Why your morning coffee is making you fat – Motivation Monday 25 June 2012

Its been a most productive and fun filled term.  Frank, Petra and I have all enjoyed training with you all and are looking forward to continuing to work with you all in term 3.  I wanted to thank you all for your continued support, inspiration and dedication to what we offer at The Leading Edge.  It makes our jobs that much more fulfilling.  Stay safe during our break.  We are very much looking forward to seeing you all back again in term 3 which kicks off on 15 July.

The new yoga class will commence in term 2 on Tuesdays 8-9pm.  I am currently taking enrolments for this session, so if you or someone you know is interested, please contact me soon as places are limited.

Places on our Relay For Life team are still available. Check out this worthwhile fundraiser for cancer research and let me know asap if you would like to join us..

The next 12 Week Challenge will commence in term 3 also.  The current people are just over the half way mark..  Some smashing results are being achieved… Keep up the great work team, you are all doing well.  If you are interested in taking part in the next challenge to change your body for the better, contact me directly to reserve your spot as places are limited.

Two more bubbies have been born in our pregnancy group.  Tracy gave birth to Max and Trupti to Diva.  Both Mums and Bubs are doing well.  We wish you all the very best ladies.

Ok, here’s the article I was reading recently that I wanted to share with all of you, which you may find interesting if you are a coffee drinker..

If you’ve been following the advice of including a good portion of your daily carbohydrate intake at breakfast, you might want to skip your morning coffee, unless it’s decaf, that is.


Well, the recommendation to consume ample carbohydrates at breakfast is due to the fact that glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity are at their peak in the morning – basically, your body is primed to “deal” with carbohydrates quite well during the first few hours of the day, and that ability continues to wane as the day goes on.

So where does coffee come in?

Well, quite a few studies have shown that caffeine intake acutely decreases glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, sabbotaging your generally “good” ability to process carbohydrates in the morning.

Here’s just one of many studies:

Caffeinated coffee consumption impairs blood glucose homeostasis in response to high and low glycemic index meals in healthy men.
Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

DESIGN: Ten healthy men underwent 4 trials in a randomized order. They ingested caffeinated (5 mg/kg) coffee (CC) or the same volume of decaffeinated coffee (DC) followed by either a high or low glycemic index (GI) cereal (providing 75 g of carbohydrate) mixed meal tolerance test.

CONCLUSION: The ingestion of caffeinated coffee with either a high or low GI meal significantly impairs acute blood glucose management and insulin sensitivity compared with ingestion of decaffeinated coffee.

In the end, decreased insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance = more insulin, less fat burning, and more fat storage; three things you DON’T want if you’re looking to shed those unwanted pounds.

Suggestions: If you’re going to consume coffee or caffeine in general, it’s best consumed at times in which you are not consuming substantial carbohydrate. This means ditching caffeinated coffee with a carbohydrate based breakfast in favour of decaf.

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