Coffee or Tea

When you are on a weight loss journey there are several decisions you have to make. One of which is the choice between drinking coffee or tea, or drinking both.

Coffee has several side effects which include tremors, trouble sleeping, dizziness, diarrhea, fast heartbeat and an effect on your blood sugar levels. You can also experience dehydration, stomach bloating and unusual tiredness after the effect of the caffeine have worn off.

Coffee also has a significantly larger amount of caffeine than tea. Coffee has approximately 95mg of caffeine in 8 ounces and tea has 26mg of caffeine in 8 ounces. Coffee has almost 3 times the amount of caffeine that tea has. Caffeine is addictive, a stimulant and it will alter your mood.

Coffee is also associated with periods of time in which you eat meals. This psychological association can increase the amount of food you eat when you eat coffee. All of this equates to a beverage that is not good for your weight loss efforts.

The high amounts of caffeine in coffee will also stimulate the adrenal glands to secrete cortisol, the stress hormone. With consistent stimulation from coffee, the cortisol hormone will signal the release of sugar into the blood stream, and then the release of insulin so the body can use the sugar. This starts a cyclical process in which you eat carbohydrates to quench the cravings you get from the release of cortisol.

Once your sugar crashes and you start looking for carbs, you’ll also experience tiredness and fatigue. Coffee will mask the effect of your eating style and increase your calorie intake.

There are several studies which show that drinking up to 6 cups of coffee per day are not associated with health risk, but drinking that much coffee will increase your risk of gaining weight or reduce your potential to lose weight.

On the other hand, tea, and specifically green tea, has a number of health benefits, including help with weight loss. It’s the polyphenols in green tea that have these effects, but an overdose of these chemicals can damage your liver or kidneys.

Tea has a much lower amount of caffeine and doesn’t trigger addiction and doesn’t have enough to alter your mood. If you are pregnant or want to become pregnant, check with your doctor before adding green tea to your nutritional regimen. You should not attempt to lose weight during pregnancy.

RESOURCES

International Journal of Obesity: Coffee, Tea, and Diabetes: the role of weight loss and caffeine
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15925959
Mirror: The Great Tea Vs Coffee Debate
http://www.mirror.co.uk/lifestyle/health/tea-v-coffee-debate-which-is-healthiest-1271357

Harvard: Coffee and Health
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/coffee/

FDA: Caffeine and Your Body
http://www.fda.gov/downloads/drugs/resourcesforyou/consumers/buyingusingmedicinesafely/understandingover-the-countermedicines/ucm205286.pdf

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MensHealth: 15 Fired Up Foods that Burn Away Pounds
http://www.menshealth.com/mhlists/abs_diet_foods/Green_Tea_Coffee.php

Mercola: Is Drinking Tea or Coffee the Smarter Choice
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/11/14/Is-Drinking-Tea-or-Coffee-the-Smarter-Choice.aspx

CBN: Drink Up Coffee or tea
https://www.cbn.com/health/nutrition/reinke_coffeetea.aspx

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