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Get Caffeine in & improve your workout?

coffe_xsmallI feel like products with caffeine, such as coffee is quite controversial when it comes to health. I’m not much of a coffee drinker myself, nor do I drink much soda- but I believe that if you drink caffeine moderately you can receive potential benefits from it. An article I’ve read about Jillian Michaels says  she drinks a cup of coffee or has a source of caffeine about an hour or two before her workout to get the most benefits from it. She says that the caffeine helps boost your energy to get more out of a work out (up to 30%)!

Additionally, other articles have said that caffeine and coffee boost weight loss because it increases your heart rate…this is where I find it a bit controversial. Having a rapid heart rate is not always a good thing, but when you work out it is better because you burn more calories per minute because your nervous system is working more.

Another point is Appetite suppression. Caffeine may reduce your desire to eat for a brief time, but there’s not enough evidence to show that long-term consumption aids weight loss. On other hand, nutrainingredients Research believes that ccaffeine may stimulate hunger: “Caffeine affects cravings for food because it raises the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol raises heart rate, blood pressure how-to-safely-take-caffeineand tells your body to increase its energy stores. This results in the body craving sweets. So if you’re wondering why you snacked on cookies in the afternoon, it could have something to do with that coffee you drank with breakfast.” Also, “Caffeine is a diuretic and only 500 mg a day is enough to cause dehydration. Losing weight through diuresis, the removal of fluids from the body, may work for short-term weight loss, but it isn’t fat that’s gone, only fluids. Using caffeine this way is unhealthy and may lead to a dangerous potassium deficiency.”

In conclusion, there are many perspectives and views of caffeine and pros and cons of it, but if you’re thumbs_up_bciylooking for an extra kick in your work out or are about to go on a long run and need a little “umph” to get you started- a cup of coffee or a small amount of caffeine could improve your performance if you have it about a half hour before you begin your workout. Therefore, I give it a thumbs up-ONLY if it is drank moderately and works well in your system. If you experience rapid heart beat and unwanted side effects-stick caffeine free and opt for that H20. (see here on benefits of water!) If you’re interested in reading more about the subject, check out the links below. However if you don’t typically drink caffeine be careful and watch how it affects you and your body before you start drinking it regularly.

sources:

http://www.thegreatfitnessexperiment.com/2010/09/does-caffeine-help-or-hinder-weight.html

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/caffeine/HQ00369

http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Caffeine-drinks-may-contribute-to-obesity-suggests-small-study

http://www.livestrong.com/article/281770-is-caffeine-bad-for-weight-loss/

http://www.evitamins.com/a/how-to-safely-take-caffeine-weight-loss-343

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7 thoughts on “Get Caffeine in & improve your workout?

  1. Very nice post! I would love to hear your take on Protein Shakes. I have a protein shake in the mornings for breakfast and I actually add my coffee to it. It’s quite delicious, and gives me an extra boost. 🙂

  2. Good insight – I’ve never formed a solid opinion on coffee (probably because I don’t drink it! lol) but I’ve always leaned towards thinking it does more harm than good… thanks for presenting a balanced view! 🙂

  3. Great post. I also agree that there is nothing wrong with drinking caffeine, but recent studies have come out that if you high blood pressure or are pregnant you should be cautious.

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