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Posted: 07 Nov 2006, 17:28
Have heard conflicting views about whether you have to give up caffeine, some say yes because of blood sugar, others no. Decaf??

What do people really think. Thanks Dot

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Posted: 20 Nov 2006, 16:12
The caffeine impeads the fat burning for some reason, you should switch to decaf.

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Posted: 20 Nov 2006, 21:59
I never realized that coffee was bad for dieters. Does that apply to all diets. I thought Atkins allowed unlimited black coffee.



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Posted: 11 Dec 2006, 20:54
New here today, all I drink is my morning coffee (reg), 1-2 diet Mtn Dew a day and the rest is Crystal Light (or generic brand found at Wal-Mart). I have not noticed a difference, but it may depend on your body, just chage everything to diet or sweetener sweetened drinks and see what happens. However, there is caffeine-free coffee and caffeine-free diet soda, if you just can't give it up, and I see no harm in that if it is caffeine free. I might go that direction and just see if there are any differences in the weight loss or the ketosis color on the tester.

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Posted: 14 Dec 2006, 20:50
I believe it's decaf for the first two weeks, after that it's allowed. However, for some it will be a YMMV kind of thing. Personally it doesn't affect me in a negative way, whereas for some I know it does.

Now, I wish I could say the same about red wine which plays HAVOC on my weight loss!
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Posted: 17 Dec 2006, 17:38
Does anyone know if coffee is pron to making people constipated?
I drink a lot of coffee and was just curious!!?

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Posted: 18 Dec 2006, 15:25
I have heard people say that a number of times but as far as I am concerned it's not true. I don't find that it hinders me at all (not that you really needed to know that)

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Posted: 06 Aug 2012, 18:43
I love coffee, but it spikes my blood sugar and makes me STARVING for anything with carbs... just as alcohol would. I stear clear of it now and have switched to sipping green tea. I know others though that coffee does nothing to them, all in your body I guess.

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Posted: 11 Aug 2012, 21:21
So...because I adore coffee, this question got me thinking. In researching, I found the following:


I also found articles which say that it is bad and prevents weight loss, specifically due to the fact that it can cause stress which increases the cortisol which promotes belly fat as well as insulin resistance. So, don't know which answer is right or wrong, but if you're having a difficult time losing, perhaps it is the caffeine. I'm thinking it might be my issue....

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Posted: 11 Aug 2012, 21:23
OH...I also found this on the Atkins site:

Can I drink caffeinated coffee in Induction?

There's no reason to avoid caffeinated coffee (or tea), but don't overdo it. Research associates moderate caffeine intake with improved long-term health and weight control. Coffee is full of antioxidants and mildly enhances fat burning. Add cream (not milk) and any of the acceptable sweeteners above.

You can include up to two cups of coffee or as part of your daily eight cups of fluid. Caffeinated sodas are also fine in moderation as long as they're sweetened with acceptable sweeteners and you don't exceed two cups of any caffeinated drinks in a day. If you're cutting back on caffeine, you'll probably notice some withdrawal signs such as a mild headache. This reaction is normal and unrelated to doing Atkins.

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Posted: 12 Aug 2012, 13:49
I think it is valuable to experiment on yourself with coffee and
I'll defer to the Atkins experts on the official Atkins rules which seem to work for a lot of people when followed closely (I'm doing a more general very low carb/high fat macro plan).

That being said, I'm a pre-d and check my blood sugar three times a day. Pre-diet I typically drank 3-4 cups of black coffee and never saw an increase in blood sugar from it. And in the past I have lost weight while drinking that amount.

About a month ago (roughly 5-6 weeks into LC/HF eating), I stopped drinking coffee, just ran out and the combination of this heat wave and thirst from the diet made me prefer my normal hydration beverage (iced home brewed decaf black tea/green tea - which has some caf in it - sweetened with sf torani raspberry syrup and lemon - I drink it all day long). Yesterday I decided to change up my eating just for variety and drank 3-4 cups of caf coffee with heavy cream and sweetener. This morning my blood sugar was the lowest it has been in 2-3 weeks. I also found the coffee/cream significantly increased satiety and helped with the constipation that often comes with this type of eating. I suspect that if I were to drink the coffee every day my digestive system might get used to it and the anti-constipation effect wouldn't be so effective.

So, I think I am going to cycle on and off coffee as needed and desired.

I have no personal data on effect on short term weightloss. I've given myself a year to lose roughly 50 pounds so I'm just not weighing. As long as I keep a calorie deficit and blood sugar controlled I know I will get there.
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Posted: 02 Oct 2012, 06:52
I'm not on atkins, but I've lost 20 pounds since the beginning of June and have not switched to decaf in the morning. Everything in moderation. Hang in there!

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Posted: 04 Oct 2012, 10:01
I lost 40 lbs on Atkins, and drank coffee every day. Atkins does not prohibit the use of caffeine, and if there is one thing they have done well is years of research on the effects of low carb eating. Unless you have a specific issue with caffeine, I'd say enjoy your coffee....

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Posted: 04 Oct 2012, 10:15
I have lost 55 pounds to date drinking 3-4 cups of coffee a day. I find it help curb my appetite.
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Posted: 04 Oct 2012, 10:20
Dang, Buffy! I drink that many in an hour; I should have lost 150 pounds by now! LOL!
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Posted: 04 Oct 2012, 10:38
Weighing in (pun intended, lol) on the caffiene issue -- I say it has caused me no harm. I drink 1 or 2 cups if fully-caffinated coffee daily and would probably drink more except I love it with heavy cream so we're talking 100 calories a cup. Really I think you have to figure out what works for you - others can consume sugar-alchols without stalling and I even think about them and I'm stalled. Do what works for your body.
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Posted: 04 Oct 2012, 10:38
DairyKing - now I know where you get all your energy from!
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Posted: 04 Oct 2012, 11:24
I have heard that coffee stalls weight loss, but there are critics of just about everything I put in my mouth. I count the non-dairy creamer on my diet calendar. I drink a lot of diet soda as well. I have even been taking 1600 mg of the green coffee bean extract each day for the last two weeks also. I did have a caffeine overdose once when I drank a quadruple expresso from Starbucks. I was bouncing off the wall. But other than that, I don't see any ill effects. In fact, I think it keeps me from gorging on things like sausage, egg and cheese biscuits, or donuts, or blueberry muffins, or pancakes, etc. down at the cafeteria. Sometimes the teaspoonful of non-dairy creamer is enough to knock the edge off my hunger craving. It just works for me.
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Posted: 04 Oct 2012, 11:43
One year, coffee is okay, the next year, it's bad, then the next it is actually good for you, and so on. It's individual. If coffee makes your heart race... don't drink it. If you can have a few cups a day and still sleep well at night... GREAT! I don't see what the problem is. It's a personal choice. Wink
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Posted: 04 Oct 2012, 17:04
When I did atkins years ago I lost 65lbs and drank several cups of coffee a day, but everyone is different.
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