts to around half a pound a week weight loss with both combined.

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on April 22, 2012
at 01:54 PM

Kamal, do you have any good studies quantifying the amount and duration of the boost in metabolism? The fact that caffeine increases metabolic rate is well-established, but I'm having a hard time assessing the magnitude and duration of the increase now that I'm interested (having quit caffeine myself in the last six months).

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on May 12, 2013
at 03:28 AM

May 11, 2013

I quit coffee and decaf coffee eleven months ago and gained about 15 pounds. My blood pressure is high but I have been under a lot of stress.

My face looks less puffy and I look about 10 to 15 years younger. I look twenty five years younger when I juice with organic beets/kale and carrots etc.

I sleep better, make much less cognitive mistakes, see the world completely differently, am much more spiritual (enjoy the small things and the moment), and my short temper has eradicated greatly.

These are just some of the benefits. Now, I just have to lose the weight. I was eating a lot of coconut oil which I stopped which may have (or may not have) contributed to the weight.

I am not doing any cardio exercise at the moment but plan to.

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on April 22, 2012
at 01:39 PM

What was your reason for giving up "coffee," specifically, and not giving up "caffeine"? I ask this because decaffinated coffee still has a small amount of caffeine. Chocolate has caffeine. If you're still drinking 3-5 cups of coffee per day, albeit decaf, you're still potentially consuming a fair amount of caffeine. Were you trying to give up caffeine completely or just cut back? Numbers can be found here: http://www.energyfiend.com/the-caffeine-database

I gave up caffeine--not coffee--in stages after I finally had to admit to myself that even a latte in the very early morning was affecting my sleep in subtle ways. I switched to decaf first, then switched completely to herb tea. Then I ceased my consumption of chocolate (sob). I didn't gain weight after eliminating caffeine, perhaps because I did it gradually, but I definitely felt hungrier for a little while (my latte served as a midmorning "snack" of sorts). I'd say it took about six weeks for my hunger levels to return to where they were with caffeine.

I wouldn't overestimate the effect that caffeine was previously having on your metabolism if I were you. The half life of a dose of caffeine in the body is about four hours, and estimates I've read of the increase say it would be a change of about 50 calories in that four hours (this link is a crappy source but it's consistent with more authoritative stuff: http://voices.yahoo.com/can-coffee-safely-raise-metabolism-weight-loss-10890739.html, I'll see if I can find a better one). That's not enough of a metabolism change to explain ten pounds in six weeks, particularly if you have not completely eliminated your caffeine intake because you are still drinking decaf. Parenthetically, I think it's about as hard to change one's metabolism as it is to build muscle--that is, it's really hard. Caffeine is highly prized in the endurance sports world for a boost before a hard workout or a competition, but the effects are not regarded as long-lasting. I do still miss that cup of coffee immediately before a six a.m. spinning class. Sigh. I have more sympathy for addicts now, talking about this makes me miss it.

More likely, your previous caffeinated coffee intake served as an appetite suppressant, and the ten pounds arrived when you stopped routinely suppressing your appetite.

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on March 21, 2012
at 07:02 AM

There's a show, you may have heard of it, called Supersize vs Superskinny. It's where one overweight/obese and a underweight person swap diets.

I've watched a ton of episodes and there are a few of the underweight people who said they drink coffee/tea/ energy drinks at-least 4 times a day. The drinks often numbed their hunger, similar happens with people who smoke alot of cigarettes. When they swapped diets ( stopped having any of those drinks), their appetites increased.So it could be a possibility that, drinking coffee numbed your appetite to some extent, and now that you're off the coffee, your appetite has grown a bit.

But i'm sure it will normalise! Just remember to eat a bit slow, and listen to your body's signals, telling you that you've had enough.

I get bad reactions from caffeine too! I would get super anxious and can even shake from a coffee :/

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on March 22, 2012
at 07:29 AM

wow thats a-lot of coffee! I never feel good after black tea or coffee, but i seem to handle dark chocolate quite well!

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on March 21, 2012
at 02:29 PM

I've never heard of the show, but that is certainly interesting! I always thought I tolerated coffee well...until I started snapping at the littlest of things. That said, however, I was drinking 3-5 cups a day! :/

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on January 17, 2017
at 11:34 PM

I know from experience that its all water weight. I use to drink a venti black eye ( large coffee with 2 shots of espresso) from Starbucks and a gallon of water a day just to drain my body of its water weight to look more ripped and defined and it always worked like a charm. I would take off 10-12 pounds with all that coffee easy. You would think a gallon of water would work against my goal but it actually helps you so that you don't retain water. Whenever i didn't drink enough water i would retain water in my face!! So horrible!! lol The only problem is the obvious side effect. To lose all that water weight from your body, it has to "come out" somehow right?? That means lots and lots of pee pee dances!! LOTS!!! Any whoo, i don't bodybuild anymore but i do still drink 2 cups of Folgers instant coffee and a jet alert caffeine pill just to keep the water weight off. Ohh yea and a gallon of water a day lol

