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Caffeine can actually raise cortisol levels, which in-turn, make you want glucose due to rising insulin levels, which makes you eat more. I try to stay away from caffeine as much as i can. decaf as much as possible.
The only way that caffeine can harm your weight loss is if it keeps you from getting enough sleep. That's important; we're finding that lack of sleep can cause weight gain even if calories are controlled.
But as long as you're 100% positive that it's not affecting your sleep, then caffeinated coffee has slightly more health benefits than decaf. Drinking a moderate amount of coffee (about 2 cups) is associated with lower rates of a few rare but deadly cancers, and it seems to help balance blood sugar in people who are NOT diabetic. (It makes it worse for people who are already diabetic, though.) This is just an association; that doesn't mean coffee actually protects against cancer. It could be that people who drink coffee have some other habit to go along with the coffee. That means that people shouldn't start drinking coffee just because of the possibility of benefits, but it does mean that people who already drink and like coffee shouldn't feel like they have to quit for the sake of their health.
I drink regular. Switching to decaf has nothing to do with losing weight. Black coffee barely has any calories.... it is all the milks and sugars that you add to a coffee that pack on calories, so it doesn't matter if the coffee itself is decaf or regular for losing weight.
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When I was in college over 30yrs ago my Dr. told me I was allergic to caffeine and should avoid it. I ignored his advice.. Now I am 54 and have alot of stomach issues and I LOVE MY COFFEE so finally decided maybe I should try and eliminate caffeine from my diet. I headed to Starbucks cause I like my coffee strong and I figured if they didn't have a strong decaf then I wasn't going to drink it. I purchased a decaf from them and started drinking Decaf. It was good. I now drink Great Value Decaf from WalMart and I love it too. The stomach issues have gone away.. hmmmm The Dr. was right? I think Decaf could be best for those of us who are allergic or have stomach issues but it's a preference too.
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I drink decaf, and very little nowadays due to stomach issues, although I was weaned on starbucks triple shots and absolutely love the stuff. As a nurse we recommend decaf for people with high blood pressure, heart disease, vein diseases, migraines, kidney disease, diabetes and such... to reduce health problems, otherwise in a overweight but otherwise healthy individual, moderation is the key... not too much of any one thing, including caffeine.
Edited by: SLEEPYNURSEMOM at: 5/20/2011 (23:32)
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