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BLUEHORSE17 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/18/13 8:27 P

Almond milk is good. I love it more than soy, goat, and rice milk. :)

DEPTYDAWG Posts: 111
11/18/13 8:21 P

I mix my morning protein drink (Syntrax Trophix 5.0 chocolate) in iced coffee for a low cal mocha protein/caffeine start to the day

SPARKYMEG85 SparkPoints: (165)
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11/18/13 12:47 P

I never thought to use almond milk, but I love it in smoothies and cereal. Do you use the vanilla flavored in your coffee?

11/18/13 12:39 P

coffee with unsweetened almond milk.... for me... 30 calories for a cup of milk... does not make me gain weight

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
11/18/13 12:30 P

caffeine is considered to be a diuretic. As long as you aren't adding calories, it can cause you to go to the bathroom more often, and cause a small weight loss. This is only temporary, and a one time shot. Even if you go back and retain those 3 lbs of water weight, and can re-lose it daily, it isn't new weight loss, just shifts in water weight. Not worth mentioning.

The idea of thermogenic dietary effects, or staying awake longer burning more calories may be true, but if you lose a lb, because you aren't sleeping enough, and your heart is racing.. are the benefits worth the risk?

Coffee as a weight loss method ( or caffeine ), isn't a great idea. Having a cup of decaf coffee, black would be a better option if you like the taste, but a cup of coffee will most likely not have much effect on you positive or negative. The entire diet matters, and focusing on one thing just eliminates the other 100 factors, which all need to be looked at.

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,451
11/18/13 12:16 P

I drink coffee with a little bit of cream and sugar in the morning and it hasn't really hindered losing weight. Of course I measure.

As another poster stated those fancy coffee drinks that pack a calorie punch would definitely cause weight gain. Unless its a rare treat

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11/17/13 11:51 P

I think it all just boils down to whether or not you put stuff in your coffee and if you do how much you put in. Like you could just have it black or with a little milk... Or you could add in something like half creamer like one of my cousins does haha!

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
11/17/13 10:56 P

I have read a lot of good things about coffee helping with weight loss.

GYPSYGOTH SparkPoints: (94,944)
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11/16/13 6:58 P

Coffee, make you gain weight? How preposterous! Never heard that one!

Unless, of course, instead of "coffee" (black), you mean "coffee drinks" like the sugar bombs masquerading as fancy lattes at Starbucks. Those will make you fatter than a hippo's mama in no time at all.

Coffee is excellent for you as it's full of antioxidants, as long as you use a paper filter (which helps remove some icky oils that may not be so awesome for you-- alas, french press is the tastiest, but worst for you!), drink it in relative moderation, and don't add a bunch of sugar!

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
11/16/13 9:09 A

I drink 2 cups every morning and notice no effect either way.

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (107,108)
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11/16/13 9:06 A

No single food causes you to gain or lose weight. You have to look at your intake as a whole.

Coffee, in itself, is neutral. It's about 5 calories a cup but it's what you add to the coffee that makes the calories rack up. Too much sugar, cream/creamer, etc. can make that little cup of coffee into a LOT of calories. Don't believe me? Look at a Starbucks menu. They have coffee drinks there that have as many calories as their breakfast sandwiches.

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11/16/13 1:42 A

I hear you about the staying awake factor. I found out that when I have coffee I need to drink it at least 4-5 hours before I go to bed or I can't sleep haha!

ANARIE Posts: 13,184
11/16/13 12:14 A

Coffee actually turns out not to be a diuretic. Everyone always thought it was, but it's not. The stimulant effect of the caffeine can make you need a restroom sooner/more often, but it doesn't make you retain or release fluids; it just hurries up the muscles and nerves that control the urge.

The research around coffee and caffeine is always changing, but right now, the general consensus is that it's probably not harmful and may be helpful. People who drink moderate amounts, about 2 cups daily, have lower rates of type 2 diabetes, pancreatic cancer, and liver cancer, and they may be more resistant to Alzheimer's. The evidence isn't enough to recommend starting to drink it if you don't already, but if you like it, a couple of cups a day won't hurt you.

Personally, I find that it reduces my appetite, but for some people it has the opposite effect. And of course, you have to be careful if it keeps you awake. Lack of sleep is a huge factor in weight control.

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11/15/13 6:23 P

Whoa... That totally explains it! I've always wondered why people offer coffee with dessert and I've noticed lately when I've been drinking coffee I don't feel hungry as soon.Thank you!

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11/15/13 7:19 A

Caffeine is not a proven cause of cellulite. Caffeine rubs *may* temporarily reduce the sight of cellulite but again, not proven. More research is needed.

Caffeine is a diuretic and helps release fluid retention. As long as it doesn't contain sugar, sugar causes fluid retention.

Caffeine can increase the amount of fat burned because it increases your heart rate *but* your body adapts to caffeine quickly and even then the effects are minimal and do not have a significant effect on overall fat loss. That's why so many diet pills contain caffeine.

Caffeine can act as an appetite suppressant which may help you abstain from dessert after a meal.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 11/15/2013 (07:29)
BLURREDLINES SparkPoints: (5,610)
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11/15/13 2:30 A

Now that would be great!!!!

BLUEHORSE17 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/15/13 2:13 A

Hmm that sure is interesting. Never heard of it before until now. Maybe someone else can comment here and elaborate more on it.

BLURREDLINES SparkPoints: (5,610)
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11/15/13 2:04 A

They say that coffee can actually be a cause of cellulite yet if you use ground coffee or filter coffee and of course all of that that stays behind in the filter you take when you shower and rub it on the affected areas and apparently it reduces the sight thereof so it seems taking it in can cause or worsen it because of dehydration if drank to much on a daily basis yet the left over thereof can be beneficial?
That is what I have heard not sure how true or correct this is however.
Might be interesting to scratch a big deeper and get to the bottom thereof?

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11/15/13 1:39 A

I've never heard of that myth before. What's the story behind it?

BLURREDLINES SparkPoints: (5,610)
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11/15/13 1:27 A

Yes I must say that I love a nice cuppa coffee in the morning but during the day it is Rooibos tea with honey and a dash of lemon.
Coffee actually lets you keep water back and therefor people say it makes you gain weigh, it is water retention.
So like most things to much of a good thing is not good :-)
Anyway hopes this helps.
And then there is another topic of coffee and cellulite if you can maybe debunk that myth?

BLUEHORSE17 SparkPoints: (0)
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11/15/13 12:56 A

I have heard both sides of the story and am wondering which side is necessarily true. I have heard some say that coffee does help you lose weight, and others say it makes you gain. Personally, I don't think coffee helps you lose weight, and I believe that you only gain weight from it depending on what you put in it (creamer, sugar, honey, etc).

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