Do you enjoy a few cups of coffee a day? Are you struggling to shred belly fat? According to experts, this could be the reason you might be holding extra kilos around the tummy.
While studies have proven that one or two cups of coffee a day can be beneficial to healthy living, more than this can be detrimental to your weight loss.
How too much caffeine can increase belly fat
If you’re swigging five cups a day, you might want to start thinking about cutting back.
Healthy Mummy nutritionist Cheree Sheldon says that too much caffeine can cause stress and stress then raises cortisol levels, which can lead to the belly holding onto visceral fat around the stomach.
“Most people I know seem to grab a coffee if they are feeling stressed and it somewhat relaxes them, but what’s really going on, is that every time you consume caffeine, your body releases the hormone cortisol – the fight or flight hormone, as well as norepinephrine and epinephrine,” says Cheree.
According to Cheree, these chemicals are released from your adrenal glands and they don’t have an unlimited supply, which is why some people really crash and go into adrenal fatigue after relying on caffeine to get them through stressful situations.
This then has a knock on effect and your digestion goes into fight or flight mode and slows down as the body’s metabolism slows down, and blood glucose is then increased.
“If you keep consuming too much caffeine every day, then this can result in insulin resistance, the precursor to type 2 diabetes, and have an accumulation of visceral fat, as when your digestion slows down, fat metabolism also slows down,” says Cheree.
So, when you need more insulin, this can lead to stomach bloating and weight gain. And long term, this means that body struggles to bring down the cortisol levels and your body struggles to shift the extra kilos around the stomach.
Reduce the caffeine, reduce the stomach fat
If you can reduce your caffeine intake you may find that your energy levels improve and the fat around your stomach diminishes.
But reducing your coffee intake can be hard, so rather than go cold turkey there are things you can do to ease your body away from the caffeine and stress load.
Cheree advises if you find it hard to reduce your coffee intake, then try swapping with a different, caffeinated beverage such as green tea.
“Green tea will have far less impact (if any at all) compared to a supercharged caffeinated soft drink or a double shot caramel latte. Milk and sugar need to be counted in your energy for the day as well,” she says.
If you don’t like green tea, try slowly reducing your coffee intake day by day. For example if you drink up to five cups a day, try cutting down to four one week, then three the next, two the week after. Hopefully you might get yourself down to one cup a day and feel the benefits of greater energy and weight loss.
You could also swap your coffee for Energy Boosting Super Greens – a powerful green mix loaded with iron and B vitamins.
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