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Caffeine, Insulin, Fat and Weight Loss

Posted by Lori on April 21, 2008

As I mentioned earlier today, Gwen of Gwen’s WLS Journey was stuck on a weight loss plateau for several days. She’s lost eighty pounds with her Lap Band and is now down to losing her final fifteen. She finally laid off coffee over the weekend and voila! she dropped a pound and a quarter.

Duke University did a study on caffeine and Type II diabetics and discovered that it caused blood sugar levels to spike through out the day after meals. We don’t know whether it does the same for non-diabetics or not, but we do know that Dr. Atkins found his patients didn’t lose weight as well when they were drinking coffee. In my case, I could barely register as being ketosis if I drink any caffeine whatsoever regardless of how meticulous I am about keeping my carbs below induction level.

Here’s a quick little video from the Mayo Clinic for diabetics about how blood glucose and insulin are created and function in your body.

Calories Per Hour puts what happens next very simply:

Our pancreas creates a hormone called insulin that transports blood sugar into our body’s cells where it is used for energy. When we eat refined grains that have had most of their fiber stripped away, sugar, or other carbohydrate-rich foods that are quickly processed into blood sugar, the pancreas goes into overtime to produce the insulin necessary for all this blood sugar to be used for energy. This insulin surge tells our body that plenty of energy is readily available and that it should stop burning fat and start storing it.

From the Duke study:

Participants took capsules containing caffeine equal to about four cups of coffee on one day and then identical capsules that contained a placebo on another day. Everyone had the same nutrition drink for breakfast, but were free to eat whatever they liked for lunch and dinner.

The researchers found that when the participants consumed caffeine, their average daily sugar levels went up 8 per cent. Caffeine also exaggerated the rise in glucose after meals: increasing by 9 percent after breakfast, 15 percent after lunch and 26 per cent after dinner.

“We’re not sure what it is about caffeine that drives glucose levels up, but we have a couple of theories,” says Lane, who is the lead author of the study. “It could be that caffeine interferes with the process that moves glucose from the blood and into muscle and other cells in the body where it is used for fuel. It may also be that caffeine triggers the release of adrenaline – the ‘fight or flight” hormone that we know can also boost sugar levels.”

For those of you who aren’t losing weight, try laying off the caffeine and see if it makes a difference. We all love our coffee and tea, but most of us would rather be skinny. 🙂

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Got Any Questions About Lap Bands Or Weight Loss?

Posted by Lori on April 21, 2008

I haven’t been blogging as much lately because I haven’t been sure of what to write about. I am new at this, y’know. Anyway, I thought I’d put it out to you – is there anything you’re specifically wondering about with Lap Bands, or even weight loss or weight loss maintenence, that you haven’t seen addressed anywhere? If so, leave the question here in comments or send it to me at love my lap band at live dot com.

I’m working on finding out about weight loss plateaus for Gwen of Gwen’s WLS Journey. She got stuck for eleven days without any weight loss but has finally dropped another pound and a quarter this morning. Congrats to her on that. BTW, she had to give up coffee to do so. As soon as I get some answers on plateaus, I’ll be posting those.

I’m also going to be doing a post on how to deal with the clothing crisis that develops when you’re burning through a new wardrobe every two to the three months, and discussing some sane ways to get through that without going broke. If you have any tips, thoughts or questions on that problem, be sure to drop them along as well.

Finally, if you’re someone who already has a Lap Band or is having a procedure in the not too distant future and you live in Southern California, I’d love to interview you for this website. We’ll have a couple phone conversations. I’ll come out with a camera. We’ll set it up and talk for an hour or so. I know some people have professional concerns so to be sure, you can identify yourself however you’d like.

So, ask away! I love researching this stuff, and I’m happy to dig in to whatever it is you want to know.

