CAF­FEINE HELPS YOU BURN MORE FAT…

If it sounds too good to be true, per­haps it is...

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The per­for­manceen­hanc­ing ben­e­fits are well known, but this claim, seen on leaflets in bulk-buy caf­feine gels, seems too good to be true, sug­gest­ing some sort of meta­bolic as­sist. Ac­cord­ing to sports di­eti­tian Sarah Dana­her, MSC, of SRDNutri­tion, the claim is disin­gen­u­ous, but could be seen as true.

“There is lit­tle ev­i­dence to sup­port the the­ory that caf­feine af­fects fat burn­ing. How­ever, in terms of weight loss, caf­feine can help you to work harder for longer, ul­ti­mately re­sult­ing in more calo­ries ex­pended.”

Aside from its work­out-boost­ing prop­er­ties, hun­dreds of stud­ies have shown that 2 or 3mg of caf­feine per kilo of body­weight about an hour be­fore ex­er­cise can pro­long an ath­lete’s time-to-fa­tigue point and re­duce the feel­ings of pain and ef­fort that come with a hard work­out.

“You can easily get this amount of caf­feine by drink­ing cof­fee. Caf­feine lev­els vary greatly in cof­fee due to vari­a­tions in blend and brew­ing tech­nique, but the con­tent from in­stant cof­fee seems to be con­sis­tent, with one tea­spoon pro­vid­ing 60mg of caf­feine. So, if you en­joy a cup of cof­fee this can be the eas­i­est way to get the right amount of caf­feine. As a word of warn­ing, more caf­feine doesn’t re­sult in bet­ter ef­fects. Higher doses are more likely to give you side ef­fects such as nau­sea and shak­i­ness.”

“As a word of warn­ing, more caf­feine doesn’t re­sult in bet­ter ef­fects. Higher doses are more likely to give you side ef­fects such as nau­sea & shak­i­ness”

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