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Coffee and weight loss

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Created December 09, 2010 at 10:12 PM

So, I love my coffee. Is there any evidence that it helps or hinders weight loss? My diet is pretty much paleo with the occasional primal element (heavy cream.milk). I've kind of hit a bit of a plateau with my weight loss just as my coffee (black or with small amount of organic dairy cream) has increased (office job). I have between 20-24 oz of coffee a day, so 3 or less cups of coffee. Of course by weight I mean fat, not just pounds. Thanks!

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on December 10, 2010
at 04:52 PM

Thanks! I arrived at it independently, but in an imperfect way. I lost the first 50 by getting rid of gluten and soy (celiac, allergies). I lost another 20 by getting rid of all grains (even rice). And then I found the paleo community and learned some new tricks (eat organ meats, more butter!, coconut oil, IF'ing, and so on). This last piece helped get the last 10 off. Outside of a bit of stomach fat, I don't want or need to get rid of any more mass.

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on December 10, 2010
at 03:38 PM

That's awesome with the weight loss! Did you do it all Paleo? Or did you arrive at Paleo eating during your journey?

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on December 10, 2010
at 03:08 PM

I'd never give up coffee! haha I was just curious if it was beneficial or a hinderance. Congratulations on the weight loss, though, and 'adispostat' IS a great term!

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at 02:00 PM

Haha, I would never give up coffee! Thanks, I'm going to have to tinker wih my food ratios. Maybe I'm eating too many carbs.

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at 01:59 PM

I usually find myself less hungry when I drink coffee. I never thought it was the sole reason for my plateau, though. Thanks, those are good links. I'm going to have to take up ^sherpamelissa's advice and tinker with my ratios.

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I usually find myself less hungry on coffee, actually.

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If coffee is a sin then I am a sinner :)

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on December 10, 2010
at 12:49 AM

I've lost 115lbs and I drank coffee the entire time. There are a lot of other things to look at when you hit a plateau. You could look at your fat/protein/carbs ratios and change that up a bit. You could cycle your carbs/calories. You could start intermittent fasting. You could up the intensity or decrease the intensity of your workouts. Personally, I would try just about everything else before giving up coffee!

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

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on December 10, 2010
at 02:00 PM

Haha, I would never give up coffee! Thanks, I'm going to have to tinker wih my food ratios. Maybe I'm eating too many carbs.

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on December 10, 2010
at 03:04 PM

I lost 80 pounds over the last couple years. Drank coffee the whole way. I have hit plateaus three times. Each time, I altered something in my routine. I'm convinced there are many ways to skin a cat, here. The key thing is to mess with your "adipostat" (not sure if that's a real word--Stephan at Whole Health Source used it and I think it's awesome). He likens the adipostat to your thermostat that kicks the furnace on and off. Your adipostat kicks lipolysis on and off.

Intermittent Fasting is a powerful way to reset the adipostat. You can change up the IF routine and jumpstart your lipolysis.

But give up coffee? I see, at best, contradictory and weak evidence that this will help. For me, fasting without coffee and tea would be a disaster.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 10, 2010
at 03:38 PM

That's awesome with the weight loss! Did you do it all Paleo? Or did you arrive at Paleo eating during your journey?

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

(323)

on December 10, 2010
at 03:08 PM

I'd never give up coffee! haha I was just curious if it was beneficial or a hinderance. Congratulations on the weight loss, though, and 'adispostat' IS a great term!

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on December 10, 2010
at 04:52 PM

Thanks! I arrived at it independently, but in an imperfect way. I lost the first 50 by getting rid of gluten and soy (celiac, allergies). I lost another 20 by getting rid of all grains (even rice). And then I found the paleo community and learned some new tricks (eat organ meats, more butter!, coconut oil, IF'ing, and so on). This last piece helped get the last 10 off. Outside of a bit of stomach fat, I don't want or need to get rid of any more mass.

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on December 10, 2010
at 01:21 AM

There is contradictory evidence that coffee can both help and hinder weight loss.

Coffee speeds up your metabolism. It also raises the pain threshold, which allows harder workouts. However, it stimulates appetite and interferes with restful sleep (Reference).

Although coffee may have a modest positive or negative effect on fat loss, I doubt that it's the sole cause of your current plateau. It may be the stress of your office job, and the coffee is just an "innocent bystander."

For me, black coffee has been a great intermittent fasting beverage. When I drink a cup or two in the morning, I almost don't notice when I'm skipping breakfast.

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

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on December 10, 2010
at 01:56 PM

I usually find myself less hungry on coffee, actually.

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

(323)

on December 10, 2010
at 01:59 PM

I usually find myself less hungry when I drink coffee. I never thought it was the sole reason for my plateau, though. Thanks, those are good links. I'm going to have to take up ^sherpamelissa's advice and tinker with my ratios.

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on December 09, 2010
at 10:47 PM

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on December 09, 2010
at 11:38 PM

If coffee is a sin then I am a sinner :)

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on September 15, 2014
at 11:30 AM

Some claim that caffeine will help you lose weight and it is included in a large amount of weight loss pills. Mostly the loss comes from the exercise you do following you're hyped up on it, not really from a faster metabolism. And when you put a lot of sugar as well as cream in it, coffee will make you gain weight. If you want to really improve your metabolism, drink lots of water every day, it truely does work.

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on September 15, 2014
at 11:05 AM

Drinking coffee with caffeine may slightly helps in weight loss, just keep your coffee or any caffeinated beverages to only 2 per day not more than that.

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on December 10, 2010
at 01:47 AM

I prefer taking Hoodia Gordonii herbs for it really helps. I also tried Cayenne, I used to sprinkle it on my spicy food. Cayenne has the capsaicin ingredient that aids in stimulating digestion and saliva and it also helps improves your metabolism. I advice everyone to choose the natural way because that program will help you learn to change your lifestyle completely.

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