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June 14, 2011 5:00 PM
I was at the gym and a trainer told me that cortisol levels are elevated by coffee and could hinder weight loss. Can anyone verify this? I love my coffee. It almost looks like coffee would be a good thing since Wikipedia says it aids in fat metabolism.

Wikipedia says bodyCortisol's primary functions in the body are:

increasing blood sugar through gluconeogenesis
suppressing the immune system
aiding in fat, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism
Edited by Juggernautpint On June 14, 2011 5:04 PM
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June 14, 2011 5:03 PM
no. black coffee by itself is actually a natural appetite suppressant. adding the sugar and milk and whipped topping and flavoring, that will hinder the weight loss.
June 14, 2011 5:03 PM
Eh, I have like 2 cups of coffee a day and I have found the pounds are falling off pretty easily.

Too easily actually.
June 14, 2011 5:03 PM
I have heard that caffeine speeds up metabolism which helps burn calories. Here's what I know FOR SURE... I'm a coffee addict and have lost 23 pounds in 90 days.
  5786397
June 14, 2011 5:03 PM
QUOTE:

I was at the gym and a trainer told me that cortisol level are elevated by coffee and could hinder weight loss. Can anyone verify this? I love my coffee.

Wikipedia says bodyCortisol's primary functions in the body are:

increasing blood sugar through gluconeogenesis
suppressing the immune system
aiding in fat, protein, and carbohydrate metabolism


I would love to find out...but I can't give it up altogether!
Edited by smbakke77 On June 14, 2011 5:04 PM
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June 14, 2011 5:04 PM
I drink one 16 oz coffee every morning...I started my weight loss journey on January 3rd and have lost 86 pounds....so....no, it doesn't. I have no scientific evidence to support this, just my own personal experience.
  4045957
June 14, 2011 5:05 PM
My personal experience says that's BS.
  3849501
June 14, 2011 5:07 PM
I drink 2 to 3 16 oz cups per day. I have been losing the 2 lbs a week I wanted to with no problems.
  6943449
June 14, 2011 5:07 PM
QUOTE:

no. black coffee by itself is actually a natural appetite suppressant. adding the sugar and milk and whipped topping and flavoring, that will hinder the weight loss.


I agree 100% with this. I think the only way that it could actually hinder weight loss is if the caffeine is causing you to not sleep at night, and studies DO show that if you don't get enough rest then you won't lose weight as easily. Also, per my conversation with Jeff Galloway (1972 Olympic Gold medalist and best-selling author) last week, there's absolutely nothing wrong with coffee. drinker
  5587569
June 14, 2011 5:07 PM
Oh what a relief! I'm definitely hooked on coffee and drink my fair share everyday.
June 14, 2011 5:08 PM
QUOTE:

I drink one 16 oz coffee every morning...I started my weight loss journey on January 3rd and have lost 86 pounds....so....no, it doesn't. I have no scientific evidence to support this, just my own personal experience.


That's awesome progress! Way to go!!!
  5587569
June 14, 2011 5:09 PM
I wouldn't listen to a trainer for medical advice. Keep going with the coffee! It has amazing antioxidants and does aid in weight loss.
June 14, 2011 5:10 PM
Yep, not true.
June 14, 2011 5:10 PM
QUOTE:

I have heard that caffeine speeds up metabolism which helps burn calories. Here's what I know FOR SURE... I'm a coffee addict and have lost 23 pounds in 90 days.


Thats awesome on your loss.

I would have to agree whats been said here. It's when you add the other stuff to it, is when you take in needles calories.
  7318747
June 14, 2011 5:10 PM
Look, I can give up any food in the world, but coffee I can't live without!!! If that is true, I'm screwed!
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June 14, 2011 5:11 PM
it has something to do with the caffeine affecting your rate of insulin release into the blood stream. which can cause peaks or troughs in how you metabolize sugars. this can be important if you are doing a diet with alot of carbs as it is important to metabolize those carbs effectively. In a low carb diet it is less relevant IF you stick to the diet and dont have alot of carbs shooting through your body. That being said, I am doing South Beach (phase 1, low carb) and still have my pot of coffee in the morning. It was sort of a deal breaker for me. I Love my coffee.
June 14, 2011 5:13 PM
Like many issues when it comes to fitness- the answer is yes and no. lol Caffine is ultimately a stimulant so speeds up the body. For an individual who is already doing a lot of physical training or under a lot of emotional stress, where cortisol levels may already be elevated due to eithe emotional or physical stressors, then caffine can have a detrimental affect on weight loss or getting the resuts you want. Cortisol is a byproduct of the body's natural stress response- both positive and negative- and is realeased in the "fight or flight" response of the body. This process allows more carbohydrate and fat to be available in the bloodstream to either "fight" or "flee" as well as slow down other body systems to make more blood available to extremities for action- if you are doing neither then your body is in a pickle with what do in this stress state. Cortisol can be useful and essential for hard training, endurance exercise, etc. That being said, moderate intake of caffine in black coffee or teas can help give you a boost if your stress level are normal. Rule of thumb- if you are feeling stressed and strung out go for a run or do some physical exercise to release the stress or get your blood pumping. Too much caffine can depleat essential B vitamins needed for performance and peak results. Caffine/coffee should be viewed as a treat for those on weight loss or heavy training program. You don't have to cut it out, but use sparingly for optimal physical results.
June 14, 2011 5:17 PM
Guy at the gym ≠ dietitian.

Careful. Anyone can call himself a personal trainer or nutritionist. They're not protected terms.

I also drink coffee regularly and am losing weight quite well. :) I say enjoy your java.
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June 14, 2011 5:19 PM
QUOTE:

Eh, I have like 2 cups of coffee a day and I have found the pounds are falling off pretty easily.

Too easily actually.


Same here, and I use creamer.
June 14, 2011 5:22 PM
No, coffee absolutely does not hinder weight loss.
June 14, 2011 5:24 PM
Also - that personal trainer has a strong misunderstanding of cortisol. Elevations in cortisol are not always bad - the duration + intensity of its elevation along with frequency of duration is what matters. Even if coffee elevates it, that does NOT immediately imply that it has any significant effect on weight gain/loss.

Similarly watching a scary movie every night for a year won't hinder weight loss despite cortisol levels increasing.
June 14, 2011 5:24 PM
Coffee suppresses my appetite a little.
June 14, 2011 7:17 PM
I usually drink 16-24 ounces of coffee most mornings, and some times more through out the day, all black...and I still manage to lose 66 pounds.
  2183309
June 14, 2011 7:37 PM
YES absolutely!!!







(if it's accompanied by a donut)

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