I just finished reading Why Diet and Exercise Fail…and I am ticked off.
Ticked off because author Daniel Matthew Korn is making me re-think my morning cup of Gold Coast.
Korn believes that long term caffeine consumption, when combined with a typical Western Diet, is akin to throwing gas on your obesity bonfire.
Or, as Daniel says, “long term caffeine use, in combination with other dietary factors can contribute to lowering our ability to use our stored body-fat and interfere with our storage of nutrients”.
Chronic caffeine use contributes to obesity because:
As Korn mentions, there is very little research into the direct effect caffeine has on metabolism and obesity.
This leaves his theory open to attack.
I can hear the comments already – Association and/or Correlation is not Causation.
And they are right. Korn is making some assumptions.
And good for him. Out of these assumptions, researchers can design studies to test if caffeine has a direct effect upon obesity.
Until then, you can:
Note: I will be reviewing the rest of Why Diet and Exercise Fail in an upcoming post.
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