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Message Board > Miscellaneous > Caffeine and weight ( Moderated by Deepika, EleanorSews, CynthiaSue)

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Caffeine and weight
Especially in middle-age
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Date: 5/6/13 11:04 AM

(...or a bit past middle-age, lol).

Has anyone found that reducing or eliminating caffeine from their diet has resulted in weight loss? I was surprised to learn yesterday online that caffeine can contribute to excess cortisol production (cortisol is essential to the body, but under stress some people's bodies overproduce it and this contributes to midsection fat).

Yes, I found this information about caffeine and cortisol on medical sites, not on ads for products or on Dr. Oz or something.

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Date: 5/6/13 2:07 PM

I've just heard that exercise can help reduce cortisol production.
To what degree all these theories add up, I am not sure. I am growing wary of micro-processes becoming chapters in books...

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Date: 5/6/13 2:10 PM

I think a couple of cups of coffee each day is good for you.. (aka You can't have my coffee )
Sure less calories than soda..

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Date: 5/6/13 3:05 PM

I'm sure exercise can help reduce cortisol production. I'm making a list of the different factors that help. (I should try walking around the block while I make the list. )



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Date: 5/6/13 3:27 PM

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(aka You can't have my coffee )



Okey-dokey, then. (Backs off slowly...)

Regarding whether coffee is good for you and/or bad for you ("and/or" is probably the answer), there are probably a number of factors involved. One of the statements I read concerning a study that was done was "Caffeine did not acutely elevate cortisol levels in the absence of stress." But during periods of stress, it did increase cortisol levels.

The details of the study get too complicated for me, but here it is.

This all seems to be part of a larger picture for me -- cortisol, long-term stress, thyroid... There's a connection, especially as women get older.

I found an interesting web article here by a woman OB/GYN, HERE. One thing she says is
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Regular meals, especially breakfast, including high-quality protein with each meal and snack, avoiding sugar, and moderating caffeine intake can make you much more resilient to stress.

I like it.

I'm going to at least try cutting back on caffeine. I normally drink 2-2.5 mugs of fairly strong coffee in the morning, and at least one cup of strong tea during the day. I don't have to cut caffeine out totally, but for a while I think I'll cut it back substantially and see what happens. I'm hoping this -- PLUS increasing exercise somewhat -- will help regulate not only my weight but my thryroid levels. Like she says in the article
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many women are caught off-guard when they are diagnosed with a thyroid disorder. ...The fact is, if youve been experiencing chronic stress, stress hormones may have been inhibiting your thyroid function for years.


So, I'm getting a clearer picture of how this all works together. I can't make the chronic stress totally disappear, but I can manage things better.

Maybe I'll sleep better, too? This might be another piece of the puzzle. (Replacing my old mattress will also help, not that I can do that for a while.)


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Date: 5/6/13 3:32 PM

When I was young and wanted to loose a few pounds, I would drink coffee as an energy boost to help replace that lost from the reduction of calories in my diet.

I never developed a craving for caffeine.

If doc's is okay with your intake of coffee, enjoy.

You do know the medical field tells you one thing today and then, 10 years down the road reverses their decision!


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Date: 5/6/13 3:40 PM

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When I was young and wanted to loose a few pounds, I would drink coffee for the boost of energy depleted from the reduction of calories my diet.

I never developed a craving for caffeine.

If doc's is okay with your intake of coffee, enjoy.

Doctors generally tend to recommend cutting back on caffeine as we get older -- not necessarily cutting it out.

I could do all kinds of things when I was young that I can't do now, lol. I sometimes could lose 2-3 pounds in a weekend. If I could do that now, it would probably mean something was wrong and I should go to the doctor.


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Date: 5/6/13 4:45 PM

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Has anyone found that reducing or eliminating caffeine from their diet has resulted in weight loss?

Yes, and it was not a side effect I expected.

I stopped drinking coffee and anything with caffeine this past December. I only drank one cup of coffee in the morning and on the rare day another half a cup so not a lot of coffee at all really. I stopped because even that small amount felt stressful on the body and at 58 it was feeling extra and unnecessarily so. In the weeks following the quitting I lost a bit of fat. Not a large amount but I became a little leaner, enough that I noticed.

Sometimes I miss the taste of coffee and the fun of caffeine but I without it I feel less stressed and calmer physically. I won't be taking up that habit again.

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Date: 5/6/13 5:02 PM

Now, are we talking about coffee with our without Baileys??

I usually have a cuppa tea (regular Red Rose tea which I believe is an orange pekoe tea) in the morning. Then at lunch on occasion ( maybe twice a week) I will make enough coffee for two mugs. (Or more tea) That is it. I try to drink a lot more water through out the day I also exercise a lot more.

I used to have two cups of coffee in the morning and a few more through out the day every day. Sadly, not a lot of weight loss - but I blame my Polycystic Ovaries for that. I sure do feel a lot better and calmer too.

As far as I know the kind of tea I drink has the same amount of caffeine as coffee. But then I was surprised to learn that the darker the roast of coffee the less caffeine the coffee has. Apparently roasting the beans kills caffeine.

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Date: 5/6/13 5:10 PM

I have found if I have caffine after say 1:00 pm I don't sleep at night. So I have one cup in the morning and one glass of tea at lunch. I don't guess that much caffine would hurt a person.

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