Caffeine: Backed By Research
Caffeine has been proven in several studies to accelerate the body’s ability to burn fat and build muscle. In fact, a study published by the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism showed that people who had caffeine prior to working out had a 15% greater strength gain than the group who took traditional carbohydrate/electrolyte drinks. Caffeine works so well that it’s actually is banned by the International Olympic Committee.
So how does caffeine work as a fat burner and muscle builder? Caffeine is a potent stimulant of the central nervous system which increases metabolism –the body’s ability to burn calories and fat.
Caffeine also increases oxygen uptake, which helps the body to workout harder and longer. Not only that, but caffeine also helps you incorporate more muscle fibers, increases alertness, concentration, and spares glycogen.
All of this adds up to you being able to work out harder than you normally would. When you can work out harder that means you burn more fat and push your body harder so it can build more muscle.
How To Use Caffeine
Since caffeine can help build muscle and burn fat that doesn’t mean you should start chugging down pots of coffee.
A good way to do it is drink a black cup of coffee about 30 minutes prior to working out. That way it gets in your system and will kick start your body into overdrive when you start working out. Just think what a 15% increase in strength would do for your workouts. The caffeine study mentioned earlier also showed that time to exhaustion increased by 18% while intensity went up by 24%.
Those numbers stack up well with any of the most expensive nutritional supplements that contain all the fancy ingredients. Caffeine also works as a mild diuretic so it helps the body to get rid of excess water. It will also suppress your appetite helping you to restrict caloric intake leading to weight loss.
It’s no wonder that caffeine is one of the main ingredients in many of the top fat burning supplements. So, the next time you think about ditching coffee in order to be healthier, think again.