Guest Post: 5 Ways Coffee Can Help Your Ketogenic Diet

This guest post is written by Zach Parkes. Zach is a Keto dieter and coffee enthusiast. You can check out his coffee website, Try New Coffee, where he discusses a variety of coffee related topics.

 

 

Beginning and maintaining the Ketogenic diet is by no means an easy task. It helps to find little

tips and tricks to help you along your way. My secret? You guessed it, coffee! If you’re not acoffee drinker or are skeptical about upping your coffee intake, I’d refer you to all of the 

health benefits that coffee has to offer!

 

If you’re interested in how to consume coffee strategically, check out these 5 ways coffee can

be used to help you with your Keto diet!

 

1. Metabolism

 

The primary objective of the Keto diet is to burn fat as an energy source instead of

carbohydrates. The caffeine in coffee helps to stimulate this process! By consuming coffee, you

can help your body make the transition to fat burning before your carb stores are depleted.

 

The quicker you can get yourself into ketosis, the quicker you can adjust to your new diet and

everything that goes with it!

 

2. Appetite Suppression

 

When you first start the Keto diet, you may find yourself to be quite hungry. This is especially

true if your previous diet included a high amount of carbs. Coffee is a great way to suppress

your hunger.

 

Starting the Keto diet is NOT easy. Coffee may not be enough! If you’re struggling with the

beginning phase, check out this 7 step method to successfully starting a Keto diet.

 

Using coffee to suppress your appetite can help not only by reducing your intake of carbs, but

also by narrowing the window in which you eat. This brings us to our next use for coffee!

 

 

3. Intermittent Fasting

 

If you’re on the Keto diet, chances are that you’ve heard about intermittent fasting. The Keto diet

and intermittent fasting often go hand in hand. If you’re unsure about intermittent fasting and the

benefits it can offer, you can check out Dr. Rob Raponi’s article on the subject.

 

Coffee is hands down, the most useful tool for intermittent fasting that I’ve come across. You

can drink as much coffee as you want while fasting, as long as don’t add any sugar or dairy! Not

a fan of black coffee? Check out these naturally sweet coffees!

 

When I get up in the morning, the first thing I do is put on a pot of coffee. It is quite common to

skip breakfast while fasting intermittently. Having coffee instead of breakfast is a great option,

as it can help you avoid eating until your designated window.

 

 

4. Building a Routine

 

Building a routine is key in maintaining a Ketogenic diet and helps a lot with intermittent fasting

too. Everyone has their own daily rituals that provide structure to their daily lives. As a coffee

lover, I use coffee to anchor my daily schedule. Keeping your routine constant makes it a lot

easier to stick to your diet.

 

I’ve managed to get myself in the routine putting on a pot of coffee and then preparing my low-

carb meals. It’s become automatic now! Coffee brewing? Meal prep time! You’d be surprised at

how much an established routine can help you stick to your diet. Give it a try with coffee or

something else that you enjoy doing daily!

 

5. Bulletproof Coffee & MCTs

 

You may or may not have heard of Bulletproof Coffee. The official Bulletproof Coffee recipe

uses very specific ingredients and brands. Basically, Bulletproof Coffee is a cup of coffee with

added medium-chain triglycerides and grass-fed butter.

 

This is, however, just one option. The underlying idea is to make your coffee into a tasty treat

with the help of healthy fats! If you’d prefer, you can simply add some coconut oil to your coffee

to give it that buttery taste and texture.

 

If you’re going to be using coffee as a tool to stick to your Keto diet, it helps to have a bit of

variety! Coffee with added healthy fats makes for a great change of pace, and is an ideal way to

reach your daily healthy fats quota!

 

It is important to note that you should NOT be adding any fat to your coffee while you are

fasting. While these fats are healthy and an essential part of your diet, they are high in calories

and defeat the purpose of fasting! Save this for an afternoon treat!

 

Conclusion

 

And there you have it! Coffee can do more for you than just keeping you energized in the morning.

Coffee can be used as a key tool to help start and maintain the Keto diet. Whether you’re a

coffee lover or just a cup-per-morning type of person, it’s well worth investigating what coffee

can do for you in the context of your Keto diet!

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