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on March 27, 2014
at 10:30 PM

I quit as well about 3 weeks ago and have gained 10 pounds since. I get bad sugar cravings and have some other issues. I quit because of severe stomach pains and my mind couldn't take it anymore. Plus it's obscure the cost of a latte. My skin and face look healthier already. Once in awhile I have a decaf. My take is that it's from the body readjusting. Coffee affects the acidity in your digestive system. Caffeine affects all sorts of things with blood sugar being the main one. And I'm in my 30s so being older and a long time coffee addict doesn't help. It will take a while to undo 15 years of coffee drinking. I'm going to stay off it. My next step is to consistently walk 4 min fast pace each morning and drink water with a fresh squeezed lemon each day. Lemon is suppose to really help in re adjusting and there are many benefits. Stay strong everyone!

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on October 12, 2013
at 05:12 PM

I quit drinking coffee around 12 months ago and have gained 10 lbs since then. I've been trying everything to lose the weight, but nothing is working. It dawned on me the other day that it could have something to do with quitting coffee so I resumed drinking it a couple of days ago to see if it helps. I just feel hungry alllll the time and have a major sweet tooth where this was never a problem for me when drinking coffee. Frustrating!

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on October 12, 2013
at 05:29 PM

maybe consider herbal teas or decaf(assuming caffeine is the reason you quit)

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on February 25, 2013
at 06:17 PM

I gave up coffee and most caffeine because I feel like it makes me sick and it drives me nuts all days. I noticed that I've gone from about 98lbs to 101. So I'd say I'm in the same boat as you!

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on April 22, 2012
at 12:53 PM

I switched to decafe coffee about 6 months ago. Nothing else changed in my diet but I have gained about 10 pounds and it's awful. I cut the caffeine because I had an episode with my heart and the doctor told me to. Now he's harping on me for the weight gain. When I told him I thought it was because I switched to decafe, he did say that it could be what caused it and suggested I try to have one or possibly 2 cups of regular coffee then decafe after that. I'm going to try it and see if it helps. I do know that switching to decafe has definitely affected my energy level. I never used to want to nap but now I find everytime I sit down, it's all I can do to keep my eyes open.

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on March 21, 2012
at 03:26 AM

Yes, I have definitely struggled with my weight since I dropped coffee - but ditching coffee also coincided with no more heavy cream and sugarless sweeteners, such as xylitol, luo han and even saccharin (yeech, I know). I can't tolerate any of those, nor did I want to do fake-o sweeteners anyway, but unfortunately the coffee + cream + coconut oil without sugar was fantastic for suppressing appetite and keeping me full for hours, ketogenically. I really don't feel happy unless I indulge my sweet tooth a little here and there, but now that means just table sugar, and I really need to be LC to VLC to lose weight.

Even though they say that you shouldn't drink your calories, I've always found there was something very satisfying about a cup of coffee with cream (especially with added fat). The only substitute I've found so far, even though it does goof with me intolerance-wise, is cocoa processed with alkali which I find somewhat tolerable (the alkali reduces phenols which I'm sensitive to) and I've also been doing sort-of-ok with homemade hazelnut milk (hazelnuts soaked with ascorbic acid, then cooked in a pressure cooker and blanched - I assume this, as is the case with beans, reduces phytates and phenols. So far so good). So, while it ain't helping me directly with ketosis, a cup of cocoa with hazelnut milk and a small amount of sugar really helps with cravings and tastes pretty damn good. Having something like this can help with that bottomless-pit feeling from not satisfying cravings here and there. I have to really factor it into my diet carb-wise though; to control appetite the main thing now is keeping carbs low and not letting something like this throw that off. No idea if this helps, but if I didn't have anything chocolate or coffee-like sometimes I'd go insane.

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on March 21, 2012
at 02:32 PM

Hmmm. I wonder if unsweetened chocolate almond milk would be ok? I haven't had any sweetener in my coffee in over a year- just heavy cream. I L.O.V.E. it! I do think it made me skip breakfast without thinking a lot of days, but since I stopped drinking coffee, my sugar cravings have been CRAZY! I'm sure the paleo "treats" and non-paleo (ugh) haven't helped. Starting 21 Day Sugar Detox stat! Thanks for your help!

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on April 22, 2012
at 02:31 PM

MomvsChaos - I also drink coffe with A LOT of heavy cream and love it. It is often a breakfast substitute for me as well. I only just realized now when I read your comment that coffee + cream suppresses sugar cravings for me too. In hindsight I have noticed that on days where I don´t have my morning cup of coffee with cream my sugar cravings make me do things I later regret. I seem to be FODMAP sensitive, so I REALLY regret giving in to my sugar cravings sometimes, depending on what was available to me at the time.

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