Nowadays, almost everybody starts their day with coffee because we all know the hype it gives you when you need energy to wake your ass up. Unfortunately, most of us stop at Tim Horton or Starbucks or any other big coffee shop to order a tasteful Frappuccino filled with sugar to scrap your diet. All those sugar added coffees give it a really bad name and at first, I even thought it was bad for me to drink it so I decided to do some research.
So the question is should I take coffee or not and when is the best time to take it?
In fact, there is a lot of good benefit from taking coffee every day such as reducing risk diabetes type 2, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, fatty liver disease and skin, liver and oral cancer.
A lot of other benefits were found when you take coffee before your workout. Studies suggest you consume approximately 3 to 5mg of caffeine per kg of body weight and a normal cup of coffee would be around 150 mg. In addition, caffeine will help you improve your performance by 12.4% and reduce the sensation of fatigue so that’s a very good way to gain some strength and endurance.
Personally, I used to take a lot of pre-workouts because I was lazy and going to the gym in the morning was really hard at first but since I use coffee, my results are a lot better and my insulin level stay low (I’ll explain that in an other article). Also training in the morning and taking my coffee in the morning starts my day on the right track without ruining my sleep time.
Also the Australian Institute of Sport Team found that caffeine triggers the muscles to start using fat as an energy source rather than carbohydrate sugars.
Those are all good reasons to start consuming coffee before training but don’t use that excuse to consume those commercial. If you don’t like the taste, there a few thing you can try adding such as vanilla whey protein or even a little bit of syrup or some Sweeteners.