Monday, February 9, 2009

Coffee, weight loss and stress

Java drinkers beware. The morning staple is now believed to not only have addictive qualities, but it also may lead to diabetes, insulin resistance & weight gain.

Something that every good (and bad) woman can do without!

Researchers have shown a daily dose of caffeine raises blood sugar levels by 8%, potentially impairing glucose metabolism. The US findings backed up a growing body of research suggesting that eliminating caffeine might be a good way to help manage Syndrome X & Type 2 Diabetes – two major contributors to weight gain, especially around the middle! Umm … so that’s where those muffin tops come from. It’s not only the croissant, but the latte too!

This of course is even worse news for women suffering from hormonal imbalances such as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS). PCOS is the leading cause of weight gain, effecting 1 in 5 Australian women.

Since it is such a common drink, we forget that coffee contains a very powerful drug – caffeine.

One way to help lower blood sugar & lose weight is to simply quit drinking coffee. Yes it’s true; all good things must come to an end … eventually.

The good news is, if you eliminate other poor food choices that you can easily live without, you may just be able to sneak that little latte in without doing too much damage!

Narelle Stegehuis, CEO of MassAttack, is a practicing Naturopath specializing in the research and development of natural treatment programs for women with hormonal imbalances, which have contributed to such symptoms as weight gain, cravings, anxiety and mood swings. Uniquely for patient convenience her programs are also offered via the Internet. She is both an accomplished writer and recent recipient of the Australian Naturopathic Excellence Award 2006. Narelle can be contacted at