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Does Coffee Break a Fast?!

August 4, 2022 in Podcast


Technically anything with calories will break a fast so black coffee doesn't break a fast. Keep in mind, caffeine tends to trigger the release of stress hormones like cortisol so I wouldn't have it first thing in the morning. Instead, I would wait a couple hours to let the body wake up naturally. Using coffee strategically before your workouts is a great way to get an extra boost without spending tons of money on a preworkout drink. I talked about this in my interview with Menno Henselmans (episode 169). Also, keep an eye on the source of your coffee because most mainstream coffee has mold, and pesticides which can cause many adverse health issues. (autoimmunity, cancer, mood disorders, GI problems...etc).

If you are adding milk, sugar and cream to your coffee this technically will break your fast and could cause quite the spike in blood sugar. If your goal is weight loss, then learning to enjoy your coffee or espresso black might be a better choice. You are better off breaking your fast with a protein-focused breakfast earlier in the day to maximize satiety and stabilize your blood sugar for the rest of the day.

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0 (1s): Hello, and welcome to the get lean and eat clean podcast. My name is Brian grin. I'm a certified health coach, trainer and author. And this podcast is for middle-aged men and women looking to optimize their health and get their bodies back to what it once was 10 to 15 years ago. I will give you simple, actionable items to get long term sustainable results. Thanks for listening and enjoy the show. All right, welcome to the get lean E clean podcast. My name is Brian GRN. I'll be at a great weekend. Happy Tuesday here for listening this on Tuesday. Can't believe we're almost getting into fall here and hopefully listen to my last interview with Dr.

0 (47s): Gary Feki. We talked all about EAs eating seasonally. We talked about ketosis, the, his basics of weight loss, and much more. So he, it was a great interview. I definitely recommend that Dr. Gary Feki and that's episode 1 73. So definitely getting up there in the episodes, and I hope you're enjoying these micro podcasts today. I wanted to touch on, does coffee break a fast? This is a common question that comes up a lot and I've touched on it in the past a bit, but I thought I would revisit it a little bit. You know, one of the things I think that coffee and caffeine in particular can really be used for is sort of a pre-workout.

0 (1m 32s): I talked with me Heilman, definitely check out that interview. And we, we touched on using caffeine and coffee strategically before your workouts, rather than spending all this money on these pre-workout drinks, because there's some studies showing that there's really no difference between these expensive pre-workout drinks and just having some black coffee. So that might be something you might wanna try or implement. I think if you're relying on a stimulant like coffee all the time in the morning, right? When you get up, I think that's, that's an issue and it can be because if you're really relying on any stimulant for too too often, then that's just gonna throw everything off.

0 (2m 13s): Right. And that'll throw your, your sort of your circadian rhythm, your, your normal, like, you know, normally when you get up, obviously you have a rush of cortisol. The last thing you wanna do is just drink coffee right away, let your body get up, give it some time, maybe a couple hours, couple hours before you have that cup of coffee, but does it break a fast, you know, technically if it doesn't have calories, it doesn't break a fast, right? So black coffee really won't break your fast. So I would, you know, use it strategically. Don't don't abuse it, I guess that would be my, my message here. And caffeine can be a stimulate to increase metabolic rate and potentially fat loss.

0 (2m 58s): There's been some studies around that. So there, there are benefits to caffeine and using it strategically, it also can blunt appetite. So I sometimes use it. I, if there's times where, you know, you know, you talk about fasting, you don't wanna overdo fasting, obviously, but if there's times where I'm just like, you know, I just, I know I'm not really hungry. I'm just sort of could use a little bit of something. I might have a black, a black coffee. I, I make my own. And I, I recommend that for you, because if you heard about some of the, some, some of the things that could be in, in just a normal cup of coffee that you'd get from just a, I don't know, a restaurant, or even like a dunking donuts, there could be some downsides to drinking, drinking coffee.

