I'm wondering if coffee fits into the plan at all (please God, say it does)...I've been reviewing the book but haven't found an answer. Thanks for any guidance!
I'm pretty sure you can have a cup if you want, but it dehydrates you so you better drink an extra cup of water to balance it out. Stay clear of added sugar or cream. I find when I do morning workouts, THOSE help wake me instead of the coffee.
On the rare occasions I do have coffee, I like to throw leftover 1/2 cup coffee with some ice, skim milk, and chocolate protein powder in a blender. Mocha protein shake!!
There's definitely nothing wrong with coffee as long as you don't add sugar and cream. I drank black coffee through all of my challenges and it can even help with workouts. Studies show caffeine can help with athletic performance.
I drink coffee everyday. Just as a personal preference, I choose to drink 1/2 decaf, 1/2 full caffeine. I use stevia and sometimes a splash of sugar-free vanilla flavored creamer. I have not seen a negative effect due to drinking coffee....if anything, I agree with John that a little caffeine is beneficial for workouts. I have read many studies on this as well as the benefits of drinking coffee.
I have also read that some others use vanilla protien shake instead of creamer...so I think you can have a cup with no extra sugar and no cream
I drink coffee with no sugar, but I do use 1/2 and 1/2. I can't seem to have my coffee any other way. I drink 2-3 cups per day, but the coffee with the cream is my only vice, so I still managed to lose 20 lbs. Of course, my results probably would have been even better without of the coffee. :P
I have been doing the food portion of BFL for 3 wks and the exercise with food for 2 wks. Last week I made coffee and it tasted horrid. If I feel I need a boost I brew up a cup of green tea.
Thanks for all the feedback guys...I work graveyards so coffee and I are BFF's. I think I'll aim to use only Splenda and maybe some fat free half and half.
I drink only one cup a day in the morning before work (my workouts are mainly in the afternoon/early evening) I use low fat milk(just a dash) and truvia or splendra in place of sugar (in fact I haven't used sugar a lot for over a year now). It does seem to help me out during my busy work mornings and to start the metabolic process going that day.
I just started BFL and coffee was going to be the tie breaker of whether or not I was going to do it - I'm addicted. But, i'm now on week three and down to only one cup a day. I've been adding a little unsweetened almond milk (one of my favorite products that I've discovered through reading these blogs) and some splenda and it tastes great!
Go black and never go back...
“"Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out..." - Robert J. Collier”
Bryan - we heard that in Jamaica almost every day. You crack me up.
Coffee will dehydrate you - so for every cup, make sure you have an extra glass of water. Just sayin...
I drink three 8oz of coffee black on work days and 3-5 liters of water.
A plain cup of brewed coffee has only two calories
To replicate the mouthfeel of milk fats, non-dairy creamers often contain vegetable-based fats, although non-dairy non-fat creamers/whiteners also exist. Other common ingredients include sodium caseinate (a milk protein (casein) derivative that does not contain lactose - although the use of this ingredient means the product will be considered dairy by many, e.g., for classification in religious dietary laws such as kashrut, and by vegans, who will therefore refrain from consuming it), corn syrup or other sweeteners and flavorings.
Splenda usually contains 95% dextrose and maltodextrin
which the body readily metabolizes, combined with a small amount of
mostly indigestible sucralose. Sucralose is made by replacing three
select hydrogen-oxygen groups on sucrose
(table sugar) molecules with three chlorine atoms. The tightly bound
chlorine atoms create a molecular structure that is remarkably stable. Sucralose itself is recognized as safe to ingest as a diabetic sugar substitute, but some Splenda products may contain sugars or other carbohydrates that should be evaluated individually.
Sucralose is a molecule of sugar chemically manipulated to surrender three
hydroxyl groups (hydrogen + oxygen) and replace them with three chlorine atoms.
Natural sugar is a hydrocarbon built around 12 carbon atoms. When turned into
Splenda it becomes a chlorocarbon, in the family of Chlorodane, Lindane and DDT. Unlike sodium chloride, chlorocarbons are never nutritionally compatible
with our metabolic processes and are wholly incompatible with normal human
metabolic functioning. When chlorine is chemically reacted into
carbon-structured organic compounds to make chlorocarbons, the carbon and
chlorine atoms bind to each other by mutually sharing electrons in their outer
shells. This arrangement adversely affects human metabolism because our
mitochondrial and cellular enzyme systems are designed to completely utilize
organic molecules containing carbon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen, and other
compatible nutritional elements. Sucralose has been found to
shrink thymus glands (the biological seat of immunity) and produce liver
inflammation in rats and mice.
I drink 2-3 cups per day and add 2% or Whole milk to it. It has never hindered my progress.
Thanks for your input about the 2% milk (just a splurge in mine each morning) along with a dash of cinnamon to balance out the blood sugar level and truvia(2 packets). Thought I was going wrong on this one at first.
© Abbott Laboratories,2013