Tag Archives: healthy eating

How the Skinny Cap made us fat!

Just give me my coffee and leave me alone

It’s no secret: food-marketing geniuses use many tricks and deceptions to create a false impression of the nutritional value of many foods & drinks in order to make more profits.

Of all the tricks that have deceived us over the years, ‘skinny’ coffees (cappuccinos/lattes/flat whites and more) are right up there with soft drinks that claim ‘zero’ sugar, fat or negative side-effects.

A skinny cap, or any other skim milk coffee, may sound like the perfect drink. With a skinny coffee you get:

  1. The buzz – That pleasant rush for your body and brain. This lift makes you feel a sense of euphoria and, for a time, you feel mentally sharper – perfect for a day at the desk.
  2. Low calories – Good for the waistline, right?
  3. Taste – Most importantly a well-made coffee when served with the perfect amount of warm milk and froth is incredibly enjoyable and comforting – Heaven in a cup.

Caffeine (most commonly consumed as coffee) is enjoyed by 90% of Australian adults, but I’m afraid to tell you there are some flaws with our favourite morning beverage, especially those in ‘Skinny’ form.

  1. Let’s first talk about the buzz – The jolt experienced is due to a ‘Grande’ release of adrenaline, cortisol and other stimulating hormones. Experiencing this jolt is great 30-45 minutes before a monster workout, but before a day at the desk this will most likely lead to an insulin-spike soon followed by a massive insulin crash. This often leads to cravings for more caffeine, or refined carbs and/or sugar, and these are a major contributor to excess love handles (discreetly check yours now).
  2. Low in calories – Sounds nice, but when you soon after gorge yourself on the nearest empty, carb-loaded snack (such as a pastry, muffin, biscuit or cake) to bring your blood sugar levels back to normal, these empty calories quickly flood the fat cells.
  3. When you have a coffee without any protein or fat (from say whole milk or cream) and on an empty stomach, not only can it lead to potential stomach ulcers, IBS & smelly backend gas bombs, but a steeper insulin-spike, which inevitably leads to an even stepper energy crash and ‘Step-over-your-own-Mother-to-get-them’ carb cravings.

It is this final point that makes the skinny cap a poorer option. Just like butter, full-cream milk has received an unfair, inaccurate presentation in the market. Skim milk is so deficient in essential nutrients (mainly essential fats and vitamins A, D, E & K) its technical name is ‘Milk Water’. Paying for a little white water in your coffee seems crazy, right?

Here are the facts:

  • Natural fats fill you up faster and taste amazing. Two good reasons Mother Nature put them there in the first place.
  • Lower levels of fat in the diet have lead to an increase in global obesity levels.
  • When you don’t eat whole-foods, including whole milk, your body is starved of essential fats and nutrients. The past 30 ‘Low-Fat’ years have proven the body will find a way to maintain balance, usually with a mid-morning or late night binge.
  • Mother Nature didn’t make any mistakes when she put fat in food. Can the same be said of food chemists in laboratories? …I’m not so sure.
  • Those with healthy, lean, fit bodies don’t diet, they keep well-hydrated and consume real foods. In contrast, lifelong dieters will tend to count calories…forever.

BOTTOM LINE – If you don’t eat enough natural fat you won’t feel full. You will feel constantly hungry, you’ll keep eating and pile on the pounds.

If you don’t feel fully satisfied after 3-4 hours after a skinny coffee, try full-cream milk and see how you feel. Tune in tomorrow to learn the BEST form of coffee so you can enjoy all of the highs without any of the lows.

About Tim Pittorino

I’ve been training and nutritional coaching for 20 years and over this time I’ve collected the highest nutrition qualifications from industry leaders Paul Chek, Charles Poliquin and Reed Davis. I’ve coached high profile people like Hollywood actor Hugh Grant, and Ms. Universe contestant Jesinta Campbell. Most importantly I’ve helped thousands of everyday people get healthier and lose weight without deprivation through the BBB system. And now you can have all my secrets to a lean, energized and healthy body.