Why coffee and caffeine make you gain weight

Pam West

The main ingredient in coffee that gives us that jolt is caffeine, a central nervous system stimulant. Caffeine is found naturally in coffee beans, tea leaves, and chocolate, and is a popular added ingredient in carbonated beverages and some over-the-counter medications such as cold remedies, diuretics, aspirin, and weight control aids. One energy drink supplies up to 160mg caffeine. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system by blocking adenosine, a neurotransmitter that normally causes a calming effect in the body. The resulting neural stimulation due to this blockage causes the adrenal glands to release adrenaline, the "fight or flight" hormone. Your heart rate increases, your pupils dilate, your muscles tighten up, and glucose is released into your blood stream for extra energy - the caffeine buzz. Caffeine also increases dopamine. Dopamine activates the pleasure in parts of the brain. It has been suspected that this also contributes to caffeine addiction. Physiologically, caffeine makes us you feel alert, pumps adrenaline to give you energy and changes dopamine production to make you feel good. 

Over the long-term as your body gets used to caffeine, it requires higher amounts to get the same effects. Certainly, having your body in a state of hormonal emergency all day long isn't very healthy. Caffeine is also a diuretic and causes a loss of fluid, which then leads to a dehydrating effect. Perhaps the most important long-term problem is the effect of caffeine on sleep. The half-life of caffeine in the body is about 6 hours. If you drink a big cup of coffee with 200 mg of caffeine at 4PM, at 10PM you still have about 100mg in your body. By 4AM, you still have 50mg floating in your system. Even though you may be able to sleep, you may not be able to obtain the restful benefits of deep sleep. What's worse, the cycle continues as you may use more and more caffeine in hopes of counteracting this deficit.

The side effects of caffeine:

  1. It's diuretic effect increases uric acid levels in the bloodstream which causes gout and makes your whole body acidic which has many unhealthy consequences.
  2. It mobilizes calcium out of the cells which causes loss of bone mass and can lead to osteoporosis.
  3. It increases the mount of cholesterol in the blood.
The above 3 facts and the disruption of your hormonal system, in the long-term, will cause insulin resistance and weight gain.

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