0 (3m 46s): I mean, there's, they could be loaded with pesticides, like glyphosate, there could be mold and these, and these toxins. So I think this is something you should really, if you're drinking coffee, you know, my, my wife loves coffee and I bought a, a really cool coffee maker. It's called spin. And it's, you know, we're buying organic certified mold, free, fair trade brands and using that as our coffee, because if it's something that you're ha you know, having every day, I definitely recommend that. Cuz who knows how they're filtering this, the coffee and Starbucks and any other places that you're getting it from. So keep an eye on that.

0 (4m 27s): But getting back to the question, does it break it fast? Like I said, no. I think if you're, I think if you're adding a bunch of fat and milk or cream, well, yeah, that's obviously has calories. That's gonna break a fast. You know, the one thing that caffeine does is it's gonna really release those stress hormones, cortisol and cortisol might that release of cortisol might increase glucose and be released in the bloodstream. So you may register on like a CGM, which I'm wearing right now. There you go. If you were watching on YouTube, so you can sort of monitor that if you do have a CGM and see how these different drinks or foods affect your affect your blood sugars, I don't go crazy with it, but it's good to see every once in a while.

0 (5m 20s): So if you're adding milk, sugar, MCT oil, your body will switch from, you know, burning fat to burning the energy that you just consumed from whatever type of coffee mix you've added in. So I wouldn't go crazy with that. Unless you consider that like a meal, you know, you look at like these Starbucks drinks, these coffee milkshakes, I mean talk about just like, that's like a breakfast. That's like, that's like a dessert. So if you're having a, a big whatever, I don't know, frappuccino or these coffee milkshakes, I would definitely not go crazy on that. Maybe just treat as a dessert. So that's the main thing with coffee is I think it depends.

0 (6m 3s): I think you, I think you can use it strategically and you know, these stimulates within coffee, like obviously caffeine can, can, has been shown to increase metabolic rate, all right. Which will give you more energy. It'll, it'll sort of might hike up blood pressure a little bit, but it'll, it'll help you perform in the gym. And I think if you, if you really use those stimulants and, you know, just find some balance between that and, and not using 'em, I think it's a, it's a good way to go and you don't need to buy an expensive pre-workout drink. So, you know, any other downsides, like I said, keep an eye on the type of coffee you're drinking. Like I said, there, you know, you don't want ones that are obviously loaded with these normal brands loaded with pesticides, which could include glyphosate and mold and toxins.

0 (6m 51s): So coffee is safer about everyone. And I would just say, it's one of those things where don't overdo it because, you know, you're just overdue the adrenals and, you know, just release the stress hormones too much can be, you know, just too much for the system. And the long term can cause fatigue. So I would say if you're having black coffee, it's not gonna break your fast. It, it probably won't even kick you out of ketosis, but if you do have milk or cream, that does contain calories. And I think if, if that's gonna help you, maybe in the beginning, you know, of a fast, keep it, keep it going.

0 (7m 33s): If you wanna add a little bit of that, that's fine. I just wouldn't overdo it. I almost, you can almost use these as like fasting training wheels just to help you get through, cuz it will help curb appetite for sure. So that's all I wanted to really touch on today. You know, I would also keep an eye on these artificial sweeteners as well. I wouldn't go crazy. You could maybe use some Stevia in there as well, but again, these could cause a slight insulin response, which again is not the end of the world. But if you talk about just simply breaking it fast, keep it to black and yeah. And you'll be good to go. So hope this helps. Let me know if you have any questions regarding breaking a fast, remember I, you don't, you know, fasting is a stressor.

0 (8m 19s): You don't need to overdo it with that, but it's definitely a great tool to have just like coffee and caffeine. So use it as a tool. Don't overdo it. And let me know if you have any questions, brian@briangrin.com have a great rest of the week and I will talk to you on Friday. Thanks for listening to the get lean E clean podcast. I understand there are millions of other podcasts out there and you've chosen to listen to mine. And I appreciate that. Check out the show notes@briangrin.com for everything that was mentioned in this episode, feel free to subscribe to the podcast, share it with a friend or family member. That's looking to get their body back to what it once was. Thanks again, and have a great day.

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