The cover of Woman’s
World magazine asked “Is Coffee Making You Fat?”
Every woman who
glanced at this magazine cover, asked herself, “Could
that be true – can coffee actually make you fat?”
verified that, YES, coffee can make you fat.
Though coffee has
a reputation for providing energy, it also has a down-side.
It can trigger weight gain. New York restaurant owner,
Drew Nieporent, shed 120 pounds by simply giving up coffee,
after he discovered that his coffee habit has largely
contributed to his considerable weight gain.
Dainn Smith was
advised by her nutritionist, Therese Franzese, R.D., to
gave up her coffee habit. As a result, Diann dropped 4
Merilu Henner had gained 45 pounds. After reading about
coffee’s fattening properties, and coffee’s ability to
stimulate appetite, Merilu decided to give up coffee.
“Studies show that people who drink coffee tend to eat
a fatter diet” stated Merilu. She was pleasantly surprised
to find that she regained her girlish figure after swearing
clearly identified the biochemical culprits in coffee
that trigger weight gain. The culprits are the disruptions
in glucose metabolism that impairs blood glucose
homeostasis, which is caused by drinking coffee. These
disruptions trigger the fat-storage hormones, insulin
and Lipoprotein Lipase (LPL).
It has been established
and clinically proven that coffee and/or caffeine increases
the body’s release of insulin and LPL, the main fat-storage
In a large study, coffee was also shown to increase
the consumption of very fattening and fatty foods.
This is due to the reactive-hypoglycemic properties of
coffee. This explains why coffee triggers uncontrollable
cravings for donuts, and other fattening foods, which
are very high glycemic, and fat-storing. These finding
are consistent with published clinical trials and research
in humans showing that glucose metabolism is impaired
shortly after the ingestion of caffeine, brewed coffee,
ground caffeinated coffee, or instant caffeinated coffee:
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Even decaf coffee can trigger fat gains. Gillian Anderson
used to drink Starbucks decaf coffee four-times-per-day,
in an effort to lose weight. Instead of losing weight,
she gained 10 pounds. When she stopped drinking the Starbucks
coffee, Gillian became slim again.
coffee also causes the secretion of the hormone Cortisol,
a stress-hormone and biochemical marker of stress, that
triggers belly fat accumulation. Dr. Henry Kahn, of Emory
University School of Medicine states, “There’s something
about fat cells in the body – the way they respond to
stress hormones. People with high levels of stress hormones
have a tendency to store fat in their bellies.”
disruptions causes by drinking coffee and/or caffeinated
drinks (such as energy drinks) are related to its Glycemic
Properties. Coffee elicits an acute insulin-insensitive
environment in both healthy and obese individuals, and
in type 2 diabetics (AJCN/2008).
Coffee and caffeine-containing
drinks, mediates negative effects on glucose tolerance
and glucose homeostasis in humans via adenosine receptor
antagonism, and impairment of insulin-mediated glucose
uptake via caffeine-stimulated epinephrine release. Both
coffee and caffeine stimulate the release of epinephrine,
which exerts actions opposite to that of insulin via Beat-Adrenergic
cascade causes negative effects on blood glucose homeostasis,
and belly fat gains.
In diabetics, coffee
and caffeine-beverages have adverse effects on glucose
metabolism, producing higher average daytime glucose concentrations
and exaggerated post-prandial glucose responses.
80% of Americans
consume coffee and caffeine-containing products every
day, with 60-75% of all caffeine ingested coming from
coffee. Though researchers have identified the fat-storing
effects of coffee consumption, they did not offer a solution
other than avoiding all coffee and caffeine-beverages.
Duke University Medical Center (2008) stated
that “Daily consumption of coffee, tea, or soft drinks
raises blood sugar levels and may even hinder efforts
to control the condition.”
The Duke University
researchers recommended “Simply quit drinking coffee,
or any other caffeinated beverages.”
On a more positive
note, Harvard Medical School and the Harvard
School of Public Health stated “Drinking three or
more cups of coffee per day may reduce the risk of ovarian
cancer by over 20 %.”
The benefits of
coffee have been clearly demonstrated in thousands of
clinical trials that are un-related to weight
gain and glucose homeostasis. The health benefits of coffee
are profound, and the only drawback is the triggering
of weight gain, increased belly fat, and glucose imbalances.
Since coffee has
multiple health benefits, the only obstacle to enjoying
coffee has been its propensity to add body fat and weigh
gain, and disrupt glucose metabolism.
This dilemma was
solved when renowned glycemic researcher, Dr. Ann de Wees
Allen, Chief of Biomedical Research, came up
with a solution.
Dr. Allen received
the first glycemic patent ever awarded worldwide, when
she developed and Patented the mechanism for correcting
coffee and caffeine. This Patent and research was awarded
“Breakthrough Product of the Year” by Success
magazine and featured on the front page of the Wall
Named as the leading
glycemic specialist in the world, Dr. Allen applied her
extensive knowledge on the glycemic index, the Cephalic
index, obesity, Lipoprotein Lipase, fat-storing hormones,
and adipose tissue fat-storing, to the coffee-dilemma.
The result is Patented
Skinny Science® Coffee, the only coffee of its kind in