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Using Caffeine in Moderation

Caffeine isn’t a vitamin, it’s a drug

“I am not addicted to coffee, were just in a committed relationship.” – Unknown

Using caffeine is a well-known weight loss aid that people have come to misuse over the centuries. Caffeine has metabolism-boosting properties that helps burn calories quicker than average. 

Multiple studies are supporting not just caffeine as a weight loss supplement but also as a chemical that stops the accumulation of fat as well. Moreover, it is also known to help suppress appetite and aid in the burning of calories as well. 

The recommended amount of caffeine is 400mg per day or 4 cups of coffee for adults. Children are not supposed to consume caffeine while adolescents should use the minimal amount only. Moreover, it is also not recommended to mix caffeine with alcohol as the chemical interaction can become toxic for the digestive system. Furthermore, women who are pregnant should also consult with their doctors before trying to consume caffeine as it can affect the development of the fetus as well. 

Caffeine withdrawal side effects:

  1. migraine
  2. irritability
  3. restlessness
  4. fast heartbeat
  5. insomnia
  6. constipation

How to fix caffeine addiction:

  1. Try to substitute caffeine for decaffeinated drinks. Decaf tastes similar to caffeinated beverages so it can trick the brain into thinking it had caffeine. 
  2. Look at the food/ drink labels. Be aware of your choices and try to lessen the amount of caffeine intake to 400mg or less per day.
  3. Ease of caffeine slowly. Stopping caffeine intake, all of a sudden can induce conditions like caffeine withdrawal symptoms.