I don't want to be a party pooper! Here is something to think about when trying to lose weight.Counterproductive Caffeine and Coffee
Is it a challenge to get through the day without a coffee? Do you feel the need to have a hit of Java to get going or to keep going when you need a quick pick-me-up?
Enter the world of human physiology counter productivity…..Not staying “Milieu interieur”
A typical morning in a workplace……people arrive and then make a run for the coffee shop and sometimes a nicely toasted slice of banana bread to go with it…..an hour or so passes and it’s someone’s shout for a mid morning brew. Before you know it is lunch time and another cup has found its way to your lips. How the body works, simple form:
Our body is in a constant state of activity. When we are at work our brain is working overtime with everything that is going on in the day. This super activity cannot be sustained for very long and the brain starts to reallocate energy to other areas. This is why we start to lose focus, yawn (brain trying to catch up) and concentration diminishes. Every hour or so you should take a break and let the brain refresh and rejuvenate. Simply zone out and do something less taxing.
So what do we do? Instead of giving our central nervous system the time it NEEDS to recover and relax, we EXCITE and stimulate every last neuron by grabbing a cup of coffee or some other source of caffeine.Counterproductive.
Caffeine decreases carbohydrate tolerance and acute insulin sensitivity; this is a problem if you have a carbohydrate breakfast and include coffee with that breakfast. Combining a carbohydrate meal with a caffeinated beverage is not a great combination. And essentially it’s another reason why the typical banana bread and coffee breakfast is making people fat.
Caffeine acutely affects insulin sensitivity, which means your body will have to shell out more insulin to deal with carbohydrates, which in turn inhibits hormone-sensitive lipase. Hormone-sensitive lipase is the key enzyme in the mobilisation of fatty acids from adipose tissue. When the body cannot convert the carbohydrates it has just consumed to energy it will it will store it for later use. If you constantly repeat this process of insulin release, the stored fat will never be converted to energy and the cycle continues….
Then there's the effects of Caffeine on the Adrenal Glands which results in Adrenal Fatigue amongst other things....an entire other article.
Remember, your social coffees/tea is loaded with calories with no
nutritional benefits. Make an informed choice when you drink beverages. For health benefits Green Tea is another substitute or drink herbal tea which has no caffeine or tannin.
Sure coffee tastes great and makes us feel better, but at what cost???
Let the bashing commence!!! Reference
Forced Results Nutrition Clean Up. 2009
Dane Simmonds & Cherie Cowin