Guest contributor: Kavita Jhaveri-Patel Are you drinking coffee first thing in the morning, before you have breakfast, in order to start your day off with an energy jolt? Well, what you may not know is that you are increasing your chances of belly bloat, acid reflux, gas, digestive cramps, and sending your body into emergency mode, hence making your body hold onto more fat, if you start your day off like this. It is crazy what one cup of coffee can do, if you are having it before breakfast. I am not suggesting you quit coffee cold turkey, so don’t stop reading because you feel this is going to be impossible. I am all about balance, ease, and fun, so there is just one simple tweak that you can make that will stop all of these symptoms from happening to you. Have breakfast before you have coffee. Simple right? Here is why! Our bodies need to maintain an alkaline state in order to achieve optimal health and weight loss. This is something I want you to brand into your brain. Remember when you were in Jr. High in science class with the litmus paper test trying to figure out what foods where acidic and alkaline? You figured out when the paper turned pink or blue whether a food was acidic or a base (aka alkaline). In understanding that logic, weight gain, acne, and just about any disease start to fester in our bodies when it is in an acidic state. An acidic state creates inflammation, and inflammation is the core to weight gain and any adverse symptoms our body experiences. When you drink coffee first thing in the morning you are increasing the acidity levels in your body dramatically, because coffee is extremely acidic. The coffee sends your body into emergency mode (due to the caffeine as well), first thing in the morning and then spends the rest of the day holding onto the fat because it is in survival or conservation mode. If you eat breakfast before you drink coffee then the coffee mixes with the food, significantly lowering the acidity levels of the coffee, leaving you feeling better and setting the right tone for the rest of the day. You will start to notice less bloating, decrease in belly fat, and having more energy throughout the day overall, when you make this simple change. You will probably find yourself losing weight by accident! So, if you have to down a piece of whole wheat toast or some yogurt before you have the coffee make sure you do that! Your body and your waistline will thank you for it. Body confidence expert and health and lifestyle speaker Kavita Jhaveri-Patel. She has been featured in Time Out New York, Healthy Style NY, and has been mentioned on FoxLive News. Receive her free report 7 Mistakes Most Women Make When Trying to Lose Weight and How to Avoid Them by clicking here. Start a Conversation Cancel a Conversation Connect with Enter your WordPress.com blog URL http://.wordpress.com Proceed Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.