It’s the question that never seems to get answered. What is the best pre-workout meal and preparation? Should you be eating pasta and carbohydrates before eating? Is black coffee good for exercise and weight loss? All these questions need to be answered, but ultimately only you can really answer for yourself. It depends on how your body reacts. For example, if your body has developed a caffeine intolerance then coffee would certainly harm your exercise routine, not help it. In a ‘normal’ body, black coffee does help accelerate weight loss. Below is our experience with black coffee, weight loss and messing with our exercise indoors.
Is black coffee good for exercise and weight loss?
It is a long-standing thought that black coffee accelerates weight loss and is good for burning fat. Whilst caffeine gives people that boost they need in the morning, it also has fat-burning benefits. This is why people also consider it good for exercise. If you have less fat on your body then you are likely to be better at exercise. See where we are going with this?
In short, drinking black coffee before exercise can actually mean that the fat cells are used as an energy source. It doesn’t have to be black coffee, but milk can sometimes sit a bit heavy and is notorious for helping to add on weight. You do also receive the extra benefits of that energy boost we mentioned before. There is also a metabolism factor. Unlike those people who have caffeine intolerance, black coffee actually increases your metabolism. This means that it will help with weight loss. You burn more calories throughout the day naturally with exercise, and caffeine certainly gives you that motivation.
Does it make me eat less?
Others like drinking black coffee and exercising because it is known to suppress someone’s appetite. You consume less food overall and therefore fewer calories. What does this mean? It means if you eat fewer calories after drinking black coffee, you are more likely to lose weight, rather than gain it. Of course, there is no perfect weight loss regime without a healthy diet and exercise. Exercise indoors is more common in the winter. Black coffee warms you up due to the fact you need to heat it up. It’s all coming together now, isn’t it? Black coffee is good for exercise and also weight loss.
Is there a limit as to how much black coffee I should drink before exercise?
Again, at the risk of repeating ourselves, it depends on your own body. Drinking too much black coffee can lead to a caffeine intolerance. This will mean you feel sluggish, demotivated, and also experience weight gain. However, if your body is functioning as it should and you haven’t consumed too much caffeine, black coffee will help with exercise and weight loss. The thing is, with caffeine, it does not have to be coffee where people get their energy boost. In fact, many fitness fanatics opt for energy tablets and energy drinks. Lucozade tablets and sugary drinks like Red Bull are very popular. The issue is, these are not great for weight loss due to the sugar content.
Some people need more caffeine than others to feel that boost. This is particularly relevant for those who do not sleep. If you have had 2 hours of sleep, for example. you will need more energy than usual to get going during the day. The odd cup of coffee won’t do! This is particularly relevant in the business industry. Some studies have indicated that one cup of black coffee in the morning is good for exercise. Let it settle for a bit, and then do your workout. Remember though, there are many brands of coffee and caffeine. They all contain different measurements. So you should never take this advice as fact.
What if I don’t like black coffee?
If you are researching if black coffee is good for exercise then the likelihood is you haven’t tried it yet. In some cases, you may not be a regular caffeine drinker, it would be advised that you start smaller. If you were a regular coffee drinker but often had milk, then you may struggle with black coffee. It is very strong and can take a bit of getting used to. Try short and sharp bursts until you and your body get comfortable with it.
Caffeine is good for exercise, but when should I drink it?
Lots of people make the mistake of drinking coffee or an energy drink and then going straight on their exercise routine. This is advised against. At Healthy Food Reviews, we did start off making this mistake. The drink and energy boost was sitting in our stomach. When diving out on a morning run, it was uncomfortable. One particular study recommends if you want to drink black coffee because it is good for exercise, then you need to drink it about an hour before. You will feel that boost about half an hour after drinking it. From our own experiences, drinking black coffee has seen set a few personal bests. That’s not a humblebrag, just an observation!
Interestingly, other people have observed that caffeine actually helps you recover from exercise. That can’t be right, can it? Why would I drink black coffee after I’ve done my exercise? Well, it is true. It is definitely something worth trying. However, as we have mentioned plenty of times at Healthy Food Reviews, drinking too much coffee can have an adverse effect.
Don’t drink black coffee too close to bedtime. You won’t sleep. It may turn out that you get the shakes and just will not sleep. It doesn’t have to be a caffeine intolerance to cause this. Sometimes people just drink coffee too late. Try not to drink it around six hours before your bedtime. However, this isn’t a blog telling you to drink caffeine to improve your exercise. It might not work for you. Some people don’t like drinking black coffee even if it is good for exercise.
What are the caffeine alternatives?
Okay, so the last bit we will talk about is that you do not have to drink caffeine to improve your exercise. Nope, hot lemon also works as a great alternative to caffeine. So, whilst black coffee is good for exercise, so are other hot drinks. Check out our hot lemon article to see why this could also give you a morning boost before your exercise routine. Hopefully, you have found this article informative and insightful. let us know what you think!
Ultimately, alongside porridge and Skinny Food Co Chocolate syrup, black coffee should set you up in the morning for the perfect exercise routine.