Caffeine and HCG Diet

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What is Caffeine?

Caffeine is commonly found in coffee that plays as a mild stimulant to the central nervous system that quickly boosts your alertness and energy levels. Coffee is one of the permissible drinks on the HCG diet. To ensure that you will not load on sugary drinks, the weight loss protocol is very specific to your choices. 

Benefits of Caffeine when on HCG Diet for Weight Loss

  1. Increases fat-burning activity during exercise. While it won’t increase your calorie burn during exercise, it will lead to more fat being burned. Instead of the usual carbohydrate, your body will burn stored fats. This sounds even better when you are on the 500-calorie diet
  2. Promotes faster weight loss. It increases your metabolic rate by up to 11%. Over time, you become tolerant of its effects. You should cycle your coffee-drinking habit if you are trying to lose weight. A cycle of two weeks on, and two weeks off is best.
  3. Reduces cravings for comfort foods. It is a stimulant that makes you feel good thus improving your overall mood. It helps reduce cravings by reducing the desire for comfort foods because the low mood is a major cause of cravings. 
  4. Reduce the risk for diabetes type 2. It contains antioxidants called polyphenols that help improve insulin sensitivity thus reducing the risk of diabetes type 2. Additionally, it contains magnesium and chromium, two minerals linked to diabetes prevention.
  5. It prevents weight gain after losing them. In addition to preventing regaining the weight you lost after losing it, it does not cause you to lose weight without a change in diet or exercise.
  6. It helps you eat less. Coffee can cause us to become tolerant of its effects over time, so you may not be able to lose more weight using it. However, there is still a possibility for it to blunt appetite and this can help you eat less. The appetite suppressant effect depends on your weight. 
  7. It reduces headaches. It is a mild pain reliever that helps relieve headaches on and off the HCG Diet. It helps constrict the blood vessels in the brain when pain comes and boosts common headache remedies such as NSAIDs by 40%.

Other Benefits of Caffeine

Coffee alone cannot help in weight loss. That is why you need the HCG to work in fat-burning. It will just support your HCG diet so that your weight loss will be constant. Other benefits include:

  1. Linked to a lower risk of depression. Some studies have found that drinking coffee is associated with a reduction of your risk of depression. Another study found that drinking at least four cups each day was associated with a significantly lower risk of depression, compared with drinking just one cup per day
  2. Could protect against liver conditions. It could support liver health and protect against disease. Drinking more than two cups of coffee per day was linked to lower rates of liver scarring and liver cancer in people with liver disease. 
  3. Supports heart health. Drinking three to five cups per day was tied to a 15% reduced risk of heart disease. Increased intake was associated with a significantly decreased risk of heart failure. However, keep in mind that caffeine could affect blood pressure levels. People with BP issues may need to limit or moderate their caffeine intake. 
  4. It enhances athletic performance. It is often used as an ergogenic aid by athletes looking to improve performance and increase energy levels. Thus, moderate consumption could slightly improve power output and time-trial completion time. Drinking coffee before exercise improves endurance and decreased perceived exertion.

Drinks that Contains Caffeine

VLCD of the HCG Diet only permits black and plain coffee. However, you can introduce more flavor after Phase 2 and maintenance. Here are the quantities expected per 8-ounce serving of some popular drinks:

-Yerba mate contains 65 to 130 mg

-Decaffeinated coffee contains 3 to 12 mg

-Chocolate milk has 2 to 7 mg

-Energy drinks comprise 50 to 160 mg

-Espresso contains 240 to 720 mg

-Cocoa beverages have 2 to 7 mg

-Brewed tea encompasses 40 to 120 mg

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