Does caffeine help with fat loss?
Yes. Thanks for reading. Kidding. Sort of.
But yes, caffeine is classified as a performance enhancing drug because it enhances performance! Which can be a little confusing because it’s no longer banned at the Olympics. The World Anti-Doping Agency lifted the ban not so long ago back in 2004.
If you’ve ever had more than your fair share of coffee or energy drinks to get you through the work day, you know that, at the very least, caffeine is definitely an energy booster.
Just using caffeine as an energy enhancer can help your training performance. This will indirectly accelerate the fat loss results from your more intense workout sessions. However, research has also shown caffeine to improve muscle contraction because of the stimulation of your central nervous system. Oh, and it can also have a positive impact on the amount of fat you are able to burn during your exercise session. You go, caffeine!
Another possibility is that caffeine also works as an appetite suppressant, so if overeating is an issue, taking caffeine may help you control cravings somewhat.
Caffeine may also stimulate or increase thermogenesis, which is simply boosting your metabolism and burning more calories. For example, the act of digesting food utilizes thermogenesis, because your body uses energy (calories) to digest food.
It’s also been shown that caffeine may help with lipolysis, which is the breakdown of fat.
And caffeine in the form of coffee does not have to be unhealthy, but you can’t be getting some crazy twenty dollar souped up sugary thousand calorie version from Starbucks! That’s not going to cut it at all.
You can get it in supplement form as simply as pure caffeine pills. There are also many pre-workout supplements that include caffeine but definitely check out the labels to see what you are getting. Some supplements have outrageous amounts of caffeine! Don’t go crazy and overdose on caffeine. That will makes things worse, not better. You don’t need more than the equivalent of two cups of coffee.
To help with performance and fat loss you don’t need more than one hundred to two hundred milligrams of caffeine taken about a half hour before your training session.
In fact, if you like coffee, that may be the way to go. Preferably black, though. Adding lots of sugar and fake cream sort of defeats the purpose, if not from a performance standpoint, at least from a health standpoint.
People’s reaction to caffeine varies wildy. Some are much more sensitive than others and may experience negative side effects, even at low dosages, such as nausea, dizziness, and sleeplessness. Be sure and start out with a small amount, such as 50 milligrams or a half a cup of coffee and add to it over time depending on how you feel. But don’t go over 200 milligrams.
When used correctly, caffeine can help boost performance and fat burning results.