I am currently doing an intermittent fasting where I do not eat anything until WHEN (When Hunger Ensues Naturally). I find it easier to eat this way and just eat whenever I actually feel hungry.
However, yesterday I hadn't eaten for 16 hours and then I ate 3 slices of pizzas...so much for that. Anyways, that was a slip.
I'm wondering if coffee is beneficial for the fast or if its something that should rather not be drinked during the fast?
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I drink coffee during IF and have no problems. Here's from Mark Sission's FAQ:
Can I drink coffee or tea during a fast? How about adding cream or coconut oil to it – will that take me out of the fasted state?
Coffee is actually beneficial for fat-burning, especially during a fast. One study found that an infusion of epinephrine – a hormone which coffee increases – during “starvation” enhanced its lipolytic and thermogenic effects. In other words, fat-burning and metabolism up-regulated in response to epinephrine (more so than usual). Epinephrine also lowers appetite, which can be extremely helpful for people trying to stave off hunger during a fast. Tea, and anything non-caloric, is also fine.
Adding a pure fat source won’t “take you out” of the fasted state, and it may take the edge off the hunger, but it will reduce the body fat you burn by a bit.
I suggest doing whatever you feel like doing. If you enjoy coffee, go for it. Chances are you are not consuming enough calories in your coffee to completely break your fast. I burn 65 calories an hour doing absolutely nothing.
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Its existence has been kept quiet for years and it (until recently) has been illegal in Europe because governments enjoy high taxes on sugar.
Anyway - not to go on too much - but its awesome, and it makes your fasting days go a little smoother.
Merry Christmas people!!