Coffee and Weight Loss

There are as many ways to take your coffee as there are alarm clocks. Its a ritual for most of us, and I am no exception. My day just doesnt seem right if I miss my morning dose! Have you ever noticed how it feels like someone REALLY knows you well if they know how to order coffee for you? Most days I take mine with a swirl of Agave Nectar and a big splash of fat free 1/2 & 1/2.

Well, what I am about to share with you may come as a surpriseits not just the cream and sugar that most people enjoy with their morning cup that may be interfering with weight loss efforts, although sugar and cream surely dont help! What about how it effects your internal chemistry? At Xcalibur Fitness Programs, the idea is to create the perfect storm against your fat cellsexercise, nutrition, rest, and flexibility formulas working together to get results! These results happen when your weight loss hormones get balanced.  Lets take a look at what happens if coffee is more than just 1 cup of morning joe to you

What does coffee do to your hormones? The acids in just one cup of coffee can elevate your cortisol for over 12 hours!! Cortisol increases your appetite and increases abdominal fat stores.

And its that 2nd, 3rd and 4th cup that puts your body into fight or flight response.

Caffine is a CNS stimulant (Central Nervous System). Fight or Flight mode means your body is pumping epinephrine and norepinephrine in high doses. These are stress hormones which raise your blood sugar levels; which in turn causes a spike in your insulin; which then causes a blood sugar crash. This hormone cycle INCREASES YOUR FAT STORES and works against all of your healthy eating and exercising habbits. Now, imagine what you are doing to your body if you sip on caffinated beverages (like coffee) all day long??? Even if you are swinging on a hammock between palm trees, you have simulated stressover, and over, and over again throughout your day.

On the outside, this continuous cycling of stress hormones may feel like some pep in your step, or like you got a second wind for your day. But on the inside, it islowering your immune system,increasing your appetite and fat storage,making you more resistant to insulin (think DIABETES), anddehydrating your systems.

Dehydration means less overall blood volume, which equals less oxygen distribution to your muscles and brain. Less oxygen to your muscles causes you to be less effective at burning fat, and less oxygen to your brain can lead to chronic fatigue and adrenal failure.

How good does that cup of coffee sound now?

Join me in the switch to green teathis change can improve fat oxidation, insulin sensitivity, as well as a host of other health benefits. Just remember, everything in moderation.  One cup of coffee, BEFORE NOON, and then a cup or two of green tea throughout the rest of the day.