We’re talking about caffeine and whether it’s a good or bad idea for working out?
My coffee addiction isn’t so bad after all, that’s what my PT says…
It could possibly be the cheapest pre-workout drink and it is hiding in your kitchen. Next time you look at the label on your fat burner or pre-workout drink and supplements, you’ll be pleasantly surprised it’s mostly made up of caffeine, so sip up!
Coffee can be considered as a popular social beverage among people in every corner of the world. Recently, scientific researchers have shown that caffeine has the ability to bring effective results for people who engage in workouts. Moreover, it is considered by many fitness gurus as one of the most effective pre-workout drinks.
To Put it Simply, It’s a Great Fat Burner
Scientists believe that caffeine has the ability to provide a wide range of benefits for people who do regular workouts. Caffeine is believed to increase alertness, provide extra stamina, increase heart rate, increase adrenaline, and improve blood flow and proper flow of oxygen to muscles (which is crucial to repairing our muscles after we exercise).
I secretly knew (or at least I was telling myself that!), there were added benefits to drinking coffee other than to just wake me up in the morning!
The best form of caffeine is simply found in our kitchen, or can be bought from local coffee shop, which is coffee. It’s cheap and probably the most easily accessible fat burner which is unlikely to cause dramatic side effects in comparison to pre-workout supplements sold by fitness companies.
Consuming caffeine from our coffee gives people the opportunity to use stored fat as fuel during their exercise. This is done by skipping over glycogen as the fuel source by targeting fat first.
How Many Times Have You Had a Coffee and Lost Your Desire to Eat?
It’s true, if you opt to drink a coffee before you eat, you’ll more than likely delay your meal for another hour because caffeine also works as an appetite suppressant. BONUS! This is excellent if you trying to curb hunger pains in order to lose weight.
By no means am I intending or promoting you to drink coffee all day and not eat. But from my experience and from what the studies suggest, coffee can be used as an appetite suppressant. If you have a good quality coffee in the morning, you will find that you will tend to delay consuming breakfast for 30 mins to 1 hour later.
As caffeine increases your heart rate, it has the same effects on increasing your rate of metabolism. Score! That’s massive win in the battle to lose the pounds. We all know which way the scales go when our metabolism increases. So I guess consuming caffeine could be just as effective as increasing your exercise but without having to sweat it out more (I know its not the equivalent but it still helps).
So what is the best way to consume caffeine as a pre workout? Well, it is recommended to have a coffee approximately 30 to 45 mins before a workout to get the benefits we have talked about above.
Don’t You Love the Feeling of Being Super Productive After Sipping on Your Morning Coffee?
By increasing your concentration in the gym, you could feel like you are in an athletic contest and you should find that you have more endurance also. Not only that, but studies conducted by the University of Illinois, reveal that consuming a coffee pre-workout has the potential to reduce workout soreness.
Wow, this stuff not only inhibits your eye lids from closing but it’s pretty much a wonder drug (for fitness freaks that is).
Caffeine is recognized as the best legal energy booster that you can find on the planet. Many people who consume caffeine as a pre-workout have provided testimonials to prove the above mentioned claims, and I am one of them. Although caffeine alone cannot deliver the same results as the commercially available energy boosters (which have an assortment of other chemicals), it has the ability to bring the perfect amount of energy that you need for your workouts at the gym. Also helping improve concentration, endurance and encourage weight loss. When this boost of energy is flowing through your body in combination with your natural inherent drive, you should not have any excuses and give 110%. There is no better way to get a natural pre workout supplement.
If you haven’t already done so and you are considering incorporating a daily coffee as a pre-workout, ensure that you consume it at least 30 to 45 minutes before working out. However, just remember that everybody’s body works different and metabolizes coffee differently, so ensure that you don’t consume too much caffeine, otherwise your eyelids won’t shut at night.
You Still Need to Be Mindful
You won’t see the benefits that we have talked about above if you are consuming 500 calories in one sitting. Remember it’s caffeine we are aiming for, not the bells and whistles associated with it such as whipped cream, chocolate flakes, flavored milk etc. Also remember, even if it says ‘light’, it’s light compared to its full fat beast friend, but it’s not going to make you ‘light’ on the scales.