Chugging coffee right before a workout will help shed pounds, according to research.
A new study found consuming caffeine – the equivalent of four cups of coffee – immediately before exercising will boost performance and increase the amount of calories burned.
The researchers claim a 400mg dose caffeine helps muscles burn body fat more easily, which upped the number of calories lost while working out.
The unorthodox research goes against old claims that you need to abstain from caffeine for days if you want to see a jump in performance.
The findings are also controversial because doctors recommend only one cup of coffee a day because caffeine may increase cholesterol levels and the risk of heart attacks.
Previously, experts thought the benefits of caffeine were diminished by regular consumption because people can become habituated to the buzz.
As a result, athletes were advised not to have energy drinks or coffee in the days leading up to a big competition in order to get the performance boost.
Experts from the University of São Paulo in Brazil discredited those claims and found people can have caffeine regularly and still see the improvement.
Researchers found that 400mg of caffeine pills helped athletes run, swim or bike a little bit faster when taken right before a workout.
The athletes burned more calories while exercising, which will eventually lead to more weight loss.
The study participants took the energy booster an hour before the workout and performed 3.3 percent better than when they took nothing.
DRINKS WITH HIGH LEVELS OF CAFFEINE
- Starbucks Coffee, Pike Place Roast – 310 milligrams (mg)
- 5-hour Energy – 200mg
- Monster Energy – 160mg
- Pepsi Zero Sugar – 115mg
- Maxwell House Light Ground Coffee – 100mg
- Mountain Dew – 91mg
- Honest Tea Organic Lemon Tea – 90mg
- Black tea, brewed – 47mg
There are no rules in professional sports against taking caffeine unless in very high doses.
The safest level of caffeine consumption is 400 milligrams a day.
Going above the recommended consumption rate could lead to serious health repercussions.
The Mayo Clinic reported in 2006 that people who are at risk for heart attacks are increasing their chances fourfold after a cup of coffee.
Rob van Dam, an epidemiologist at Harvard University, previously said to Today, that coffee can increase cholesterol levels.
Overall, scientists are still debating how harmful coffee is to overall health because it has been linked to benefits as well.
Caffeine has been found to be a better replacement than over-the-counter pills to treat chronic pain.
Researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital in May found mice who had caffeine were more resistant to pain than those on painkillers.
Plus, coffee can lower the risk of developing liver cancer by a substantial amount, according to research from the University of Southampton in May.
Experts found people who drink just one cup of coffee a day are 20 percent less likely to develop the most common form of the disease.
Drinking two cups of coffee a day lowers the risk by 35 percent, while five cups cuts your risk of developing liver cancer in half.
The authors wrote: ‘It may be important for developing coffee as a lifestyle intervention in CLD (chronic liver disease), as decaffeinated coffee might be more acceptable to those who do not drink coffee or who limit their coffee consumption because of caffeine-related symptoms.’
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