Why Coffee And Carbs Should NEVER Be Taken Together

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Is mixing coffee and carbs a bad combination?

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Today I hope to give a little insight as to why choosing a low-carb meal will actually enhance the health benefits of coffee.

Firstly, a lot of fitness professionals like to bash coffee and say why you shouldn’t consume it.

I’m the opposite.

I love – and encourage – people to drink coffee. However one combination you need to avoid with your coffee is carbohydrates.

Why? It all comes down to insulin sensitivity.

Drinking excessive coffee can increase insulin resistance.

This means, in the most simple terms, that the body cannot effectively deliver glucose into the cells of the body.

When we combine caffeine with a high carbohydrate diet, the body is then forced to release more insulin to try and bring the glucose to the cells.

Over time, this leads to the body becoming less sensitive to the effects of gluten and the result of this is circulating glucose, and eventually fat gain.

According to studies at Canada’s University of Guelph, subjects were given a snack high in carbohydrates, such as a bagel, muffin or toast, together with either a decaf or coffee.

Those having the coffee and carb’s combo had triple the increase in blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity, the hormone that controls blood sugar levels, was reduced by almost 50%.

A study in the February 2013 issue of “Applied Physiology, Nutrition and Metabolism”, reported that caffeine slightly raises blood sugar levels and impairs insulin action.

What does this mean in terms of your health and weight loss?

Blood glucose, commonly referred to as blood sugar, is the determining factor whether your body stores fat or burns it as fuel.

When blood sugar is elevated, the pancreas produces insulin, which moves the sugar to the cells.

A surge in this insulin tells your body there is plenty of glucose and to start storing it. The problem is that this surge will cause too much sugar to be stored and leave you feeling tired, hungry and craving more sugar, which is the beginning of a vicious cycle of craving and eating more than your body actually uses — ultimatelt ending in fat gain.

[Note – it is for this reason a low-fat diet rarely works. It is about controlling insulin levels, and not controlling dietary fat levels]

No matter the goal, you should always try to make your body as insulin sensitive as possible. This also means to avoid the things that make your body more insulin resistant.

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When we edge towards being insulin resistant, we store more fat, gain weight and push closer to Type-Two Diabetes.

Caffeine in moderation is likely not a problem for most people and in fact has numerous health benefits.

Caffeine can be a fantastic drink pre-exercise, if it’s used correctly. But the problems occur when people over drink it and build up tolerance levels to it meaning the effects will be diminished.

The best way to get it working in your favour is to take a long break from it. Many of caffeine’s effects, including fat burning, strength benefits etc are subject to tolerance, and may not occur in people used to caffeine, no matter how large the dose is.

For overweight people and those carrying a lot of fat on the mid section cutting coffee especially when mixed with carbs would be a very wise move.

Combining this with a properly designed exercise plan are simple steps you can do today to drop lbs of fat – especially from the mid section and also greatly improve your health.

Bottom line – consume coffee on its own, or with a protein and fat-rich meal.