One minute you're told that caffeine is bad for your health; avoid it as much as possible. The next you’re told that it is highly effective at helping people lose weight. The mixed messages can certainly make things difficult to comprehend for the average individual. It is hard to keep up with what’s new and learn things that have changed. Here we are going to give you a clear understanding of caffeine and the truth of the matter. Will it really help you lose weight or is this all another gimmick to take your money? We will answer those questions and more.
What is Caffeine?
Caffeine is a stimulant, as you are probably already aware of. It is a naturally occurring chemical stimulant, meaning that it can be found inside of products like plants, beans, leaves and fruits. It affects the central nervous system, in turn causing most users to feel full of energy and highly alert. People oftentimes drink caffeinated drinks when they need to work long hours or need to pull an all-nighter studying for an important exam.
But caffeine doesn’t only stimulate the central nervous system. The benefit of helping a person lose weight is certainly there. Many studies have been conducted over the years regarding caffeine and its effects on weight loss, and those studies have provided us with the same results: caffeine is effective at helping people lose weight. There are actually quite a few reasons that caffeine works to help with weight loss, which we will look at here. All of those reasons combine together and result in a stimulant that helps weight loss become much easier.
Caffeine Increases Thermogenic Body Temperature
After you consume caffeine you can expect the results to peak within the first hour of consumption. At the end of this hour most people start to feel the effects that caffeine has on their body. Through the various studies that have been conducted on caffeine it has been revealed that caffeine works to increase the thermogenic temperature of the body. What does this mean? Your body temperature is increased (by about 10%) which results in a greater loss of fat and calories and an increased level of energy.
When you consume 600 mg of caffeine on a daily basis you can easily deplete 150 calories from your body each of those days. However, it is important to note that if you are a regular consumer of caffeinated products these results are not likely to happen. For example, someone that is consuming 8 to 10 cups of Java each morning and another 4 to 6 at night isn’t going to see the same energy and weight loss effects.
Fat Metabolism & Caffeine
After caffeine is ingested it works to increase lipid oxidation. This reduces the fatty acids inside of the body, in turn causing a glycogen mobilization to occur in the body. You probably don’t know what this means, so to make it clear, this means that you will still have a reserve of glycogen available which can be used while you are in the middle of your training.
When the fatty acids are mobilized it allows the fat cells to work as energy instead of as a muscle. This is important since it causes the stimulation of the pancreas which then produces small amounts of insulin. Although there are not proteins inside of caffeine, and despite the fact that there are no calories or carbohydrates, it still works to increase Adrenaline and Glucagon hormones. These two hormones release glycogen out of the liver which causes higher blood sugar and increased insulin rates.
All of this may sound a bit confusing to you right now, and that is completely understandable. You will learn more and see things clearly soon.
Try it out for yourself. About half an hour before you plan to work out, consume caffeine on an empty stomach. You will see and feel a noticeable difference in your work out. According to the many studies conducted on the topic, this added caffeine in the body can increase the fat burning process by as much as 30%. This means that every single work out really counts; you’re getting the most out of each thing that you do so fantastic result can result in no time at all.
But that’s not all. Once you are done with your workout the benefits of the caffeine that you have consumed continue to work and provide benefits. The caffeine then works as an afterburner, and the results of this afterburner is the continuation of the fat burning process. The important thing to remember when using caffeine before your workout is that you must stay hydrated, and this means that drinking plenty of water while you work out is essential for the full effects.
Caffeine Acts as a Diuretic
Stimulants do two things to the body: they increase the heart rate and they increase the blood pressure. What this does for you is increase the blood volume in your body. The blood cannot go into your body without it being filtered out of the renal system. When this happens more waste production also occurs. When you alleviate more waste, the more weight that can be shed. Frequent coffee, tea and soda drinkers will find they have increased trips to the bathroom and a greater need to urinate due to the diuretic effects of the stimulant. The increased need to urinate occurs only when large amounts of caffeine have been consumed, however. It is usually over 250 mg of caffeine or coffee that produces these results.
Of course, as we have already discussed, those who are consuming caffeine on a regular basis will not feel the same results either. Once you become a habitual caffeine user the effects are depleted as your body becomes adjusted to the stimulant. While this can help a person lose weight, it is not in enough quantity that it is recommended to be done. There are too many other methods of weight loss to bother with this one.