The holidays are upon us. It’s only October but with the rate this year has gotten to the tail-end, we’ll all be wearing our favorite sweaters (forcibly or otherwise) and devouring the holiday away in no time.
The forward-looking you will already be starting to watch that *extra holiday weight* before the holiday even starts.
But one step at a time, right? After all, there’s a few weeks left before the celebrations and holiday parties officially kick in.
If the java lover in you has ever been curious whether caffeine can help curb the appetite, now is the perfect time to find some answers.
The word on the street is that caffeine is one of the best appetite suppressants. But is this really the case?
Spoiler alert: research tell us the jury’s still out on this one.
There are research and studies conducted throughout the years that say caffeine may or may not be the best appetite suppressant:
In a study published in "Clinical Nutrition" in January 2009, 27 participants consumed capsaicin, which occurs naturally in hot peppers; green tea, which contains caffeine; sweet peppers; capsaicin plus green tea; or a placebo on 10 separate days. Researchers then analyzed the participants' appetite, food intake, body weight, and heart rate and found that green tea consumed with or without capsaicin led to increased satiation, or fullness, and reduced calorie intake.
While various research and studies have been conducted on the subject, there’s nothing conclusive about caffeine being an effective appetite suppressant.
It’s safe to say at this point that if you wish to curb the appetite, you can stick to a healthy diet, regular workout, and this thing called discipline.
There are also other natural appetite suppressants which you can resort to. Oddly enough, this video says that drinking decaffeinated coffee works more effectively in losing your appetite than caffeinated drinks and caffeine pills.
(Of course, it’s a different story altogether if we’re going to talk about losing weight. Because caffeine does certainly help in this area! There are 3 ways caffeine boosts your metabolism, and we’ve covered it at length in the linked article.)
No matter what its impact on your appetite is, you can always treat your favorite cup of Joe or other forms of caffeine as just that - a caffeine fix.
And if we ever find out in the future that caffeine is indeed the best appetite suppressant, then it’ll be a pleasant icing on the cake!
As we said in this Viter Energy blog  about the work-life balance, it's a good idea to simulate your commute to work. You don't have to drive in to work, so instead take a walk around the block just before your workday starts and just after it ends. Send yourself a psychological signal.
And if you can avoid it, do not work after your walk around the block. Don't check work email. Don't answer calls from co-workers unless you really need to talk to them (or they are friends you socialize with).
Clinical psychologist Kelcey Stratton of Michigan Health Blog  has some sound advice on finding the right time to work:
If you’re a morning person, try to schedule important work and meetings during the first half of the day. Others may peak with energy in the afternoon. Depending on the type of job you have, try to maximize on these levels as you can.
The first bit of advice is to get up from the computer, turn off your phone, and go get some exercise, do something recreational, prepare a meal, or something other than work, on the same schedule as you did when you worked at the brick-and-mortar office.
If you used to get off at 5 p.m., quit working at home at 5. You might need to check email or prepare a report later that night, but be sure to get away from all electronic communications and computing devices for a while.
Another big tip is to take your coffee breaks and lunch breaks on the same schedule, or at least be sure to take them at some point. Do not skip your favorite part of the day!