Have you ever wondered about the benefits of that delicious cup of coffee first thing in the morning? Caffeine is known for that substantial increase of focus, but it has other great benefits as well. Caffeine is found in almost every commercial fat-burning supplement — and for good reason. It’s one of the few natural substances proven to aid fat burning.
Caffeine stimulates your nervous system, signaling fat cells to break down body fat. But it also increases epinephrine (adrenaline) levels in your blood. This is the fight-or-flight hormone, which prepares your body for intense physical exertion.
Caffeine breaks down body fat, making free fatty acids available as fuel. Given these effects, it’s not a shock that caffeine can improve physical performance by 11–12%, on average. Imagine the benefits of your workout when you add that cup of coffee or tea before each class at PHF!
The caffeine in coffee also acts as a mild stimulant to the central nervous system. Studies have shown that, depending on level of intake, caffeine can help to improve mental performance, especially on alertness, attention and concentration. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded that a cause and effect relationship between improved alertness and attention and 75mg caffeine (the amount in a regular cup of coffee) had been established. Go ahead and treat yourself to that strong cup of coffee about half an hour before you head to your class!