Lots of us love to start our day with a cup of coffee, which due to its caffeine content can give us the energy to wake up ready to start a new day.
However, new research suggests that drinking coffee immediately before a workout could ensure you lost more weight than normal.
What did the study conclude?
A team of researchers found that consuming caffeine before a workout enabled the user to burn 15% more calories than those who did not consume the caffeine.
The study published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism concluded that to experience the weight loss benefits of caffeine a woman weighing 150 pounds would need to consume around 300 milligrams of caffeine, which should be the amount found in a 12 oz cup of coffee.
How can caffeine aid weight loss?
There are 2 ways that caffeine could help with your weight loss efforts:
- Appetite suppression
- Burn calories
Firstly there is a suggestion that caffeine could reduce your appetite, albeit briefly.
The main weight loss benefit of caffeine is its ability to burn calories, which it does by stimulating your metabolism.
What to avoid?
Research suggests that the maximum amount of caffeine you should consume daily for maximum weight loss benefits without the risk of side effects is the equivalent of a 16 oz cup of coffee.
You should also bear in mind that some types of coffee contain high amounts of both calories and fat, which will negate any benefits you experience from the caffeine, especially if you drink a lot of them.
There is also research that suggests that drinking over 5 cups of coffee a day could even lead to weight gain and could increase the risk of diabetes.
A team of researchers in Australia have published a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, where they disclosed the findings of their study on the effects of caffeine on obese mice.
The mice were given the equivalent dose of between 5 to 6 cups of coffee to show how it caused fat retention in the cells.
The study also showed how the caffeine caused a glucose intolerance, which is a pre-diabetic condition and an increased resistance to insulin regulation.
Potential side effects of too much caffeine?
Consuming too much caffeine can potentially cause side effects such as nervousness, insomnia, nausea and an increased blood pressure amongst others.
It is important that you stick to the recommended daily allowance and stop taking caffeine should you experience any issues.