A recent study has revealed that drinking coffee pre workout can have a considerable impact on your fat loss.
A new study from the University of Granada has shown that drinking a strong cup of coffee pre workout (the equivalent of 3mg/kg bodyweight) half an hour before working out has a significant effect on fat burning. The researchers also discovered that the effects were more pronounced if the workout – and the caffeine consumption – took place during the afternoon rather than the morning.
Drinking Coffee Pre Workout
Caffeine is one of the most commonly used performance-enhancing substances. Indeed, for twenty years, between 1984 and 2004, high concentrations of caffeine were banned from sporting events, including the Olympics. Caffeine commonly features in commercial preworkout formulas.
Despite being such a commonly consumed substance, actual research on its effects is quite limited, and is suggestive rather detailed. A literature review from 2008, for instance, states that caffeine’s performance-enhancing benefits are “likely to occur across a range of sports, including endurance events, stop-and-go events (e.g., team and racquet sports), and sports involving sustained high-intensity activity lasting from 1-60 min (e.g., swimming, rowing, and middle and distance running races). The direct effects on single events involving strength and power, such as lifts, throws, and sprints, are unclear.”
Arnold in the coffee zone
In this study, the researchers have shown in detail for the first time that coffee really does increase fat oxidation. Fifteen men with a mean age of 32 took part, completing an exercise test four times at a week-long interval. Subjects ingested 3 mg/kg of caffeine or a placebo at 8am and 5pm. Other conditions (hours since last meal, amount of physical exercise, consumption of stimulant substances) were strictly standardized before each exercise test.
Although this research will only bolster coffee drinkers in their belief that the liquid is the drink of champions, it is also likely to encourage others to begin drinking coffee in the pursuit of a better physique. One aspect of further investigation that demands attention is whether the fat-burning effects of afternoon coffee consumption pre-workout come at a cost.
The sleep-disrupting effects of caffeine are well known, and increase the closer one is to bedtime when the coffee is consumed. These effects have been document by scientists even in cases where they are not directly perceived by the test subjects (i.e. they don’t think they’ve had a bad night’s sleep).
Phil Heath talking about his sleep patterns. Heath recently hinted heavily that he has now retired from bodybuilding competition
High-quality rest and especially sleep is a vital part of the muscle-building equation, and the deleterious effects of sleep deprivation on athletic performance are well established.
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