Coffee and Dieting
Coffee and Dieting. Information on Dieting and Coffee.
An estimated 85 percent of Americans drink coffee, tea or soft drinks. However sadly, most of them are unaware or simply ignore the fact that there is a downside to caffeine consumption. High doses of caffeine can cause anxiety, dizziness, headache and can also interfere with normal sleep. It has also been said that too much caffeine results in an increase in smoking, especially for young women between 18-22. And of course, it leads to weight gain. Therefore, if you want to maintain good health and are planning to shed a few pounds, it is best to restrict the intake of caffeine in your dieting menu.
Coffee is fat free – but do not be misled by this. A mocha made with fat-free milk may be without fat, but it is loaded with sugars and is calorie dense. If you like the sweeter coffee choices, be aware that although the drink may be fat-free, you can still jeopardize your diet with too many empty calories. Plus there is another aspect to it. By avoiding sugars, the body can become more effective at burning the stored body fat. Yes, coffee in your diet can negatively affect blood sugar, which will affect the body’s ability to burn fat. Caffeine does this by enhancing the effect of two hormones (adrenaline and glucagon). These two hormones release stored sugar from the liver resulting in high blood sugar.
And when blood sugar levels are high, large amounts of insulin (which regulates your blood sugar levels) are dumped into your blood stream. Now, what can insulin do with the excess glucose (sugar)? The easiest thing for insulin to do is to store it in your body as fat.
What can you do if you cannot simply live without coffee? You can attempt to restrict caffeine if you are dieting. Do not take more than 2 mugs every day. Avoid eating carbs with coffee. You must also exercise for at least 3-4 days every week to burn those extra calories. Regularly walk for at least 30-40 minutes.