Can caffeine have an effect on my weight loss?




Yes, it can do. 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 naturally increase your metabolism in a significant way by eliminating or limiting refined processed carbohydrates (apart from the occasional treat) and replacing them with ‘fat burning’ foods. If you are unsure what these foods are, you will find a list of refined processed carbohydrates and a list of fat burning foods, further down this page, listed under Sources and Related Links.

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.

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