Can You Drink Coffee During Intermittent Fasting?
Everyone loves a good cup of coffee to wake up in the morning – some people depend on it. But what about while you’re intermittent fasting? Is it okay to have a cup of coffee in the morning while your fasting window is still open?
I have good news for all of the coffee drinkers of the world – drink away! Coffee won’t break your fast, as long as it’s plain. Let’s take a look at what makes coffee the perfect intermittent fasting drink.
No Added Sugar or Cream
While it is completely acceptable to drink coffee while intermittent fasting, it has to be black coffee. Plain coffee will be perfect for your system and won’t break your fast as long as you don’t drink it in excess. However, the second you add sugar or creamer to your coffee, you run the risk of breaking your fast. If you’re going to drink coffee while intermittent fasting, keep it plain.
It could also be a bad idea to have too much. The average coffee drinker drinks about 2 cups of coffee per day. 2 cups should be okay, depending on the type of coffee and what type of intermittent fasting plan you’re partaking in. As long as the coffee doesn’t surpass 50 calories, then you should be okay to have coffee throughout your intermittent fasting window.
Addressing Hunger and Cravings
For some, coffee is a fantastic aid to help curb cravings or bouts of hunger. Our brains tend to mistake hunger for dehydration, so if you’re ever feeling hungry while intermittent fasting, try to have a glass of water. If the water doesn’t satiate your appetite, then switch to something with a little more flavor. Coffee is a fantastic choice as it distracts your brain from the cravings.
In the morning, when the fast is likely about to end, coffee acts as a distractor while also offering the caffeine your body may need to wake up. Water is great to have throughout your fasting window, but coffee is recommended as a morning drink to help ease your way out of the fasting process. Plain coffee will help curb your hunger and tide you over until you can eat again.
Easing In and Out of Fasting
Transitioning from fasting to eating is much more difficult than it sounds. If you let your hunger overtake you, you could end up overeating which leads to gaining weight. Overeating once your fasting window ends is one of the leading causes of intermittent fasting weight gain. It’s important to ease your body back into eating once your fasting window ends.
Coffee is one of the best ways to do that. As you’re about to start eating again, it might be smart to drink a cup of coffee. This will wake up your body and prepare it for any upcoming meals. Once the eating window starts, you should transition from coffee to gentle foods like eggs or yogurt. After your system has woken up, you can start eating meals like normal.
Some Fats Can Help
One quick tip to leave you with: if you’re really struggling with hunger, you can add some milk to your coffee to help curb your appetite. A small splash of milk should be okay as long as you don’t surpass the 50 calorie threshold. This splash of milk will provide a small amount of fat which will help your body address the hunger without breaking your fast.
Don’t overdo it with the milk, though, as this could lead to breaking the 50 calorie threshold which would cause you to break your fast. Only add milk if your body really needs it and cannot last the remaining amount of fasting time.
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