Updated: Jan 22
Caffeine does not give you energy. It causes our Adrenal Glands to give us a jolt of adrenaline which dumps glucose into the blood. It also increases Insulin and Cortisol. Both are fat-storing hormones. Once your sugar rush is over, you will feel more tired and hungry, making you want to consume more fattening foods and caffeine.
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Excerpt from Stress Free Diet Podcast Ep 104
Matt: Welcome everyone to Part 5 of the Stress Free Diet
In Part 1, we spoke about why traditional diets have an over 95% failure rate.
In Part 2, Rich shared how to start your day free from stress.
In Part 3, we shared that you should engage in some form of Positive Movement after you get up.
In Part 4, we spoke about the benefits of a Cold Shower.
In this episode, we discuss if we really need a drug to wake up every day?
Rich: With drugs comes addictions. Are you addicted to caffeine? Try going off it for a few days.
Good news. You should experience more natural energy as you get more onboard with the Stress Free Diet Program.
Matt: Caffeine does not give people energy; It triggers a stress response. Rich, does that make people gain weight?
Rich: It stimulates our adrenal glands located on top of our kidneys. It gives us a jolt of adrenaline which dumps glucose into the blood. It also increases Insulin and Cortisol. Both are fat-storing hormones. Once your sugar rush is over, you will feel more tired and hungry, making you want to consume more fattening foods and caffeine.
It also can affect our sleep. If you do not get the deepest sleep you need, you will start the next day off needing more caffeine and the sugar that goes with it.
Whenever people are stressed, they reach for that quick burst of energy, caffeine, sugar, or carbs. Since most everyone does that, make it ok. Most people are in a stressed-out cycle dependent on artificial stimulates to make it through each day.
Matt: 85% of the US population consumes at least one caffeinated beverage per day. That number is very close to our 95% failure rate for diets.
So, Why does the coffee plant produce caffeine?
Rich: As protection from insects and other plants.
Matt: We have talked mostly about coffee.
Here is a list of the top ten foods and drinks that contain caffeine
1. Dark Chocolate Coated Coffee Beans
3. Energy Drinks
6. Green Tea
7. Black Tea
8. Dark Chocolate
9. Coffee Liqueur
10. Decaffeinated Coffee
Rich: Origin of the coffee break: Employers pay workers to take time from work to drink free coffee and provide a drug to get more out of their workers.
Matt: If people still want to consume caffeine, is there a way to minimize weight gain?
Rich: No sugar or carbs. You are combining caffeine with either of those spikes your insulin, which will switch you from fat burning mode to fat-storing mode.
When I was in Art School, I used to get a cup of coffee with a candy bar for morning break. Then, I would go back to class and try to draw with my handshaking.
Matt: What is the Little known fact of coffee: Coffee beans are the most highly sprayed and chemically treated crops globally. Contain pesticides, fungicides, pesticides and insecticides. If you can afford it, drink organic coffee.
Rich, Since you have not drunk coffee in over 25 years, have you found any coffee substitutes?
Rich: I have tried almost all coffee substitutes. The best one I have found is Roasted Chicory. Roasted Chicory has the body of the coffee. It can be made just like coffee and can be found on Amazon.
Matt: In conclusion, we are just trying to educate you on the effects of caffeine, and as you get more engaged with the Stress Free Diet, you will be gaining increased vitality and energy, so you will be able to cut back and hopefully wean yourself off caffeine.