I have heard that both coffee and artificial sweeteners cause weight gain. With coffee, it's not so much the weight gain, but it affects your blood sugar levels even if there is no sugar or milk in it. I'm not sure why but I saw this on the View. Artificial sweeteners can cause weight gain because your body recognizes the sweetness of the artificial sweetener and eventually stops differentiating between artificial and real sweeteners and stops telling you when you've had enough of a sweet food. (if this makes sense)
Oh! and before I forget, a word about diet drinks! First of all, they are loaded with artificial sweeteners, 2nd of all, they are packed with sodium too. Drink enough of them, your going to feel like the Goodyear blimp from all the water retention!
Coffee is like most things: in moderation, it is fine, overdoing it can cause serious problems like the ones mentioned below like hypertension, anxiety, nervousness, deyhdration. A couple of cups in the morning isn't going to do that kind of damage. Also, you need to take a peek at what goes into your coffee. A cup of black coffee has about 5 calories. When you start adding creamers and flavored things, the calories start adding up really fast! So the solution to that problem would be to use artificial sweeteners right?.....wrong. First of all, anything so chemically enhanced cannot be good for us. I think the way it has been explained to me is that when you eat something with sugar in it, the body recognizes that as a simple carb with calories, and burns it off or stores it accordingly. When people start to use the artificial calorie free sweeteners, the body starts to learn "sweet stuff = no calories, I don't need to burn this off". So then when you do actually eat somethign with the real thing in it, the body is still thinking it's the fake stuff, and doesn't see the need to burn it off, and stores it. Not pretty stuff!
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I actually have heard that caffeine can be bad for weight loss which is weird considering it is what is in a lot of the weight loss pills. Hum. I know my mom started drinking caffeine free pop/soda years ago because of that. Not sure. Me on caffeine means no sleep that night so I don't know too much about it personally.
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I too have been wondering about artificial sweeteners... Do they create a chemical reaction in the body causes it to gain or hold on to weight?
I had heard from a friend that there was some research out there about diet coke causing the body to create more fat cells. The research said that there was an ingredient in diet coke that the body could not digest which it then stored in the fat cells to keep it from causing harm. Since it required fat cells to keep it safe, the body then made more fat cells...
That tid-bit of info was enough to put me off diet coke... and even diet pepsi just in case. But what I wonder was which ingredient it was and if it is found in all diet drinks or sweeteners?
Another question on sodas in general... they say that drinking soda is bad for your bone density, because of the carbonation. Just curious...does anyone know if that includes natural sparkling water?
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I believe that there is some link between artificial sweeteners and weight plateaus. BUT... I am not sure what it is. My FIL is a cancer researcher and has been involved in some of the research into artificial sweeteners and cancer. But, in his research, what he has found is that the reason why there tends to be a corrolation between weight gain and plateaus and artificial sweeteners is because when people switch to artificial sweeteners, they haven't changed their diets the way they should and are more likely to consume unhealthier foods. This is really with diet sodas more than sweeteners for coffee. I drink 2 cups of coffee a day with splenda.
Oh and this is from Diet Doctor Gillian McKeith:
"Coffee contains caffeine-a stimulant drug also present in tea nd cola drinks. When you drink too much coffee, your blood pressure rises, leaving you feeling anxious and restless. The paradox is that although coffee is a stimulant, it overworks the adrenal glands, tiring out both them and you.
More over, all coffee, even decaf can stimulate skin again, It also reducing the absorption of iron and zinc by upto 50%, which can compromise your immune system. Wean yourself off coffee slowly. Instead start drinking a rotation of herbal teas, such as peppermint, camomile, dandelion, nettle and red clover"
But... like I said... I LOVA ME A CUP A COFFEE! And while I have cut back to two cups a day, I don't think I could ever give it up entirely. I even have gone to decaf... I just love the way it tastes!
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I am a coffee addict too. Its a endorphin rush. So at first it might not make you hungry. But when the effects are not working any more you may eat. Because your tired or your depressed. I know their are alot of times coffee doesn't work for me in the afternoon. I will keep trying to drink it, because I am constantly looking for what coffee will give me. People don't just drink coffee, because it taste great. In fact its not on any of my craving list for taste. Unless it in ice cream with chocolate. Sometimes it also makes my stomach upset. But its not that noticeable. I could take that upset stomach as being hungry. So then I will get something to eat and it will settle my stomach down. I don't know about artifical sweeetners, becuase I use the real thing.
Ok, I tried to search for an answer but I have yet to find one. If there a link between either coffee and weight gain (or no weight loss) and/or artificial sweeteners and weight gain (or no weight loss)? Since my son was born, 3 years ago, I've become quite the coffee addict. Neither my DD (now 5) and my DS (now 3) were good sleepers and in the beginning the caffeine was essential. Now it's just a habit. But I've been beating my head on the wall as to why I've not lost any weight and have actually gained several pounds in the last 3 years. I am usually pretty careful with my diet, I had gastric bypass 8 years ago and can't really have much sugar or fat. And in the last year my exercising has increased probably more than 100% cause I've started doing CrossFit. I've seen the change in inches from fat to muscle, and I can even see those sexy muscles in my shoulders!!! But the pant sizes and the fat on my body just do not seem to be going anywhere. August is my "refresh and renew" month, my surgery anniversary is the 18th and my birthday is the 16th, so my plan is to cut out the artificial sweeteners, I'm a diet coke fan, too. I don't think that will be nearly as difficult as giving up the caffeine, though. Any thoughts? All will be appreciated. Thanks, Penny
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