Canada loves its coffee! According to a recent study, Canada ranked number 1 out of 80 countries in terms of coffee consumption per year. Coffee has surpassed tap water as the most commonly consumed beverage in Canada!
With the latest health and fitness awareness, caffeine has become quite popular among fitness enthusiasts as a “fat burner” to enhance metabolism. Coffee is the most prominent and well-known sources of caffeine. The question here is whether or not it actually has any effects on fat burning and increasing metabolism.
THE CAFFEINE EFFECT
Evidence suggests that caffeine can help you lose weight due to the biological effects resulting from its stimulant and diuretic properties. The potential ability of caffeine towards increasing energy and enhancing performance can result in a significant reduction of body fat.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that excessive caffeine consumption can cause adverse effects such as anxiety, dehydration, dizziness, restlessness, and accelerated breathing and heart rate. The ideal caffeine limit for adults is around 400mg, which translates to about 4 regular cups of Java daily.
Here is a detailed look at the positive effects of drinking that bittersweet cup of heaven:
Enhancing Sports Performance
According to a study published by the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition, the intake of caffeine can be effective during sports performance to enhance energy levels. A low-to-moderate dose of caffeine has shown significant improvements in the productivity and physical performance among athletes. By staying active for longer, more calories are burnt, resulting in increased weight loss.
Increase in Energy Expenditure
Energy expenditure can be explained as the amount of energy or calories metabolically consumed to carry out various physical functions such as breathing, moving, and digesting food. Increasing physical activity is the ideal way to burn more calories to facilitate weight loss.
Caffeine stimulates an increased physical activity that helps burn more calories. It has also shown a significant increase in the calories burnt while our body is at complete rest by elevating body temperature and increasing the heart rate.
Mobilizing the Fat
A slow metabolism can immobilize the fat burning process, which makes it difficult for people to lose weight. Caffeine consumption has shown proven stimulating effects on lipolysis—the process of breaking down fat in our body into free fatty acids that become part of the energy consumed. Fatty acids are easier to burn through by exercise as compared to regular body fat.
Additional Benefits of Coffee Consumption:
While the caffeine content in the coffee has shown proven benefits for weight loss strategies, the other compounds within the bitter beverage offer additional benefits as well. Coffee is a rich source of nutrients, anti-inflammatory agents, and antioxidants including manganese, riboflavin, potassium, chlorogenic acids, and niacin.
Chlorogenic acids contribute towards an improved glucose metabolism and lower blood pressure while niacin or vitamin B3 can improve healthy cholesterol levels and lower the risks of cardiovascular issues.
Coffee has also been linked with longevity according to recent findings. Coffee drinkers showed slightly less risk of death over a 10-year period than those abstaining from caffeine intake. As if we need another reason to enjoy a cold Canadian evening with a hot cup of rich, creamy coffee!
Coffee might not be the ultimate weight loss ticket, but when complemented with a balanced diet, adequate sleep, and regular physical activity, it can help synergize results that contribute towards healthy weight loss!
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