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    Hi all, I was just wanting to know from people's personal experience, as I'm a newbie round here, if caffeine has interfered with anyone's weight - loss goals? Just doin a search online, it seems for some it's no problem and may even be beneficial in that regard, but for others it stalls them. So it appears the jury's out?

    I have just completed my 1st Whole30 and not lost a single pound, though I feel much better and am at the reintro stage. However, I've had issues with lack of sleep/insomnia for many months now and I know I'm drinking too much coffee ( with coconut milk ) to compensate. So it becomes a vicious circle, tired and wired is the new norm! : ( Was it the lack of sleep or the excess coffee consumption to blame? Who knows but my plan is to go de-caf next week and monitor things closely.

    Or is it my new-found love of coconut that's gotten out of hand and is responsible? Munching on fresh coconut meat or blocks of creamed coconut ( 100% coconut only ) as snacks ( gotta compensate for the lack of dairy somehow! ). Maybe too much of a good thing backfires on you eventually.......

    Anyways, I've researched why some people don't lose weight doin Paleo, ( I realise that topic has been done to death on here and elsewhere ) and I'm formulating a plan before I embark on the 21 day challenge next, but I would really appreciate people's opinions on the coffee thing as, I also enjoy my cuppa before a workout, tho maybe the effect is more psychological/placebo and it's just a case of breaking the habit. Any input would be great : )

    Thankyou in advance. P.S I just wanna lose 7lbs and get some muscle definition ( aside from the myriad of health benefits of eating this way ). I'm female, 5ft 5ins and 70kg ( 154lbs ) Cheers

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    Seems like your lack of sleep woukd be a MUCH bigger issue, although that can be caused by caffeine...when i quit caffeine, i tend to lose weight very quickly and feel less bloated-not sure if thats a sensitivity to coffee itself or just fixes my sleep, however.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kazmo View Post
    Hi all, I was just wanting to know from people's personal experience, as I'm a newbie round here, if caffeine has interfered with anyone's weight - loss goals? Just doin a search online, it seems for some it's no problem and may even be beneficial in that regard, but for others it stalls them. So it appears the jury's out?

    I have just completed my 1st Whole30 and not lost a single pound, though I feel much better and am at the reintro stage. However, I've had issues with lack of sleep/insomnia for many months now and I know I'm drinking too much coffee ( with coconut milk ) to compensate. So it becomes a vicious circle, tired and wired is the new norm! : ( Was it the lack of sleep or the excess coffee consumption to blame? Who knows but my plan is to go de-caf next week and monitor things closely.

    Or is it my new-found love of coconut that's gotten out of hand and is responsible? Munching on fresh coconut meat or blocks of creamed coconut ( 100% coconut only ) as snacks ( gotta compensate for the lack of dairy somehow! ). Maybe too much of a good thing backfires on you eventually.......

    Anyways, I've researched why some people don't lose weight doin Paleo, ( I realise that topic has been done to death on here and elsewhere ) and I'm formulating a plan before I embark on the 21 day challenge next, but I would really appreciate people's opinions on the coffee thing as, I also enjoy my cuppa before a workout, tho maybe the effect is more psychological/placebo and it's just a case of breaking the habit. Any input would be great : )

    Thankyou in advance. P.S I just wanna lose 7lbs and get some muscle definition ( aside from the myriad of health benefits of eating this way ). I'm female, 5ft 5ins and 70kg ( 154lbs ) Cheers
    I tend to notice that whenever I'm consuming caffeine, my appetite is more... ravenous and I can't seem to be satisfied with the amount of food I'd normally take in. It just required a lot more self-discipline to stick to "reasonable" amounts
    For weight- I was able to lose both with and without caffeine in my diet.

    There's one simple thing you can do instead of asking- quit drinking caffeinated beverages for, say, 30 days, and see how you feel, what's the deal with sleep and weight. It will do no harm at all

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    Coffee hasn't interfered with my weight loss, but I rarely drink more than two cups a day.

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    Hi there, thanks everyone for your responses. Just wanted other people's take on the whole coffee thing but I reckon it's possibly a lack of sleep, exacerbated by too much coffee in the afternoon, that's putting a spanner in the works. I didn't know if I was consuming too much coconut either but my plan for next week is; de-caf coffee, quit nuts ( I'm greedy on the Nut Front! ) and stop buying in the creamed coconut blocks. I will reassess after 1 wk.
    Maybe some people can get away with eating more fat then others but I'll try and tackle the sleep thing primarily. Here's hoping, otherwise it gets a bit disheartening : /

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kazmo View Post
    Or is it my new-found love of coconut that's gotten out of hand and is responsible? Munching on fresh coconut meat or blocks of creamed coconut ( 100% coconut only ) as snacks
    Any food is a powerful diurnal signal, so snacking can disrupt sleep patterns with or without the caffeine. I would try planning balanced regular mealtimes (3/day maximum).

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    Take your time and eliminate the potential factors you've already identified.

    -Make sure you are not eating too many snacks and not over-eating in general (a lot of a little is still a lot). Even just a few days of calorie tracking can help with this.
    -Cut down on caffeine consumption or eliminate it entirely. Sounds like you're already planning on doing that.
    -Take steps towards a solid sleep schedule and give everything time. Giving up caffeine is not likely to resolve everything within one week, it may take longer, but it could still help.
    -Don't give up!
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    Personally, I don't think it's the caffeine. I think it's the crappy sleep. I really want to fix it but I don't know how... *rubs face* So tired...

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    Quote Originally Posted by codered5 View Post
    Seems like your lack of sleep woukd be a MUCH bigger issue, although that can be caused by caffeine...when i quit caffeine, i tend to lose weight very quickly and feel less bloated-not sure if thats a sensitivity to coffee itself or just fixes my sleep, however.
    I think your sleep is a huge issue. I believe sleep is one of the most important aspects of good health. If there is any possibility that your caffeine intake is causing your insomnia, which is very possible, I would tackle that aspect quickly.
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    Hi thanks guys for your input I will keep you posted. I'm also on the hunt for an online tracker that is user - friendly ( not bloody Fitday where you need a spare 2 hrs to input your food for the day!! ) as I reckon an accurate breakdown of my macros over a few days ( obv inc cals cos they do count ultimately, right? ), would prove rather enlightening. It's better than always guestimating, especially with me not losing........
    I do have a sneaky suspicion I may have gone OTT with the fat. I eat it pretty generously ( read, with wanton abandon, lol ) and may have done the newbie thing of falling fowl of all the " Eat more fat to replace the carbs ", " Fat is good and is a source of energy " etc etc messages that prevail in all the books, blogs etc. But how much is too much? The various authors ( not just the Paleo people ) don't really mention a limit, they just tell you to eat it cos it won't make us fat blah, blah. I always thought, as long as the carbs were low, you won't get fat off fat. But I've read some places that you can, indeed, put weight on ( or stall ) with lots of fat. Hmmm, it's all a big self - experiment I guess. Sleep/caffeine issue 1st I think.

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