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Why Coffee is Making Me Fat

My fitness motivation fluctuates A LOT! I get really pumped about being healthier and always manage to get on a workout routine for a few weeks. Then I fall behind with work by trying to get more sleep, while including the hour of workout time I could be using to write blog posts or do what I do when I do the things I’m supposed to do with social media. Before I know it, the hard work I put into my diet and staying fit goes PLOP! (If you could see me, I’d be giving it a thumbs down).

So what do I do when I start to turn the other direction? I turn to coffee, of course. I lose the naturally high energy I would get from my workouts and want to just sit around and rest. So to keep myself from wasting my time, I drink coffee. I start with one a day, then I gradually move onto two …

Eventually, I realize I’m starting to gain my weight back, even though I haven’t really changed my diet. All I’ve done is included coffee into it. So after a little research, here are a couple of reasons that could be contributing to my weight gain:

Sugar stored as fat

coffee-bostEven though I could drink coffee all day long, I do still try to minimize it to 2 (3 max) a day. However, I sometimes don’t feel like coffee gives me energy anymore. I can get so tired that I get a momentary high and then feel like crashing.

Whether you include sugar into your coffee or not, doesn’t matter a whole lot. Coffee is a stimulant that can also cause your blood sugar to fluctuate. It can cause your insulin level to go little crazy and start storing excess sugar as fat.


Sometimes I find myself wanting to go to sleep during the day, when I should be doing things and staying wide awake at night, when I should be asleep. I find myself making “I’m getting old” excuses because I can’t remember things.

Sleep can help your overall physical, mental, and well-being. Lack of sleep can really mess with your immune system, cause stress, and get completely drained, not to mention opening it up for other health concerns.

Of course it doesn’t help that I can plop myself down on a chair, in front of a computer from 9pm to at least 1am every evening and then again at 6am to about 9am and more hours during the day. That’s a whole lot of time my body isn’t sleeping but just sitting still, allowing my metabolism to actually sit still. At least if I continued to workout, it could be burning a little bit of fat even while I sit.

The whole thing is like a vicious cycle! I drink coffee, I crash, I lose energy, I don’t workout, I lose more energy, I drink coffee again, and lose more energy … Sure, I believe there MIGHT be a few benefits to coffee, but I sometimes wish I could forever lay off of it.

Karlyn Bishop

Karlyn Bishop

Karlyn Bishop is the proud mommy to little Oliver and wife to hubby. She is a resident of Laguna Beach and a big player in the web's large social media circle.


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  • I’m not a coffee drinker I normally turn to tea loaded it with caffeine and sugar! I think if I just drank it plain I would be fine, but I find myself unable to sleep at night and I get up at like 3am wide awake, but still tired (if that makes sense lol)

  • This is very interesting. I do the same thing with my workout routine, but I’ve eliminated caffeine from my diet for years now. I recently have come to believe that it sneaks in, though. Sometimes I drink decaf coffee, which I don’t believe really exists. I also drink decaf teas on occasion. My nemesis is sugar, mostly of the white variety. I know it but at times like these (college graduations, sweet 16’s, upcoming mothers day) I cannot resist. Now, I am sluggish and up at night. Yuck.

  • I believe you. I started drinking coffee 8 years ago and my weight continues a slow steady increase. sigh. if only i have the courage to cut back…it is just soo addictive!

  • I have often wondered if it is coffee that is getting me to gain somehow–I use artificial sweetener (I’m diabetic) and almond milk but the weight seems to keep on coming back–maybe if I try to stick to 2 cups a day–to wake up!!

  • I understand what you are say…about regular coffee, that is. I had the same problem as you until I started drinking a healthy coffee…infused with ganoderma, which is known for its health benefits. I’m not here to sell you anything, so I am not revealing the product. All I can say is that is has helped me lose weight, decreased my BP and a whole lot more. If you’re going to drink coffee, it may as well be good for you. 😉

  • My coffee is making me fat too! I love coffee but after realizing that I was adding way too much creamer to my cup, I knew something had to change. I have been using low fat creamer and not as much. It’s definitely an acquired taste.