But Haylie, I NEED My Coffee!
Some studies say that caffeine can help achieve weight loss, but caffeine — and coffee — are not part of the Fast Metabolism Diet.
You’ve probably heard that coffee can actually help you lose weight, and there are some studies that seem to back that up. But despite this, I urge you to leave caffeine behind. That’s because I’m looking long term.
Why No Coffee On The Fast Metabolism Diet?
My clients are usually dealing with many health issues and chronic conditions — and we have a long history together. In my clinics, we focus on long-term health and wellness, often including weight loss. So if caffeine can help you lose weight, why not use it? Because it does you no good in the long run.
Coffee is a stimulant — we all know that, and the FDA classifies it as such. This means that caffeine can trigger temporary physiological reactions. We all know that too. Caffeine can make you jittery, or alert, or relaxed — all for a short time, and then you need more.
But stimulants are not restorative. Coffee can’t heal or repair.
When we use any kind of stimulant, a hormone response is triggered. And as a reaction to that new flood of hormones, your body compensates by pumping out additional hormones to create balance again. In the case of coffee, the production of adrenaline, epinephrine and norepinephrine that trigger your “fight or flight” impulses and give you that “sped up” feeling.
In response, your system kicks up the production of the hormones dopamine and serotonin to try to balance out the extra stress hormones in your body.
This artificial cycle of stimulant and hormonal response does a number on your metabolism, pushing your body into a stressful state, then trying to compensate for it. Your body just doesn’t need this kind of constant hormonal battle — not in the short term and certainly not in the long term.
The goal of the Fast Metabolism Diet is metabolic repair — and the stimulated hormonal response from caffeine only hinders that effort.
Yes, I know it’s hard to give up caffeine, but you CAN do it, and you’ll be so glad you did. My personal alternative is drinking Dandy Blend. It has the rich, smooth full-bodied coffee flavor, but no caffeine, acidity or bitterness.
Here are some tips on cutting this stimulant out of your life.