Official: Coffee IS Good for You!  

TheQuietGuy2005 56M
3484 posts
8/1/2006 11:48 am

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8/3/2006 12:29 pm

Official: Coffee IS Good for You!

From the Guardian newspaper, Thursday July 20th:

Black coffee

Claims: Improves endurance and fat-burning; speeds recovery.

Evidence: Several studies, including some conducted at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), have shown that there are substances in caffeine that trigger the release of body fats into the bloodstream during activity. This means fat is burned during exercise, rather than carbohydrate, the body's primary choice of fuel. Carbohydrates are stored in the muscle as glycogen but the amount that can be stored is limited. If you burn body fat first, it reserves carbohydrate for later use. A study at the University of South Carolina found that drinking one or two cups of coffee up to an hour before a gym session can delay or prevent post-exercise tiredness by up to 60%.

Verdict: Peter Fricker, director of the AIS, says 1-2 cups of black coffee before (or during) exercise is enough for most people: "It works in small doses and there are no gains by taking larger doses."

Of course, the problem is that I can never be sure quite when I'm going to find time to exercise so the only solution is to ensure that whenever I do get to the gym I'll have had a couple of cups of coffee in the hour before

Ahhhh, bye-bye belly!

Hang on, though: it does specify black coffee. Anyone got any ideas why mocha or cappucino would do as well? Please? And how do muffins rate?


papyrina 52F
21133 posts
8/1/2006 12:28 pm

keeps me regular

I'm a

i'm here to stay

TheQuietGuy2005 replies on 8/2/2006 2:53 pm:
It just keeps me going!

barbiebunny 38F
5597 posts
8/1/2006 12:58 pm

I knew it!! Coffee yaaaaa~

Its good to be...ME

TheQuietGuy2005 replies on 8/2/2006 2:57 pm:
I'm glad I could spread some joy as I pass through this Vale of Tears

freetime648 53F

8/1/2006 1:08 pm

As long as your are already at the gym "working it off" I cannot see why a muffin or some mocha whatever thingy would be a problem......

Reminds me of something......but nevermind, that is for the bust line!!!

xx FREETIME648 xx

TheQuietGuy2005 replies on 8/2/2006 2:58 pm:
Um ... did I explicitly link the mocha or muffin with the gym? And I really don't need any help nowadays in expanding my bust line!

2daycowboywanted 46F

8/1/2006 1:10 pm

Personally I drank a cup of coffee a long time ago and thought - never again and havent. Way too much of a waste of time to drink something that gosh awful!

Until later

TheQuietGuy2005 replies on 8/2/2006 3:03 pm:
And too much of a waste of coffee too! Mind you, it has to be said that, just as there are wonderfully transcendent coffees, there are some that are the absolute pits. Maybe you just got unlucky?

SweetDarlinAngel 41F
2996 posts
8/1/2006 2:22 pm

Coffee? You wanna discuss coffee? Wait ... did someone ...somewhere ... say STARBUCKS???? Oh my god! I might die! 13 weeks left before I taste the sweet sugary taste of my lovely frosty Frappacino all covered with chocolate sauce and whipped cream ...

Oh, I'm sorry ... we were discussing something weren't we? (shakes head to clear it) Okay, I'm focused again. Now, what was your question?

Right ... black coffee actually contains very little calories and/or sugars. It also packs several grams of caffiene which boosts energy over a short term period helping you to burn off calories faster during work out while not adding to the calories and sugar needing to be burned. I hope that helped. Cappucinos / Mochas and the like are packed with more sugars and calories (hence the better taste) than the basic straight black coffee. Remember this only works when no cream, milk or sugars are added for flavor.


TheQuietGuy2005 replies on 8/2/2006 3:06 pm:
I'm not sure whether to apologise to you for reminding you of the treat you're denying yourself for another {gasp!} 13 weeks ... or to curse you for making me salivate

And, by the way, I don't think you quite understood my question: I didn't want to know why my favourites don't work in the same way as black coffee. I wanted someone to find a plausible excuse for me to continue to have them!

MissAnnThrope 57F
11488 posts
8/1/2006 5:48 pm

What SDA said. It has to do with all the carbs from sugars in flavored or sweetened coffee. I don't know why the milk would get in the way, though. But let's consider the Starbucks Frappucino. A grande mocha frappucino with no whipped cream has 440 calories. Add the whipped cream and you're up to 570 calories. A Big Mac has 600 calories, fewer carbs and almost twice the protein.

I'll stick to my Dunkin Donuts iced caramel lattes. The same 16 ounces (the size of a grande frappucino, according to Chowbaby's website) only has 240 calories. But as they don't burn their beans or cheapen up the espresso with Brazilian beans, they don't need to use nearly as much sugar or syrup.

TheQuietGuy2005 replies on 8/2/2006 3:08 pm:
*sigh* Just like SDA: factual but depressing! We are starting to see Dunkin Donuts here now, though they're few and far between, but the problem with using DD, the really, REALLY, REALLY big problem is that they also sell delightful but very fattening donuts!

helga_hansen 50F  
1987 posts
8/2/2006 12:44 am

Does it work if I just drink the coffee? No food, just coffee. No? Okay, okay... I'll go back on that bloody diet!!

Darn, there go my boobs again!


Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥

TheQuietGuy2005 replies on 8/2/2006 3:11 pm:
Oh, Helga ... I strongly suspect that if you just had coffee instead of food you would lose a LOT of weight. As long as you, too, can cope with having it black and can swear off sugar. It's a problem isn't it? I'm not sure the doctors would see that as a balanced diet though - except in the sense, perhaps, that a coffee in each hand is balanced

Quick! Tell me where your boobs have gone and I'll catch them. I have my net ready.

SweetDarlinAngel 41F
2996 posts
8/2/2006 3:51 pm

See what the distraction of Starbucks will do to the deprived mind... complete breakdown of mental capabilities. *giggles* Next time I'll try to stay focused.


TheQuietGuy2005 replies on 8/3/2006 12:23 pm:
Just think how dull things will be when you can start drinking coffee again.

Hang on ... did I say dull? With a new baby in the house? I must be losing my marbles too!

MissAnnThrope 57F
11488 posts
8/2/2006 8:49 pm

Hey, if you get a chance to stop at a DD, try a caramel latte, with an extra shot of espresso. Heaven in a cup. As they don't burn their beans, the caffeine isn't leached out either. Just keep in mind, one vanilla creme filled donut, the best in the line IMO, has more calories than the latte. Then again, total denial is no good for a person either.

One thing about this report... They don't mention if diet colas and caffeinated waters have the same effect. They have no carbs either.

TheQuietGuy2005 replies on 8/3/2006 12:29 pm:
Sorry for an incomplete report!

The article does mention the supposed benefits of flat cola ("1-2 cups of flat cola (or coffee) boosted the endurance capabilities of athletes by up to 3% - which is quite significant in long-distance events" ). It notes that this may be because of the effects of caffeine already noted.

However, it also notes that the caffeine increases the amount of sugar or carbohydrate absorbed by the body which might help explain the increased endurance.

Either way, it's fair to assume that both diet colas and caffeinated waters (not that I've ever seen any such) would have the same effect as coffee as the effect is definitely related to the presence of caffeine rather than to other chemicals in the coffee.


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