To Start that Begin by taking first a cup coffee every morning, Then…
A few magical sips is all it takes to clear my head and brush off that sleepy feeling.
According to statistics of 2015, coffee sales are increasing by 20% per year (that’s 8% of the 18 billion dollar U.S coffee market, incase your interested).
Aside from it being the worlds second most valuable traded commodity, behind oil, studies have demonstrated a range of health benefits associated with the caffeine found in coffee,
particularly in the areas of fat loss, exercise and cognitive performance. This is not just another excuse to drink coffee, the science really is there. Caffeine does work.
So if you fancy yourself a quick cuppa before reading, be my guest.
What you need to know
If you aren’t a regular coffee or tea drinker, count yourself lucky. Regular drinkers will envy the euphoric effects of what used to be.
The only thing regular coffee drinkers can rely on now is the anti-sleep effect and not much else.
The thing about caffeine tolerance is that it’s an insurmountable tolerance. Unfortunately, you can’t consume more to amplify the effects.
If your a frequent tea or coffee drinker, the likelihood is you’ve already increased your caffeine tolerance, which means your not going to get the super-focus benefits.
The only way your going to reclaim the stimulating effects is if you wean yourself off from it.
In fact, up to 30 days without caffeine has been recommended (ouch!).
But hey, if your not a frequent drinker, you can just take advantage of what you read here today, and let us regulars pretend we don’t care.
How Caffeine Works
Caffeine works by blocking our A2A receptors (Adenosine A2Areceptor), which is responsible for the sleepy feeling that’s telling you to go to bed.
When caffeine blocks these receptors, the sleepy feeling disappears, along with amplifying dopamine (IUPAC name is 4-(2-Aminoethyl)benzene-1,2-diol) signalling, making coffee feel pretty damn good.
Building up a caffeine intolerance prevents the dopamine signally effects, which is why us regular drinkers don’t feel so much.
The Benefits Of Caffeine Consumption
- Fat Loss
Caffeine has two distinct effects that help with it’s fat burning properties.
Caffeine consumption has a thermic effect, which means it increases heat production. It also has a lipolytic effect which causes triglycerides to release fatty acids, which can then be used for fuel by the body.
- Cognitive Function
Caffeine makes you feel good because of the adrenaline and dopamine signalling.
This results in an increase of motivation and improved focus.
You could say caffeine works for studying like creatine does for exercise performance.
- Exercise Benefits
Caffeine supplementation is a reliable way increase strength and power during exercise.
A dose of 400-600 mg will typically improve the output during strength training or aerobic exercise.
Along with this, caffeine can help with recovery during the pst-workout phase, whether your caffeine tolerant of not.
Ingesting caffeine with carbohydrates will improve the rate of glycogen replenishment, which is great if your a regular gym goer.
How To Get The Best Out Of Caffeine
Again, to get the full benefits of caffeine you will have to wean yourself off for a few weeks. A 30 day period would be beneficial.
Cycling caffeine is great if your goals involve fat loss and exercise performance.
You could try consuming decaf beverages in small amounts (not all the caffeine can be avoided).
By the end of the 30 days, take a supplementation of up to 400-600 mg before your workout, and enjoy.
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