"Caffeine is a bitter, white crystalline xanthine alkaloid and a stimulant drug. Caffeine is found in varying quantities in the seeds, leaves, and fruit of some plants, where it acts as a natural pesticide that paralyzes and kills certain insects feeding on the plants, as well as enhancing the reward memory of pollinators. It is most commonly consumed by humans in infusions extracted from the seed of the coffee plant and the leaves of the tea bush, as well as from various foods and drinks containing products derived from the kola nut. Other sources include yerba maté, guarana berries, guayusa, and the yaupon holly." Wikipedia
"Coffee is still the most significant source of caffeine, and it has been suggested that roughly 80 percent of the world's population drinks coffee every day. Americans consume about half of the world's supply of coffee - on average, drinking one thousand cups of coffee per person per year!So what does this have to do with hunger? Consuming excessive amounts of caffeine (250-700 mg.) during the day can lead to anxiety, hypertension, insomnia and nervousness - all things that may trigger stress-related emotional eating. Why? Because excessive caffeine intake overstimulates the central nervous system, and the body responds by causing the adrenal glands to produce cortisol, which tells the body to increase its energy stores by consuming calories.
Additionally, caffeine may also increase hunger cravings because it stimulates insulin secretion, which reduces serum glucose (i.e. blood sugar), thus leading to increased increased hunger."- Source
Here is a list of the top ten withdrawal symptoms to expect if you quit caffeine. Most people don't realize that it's actually a drug and very addictive. Like any other drug if you try to stop doing it you will experience withdrawal They can be so severe that they are almost as bad as alcoholic withdrawal - which can result in seizures and death.
I decided I was going to go 2 weeks without any energy drinks and thought the withdrawal would only last for a couple days. Last night I felt like I was depressed and wanted to die - which is really strange since a couple days before I was at about as good of a place I've ever been. So what happened? Could not having an energy drink for a couple days really make me THAT sad and hopeless? When everything else in my life is great? I had a head ache and have been sleeping in past 1pm and figured I had already gone though the withdrawal symptoms but this morning I woke up with a really sore neck, that it hurts to turn my head! WTF. I've also been almost unable to focus on doing things that I was actually unable to NOT focus on doing last week! This is some fucked up shit and I do not like it.
Thankfully I did a little goggling and came across this site: I already knew what the symptoms were but it helped to re-confirm that it was the lack of Caffeine and not my life that was punching me in the face. What's even more interesting isn't the article but the comments from people about the article. I've included some highlights but suffice to say - caffeine is a bigger problem than most people realize. I would go so far as to say that it's probably the cause of the majority of depression and anxiety people are experiencing - which they then treat with other drugs - and then treat those symptoms with yet other drugs. ETC ETC ETC. A very bad cycle which I am getting myself out of.
Another thing I noticed in the comments that I had been experiencing but wasn't sure if it had anything to do with caffeine - is food cravings! I was getting really hungry - even after I had just eaten - like STARVING - and I couldn't figure out why. The only difference seemed to be the amount of caffeine I had had earlier in the day. It was like once it wore off at night I would get super munchies. When I didn't have caffeine or that much then that wouldn't happen or if it did the hunger was irrelevant and not like I was a starving zombie.
So anyways. It may be of interest to re-evaluate your own caffeine consumption. Also to think about how soda is being given to children and why Starbucks and every drink that contains caffeine is so 'popular.
This is a really weird comment. I had the exact same thing happen to me. It was my right eye and it felt like there was something behind it. It was so bad I had to get an ice pack and Advil. It's strange that it would cause the same sensation in exact same place...
"Unfortunately, I did get the caffeine headaches that come along with quitting coffee. On day three was the worst -- felt like there was something in my brain behind my right eye."
-I've been overreating on a regular basis. I'd just get really bad hunger pangs. Also, I'd need to eat huge portions to stop being hungry, to the point of being uncomfortably full many times. Then I'd just get hungry again after two hours.Recently I've quit drinking one of my favorite things, coffee. Since then I've noticed I'm not getting these really sharp hunger pangs. I've also noticed that I'm not needing to eat huge portions at every meal in order to feel sated.
I'm drawing a connection between the two. The thing is I really like coffee. :(
Does anyone have any experience with this? That is coffee causing you to need to eat huge/double portions to get rid of hunger or causing extremely sharp uncontrollable hunger pangs?
I can definitely say that I relate to this. After a decade of using various forms of caffeine, including coffee, energy drinks, and workout supplements, here is what I've found:
At first, my appetite decreases, just like what most people feel. However, as I start to come down I feel like my appetite is through the roof! This happens every time I have caffeine, and sometimes leads to massive overeating. I don't seem to have this problem on days when I don't consume caffeine. I'm a relatively healthy guy who watches my caloric intake and drinks plenty of water. I know that drugs affect different people in different ways, but as far as I'm concerned, I consider caffeine an appetite stimulant. -Source