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    I have been 100% primal since Jan.2nd.Everthing is going really good so far,I am down about 7 pounds.I am eating around 12-1300 calories a day and carbs are 25-30 a day. I am having a hard time cutting out coffee! I drink about 4 cups in the morning ( big cups ).My energy seems to drop at about 11:00 in the morning ( I wake up at 5:00 every morning). My question is, has anyone found that cutting back on coffee helps with weight loss?

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    How do you drink your coffee? Black? I drink mine with some half and half. I used to put sugar and whole milk in it, I've done much better with just the half and half and no sugar.

    Mark has done a number of posts in regards to coffee, this is a nice summary:
    Does Coffee Decrease Insulin Sensitivity? | Mark's Daily Apple
    What does all this stuff mean for real world coffee fans?

    Moderate your carb intake when drinking coffee. Some fruit and maybe even a bit of sweet potato hash can be okay, especially if you’re glucose tolerant, but for the most part, stick to eggs and bacon with your coffee in the morning. And whatever you do, don’t be one of those pudgy carb-loading cyclists clad in spandex I see at the cafe quaffing coffee and pounding kruellers. That’s not a good combo.

    Get up and move around a bit when you drink. Since that coffee has just liberated a bunch of fatty acids from your adipose tissue, use them! Go for a walk, take a stroll around the office, do some gardening, hit the trails, ride your bike, play with your kids. Just move. If you don’t, the bulk of those fatty acids will simply be recycled back into your body fat.

    Remember that coffee isn’t just caffeine. It is a whole plant food/drink with hundreds of bioactive compounds beyond just caffeine, like chlorogenic acid, which may have protective effects against type 2 diabetes. Those compounds come from and are affected by the environment, soil, elevation, climate, and region in and at which the coffee was grown. Even the roasting temperature changes the antioxidant content and composition of the beans. The taste and health effects of coffee thusly depend on dozens of factors, and that’s why coffee has different effects on different people as reflected across dozens of studies. Coffee isn’t coffee isn’t coffee. The coffee that tanked those people’s insulin sensitivity in that study may have been a mass market blend from Starbucks, while the single origin coffee from a little Guatemalan plantation could have totally different effects (or it could be the other way around).

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    • #3
      I only drink black coffee
      Originally posted by specsAreGrok View Post
      How do you drink your coffee? Black? I drink mine with some half and half. I used to put sugar and whole milk in it, I've done much better with just the half and half and no sugar.

      Mark has done a number of posts in regards to coffee, this is a nice summary:
      Does Coffee Decrease Insulin Sensitivity? | Mark's Daily Apple

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      • #4
        Originally posted by lala70 View Post
        I only drink black coffee
        Well see, it should help then as it "liberated a bunch of fatty acids from your adipose tissue".

        Are you getting a primal amount of sleep or using the coffee as a crutch to get around that? I'm guilty of this.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by lala70 View Post
          I only drink black coffee
          I don't think the 2 calories in a cup of black coffee are holding up your weight loss I've also noticed no difference in weight loss when drinking 2 cups a day or 10.

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          • #6
            I usually drink my coffee black or I drink my own special designed Caveman-coffee(Not to be mistaken with bullet-proof coffee!) if I want some energy in it, but right now I did an interesting mistake; I confused the black coffee with CokeZero on my desk and I splashed lime-juice into the coffee without knowing what I actually did! So right now I am drinking black coffee with a splash of lime-juice! Hmm, a little sour taste but interesting – never tried that variant before…
            "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

            - Schopenhauer

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            • #7
              I alternate in the mornings. Some times I need coffee and sometimes I don't. On the days I do, I find coffee helps a little, at least in my mind. I don't know why I feel that way ... maybe because the energy I have with coffee makes me feel like I'm burning more off.
              Went Primal July 25th, 2011.

              Current Age: 25

              Total Loss: 126 lbs

              Starting Stats: Weighed 266 lbs, Body Fat 37.6% (100 lbs), BMI 40.9

              Current Stats: Weight 140 lbs, Body Fat 15.2% (21.1 lbs), BMI 21.2

              Current Goals: Get a stronger core through Pilates and continue being as Primal as I can be.

              My Weight Loss Notes Now on a blog page. It starts with "My Weight Loss: Introduction." Available to the public, share with friends if you'd like!

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              • #8
                What is in "caveman coffee"?

