Petey, I am OK with some caffeinated coffee, and can lose weight with it. However, I have to limit how much I have through the day, because if I drink too much, I stay up too late, and that stresses my body which can stop me losing and it can also cause a big weightgain just from fluid retention and inflammation.
I haven't noticed it affecting my blood sugar, though I don't test that, and just go by how I feel. However, I only have coffee, then an egg in the morning, or coffee alone, because anything approaching carbs in the morning makes me feel dreadful and sets up horrible cravings by mid-morning, which don't really go away all day. Maybe the coffee is the reason for that.
Sorry it's not a very scientific input. If you're concerned about blood sugar you could test yours to see what's going on.
I think Dr. Atkins' suggestion that people stop caffeine was a very good one, as it could create the production of stress hormones, which might increase food cravings, and it might keep people up later at night, meaning they're more likely to indulge in late-night snacking.
If it's not a problem for you, then go ahead and enjoy your caffeine. To my recollection, that was the advice of Dr. Atkins himself in my diet book, which is the 2004 version, I believe.
One final point which might be worth noting. At the beginning of the lockdown, we couldn't buy our usual coffee, so I halved my coffee consumption. I also couldn't get eggs, so I skipped my usual breakfast egg. That cut out all the cravings and hunger I used to feel, and made it so easy to start seriously low carbing again, rather than doing it half-heartedly. I have lost 27lbs since then. Whether it was the reduction in coffee consumption or skipping the egg, I don't know. But I have resumed eating an egg in the morning with no problems, so it could be that the culprit was too much coffee. It's something I need to consider seriously, as I am addicted and can drink far more of it than is good for me.
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