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Lap Bands and Caffeine II

Posted by Lori on February 18, 2008

I’m getting a lot of traffic through here wondering whether caffeine is allowed after a lap band. I suspect the question is about drinking coffee, so we are dealing with three separate issues in this case:
1. coffee
2. caffeine
3. artificial sweetners

Some of the physician sites warn against drinking coffee because it is a diuretic and thus, causes your body to lose fluid. And because bandees are restricted in the amount they can consume, they must be careful to drink proper amounts of water. If your cup of coffee is flushing the fluids you do drink right back out, that’s bad for you especially if you’re getting just enough in the first place. Other physicians are fine with coffee but require you to drink it black or use sweeteners.

However, caffeine itself may well be a problem for people who want to lose weight. Researchers at Duke University have now documented that caffeine causes blood glucose level to spike (at least in Type 2 diabetics) after meals and that alone, my friend, will make it harder for you to lose weight – most likely whether you are diabetic or not (though the referenced study only deals with diabetics).

Sweetners are also problematic. A recent study by Lyn Steffen at the University of Minnesota found that people who consumed even one can of diet soda a day were more likely to develop metabolic syndrome –the collection of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes that include abdominal obesity, high cholesterol and blood glucose levels, and elevated blood pressure – than people who didn’t. What researchers suspect is that your body tasting something sweet, gears up for a big calorie dump. When it doesn’t get the calories it’s expecting, it responds by holding on even tighter to the next batch of calories it does get and you gain weight.

In short, there is not an accepted standard on the issue of caffeine consumption and lap bands. From the point of view of this coffee and tea with cream and sweetner lover, there is plenty of reason to avoid both caffeine and artificial sweetners if your goal is weight loss. What to do? What to do? Listen to your doctor, I guess.

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Life Delays And Caffeine

Posted by Lori on February 7, 2008

Isn’t this how it always goes? You get really jazzed about a project and something in your life stops you cold. Car problems put my interviews on hold. I’ve decided the thing to do is just buckle down and write about what it is I’m learning.

I read a really interesting article a couple weeks ago about caffeine and blood glucose levels. Dr. James Lane, a psychologist at Duke University (where they have been working for a very long time on obesity issues) discovered that patients with Type 2 diabetes experienced rising blood sugar levels just from consuming caffeine. Tiny little monitors were placed under the patient’s skin, and recorded the rising levels after meals.

The findings, appearing in the February issue of Diabetes Care, add more weight to a growing body of research suggesting that eliminating caffeine from the diet might be a good way to manage blood sugar levels.

Lane studied 10 patients with established type 2 diabetes and who drank at least two cups of coffee every day and who were trying to manage their disease through diet, exercise and oral medications, but no extra insulin. Each had a tiny glucose monitor embedded under their abdominal skin that continuously monitored their glucose levels over a 72-hour period.

Participants took capsules containing caffeine equal to about four cups of coffee on one day and then identical capsules that contained a placebo on another day. Everyone had the same nutrition drink for breakfast, but were free to eat whatever they liked for lunch and dinner.

The researchers found that when the participants consumed caffeine, their average daily sugar levels went up 8 per cent. Caffeine also exaggerated the rise in glucose after meals: increasing by 9 percent after breakfast, 15 percent after lunch and 26 per cent after dinner.

For those of us who have experimented with Atkins, this may answer a mystery that Dr. Atkins wrestled with. From the very beginning, he stated that you could not drink coffee on his diet. He didn’t know why, but he knew his patients didn’t lose weight unless they cut the caffeine out. His suspicion was that it triggered hunger and we’d eat more than we should. Well, I knew that wasn’t the case with me, but I didn’t lose weight until I cut the coffee out.

I wrestle with a lot of guilt (as I’m sure most of you do as well) and it’s gratifying to discover that many of the problems with weight loss really have nothing to do with self-discipline. I do a lot of work at my computer and it’s so comfy in the morning to sit here quietly, typing away, and when I pause to collect my thoughts, to have a sip of a nice, hot cup of coffee with a little cream (okay, a lot of cream – I’ve given up) and sweetner. In the summertime, for me, it’s Diet Coke in the morning. I love the bubbles and the acidic bite against my tongue.

So, now, what do I do? It will be several more months before I can afford surgery. Do I give up caffeine? Or do I wait it out?

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