Saturday, November 15, 2008

Too Much Joe?

I've been a heavy coffee drinker all my adult life (where heavy in this case refers both to me, and the amount of coffee I consume).

In fact, I'm drinking some right now as I'm writing this.

I've been on many weight-loss programs throughout the years (Scarsdale, Weight Watchers, etc.) and one thing I never did with any of those programs is moderate the amount of coffee I drank. When I was hungry, I would reach for a cup of coffee. After all, coffee is tasty, satisfying and by itself does not have any calories.

It's also bad for you.

While studies have shown that moderate coffee drinking can have some health benefits, I would definitely not classify my coffee drinking as "moderate."

Now, it's a different story. I've been drinking much less coffee since I've been on the SLD, and I have the two-hour window to thank for it.

On a typical weekday, I usually have one cup first thing in the morning and another with breakfast which I have to finish before 9:00am so I can take the oil around 10:00.

The resulting 9:00-11:00am coffee-free window falls right during what used to be my prime coffee drinking time when I would typically have 2-3 more cups.

The net result here is that I'm drinking less than half the coffee that I did prior to the SLD.

This can only be a good thing.

(Photo: sh0dan)

1 comment:

  1. You know, the same thing has happened to me, and I just haven't realized it. I used to drink the "endless cup" of coffee all morning -- every time it cooled down I would top it off. I estimate I drank about three cups or so total. But now having to cut it off at a set time because of the SLD window, I don't.

    And I'm so FULL after lunch, I don't have my afternoon cuppa either, usually. Hunh.

    I love coffee and I'll never give it up willingly, but in this case too much of a good thing is NOT good! Another unexpected bonus of SLD!