Coffee with artificial sweeteners yes or no

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  • I started the 5/2 diet this week so I’ve had 2 fast days so far. Everything is going great except I’m really finding it hard to do without my morning coffee with artificial sweetener and skim milk. I only have one to two cups a day normally anyway but I can’t stand black coffee! It also helps get my bowls moving (tmi sorry). Does anyone know if it will have a big impact on my success on the 5/2 if I have them on my fast days??
    Any advice would be appreciated 🙂
    Flanahan!

    Welcome to Fasting, Flanahan. Glad the 5/2 has begun well for you.
    Nothing wrong with skim milk in your coffee — I do that too, even on Fast Days. You sound as if you are water fasting and trying to go for zero calories. The little bit of skim milk [even a 1/2 cup has only 45 calories] is not enough to spoil things, since you probably burn off that much energy in 1/2 an hour. My question is: why artificial sweetener??? If you want sweet, have 1/2 tsp sugar. It adds only 8 calories and it is much healthier than the artificial stuff. Drink your coffee in the morning and enjoy it. That pleasure will not impact your Fast.
    Good luck.

    There are others who add milk and sweeteners to coffee. If I do it on a fast day, I just figure the max I will be drinking and put it as a total part of my calories for the day. So, if you plan it as a part of your day, it shouldn’t have a negative impact. I know there are differing opinions on artificial sweeteners, so my best answer is for you to think how the effect it has on you eating the rest of the day.

    I’ll give a different response. There are at least 2 main theories regarding weight loss – the calorie in/calorie out theory & the hormonal basis for weight loss theory. A basic premise of the hormonal theory holds that insulin (& a few other hormones) are primarily responsible for accumulation, or burning, of fat deposits. I.e. if 2 people with identical metabolisms eat the same foods but 1 is given supplemental insulin the one getting insulin will gain weight in form of fat. That’s because insulin signals one’s body to convert sugars into fat. As well, one’s body will not burn fat if insulin levels are up.
    So, if you hold any belief that the hormonal theory of weight loss is correct, it is better to avoid insulin raising foods during periods where you are trying to lower body fat reserves. Fasting periods would foot that bill. Research shows that artificial sweeteners can cause your body to secrete insulin as taste receptors in your mouth (primarily) send signals that sugars are on the way.
    All to say -best to avoid sugars/artificial sweeteners/high glycemic foods on fast days should your goal be a reduction in body fat stores.

    How’s it going, Flanahan? Back to coffee? What did you decide? How is the weight loss?

    I’ve also tried cinnamon, honey, dark chocolates.

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