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SLIMTHICK2 SparkPoints: (85,093)
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6/17/13 4:38 P

no I have too much dairy with it.

ONTHEPATH2 SparkPoints: (83,291)
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6/17/13 3:49 P

I don't have much caffeine - so I would say no. Don't drink coffee or tea, restrict pop to one can or less a day. Not eating much chocolate or other caffeine containing foods!

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6/17/13 2:55 P

I don't drink caffeine as part of my routine, but I do end up having more than I should, I'm sure, through random diet cokes and coffee drinks. I think those drinks probably hurt my weight loss because of the sugar (fake and real), but I haven't noticed the caffeine having much effect.

MOMMAGPLUS11 Posts: 2,669
6/17/13 1:40 P

yes, helps me keep my weight under control

6/17/13 1:39 P

I have at least one cup of coffee every morning so I won't get headaches/migraines (Dr. recommended), and it helps me not to be hungry between breakfast and lunch, but if I have soda or chocolate, not sure if it's the caffeine or the sugar, I can't resist other unhealthy things, like it stimulates my appetite.

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6/17/13 1:02 P


ANARIE Posts: 12,619
6/17/13 12:53 P

Stimulants affect different people in different ways. Just look at Ritalin-- it's a stimulant that calms some people! Caffeine is the same. Certain people find it stimulating even in small amounts, while others find that a small amount is actually calming. My dad almost always has a cup of coffee right before he goes to bed; that little bit of caffeine helps him sleep. Personally, I find that a small amount of caffeine suppresses my appetite and gives me greater self-control, but a lot of it will make me hungry.

If you lose self-control after taking caffeine, there are a lot of likely explanations. One that most people overlook is the possibility that the caffeine is an effect, not a cause. It could be that you're unusually hungry or jittery without being fully aware of it, and you instinctively go for the caffeine to try to calm it, but the caffeine just fails to work. In that case, the caffeine isn't really causing the other issues; the other issues cause BOTH the hunger AND the caffeine consumption.

Either way, if you have a reaction to caffeine that you don't like, you can always just avoid caffeine. It's not something you need, and eliminating it can save money as well as making you feel better, so it's worth trying to kick it.

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6/17/13 10:04 A

How are you getting your caffeine? If it is in diet soda, aspartame can have that affect on people.

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NAUSIKAA Posts: 4,848
6/17/13 9:21 A

Caffeine is an appetite suppressant. It's not the strongest one out there, but it's not bad.

I wonder if the acidity in the coffee is the problem. Do you add milk/cream? If it's really acidic, it may be mildly irritating your stomach, making you almost automatically search for other food, especially something like bread or crackers or cheese to absorb the acid or even out the pH.

I don't consume caffeine anymore because I had to stop at some point for health reasons and just never started again. I drink tons of tea though. I am kind of considering going back to coffee for the appetite suppressant effects.

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6/17/13 8:42 A


MLAN613 SparkPoints: (190,952)
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6/17/13 8:26 A

Nope, not at all.

6/17/13 7:55 A

Does not seem to affect me either way.

REDPANDA10 Posts: 347
6/17/13 7:51 A

When I gave up caffeine it had a dramatic effect in reducing my blood pressure but i never noticed much difference re my appetite.

THINJIM1 Posts: 3,030
6/17/13 7:46 A

I only drink one, maybe two cuts in the morning so it really does not effect my diet.

SCHOPPEK Posts: 1,036
6/17/13 7:38 A

Hasn't affected my appetite, but will affect my attitude if I don't have my morning coffee. emoticon

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6/17/13 7:18 A

Not in the least! I have the same two cups of coffee every morning and have for years. I don't drink anything else with caffeine in it.

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6/17/13 6:35 A

I find it curbs cravings in my experience. When I have a cup of coffee I lose my appetite. When I was overweight I'd drink 2 12 oz cups in the morning and wouldn't feel like eating anything until noon.

I've decreased the amount of coffee I drink now to about 6 oz in the morning. Although I just got a Tassimo in a Tim Horton's giveaway this week so I've been having a second speciality coffee in the afternoon or early evening.

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6/17/13 6:00 A

I have never experienced this. i guess, in part, it might be that a lot of people eat something when they have a coffee, so coffee becomes associated with food - much like a smoker/coffee, or beer/smoke. Often if you want to stop one, you need to stop or control the other as well.

IF you are finding it a problem for you, then perhaps it would be best to find an alternative to coffee!


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6/17/13 4:21 A

I would not worry about it as I grew up only having coffee (we had nothing else in the house) I have not had any problems at 69.

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6/17/13 1:54 A

I have noticed that as I have caffeine, I tend to lose self control over what I eat (giving in to stronger cravings) and am noticing a link there! Caffeine has many different affects on peoples bodies chemistry including insulin resistance but what I want to know is, has anyone else recognized that caffeine has a negative affect on their self control?

I'm sure that many people will side with coffee or caffeine not having any affect on their appetite or may even say that coffee has helped curb their appetite.! Also coffee is not the only source for caffeine so this question is not just about coffee! My question isn't if caffeine hasn't affected your appetite! Many people haven't modified their caffeine intake in a controlled manner to even make a quantified judgment on this matter. But if you have and you were able to notice a difference, I would like to hear of your experience!

Thanks for your replies!

Edited by: HEALTHY4UNI at: 6/17/2013 (09:34)
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