Can I Have Cream In My Coffee While Intermittent Fasting?
On average, a coffee drinker will have two cups of coffee every day. Some people rely on caffeine to wake them up in the morning and stay awake in the afternoon. Luckily, when intermittent fasting, you can still drink coffee. It’s a low-calorie drink that is perfect for easing your body back into the eating window as it approaches.
The unfortunate thing for some is that your coffee should be plain. Black coffee will be perfectly acceptable for most intermittent fasting plans, but adding creamer could complicate things. While it’s not the end of the world if you add a bit of cream to your coffee, it certainly does limit the amount you can have greatly.
Let’s take a look at what situations might make the cream in your coffee okay while intermittent fasting. Again, creamer isn’t a guaranteed fast breaker, but it does push the boundaries a bit.
Stick to Plain Coffee
If at all possible, stay away from cream in your coffee. More often than not, adding cream or sugar to your coffee will put you over the 50 calorie threshold that breaks your fast. If you want to stay true to your fast, then black coffee is what you should drink. However, some people simply must have a splash of creamer in their coffee – is this the end of their intermittent fasting experience?
Not entirely. There are some creamers that have no fat, no sugar, and won’t break your fast if you use them in moderation. It’s easier to simply avoid creamer, but if you must drink coffee with cream, I recommend seeking out creamers specifically designed to be low in calories and fats. Even with those creamers, it’s recommended that you keep the amount to a minimum.
Depending on the Creamer
As mentioned, there are some creamers available that won’t break your fast if you add them in moderation. If you’re set on adding creamer to your coffee, then you should seek out no-fat, no-sugar creamers. These can be difficult to find and can be quite expensive. Eating healthy costs a lot of money for whatever reason.
Be careful not to drink too much coffee with creamer as the amount of coffee you can drink is now much lower. If you’re planning on drinking two cups, try to limit the amount of creamer you put into each one. Depending on the calorie count of each cup, you might have to restrict yourself to one cup. Adding creamers to your coffee is a quick way to break your fast if you’re not careful.
Depending on the Intermittent Fasting Method
Some intermittent fasting methods require you to stick to absolutely n0 calories. This means you can’t even have a cup of plain coffee – only water. With these intermittent fasting methods – which are typically reserved for health purposes – you should avoid coffee, tea, lemon in your water, and any other substance with more calories than plain water.
How a Splash of Cream Can Curb Hunger?
Sometimes, creamer in your coffee might help curb your hunger and cravings. As the end of your fasting window approaches, bouts of hunger can get quite intense causing some to have to break their intermittent fast early. A splash of creamer in your coffee could be the help you’re looking for! The taste of coffee helps distract your mind from the cravings, and the splash of fat from the creamer could satiate your stomach for just a bit longer as you await the end of your fast.
A little bit of creamer could be all you need to survive the fasting window without breaking your fast.
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