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The Good and Bad Buzz on Caffeine

There's a huge buzz surrounding coffee - teens are choosing a cup of joe over a bowl of cereal in the morning and celebs like Mary-Kate Olsen are rarely seen without a Starbucks in hand. But before you get into the coffee craze, you should know what you're doing to your body every time you take a caffeinated sip.

Caffeine - The Good Stuff

Just thinking about a steaming cup of americano or a caramel macchiato makes your mouth water - they look great, smell great, and best of all, they taste great. Like milk, coffee does a body good - as long as it's in small doses. Since coffee contains caffeine, which raises your blood sugar, it can enhance your mood, increase your energy and keep you awake so you can finish your homework.

Caffeine - The Bad Stuff

However, caffeine is a drug that stimulates the central nervous system, causing rapid heartbeat. Like other drugs, caffeine is addictive, which is probably why you hear phrases such as "java junkie" or "caffeine buzz." Peeps who suddenly stop drinking coffee can suffer withdrawal symptoms, including severe headaches, muscle aches, anxiety and irritability. Many people try to replace meals with caffeinated beverages because according to some, caffeine speeds up your metabolism and suppresses your appetite - but that can lead to some serious health problems, like [kwlink]eating disorders[/kwlink]!

Aside from the addiction factor, drinking coffee at an early age can be bad news. It makes you wired and unable to sleep, which is a huge problem for today's sleep-deprived teens. As well, it can stunt your growth because you lose large amounts of calcium in your urine (caffeine dehydrates your system because it makes you pee frequently). And on a beauty note, it affects your smile - coffee contains tannic acid (the stuff that makes the dark color), which can stain your teeth a nasty dark brown. So, if you want to keep your pearly whites, it would be wise to cut back on your coffee intake.

Caffeine - The Solutions

We understand it's hard to kick the caffeine habit because no one wants to pass up a frothy frappuccino! So the key to coffee is to drink it in moderation. Cut back on your daily cups of coffee, choose decaf and add skim or 2% milk so you at least get some calcium in your diet. And when you're tired, just catch some ZZZ's instead of reaching for more caffeine.

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labimba
labimba posted in Style:
Neko girl I have to get back in shape for September if u want we can be training buddies!  :)  
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animallover468
animallover468 posted in Style:
EndlessDream is right. Skipping breakfast and lunch can result in stomach ulcers and sudden weight gain (had personal experience...), ESPECIALLY skipping breakfast! You have to incorporate exercise in your daily routine. Stomach and body fat is mostly caused by lack of exercise, and maybe that means you need to do toning exercises. Try doing simple exercise videos like the 3-mile powerwalk on YouTube (trust me, I sweat like crazy when I do those workouts). Anything that gets you sweating, is the kind of exercise you need to do.  I hated working out when I first started my weight loss journey too. I would always start wheezing every time I started working out. But after pushing through everyday, I think working out is one of the best stress busters I've ever had!  If you want to lower your appetite though, I suggest eating a full lunch and breakfast and skipping your dinner. If you can't skip dinner, then at least try aiming for an early dinner, around 5:30 or 6:00. Your body needs time to digest at least 4 hours before you sleep. I started gaining weight around puberty when I was 12, it could be the same for you too.  But honestly, there's nothing wrong with having consciousness about your weight. Now starving yourself and dieting is BAD, but there's nothing wrong with changing your lifestyle in order to be fit. It's a good thing that kids start caring about their health, and the earlier you start, the better off you are. 
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EndlessDream
EndlessDream posted in Style:
You need breakfast and lunch. Starving yourself, even if you aren't hungry, makes you loose energy to the point you could pass out from not eating. Keep your diet healthy. For breakfast, at least have yogurt, fruit, and juice. Drink at least 4 full glasses of water a day. Trim down on the snacks. Everyone has different bodies and build. You may just be large-boned. And that's not bad! That makes you stronger and higher ability to gain muscle. Loosing weight doesn't happen over night. It can take months. 
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Nekogirl101
Nekogirl101 posted in Style:
For years my parents would tell me I'm skinny but compared to other people, my waist was bigger and I would always hide it. Though it was obvious I weighed more, I've only been doing this for a week and I didn't ever tell anyone what I was doing until my parents found out. I would skip lunch and breakfast and say I was full. I only ate a big dinner every night. Once my parents found out, they said it was unhealthy and if I didn't  stop, I would develop an eating disorder. I obviously listened to them, but I've tried as best as I can so far. I have barely lost any weight from exercise and my parents won't let me go on a diet because I already 'eat healthy enough'. I want to lose weight without exercising being 3/4s of my lifestyle. I know, I'm a lazy idiot for saying all this.
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rainbowpoptart
Yes, purely for the fact that you should not "hate" your sister (or anyone, for that matter).  I'm guessing by "get in trouble for her", you mean she does something wrong and the blame is all put on you? Yeah, little siblings tend to do that a lot. My brother did for the longest time, until my parents found out how much a liar he is. She, hopefully, will grow out of this eventually. Either that, or your parent[s]/guardian[s] will eventually see through her. You lose your friends to her? By this do you mean your friends want to hang out with her and they want you to tag along and you don't? Or do you mean your friends chose your sister over you? If it's the latter, then perhaps you shouldn't have ever referred to those people as friends. You'll find friends who'll prefer you over your sister, I'm sure of it. The only thing I can tell you to do is try to get along with your sister. Every group of siblings has their cats and dogs moment in life, but they grow out of it (most of the time; there are, of course, circumstances where it doesn't work out that way). Please be grateful for your sister, even if you two fight a lot. You never know how much you need something until it's gone.
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