Simply put, caffeine is not good for you.Â Caffeine effects every part of your body, most of which can be quite negative. So why do we crave it and pour ourselves another cup to help us through the day? It is an addictive drug and the only way to rid ourselves of this cure is to really understand just what it does to your body.
Mind you I’m writing this as I’m drinking a cup of Starbucks Coffee.
What does caffeine do to your body?
Having too much caffeine can do wonders to your body. Some effects of a high caffeine intake include:
- Muscle Tremors
- Nausea/gastrointestinal problems
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
Why is this happening?
Caffeine affects your hormones. It affects how your hormones function.
- Adenosine: A hormone to calm your body, however caffeine inhibits the absorption of adneosine. Therefore your body cannot calm itself.Â If you have too much caffeine too late in the day, you’ll be awake and alert for a bit, but may have problems falling asleep.
- Dopamine: Caffeine increases the dopamine levels in your body – giving you a ‘feel good’ feeling after taking it and then a ‘low’ feeling when it wears off. Sounds similar to many addicting drugs, which is actually what caffeine can become, as many people feel they ‘need’ caffeine in the morning in order to function.
- Adrenanline: The boost caffeine gives us is the main reason WHY we drink it!Â The increase in energy is a great feeling, however its only temporary. Once, the caffeine wears off you can find yourself even more tired than before, and sometimes even jumpy or easily irritated.
- Cortisol: Caffeine can lead to the increase of the levels of coritsol in your body.Â Cortisol is also known as the stress hormone – which has numerous negative effects on the body such as weight gain, diabetes, heart disease or even extreme mood changes.
Caffeine and Your Flat Stomach Diet
Recent studies have found that the increase of cortisol in your body, caused by caffeine can have some negative effects when trying to get a flat stomach (and negative effects on your body in general). Some of these effects include:
- Increased cravings for foods high in fat and cholesterol. When this happens your body is more like to store the fat in the abdomen, making it harder to lose weight and get a flat stomach.
- Increased cravings for foods high in caffeine, thus creating a negative cycle.
- Decrease muscle tissue
- Decreased bone density
- Blood sugar imbalances
- Increase the risk of High Blood Pressure
Any of these situations, while directly or indirectly related to weight loss, can affect how quickly you reach your fitness goals.
To be fair, caffeine in small doses can have some benefits, like giving you energy and helping you focus. However, the long term effects of caffeine can cause more harm than good. So, next time you reach for your cup of coffee – think of your goals and exactly what the caffeine will do to your body – figuring out – is it really worth it?
For me – after all of this – my coffee has been finished – oops! However, I will be working towards eliminating caffeine from my diet, after all, I’ve got places to go where a flat stomach is required!
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