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    Coffee as an appetite suppresant

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    When I have a coffee in the morning (skinny latte or skinny flat white) I find that not only does it give me energy but it takes the edge off my hunger! Should coffee be used for people wanting to loose weight?
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  • Leading Melbourne Accredited Practising Dietitian -Mark Surdut APD AN. Mark runs a practise in North Caulfield with expertise in Medical Nutrition Therapy. Mark has a … View Profile

    Simple Q worthy of a simple A. Should coffee be used for people trying to lose weight? No. Why? Because in my experience I can think of many people struggling with lots of excess fat and drinking lots of coffees too. Although Coffee does provide some satisfaction-like feelings, it is unlikely to have a real impact on appetite during the day. Furthermore stimulants like caffeine could potentially swing blood sugar levels around on a roller-coaster ride which in turn could encourage binging spells. not a certain, but not worth risking it. saying that, a coffee or 2 before say 2pm is well within the boundaries of a healthy diet and even has some antioxidant benefits. Note for those using homeopathic  remedies, coffee and homeopathic agents don't fit well together.

  • Milena Katz

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    Milena is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and holds an Advanced Science and teaching degrees. She has worked in clinical nutrition in many Sydney hospitals and … View Profile

    I agree with Mark - it is the milk in the coffee that is helping Nicky - not the coffee!

  • Nicky @team healthshare

    HealthShare Member

    Thanks Mark and Milena. I think you are right Milena that its the milk filling me up!

  • Matt Murfitt

    Personal Trainer

    Hi my name is Matt and I love health and fitness. I am a Personal Trainer from Sydney, Australia with many years experience in Australasia … View Profile

    If I drink a black coffee - I will be starving within 20 minutes. Weird.

  • Nicky @team healthshare

    HealthShare Member

    If you had a latte you wouldnt bc of the milk

  • Matt Murfitt

    Personal Trainer

    Hi my name is Matt and I love health and fitness. I am a Personal Trainer from Sydney, Australia with many years experience in Australasia … View Profile

    all coffee does it - but the black makes it come on the fastest. I wonder if caffeine evens works to reduce hunger for a lot of people. I do know however that it increases metabolism and lipolysis - the breakdown of fat

    It can also increase cortisol however - a breakdown hormone that increases the breakdown of muscle and fat to feed the rest of the body. If you are active and use your muscles regularly, the breakdown ratio will sway more to your fat cells, if you are sedentary and your muscles are soft and out of use, they are a prime target for breaking down first 

  • Michelle Slaughter graduated from University of Queensland in 1985 and has practiced for the past 25 years as a retail pharmacist in regional and rural … View Profile

    Very true Matt. We also have to think about the negative side effects of caffeine; including insomnia, anxiety and palpitations. All things in moderation.

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