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Does Coffee Break A Fast? [Can You Drink Coffee While Intermittent Fasting?]

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– If you like coffee as much as I do, but don't wanna mess up your intermittent fasting, then this video is for you (rock music) That's better

So, today, I'm gonna be answering one of the questions I get asked the most about intermittent fasting Can I drink black coffee when fasting? Is adding milk or cream gonna break my fast, and it is it true that as long as you don't exceed 50 calories, you're not gonna break a fast? Now, let's take it back to basics Let's start with what we want to be happening when we're fasting Now, in this video, I'm gonna be focusing on fasting for weight loss, not fasting for longevity, which is gonna be coming up in a video very soon When we're fasting, we want our blood glucose levels to be normalized rather than raised, We want our insulin levels to be low, and we want our glucagon, which is insulin's opposite number, if you like, levels to be high

That's gonna promote things like fat burning and ketone production So, is drinking coffee gonna disrupt that process? Let's talk about black coffee, but this also applies to black tea, green tea, anything without milk, really Black coffee is probably not gonna disrupt that process at all It's zero carb, zero protein, and zero fat, and only about one or two calories It's basically just caffeinated hot brown water with some other stuff in it that just makes it taste really nice

(ethereal harp music) Sorry about that So, what about cream or milk? (cow mooing) One of the most common pieces of advice you'll find on the Internet is that it's okay to drink something as long as it's less than 50 calories Now, I don't think this is very useful In fact, I think it's just plain wrong, and I'm going to explain why 50 calories of cream is about one tablespoon, and that is pretty much pure fat

There's very little carbohydrate in there, in fact, only about half a gram of carbohydrate 50 calories of milk is about eight tablespoons, and don't forget that lactose is a sugar in milk, and that is actually the equivalent of about six grams of carbohydrate "But who has eight tablespoons of milk in their coffee," I hear you ask Well, don't forget that a latte is espresso and almost entirely milk Interestingly, full fat milk has less carbohydrate for the same volume as lower fat or diet versions of milk

And if you're allowed 50 calories, then surely that 50 calories could come from sugar How much sugar is in 50 calories? Well, that's three teaspoons of sugar So let's just go back to what we didn't want to happen We didn't wanna raise our blood glucose levels We didn't wanna affect our insulin levels, and we didn't wanna interrupt high levels of glucagon

Well, black coffee's clearly not gonna do any of that Having a small amount of cream in coffee is probably not gonna have much of an effect on that Having a small amount of milk, even, isn't gonna have much of an effect on that Having a large amount of milk or even sugar clearly is gonna have an effect on that So, that's why I don't think looking at it in terms of calories is particularly useful

It's clear to me that 50 calories of sugar is very different from 50 calories of milk, is very different from 50 calories of cream in terms of the metabolic effect it's gonna have on the body Next, I wanna talk about some of the other benefits of drinking coffee when fasting But before I do that, I wanna ask you a quick question How do you prefer to take your coffee? Let me know in the comments down below this video Okay, let's look at some of the other benefits of coffee for people who are practicing intermittent fasting

Coffee is an appetite suppressant If this were true, it would be the perfect thing for people who are practicing intermittent fasting to help them keep hunger at bay But unfortunately, this is one of those commonly-held beliefs that probably isn't actually true But if it works for you, great! Hydration Another old wives' tale is that coffee is a diuretic and will actually dehydrate you

Whilst it is slightly true, coffee is only a very weak diuretic, so the overall effect of drinking a cup of coffee is that you will become more hydrated Now for the good stuff Coffee stimulates ketone production One study showed that coffee given at breakfast time can stimulate ketone production in a dose-dependent manner That is, the more you drink, the more ketones are gonna be produced

This does come with a word of warning, however Not only is excessive coffee gonna make you feel pretty unwell, excessive coffee has been shown to increase fasting blood glucose and decrease insulin sensitivity, exactly the opposite of what we're trying to do So, in summary, ideally, drink black coffee when you're fasting The same goes for black tea, green tea, or other similar things without milk in And learning to drink black coffee is very similar to learning to drink coffee or tea without sugar

It might seem a little bit weird at first, but you quickly get used to it And if you really don't like black coffee, then by all means, have a small amount of cream or milk It's unlikely to disrupt your fast Just remember that things like lattes or cappuccinos or flat whites are made almost entirely with milk, and definitely will disrupt your fast Okay, that is it for today's video

If you've found this video useful, I'd love it if you'd give it a thumbs up down below You can subscribe to my channel by clicking here, and don't forget that this is part of a playlist all about intermittent fasting which you can find here Have a great week, and hopefully I will see you next Tuesday Cuppa coffatea? Coffatea? Coffee? Coffatea Coffee!

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