Every little thing matters when you’re trying to lose weight–especially when it comes to your diet. Those looking to shed the pounds need to establish a healthy eating plan to ensure that their metabolism has everything it needs when it needs it to burn calories efficiently.
Everyone knows that they need to cut things like unhealthy carbs and desserts from their diet to shed pounds, but not many understand that there are certain drinks that you can’t have either. In fact, some dietitians say that having coffee past 10 a.m. is one of the worst things you can do for your waistline in the long-run. Here’s why:
While there’s nothing wrong with having a cup of coffee in the morning for a little energy boost, research does show that drinking coffee after this crucial time can cause your metabolism to come to a halt.
When's the best time to drink coffee? Registered dietitian Laura Cipullo says that it's ideal to have a cup of coffee three to four hours after waking up as it's when your body produces less cortisol, a stress hormone that can make us feel anxious, which she notes can be exacerbated by caffeine.
So, how does that affect your metabolism and weight loss? Well, the less you sleep, the groggier your brain and metabolism will be. It dulls activity in the brain’s frontal lobe, the locus of decision-making and impulse control, making you more likely to make unhealthy food and exercise decisions.
Having coffee later in the day can also disrupt your body's natural sleep rhythm, making it harder for your body to burn calories.
"Sleep is like nutrition for the brain. Most people need between 7 and 9 hours each night. Get less than that, and your body will react in ways that lead even the most determined dieter straight to Ben & Jerry’s," according to the experts at WebMD.
A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that when people were starved of sleep, late-night snacking increased, and they were more likely to choose high-carb snacks.
Sleep deprivation also makes you “metabolically groggy," University of Chicago researchers say.
Too little sleep triggers cortisol spike. This stress hormone signals your body to conserve energy to fuel your waking hours, causing your body distress and making it think it needs to hang on to calories to survive. This makes it harder to burn fat and shed pounds.
It also hinders your body's ability to process insulin and eventually can cause you to develop a sensitivity to it, which means your body has trouble processing fats from your bloodstream, so it ends up storing them as fat.