Coffee is drunk the world over and enjoyed by millions of Australians every single day. Many people swear by its rich nutrient health properties, other shun it as the work of the devil. I personally think its suits my lifestyle greatly, due to its health benefits including improved cognitive function but I accept that there is a point of diminishing returns whereby any health benefit is lost due to overconsumption. As with most things it’s important to get the dose right.
With the popularity of fasting growing I’d thought I’d take the opportunity to unpack what it means to consume coffee during a fast.
First of all, coffee is considered by many as a daily pleasure, so on many levels it’s important to maintain that ritual and pleasure so long as you don’t over consume - remembering that life is for living and enjoying.
Lets look at 5 reasons that you might be doing the fast in the first place and then look at the impact that coffee will have on those reasons.
1. Aid ketosis- Fasting is an uncomplicated way to enter or remain in ketosis. Simply because you have few calories coming in, the body will burn fat a primary fuel stimulating the production of ketones in your liver. Studies have shown that coffee acutely up-regulates ketosis.
2. Improve fat-burning - we have established that fasting will elicit ketosis so it’s self-explanatory really that fasting promotes the fat burning and fat mobilisation as does coffee.