Is Keto Coffee WRONG For You? The 3 Times You SHOULDN'T Have Keto Coffee

Updated: May 27, 2020

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Obviously, I love my frothy cup of Keto Coffee. You can see me sipping on it every morning on my Instagram. You can also see thousands of AENpeeps around the world Keto Coffee cheers-ing with the hashtag #AENpeeps. It's a fantastic tool to use if you're new to Intermittent Fasting and experience hunger during your fasting window. The fats in the Keto Coffee shut off hunger (via a hormone called CCK) and help keep you in fat burning mode by not stimulating the fat storing hormone insulin.

But just because Keto Coffee is an amazing staple for some does NOT mean it needs to be a staple for you. In fact, depending on these three situations, you might be better off using a Keto Coffee alternative or making some adjustments to your Keto Coffee.

Today, I'm diving into the three times you should reconsider your typical Keto Coffee and what to do instead!

Pssst - concerned about the health effects of saturated fat in Keto Coffee? Check out THIS video for the (possibly surprising) deets.

3 times you shouldn't have keto coffee

1. If You Get Queasy...

It's fairly common to feel queasy if you're new to Keto Coffee and you're using the full 1 Tbsp. grass-fed butter/ghee and 1 Tbsp. unrefined coconut oil. Typically this is due to not being used to consuming higher levels of fat. Your body may be more used to processing various carbohydrates and proteins and the enzymes that go along with it, but not higher levels of the enzymes needed to break down fats. These include lipase and bile salts which are both needed to emulsify and breakdown fats.

Most of the time, the body will adjust to higher levels of fat by starting to secrete more lipase and bile salts and the queasy sensation fades. However, it is NOT comfortable to feel queasy, so here's what you can do in the meantime as your body adjusts:

Option 1:

Cut the fats in half (or in quarter). For example, use 1/2 Tbsp. grass-fed butter/ghee and 1/2 Tbsp. unrefined coconut oil OR even drop it down to 1 tsp. or 1/2 tsp. of each. Find the amount of fat that works for your body.

Option 2:

Swap out the butter and coconut oil for up to 1 Tbsp. grass-fed heavy whipping cream or half and half (pure, unsweetened). This can sometimes be a little easier on the stomach and provide a better transition to utilizing fat as fuel. However, these options will not provide the same level of satiety and decreased hunger as Keto Coffee.

2. If Weight Loss Has Halted...

A weight loss plateau can be the result of a variety of concerns: too little protein, too many starches, sneaky sugars, poor sleep and high stress, to name a few. However, if you're following the guidelines from the Advanced Weight Loss Strategies in the Complete Intermittent Fasting Bundle and you're still experiencing a plateau in your weight loss, then taking a look at your Keto Coffee can be beneficial.

This explanation will mean that we need to take a little detour into how our body actually uses fat as fuel. Prepare for some of the nerdy deets. You can, of course, skip this part - but I advise against it. It's important to understand the WHY before you dive into the WHAT and HOW.

3 times you should not drink keto coffee

Your body doesn't really differentiate between the fat you consume and the fat that is stored. It will use either as an energy source (as long as insulin is low). When insulin is low, our fat cells are essentially an open gate to our body and blood supply, allowing fatty acids to flow in and out and to be used as an energy source. If you consume a non-insulin stimulating drink, like Keto Coffee, this merely adds a few more fatty acid to the mix of those that are flowing in and out of the cells.

As long as you have less fatty acids in your blood supply than is in your fat cells (which should be the case for most of us), your body will continue to allow those fatty acids to flow out of the fat cell and to be used as an energy source, regardless of if you have eaten fat or not.