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                • #9
                  WOW!!! I was looking at your stats...Congrats on the incredible results!!
                  Originally posted by trekfan View Post
                  I alternate in the mornings. Some times I need coffee and sometimes I don't. On the days I do, I find coffee helps a little, at least in my mind. I don't know why I feel that way ... maybe because the energy I have with coffee makes me feel like I'm burning more off.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by lala70 View Post
                    WOW!!! I was looking at your stats...Congrats on the incredible results!!
                    *blushes* Ah, thanks. It was a process but a worthy one. Though I'm no longer losing weight, I continue to change. Primal continues to matter in my life and continues to change me for the better.
                    Went Primal July 25th, 2011.

                    Current Age: 25

                    Total Loss: 126 lbs

                    Starting Stats: Weighed 266 lbs, Body Fat 37.6% (100 lbs), BMI 40.9

                    Current Stats: Weight 140 lbs, Body Fat 15.2% (21.1 lbs), BMI 21.2

                    Current Goals: Get a stronger core through Pilates and continue being as Primal as I can be.

                    My Weight Loss Notes Now on a blog page. It starts with "My Weight Loss: Introduction." Available to the public, share with friends if you'd like!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by lala70 View Post
                      I am having a hard time cutting out coffee! I drink about 4 cups in the morning ( big cups ).My energy seems to drop at about 11:00 in the morning ( I wake up at 5:00 every morning).
                      Do you think it could be a caffeine addiction? I remember you posting in another thread that your morning headaches go away when you drink coffee. (Sorry for hijacking that thread, btw ) The dip in your energy around 11 could be the caffeine wearing off.

                      All that being said, I agree with the others that I don't think it'll impede your weight loss. Just out of curiosity, do you wake up that early every day of the week, or just on days you need to? (Kudos for being able to get up that early! Just thinking about it makes me want to take a nap!)

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by lala70 View Post
                        What is in "caveman coffee"?
                        Caveman-coffee I make from plain tasteless gelatin powder, 7 gram, one teaspoon of Nescafe, two teaspoon of milk powder, and 2 gram of Splenda! First you put all the powders together in your cup, and pour just a little water over it, then you must whip everything with a teaspoon for two minutes and 25 seconds to mix it up with oxygen. That improves the taste and creaminess of the caveman coffee if you do it right! Then you pour on the rest of the water.

                        I have found that collagen protein from gelatin is very beneficial to my ability of recuperation and to avoid joint pains, so I try to take at least 14 gram per day of it, and I put it in my coffee! Some people will argue that the amino acid profile of collagen is inferior, and though this may be true, it seem to interact with other amino acids and give certain health benefits in my experience…
                        "All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

                        - Schopenhauer

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                        • #13
                          Interesting
                          Originally posted by Gorbag View Post
                          Caveman-coffee I make from plain tasteless gelatin powder, 7 gram, one teaspoon of Nescafe, two teaspoon of milk powder, and 2 gram of Splenda! First you put all the powders together in your cup, and pour just a little water over it, then you must whip everything with a teaspoon for two minutes and 25 seconds to mix it up with oxygen. That improves the taste and creaminess of the caveman coffee if you do it right! Then you pour on the rest of the water.

                          I have found that collagen protein from gelatin is very beneficial to my ability of recuperation and to avoid joint pains, so I try to take at least 14 gram per day of it, and I put it in my coffee! Some people will argue that the amino acid profile of collagen is inferior, and though this may be true, it seem to interact with other amino acids and give certain health benefits in my experience…

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Gorbag View Post
                            Caveman-coffee I make from plain tasteless gelatin powder, 7 gram, one teaspoon of Nescafe, two teaspoon of milk powder, and 2 gram of Splenda! First you put all the powders together in your cup, and pour just a little water over it, then you must whip everything with a teaspoon for two minutes and 25 seconds to mix it up with oxygen. That improves the taste and creaminess of the caveman coffee if you do it right! Then you pour on the rest of the water.…
                            And this is called caveman coffee because????

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                            • #15
                              You are probably right about the caffeine addiction being linked to the morning headaches. I just don't think I can give up my coffee,and thinking about this reminded me that I gave up Diet pepsi ( I used to drink 2-3 cans a day).So, yes, I'm sure it comes down to an addiction to caffeine.As far as waking up that early, I just seem to have mental alarm set for that time every day .

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