How does caffeine affect your fat burning and exercise energy? First, more caffeine is not necessarily better. One or two cups of coffee will help your exercise performance. Improved exercise performance will increase calorie burn and fat burn.
Researchers from the University of Luton reviewed 39 published caffeine studies. They found that caffeine users improved endurance exercise performance and short/high intensity exercise performance by 12.4% when compared to groups using placebos.
Caffeine is a part of many people's daily diets. It is found in many foods and drinks. Research has shown that one cup of coffee has positive effects on decision-making, alertness and reaction time.
There are also several studies that report that regular coffee drinking (with or without caffeine) may help prevent diseases such as type 2 diabetes, Parkinson's disease and liver disease. Coffee is antioxidant-rich due to the high level of polyphenols. This helps protect your body's cells from damage due to free radicals in your body.
Designer coffees loaded with sugars don't help your fat loss, weight loss and health. Keep that in mind when you go to your favorite coffee house.
The risks associated with moderate caffeine use are pretty small (about 3-4 cups a day). If caffeine is part of your diet, use it wisely. The U. S. Food and Drug Administration has stated that caffeine does not increase the risk of or contribute to heart disease, cancer, bone loss or high blood pressure. If you already have one of these conditions, you may need to consult with your doctor before drinking coffee regularly.
Of course, coffee does not work magic. You still need to consistently do things such as eat right, exercise regularly, sleep well, etc. For instance, I can drink 2 cups of coffee before a workout that helps me burn 700 calories. That's great only if I don't eat 1,200 calories two hours after my workout!
I have to mention a little about energy drinks. Any fat loss and weight loss goal achievements will be accomplished by your hard work and a well designed fitness program.
You can accomplish your fitness goals without ever drinking 1 ounce from an energy drink. Energy drinks often cause you to crash lower than the previous "energy high" provided by the drink.
You don't need energy drinks to accomplish your fat loss and weight loss goals. You will get plenty of energy from proper nutrition and adequate sleep.
Remember also that energy drinks are many times loaded with sugar which might hinder your nutritional goals. Energy drinks are also usually loaded with caffiene. Save your money on energy drinks and try a good cup of coffee.
Enjoy your workout today--with or without caffeine!
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Mark Dilworth, BA, PES
My Fitness Hut