Coffee and Fat-Loss
Coffee. The staple drink of many busy and/or tired people. We know it can help us wake up in the morning or to keep us awake when we are tired but coffee is also a very useful tool when it comes to Fat-loss.
Coffee can increase our Metabolism. Scientific studies have shown an increase of as much as 3-11% from an average strength cup.
It can also improve our Physical performance by stimulating our nervous system, making you more focused and ready to exercise and by using more energy from your fat tissues (happy days). Studies have shown Coffee can improve athletic performance by an average of 10%
Coffee also has a fairly powerful ability to suppress appetite. This is so helpful when you are in a calorie deficit trying to lose body fat as we know that at certain times of the day we get hungry and we don’t have enough calories in our daily allowance to snack. This happens to me all the time and I find that around 500ml of cold water and a strong black coffee soon have me forgetting I was ever hungry in the first place.
As well as being great for your waist line Coffee has been involved in thousands of Scientific studies where strong evidence links it to lowering risk of Type 2 Diabetes, helping to lower risk of Parkinsons and Alzheimers, helping fight Liver cirrhosis and it’s packed with nutrients and antioxidants.
Before you start downing pints of Espressos there are some things to think about when it comes to Coffee. First is that too much of anything is never good. Second is that people can become tolerant to some of Coffees effects over time which means having breaks from coffee keeps it as effective as possible. I often drink coffee before working out during the week and then wont drink any at all from Friday to Monday.
The last thing to consider is the type of coffee you drink. Lots of coffee chains offer drinks that are packed with Calories which isn’t what we want and negates all of those positive fat-loss effects. Black coffee is my go to and adding a little cinnamon can make it more tasty and even better for you. A little bit of milk isn’t the end of the world but f you’re having 2 or 3 coffees a day those calories cans add up.
When you drink your coffee is really up to you, but I like to have a strong black coffee between 5-15 minutes before I train to help me work harder or get through tough sessions. As always do what works for you.
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Captain Felix Deer joined the Army in 1985 and served in a number of Training Officer roles, qualifying as a Unit Fitness Officer in 1986. Since leaving the Army in 1994, Felix has sold property, built houses and flown airliners for a living, but has always maintained his keen interest in Fitness.