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How to Quit Drinking Coffee

Updated on February 12, 2010

Giving up Coffee

Giving up coffee is not easy, especially if you are used to drinking several cups per day. As you know coffee contains caffeine, which is highly addictive. When your body is not fed the amount of caffeine it is used to, you will have side effects such as body aches, pain, nausea, and headaches. You will also have more trouble staying alert when you try to give up coffee.

Now for the good news. The payoff for giving up the daily cup of Joe is more overall energy, better hydration, less frequent trips to the bath room (especially at night), better sleep, and improved concentration. If you had not been getting at least 8 cups of water per day because you were drinking too much coffee, it is very possible that you will also lose weight.

There are several options for giving up coffee including the cold turkey method, the half method, and the replacement method.

Giving Up Coffee Cold Turkey

 Giving up coffee cold turkey is choosing to completely stop drinking coffee and limiting the amount of caffeine during the first 7 days. It will take your body about 7 days to get over the caffeine addiction. During this time you will certainly feel the side effects full force. After 7 days you will feel amazingly bettter and have more energy.

The Half Method

The half method is to cut in half the amount of coffee you are drinking each week for between 2-4 weeks depending on how much you are currently drinking. A cup of coffee contains between 100-150 milligrams of caffeine. If you are drinking say 4 cups of coffee a day, then your body needs about 500 milligrams of caffeine. You should seriously consider getting this value down to about 50 milligrams (just under the caffeine in 2 cans of cola). Here is how your quitting period would look:

Week 1: 2 cups 200-300 milligrams of caffeine

Week 2: 1 cup 100-150 milligrams

Week 3: 1/2 cup 50-75 milligrams

The side effects would be somewhat less noticable, but you will feel worse for a longer period of time.

The Replacement Method

The replacement method would be used if you goal is not neccessarily to eliminate caffeine from your diet, but just stop drinking coffee. Replace coffee with any of the following to begin to replace the caffeine. Try to reduce the caffeine level as you go since coffee contains such a high amount. Here are some other foods and drinks that have caffeine.

Green tea - 50-60 milligrams

Cola 20-30 milligrams

Energy drink - 200 milligrams

Chocolate bar - 30 milligrams

You can use any other these foods or beverages to replace coffee to reduce the side effects of giving up coffee.


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      tikoygirl 8 years ago

      I think coffee is slightly better than drinking cola, so I wouldn't wanna replace my coffee with that. Nice hub!