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Is coffee good for me?
A common question that gets asked on the Stay Strong Mummy forum is “what is our opinion on coffee?”
Is it healthy? Is it unhealthy? How much should you have and so on….
It’s no secret that we are coffee lovers! It’s a daily ritual that borderlines obsessive! Only kidding ….obsessive may be a strong word, but we like it. We like it a lot. It’s a little habit that we enjoy as part of our daily routine and we’re guessing, that aren’t alone here. A little bit of coffee trivia states an estimated 400 billion cups are consumed yearly around the world. Australia ranks 28 in the top 50 countries for world coffee consumption. Finland is ranked number 1 consumers of coffee!
We’ve answered a couple of questions below to cut through the confusion for the mum’s who love their coffee, just as much as we do.
Can coffee help you lose weight?
Research shows that just one cup of coffee can increase your metabolism up to 4% helping you burn more calories, but before you get too excited this increase is mostly effective when you are not overweight to start with. Coffee has compounds that can help reduce the absorption of fat. It is also said to help reduce your appetite! A shot of black coffee before a workout can also stimulate fat loss as it assists the body use fat as an energy source instead of glycogen stores.
Can coffee sabotage my fat loss results?
This can greatly depend on how you drink your coffee and how much you drink! If you are trying to drop kilos we recommend in the Stay Strong Mummy Fitness Plan to swap the standard milky cappuccino and opt for a long black or a non-sweetened almond milk latte. If you’re consuming more than a few shots of coffee a day you may be more susceptible to increasing the stress hormone cortisol, which makes it very hard for your body to burn body fat, especially around the stomach.
Is coffee unhealthy for me?
We are true believer’s in bio-individuality; what may be good for one person may not be good for another. For some coffee lover’s, caffeine has little or no effect at all. My husband can have a cup of brew before bed and fall straight to sleep! While others, like me, have to restrict intake to the earlier part of the day otherwise i’ll myself still counting sheep at midnight!
Other common side effects of caffeine are heart palpitations, increased anxiety and altered hormonal balance. Coffee can also be taxing on the liver, making it hard for the body to eliminate toxins from the body.
Tune in –
Tune into your morning cup of coffee. Ask your self do I feel energized and alert or anxious and tired?
Does it help me concentrate? Or am I more scattered and less focused?
Am I always tired but can’t get too sleep?
Some may find 1-3 cups a day is perfect for them. While others know having more than 1 or 2 can send them over the edge!
Whether you like your coffee long, short, black or white – take your time to enjoy it and remember moderation is the key.
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