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Unveiling the Relationship Between Morning Coffee, Eating Habits, and Weight Gain June 26, 2023 Alternate Text

For many people, a cup of coffee in the morning is a ritual that kickstarts the day. However, have you ever wondered about the potential impact of that morning cup of joe on your eating habits and weight? In this blog, we explore the negative effects of drinking coffee in the morning while fed or on an empty stomach and shed light on how it can promote weight gain. Understanding these dynamics can help you make informed choices about your caffeine consumption and overall well-being.

Part 1: The Consequences of Coffee on an Empty Stomach

  • Increased stomach acid production: Drinking coffee on an empty stomach stimulates the production of stomach acid, which can lead to digestive discomfort, acid reflux, and heartburn.
  • Disrupted appetite signals: Coffee may temporarily suppress appetite, leading to a delay in recognizing hunger cues and potentially causing overeating later in the day.
  • Blood sugar fluctuations: Consuming coffee without food can lead to a rapid rise and subsequent drop in blood sugar levels, triggering cravings for sugary and high-calorie foods.
  • Impact on nutrient absorption: Coffee contains compounds that interfere with the absorption of certain nutrients, such as iron and calcium, potentially leading to deficiencies over time.
  • Dehydration: Coffee has a diuretic effect, causing increased urine production and potential dehydration when consumed on an empty stomach.

Part 2: Coffee and Eating Habits in the Morning

  • Unhealthy additions and choices: Many coffee beverages are loaded with added sugars, syrups, creams, and flavorings, contributing excess calories, and promoting weight gain.
  • Impact on blood sugar regulation: Caffeine can interfere with insulin sensitivity and impair glucose metabolism, potentially leading to imbalances and increased risk of weight gain.
  • Psychological effects: Coffee addiction or dependency can result in cravings and emotional dependence, leading to unhealthy eating patterns and potential weight gain.
  • Disrupted meal patterns:  Having solely coffee in the morning can disrupt regular meal patterns, potentially causing overeating or making unhealthy food choices later in the day.

Part 3: The Role of Coffee in Promoting Weight Gain

  • Cortisol and stress response: The caffeine in coffee can stimulate cortisol release, a stress hormone associated with increased appetite, cravings for comfort foods, and abdominal fat deposition.
  • Sleep disturbances: Drinking coffee in the morning, especially later in the day, can disrupt sleep patterns, which is linked to weight gain and increased risk of obesity.
  • Energy crashes and reduced physical activity: While coffee can provide a temporary energy boost, it can also lead to subsequent crashes, reduced motivation for exercise, and a sedentary lifestyle.
  • Potential metabolic effects: Some studies suggest that coffee consumption may affect metabolic rate and fat oxidation, potentially promoting weight gain in susceptible individuals.

In conclusion, while coffee can be a delightful part of your morning routine, it's important to understand the potential negative effects it may have on your eating habits and weight. Drinking coffee on an empty stomach or relying solely on it for breakfast can disrupt appetite regulation, blood sugar levels, and nutrient absorption, all of which can contribute to weight gain over time. Consider balancing your coffee consumption with a healthy and well-rounded meal, not necessarily in the morning if you are using a fasting strategy in your meal planning. Also, making mindful choices about your coffee additives, and being aware of your body's response to caffeine. By doing so, you can enjoy your coffee while maintaining a balanced approach to your overall health and weight management goals.

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