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If you drink coffee then this is a must read. Caffeine  is a naturally occurring chemical found in leaves, fruits and seeds of over sixty plant varieties in the world.  Caffeine is so potent that it helps act as a pesticide against potential pests of plants.

Caffeine can do 4 very useful things.  1. It can increase your resting metabolic over short periods of time.  2. It can also increase your HR (Heart Rate) which pumps the blood through your body faster and in turn burns more calories.  3. It stimulates the CNS (Central Nervous System) which gives you that sense of alertness or energy.  4. It suppresses the appetite.

Caffeine is so effective at increase CNS sensitivity that it is actually a banned substance by the IOC (International Olympic Committee).  Any athlete tested that has more than about 100 mg of caffeine in their blood, equal to 1 small cup of coffee, will fail their drug test!

Caffeine is in most weight loss aids because it is so effective at helping people burn a few extra calories, work a little harder at their exercises and control the appetite.

So what is the downside? 
Have you ever talked to someone who skips breakfast and just has a cup, or often a jug, of coffee instead?  That appetite suppression keeps people from starting their metabolism or feeding the body important nutrients that we crave when we are hungry.
Caffeine is also a diuretic.  It dehydrates you much like alcohol.  For every cup of coffee that you drink you need to drink a cup of water just to get back to the hydration level you had before the coffee.
Caffeine causes a crash.  Your body will get used to the caffeine and the sites where the chemical bonds will become less receptive and you will have to drink more and more to feel the same.  Then when metabolize the caffeine out of your system you crash.
Caffeine often comes with a calorie cost.  Think Latte', which can be up to 600 empty calories.

Here is what you need to remember.  When it comes to weight loss caffeine is a great tool.  But like any tool it is meant to compliment the program, not screw it up.  So follow these directions.

Follow your meal plan regardless of being hungry or not.  Do not let hunger stop you from implementing proper nutrition.  Especially if you are not used to eating 5 or 6 times per day.
Use caffeine sparingly and only when necessary.  It is easy to overdue and cause problems.
Increase your water!  It is very hard to over hydrate and very easy to dehydrate. 
9/26/2013 09:07:04 am

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