Sunday, March 23, 2008

Coffee or Cocaine?

My wife says that I drink too much Starbucks coffee, that it costs too much money and that, despite the fact that I always get the no-sugar, lite coffee Frappuccino's, it doesn't help me lose weight. I said, "Maybe I should do cocaine instead then!" She said, "Well, at least it would help you lose weight!"

I've never done cocaine. For those of you who have, I have some questions.

  1. Is it true that it helps you lose weight?
  2. Is it addictive?
  3. Isn't it true that it's illegal or something?
For the time being, I'll stick with coffee. Let me know, though.

1 comment:

Stefan van As said...

Joe,

You *do* loose weight on caffeine, but your body gets used to it pretty fast. In other words: you need more and more in order to actually get the effect.

Caffeine makes your heart to pump somewhat faster, which causes your body temperature to rise, which causes your body to burn somewhat more calories on a daily basis.

You can actually boost this effect by adding ephedrine and aspirine to the caffeine. Ephedrine is a cough sirup ingredient. The famous "Stacker" weight loss pill is based on this concept.

However, if you would like to stay healthy, I do not recommend any of the above. There really isn't anything in coffee that our body truly needs. And "stacking things" with ephedrine and aspirine is potentially dangerous.

How about a Red Bull every now and then? It's the equivalent of lots of coffee.