Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Less-Than-Stellar Option #7: Caffeine
We’ve come to my Achilles’ heel – and I’m not alone.
More than half of us drink 3-4 cups of coffee every day.
Maybe you do it for energy, maybe because you’ve heard some studies show caffeine enhances your workout performance and helps burn fat.
But don’t chug the pot of coffee just yet.
It’s true pure caffeine in moderate doses (200-400 milligrams a day) can elevate metabolism by up to 6%, improve cognitive function, and even inhibit insulin resistance.
Here’s the catch.
Nonorganic coffee (or Red Bull or Diet Coke) isn’t going to give you any fat-burning effect.
Those studies were done using isolated caffeine as a supplement, paired with other specific substances, in a tightly controlled lab setting.
It doesn’t apply to caffeine paired with excitotoxins or sugar or milk solids or whatever else is lurking in your cup or can.
Even worse, when caffeine is abused, it damages your metabolism and hormone balance.
Caffeine stimulates your central nervous system, which makes your endocrine system think you’re threatened in some way.
With that third cup of coffee at your desk each day, you kick your body into fight-or-flight mode while you’re just checking e-mail.
Your adrenals pump out epinephrine and norepinephrine.
These 2 stress hormones set into motion a cascade of fattening hormonal actions: Your liver releases blood sugar for quick energy, your pancreas spits out insulin to counter the sugar, your blood sugar dips because of the insulin’s actions.
Also, your blood vessels constrict, making you feel like your blood sugar is dipping even further, so you head for the vending machine.
Ever notice how you crave something sweet somewhere between the first and second cup of coffee?
That’s your body reacting to this sudden feeling of blood sugar shortage.
The acids in one cup of coffee will elevate your cortisol for up to 14 hours.
Now, if you sip caffeinated drinks all day, you switch on your stress reaction over and over – your short-term energy burns out, you grab another cup, repeat the hormonal cycle again, and effectively turn yourself into an addict.
Caffeine abuse overstimulates and eventually wears down your adrenals; it also inflicts the long-term effects of real stress in your body: Oxygen flow to your brain slows, your immune system is suppressed, the excess cortisol increases your appetite and encourages fat to pack on your belly, and your continued insulin spikes help create insulin resistance.
To make matters worse, when it’s time to restore yourself with rest, the caffeine you drank during the daytime may prevent you from getting adequate sleep at night – and you now know lack of sleep itself creates insulin resistance.
The phosphoric acid in colas and coffee interferes with your calcium absorption.
In addition to being brutal on your bones, this calcium deficiency – and the caffeine itself – can make the symptoms of PMS much worse, including increased breast tenderness, irritability, and nervousness.
The National Academy of Sciences released a report claiming caffeinated beverages can be calculated in your daily water intake – but if you ask me, that’s bogus.
Caffeine is a diuretic, draining water from your body exactly when you’re trying to flush out toxins.
When you’re dehydrated, your blood volume decreases, reducing the amount of oxygen that can get to your muscles, making them less effective at burning fat.
There’s no debate here: Get your water from water.
Hormone Homework: Take this opportunity to transition to green tea. You’ll still get a caffeine boost, but green tea has been shown to promote fat oxidation at rest and is believed to prevent obesity and improve insulin sensitivity. Green tea also reduces the risk of breast and prostate cancer. But take note: Part of the reason green tea works is by lowering the amount of circulating sex hormones in your body. In other words, while it helps reduce dangerous levels of estrogen, it also lowers testosterone – so tread lightly. No more than 1 cup a day.
Limit yourself to 1-2 caffeinated beverages a day, and drink 1 extra glass of water for every caffeinated beverage you drink. Make sure you finish drinking both of them by noon. I want that caffeine completely out of your system by nightfall.
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