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coffee ok in low-cal diet?(13 posts)

coffee ok in low-cal diet?Brent
Jan 24, 2002 12:18 AM
Is it ok to drink a cup or two of coffee every morning if I'm on a low calorie diet? I've GOT to have something to get me going. Just wondering.
re: coffee ok in low-cal diet?John-d
Jan 24, 2002 3:34 AM
IMHO as you get older you would do well to cut down on coffee. I stopped my morning coffee about 10 months ago and feel much better as a result. When you say a cup or two in the morning is this followed by a cup or two midday, afternoon, evening etc. etc.?

Why are you on a low calorie diet, are you a cyclist or just trying to slim? A lower fat diet properly balanced would be better because you need energy to ride and you would still lose weight. Perhaps one of the reasons you need the coffee to get going is because you are tired due to your diet.

This is a complicated issue, it's not just about the coffee.
Been down that road.look271
Jan 24, 2002 7:14 AM
I gave up regular coffee a few years ago with the anticipation of feeling great and not missing it. Guess what? I felt like sh*t. Even after a few months. Wasn't worth it. Now I usually drink mostly decaf w/ 1 scoop mixed into a 8 cup pot. Feel MUCH better, and I'm less likely to kill my kids in the morning!As the one poster pointed out, unless you have a family history of high bloood pressure and/or heart problems, coffee in moderation is ok. Best way to drink it? Straight up, no sugar, cream, etc. 0 calories!
John-d is right ..... butMcAndrus
Jan 24, 2002 4:44 AM
I just finished reading a Tyler Hamilton diary entry where he writes about drinking coffee before a TdF stage. I read something by Andy Hampsten where he specifically drank coffee as part of his training regimen. In the morning Andy would eat nothing and drink just coffee before going on a long-slow-distance ride as he was trying to burn off fat.

In the end, I suspect John-d is right but I'm brewing a couple of cups right now. John-d: how did you do it?
It was not easy...John-d
Jan 24, 2002 5:29 AM
So in the end I just did it, the craving lasted about 1 month and then diminished. Now I drink about 2 cups a week, but it would be easy to backslide.

I drink very weak tea with lemon or water now, All coffee seems to do is make me feel hot, increases my resting heart rate and makes me want to go to the toilet. But it does taste good.

Us cyclists have the willpower, don't we?
6oz coffee=0 calories (w/no sugar or cream) nmJs Haiku Shop
Jan 24, 2002 6:20 AM
re: coffee ok in low-cal diet?xxl
Jan 24, 2002 6:58 AM
IMHO, if you're still measuring your coffee intake in "cups" instead of "pots" per morning, you're "just curious" about coffee, and not a real "user." But then, I'm an addict:)

Seriously, a cup or two, even big cups, probably isn't going to hurt a reasonably healthy person who doesn't have a family history of heart anomalies, etc. As a training bev, it's got tradition going for it, but it's also diuretic; count on taking that extra water bottle.
If you're concerned about caffiene, try mixing "regular" and "unleaded" to cut back. One other useful tip is to start using a little milk or cream in your brew, to help neutralize the acids in coffee and prevent upset stomachs.
Coffee is a diuretic, but . . .morrison
Jan 24, 2002 8:24 AM
unless you are drinking a very highly concentrated brew, the water in the coffee more than offsets the diuretic effect. As a result, and contrary to popular opinion, drinking coffee is an effective, although not necessarily efficient, method of hydration. (This fascinating tidbit came courtesy of my urologist.)

Here's my philospohy: You can't give up EVERYthing. If you like (or need) the coffee, drink it. Just make sure you exercise and eat right.

Of course, my comments should be read knowing my bias: I frequently find myself drinking 2 pots of coffee a day. In other words, I may be rationalizing my own vice.
re: coffee ok in low-cal diet?DHphreak
Jan 24, 2002 8:06 AM
Here's my $0.02:

If you're on a low-cal diet I'm assuming you're trying to lose weight. Firstly, reduce your fat and protein intakes, and increase your complex carbohydrate foods. 60-35-15 ratio is good, but don't sweat it too much. Just remember to keep your calorie level at an appropriate number. Read the boxes. As for coffee, It can be a great aid. Caffeine increases the rate that the body oxidizes fat, so a half-cup or so before any rides will do you good. Just remember not to have a half a pot before a long ride; the stimulating effects of caffeine will wear off and you will have a sort of "caffeine bonk," and the concentration of the coffee will require you to take in another half to full bottle of water. As for drinking coffee first thing in the morning to wake up, I wouldn't. This is not the time your body will be burning large quantities of fat anyways. You'd be far better off to do 15-20 minutes of exercise; anything at all, weight lifting, jogging, even just sit-ups or push-ups. Not only will this get your blood flowing, making you feel more awake (very similar to coffee,) it will also increase your HR, and at this time in the morning, this higher HR will mean more calories burnt not just during the exercise, but during the entire day. Also try to schedule fairly short, intense training rides for the morning. Same idea as the exercise. If you still have trouble waking up, make sure you get a decent breakfast. That's pretty much it.

"Trees don't move"
Caffeine for weight lossallervite
Jan 24, 2002 9:20 AM
I once read that if you don't drink it, don't start. If you do, only drink it pre or during workout, and never after. supposedly, if drank before workout, it helps you burn fat. If drank post workout, it helps your body store fat.
re: coffee ok in low-cal diet?Indiana Rider
Jan 24, 2002 11:18 AM
I have lost 21 pounds since jan 1 and I drink coffee all day long
Not sure that's a safe pace. Have you checked with MD? (nm)morrison
Jan 24, 2002 11:36 AM
Hell, yesRich Clark
Jan 24, 2002 11:42 AM
Coffee has no calories. In moderation it has little effect on blood pressure, except in that as a stimulant caffeine can raise your heart rate a bit. It's not good for people with various gastro-intestinal problems, but for most folks it's just fine. In fact, it's a wonder drug!

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