Are you curious about intermittent fasting but want to be sure you can still have your morning coffee?
Here's what our in-house Nutritionist Brianna-lee has discovered, plus her hot tips for enjoying your beloved coffee without breaking your fast.
The advantages of intermittent fasting, and the benefits of coffee consumption go hand in hand. They have very similar and positive effects on our health and wellbeing goals. Although the study on caffeine intake during intermittent fasting is still in its early stages, what we do know is reassuring (yay!).
According to current research, here is what we know so far:
Numerous studies have demonstrated that both coffee drinking, and intermittent fasting, lower inflammatory markers. Caffeine and fasting's combined effects may provide more potent anti-inflammatory effects.
Autophagy is the process through which the body breaks down old or damaged cells and regenerates new ones. This allows the body to repair and restore at the cellular level while also decreasing inflammation. Fasting and coffee consumption have both been linked to increased autophagy which may help the body fight aging, illness, and inflammation more effectively when combined. #superheropowers
Caffeine and fasting both increase the body's metabolic rate, accelerating weight loss and encouraging fat burning.
🧠 Hello Ketosis
A recent study suggests that caffeine may encourage the production of ketone bodies in the brain, which is super helpful if you're on a ketogenic diet, or fasting to enter ketosis.
Caffeine and intermittent fasting can both be used to regulate insulin resistance, lower insulin levels, and minimise the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to research.
Do's and don'ts of drinking coffee while fasting:
✔️ Do: Drink Beforeyouspeak
Our Performance and Thermo Coffee range is popular among our customers for providing an energy boost during intermittent fasting. Both of these blends are exceptionally low in calories and contain only our Premium Arabica Coffee, which has been combined with vitamins, minerals, and superfoods. If you choose to avoid sweeteners during your fast, we also offer an Unsweetened flavour in all of our blends.
✔️ Do: Work with your energy levels
Depending on what fast you are doing, try to consume your coffee when there’s a dip in your natural energy levels. We recommend between 10am and 12 noon or 2pm and 5pm.
✖️ Don't: Add milk or cream
Adding milk to your coffee will add calories, triggering your food sensing pathways and, you guessed it, breaking your fast.
✖️ Don't: Add sugar
We want to keep sugar out of our cup because this will cause you to break your fast. Furthermore, increased sugar intake spikes insulin resistance and we don’t want that!
The burning question has been answered, it is totally OK to drink your beloved coffee while fasting! In fact, it may also increase the benefits of intermittent fasting, such as lowering inflammation and improving cognitive performance.