On a hot summer day in 1995, a fighter walked into 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 boost 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 metabolism rates engage in the same workout routine and train with equal intensity from 2 to 3 PM, the person who consumed caffeine prior to the workout will likely burn 15 percent more calories from 3 to 6 PM.
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.