Coffee, fasting and mitochondria

iron&flint

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I was pondering Q&D with its mitochondrial benefits today, and in training fasted in particular. Pavel suggests it in the book, and adds that consuming an energy drink beforehand would negate the benefits. This makes sense if it’s an energy drink containing sugar but then I started thinking about sugar-free energy drinks - of which black coffee is one.

When fasting (which is most days), I always have black coffee, so of course fasted training is still with a decent dose of caffeine in my system.

Out of interest, I googled the effects of coffee on mitochondria and found this:

Caffeine from four cups of coffee protects the heart with the help of mitochondria

Based on that, it makes me think that coffee (or any sugar-free, caffeine-containing energy drink) is actually complementary to fasted Q&D training.

Any further thoughts on this?
 

Hasbro

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Any excuse to drink coffee is fine with me. I have a large cup first thing upon waking up and most of the time I don’t eat anything until late afternoon. I would advise coffee over those energy drinks though. Coffee is full of antioxidants and compounds that are healthy and one large study showed that drinking 4–5 cups of coffee per day was associated with a reduced risk of early death.
Coffee and Longevity: Do Coffee Drinkers Live Longer?
 

iron&flint

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Any excuse to drink coffee is fine with me. I have a large cup first thing upon waking up and most of the time I don’t eat anything until late afternoon. I would advise coffee over those energy drinks though. Coffee is full of antioxidants and compounds that are healthy and one large study showed that drinking 4–5 cups of coffee per day was associated with a reduced risk of early death.
Coffee and Longevity: Do Coffee Drinkers Live Longer?
Oh absolutely, no doubt about coffee being just plain good for you, especially compared with energy drinks.

I was really thinking of it in terms of Q&D and Pavel’s advice with regards to optimising mitochondrial development. It’s like coffee is another tool in the arsenal with Q&D and fasting in a way I hadn’t foreseen, much as I was already pro coffee.
 

HUNTER1313

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Will anyone elaborate on the fasting Pavel talks about? Is it the 16/8ish, warrior dietish, or one meal a day?
 

iron&flint

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Will anyone elaborate on the fasting Pavel talks about? Is it the 16/8ish, warrior dietish, or one meal a day?
I don’t know beyond what the book says but I always do 16/8 or just dinner with Q&D at the start of the day before work.

I’d also be interested in further insights though.
 

Bauer

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Pavel has mentioned occasionally that he uses the Warrior diet by Ori Hofmekler - and that he has black coffee for breakfast (in his interview on the Tim Ferriss podcast he talks a bit about his typical day).

Warrior Diet Promo said:
"I refuse to graze all day, I have better things to do. I choose The Warrior Diet."
—Pavel Tsatsouline, author of Power to the People! and The Russian Kettlebell
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That reminds me the legendary intro of the Tim Ferriss Podcast with Pavel: Pavel Tsatsouline on the Science of Strength and the Art of Physical Performance (#55)

Tim Ferriss: "Why don’t you – Pavel, if you don’t mind, just tell me about what you had for breakfast this morning as a sound check."

Pavel: "Sound check. Breakfast. Coffee."

Tim: "Okay."
Yes, that's a great start to that interview. Tim goes on to mention how he usually chats with people about what they had for breakfast for a bit, but has nothing to say to "Coffee."

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Hasbro

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Part of what makes fasting/restricted eating healthy is that it induces and enhances autophagy, i.e. recycling faulty cell components. Coffee even seems to boost that process:
A big thank you for that! Before your comment I had never even heard of the term autophagy before. I’ve only begun to start researching but find it very interesting. Fascinating stuff!
 

Dasho

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Has anyone tried this with the AM Formula from Geoff Neupert's 24 Hour Diet? I know some people view fasting as literally zero calories and some view it as "zero carbs and low protein so as to not trigger an insulin response." I ask because, frankly, plain black coffee is a lot less of a hassle to prepare.
 

Tarzan

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I use glycine as a sweetener in my coffee. I looked into using sweetamine because of it's anti-inflammatory properties but it was a bit pricey, so now I just use glycine. A few days without it and I'm like the tin man from the wizard of oz before Dorothy oiled him.
 

ali

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Another thing rarely considered... Coffee is a psychoactive central nervous system stimulant. It stimulates a cortisol response which in turn releases glycogen from your liver to dump some glucose into your system, which in turn causes a release of insulin should that glucose not be required for immediate cellular energy use.
No incoming dietary carb source but an internal environment as if there was!
Calorie restriction, fasting and coffee does result in calorie restriction but not low blood sugar, if that's a concern or goal.
Taking that further....a stress response generally does too. Taking that further, low blood sugar is not only about dietary carbohydrate.
 

Marc

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Another thing rarely considered... Coffee is a psychoactive central nervous system stimulant. It stimulates a cortisol response which in turn releases glycogen from your liver to dump some glucose into your system, which in turn causes a release of insulin should that glucose not be required for immediate cellular energy use.
No incoming dietary carb source but an internal environment as if there was!
Calorie restriction, fasting and coffee does result in calorie restriction but not low blood sugar, if that's a concern or goal.
Taking that further....a stress response generally does too. Taking that further, low blood sugar is not only about dietary carbohydrate.
I don't know if this is really a problem for healthy people. In diabetic people it can indeed mess with blood glucose and insulin levels, so these folks should be aware of that. I'd guess it isn't a problem for healthy people.
Furthermore, heavy coffee drinking correlates with lower incidences of type 2 diabetes. Research from Guido Kroemer's lab (the guy from the video I posted earlier) seems to indicate that coffee consumption actually boosts autophagy. Taken together I am heavily inclined to claim that coffee consumption is highly beneficial but one should adjust the amount to their individual caffein tolerance.
 

ali

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I don't know if this is really a problem for healthy people. In diabetic people it can indeed mess with blood glucose and insulin levels, so these folks should be aware of that.
Totally agree.
But a 'bulletproof coffee' model and many who seek a low blood sugar for diabetic control/ longevity consider the avoidance of carbohydrate as being top priority - hence coffee and fat to keep the fat burning going.

And they (the marketeers) do promote this, the low insulin model of obesity is chief. Then this model is distorted and misapplied to even a healthy athletic population where 'fat burning' becomes the be all and end all of performance/health/longevity/finance/success, take your pick.

Of course, not everyone thinks or believes this, but there is a tie in here with keto/low carb/fat for fuel - coffee, fasting and mitochondria.

The role of coffee in a glucose frenzy may muddy the picture somewhat but actually helps to lessen the burden on our poor old vital glucose molecule in the fat loss/health quagmire. It's incoming dietary energy, not a singular glucose/insulin interaction (in general for healthy peeps, for some it maybe more significant).

Habitual coffee drinking, stress and lack of sleep is a problem for many. As is diabetes.
So yes, different populations.
 
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