Coffee and weight loss: Java before workouts boosts the metabolismWritten by Lee Cleveland
On a hot summer day in 1995, a fighter walked in the gym with a cup of coffee.
A trainer yelled to the young man,"What are you doing?"
"Coffee before training is bad for you."
"You don't need that!"
But, was the young fighter on to something?
Obviously your daily exercise routine and gym work boosts your metabolism; however, according to a study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, a cup of caffeinated coffee can provide an added jolt to your already-enhanced metabolic rate.
Of course, the higher our metabolic rate, the more calories we burn thus resulting in the shedding of pounds.
Perhaps that's Floyd Mayweather's (pictured above) secret to staying so lean in between training regimens?
Caffeine, a central nervous system stimulant, boosts the heart rate and increases our levels of Epinephrine (or Adrenaline) and ultimately promotes the breakdown of fat cells.
In fact, a cup or two of caffeinated coffee can increase the metabolic rate by 3-11%.
So what does that have to do with exercise and workouts?
Researchers found that athletes who consumed a reasonably-caffeinated beverage prior to working out burned roughly 15 percent more calories for three hours post-workout.
For example, if two people of relatively equal size and metabloism rates engage in the same workout routine and train with equal intensity from 2 to 3PM, the person who consumed caffeine prior to the workout will likely burn 15 percent more calories from 3 to 6PM.
So what is considered a reasonably-caffeinated beverage?
In the study, athletes were given 4.5 mg of caffeine per kilogram of body weight. For a 160 lb (72.6 kg) middleweight, that equates to roughly 327 mg of caffeine or the equivalent to a grande, 16 fl. oz cup of Starbucks' generic blend.
If you're having trouble making weight and can't shed those extra pounds, consider hitting the coffee shop on the way to the gym.
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
Lee created FightSaga.com to honor and preserve boxing's rich heritage, chronicle the achievements of top fighters, celebrate the legacy of big fights and provide a fun, educational experience for fight fans.