Don’t talk to me until I’ve had my coffee. That has become a famous phrase for more than one person out there. I know I’m not alone. That cup of Joe in the morning can really make all the difference in the way you feel and how you can interact with others. And no, it’s not the same as a good dose of sugar.
Everybody knows that caffeine gives you a boost of energy. When it comes to working out though, not everybody is quite as knowledgeable about caffeine’s benefits. A small study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology has found that if you want a better workout, you should brew up a pot. If for nothing else, it could actually make your workout more fun.
The researchers wanted their subjects to get the same effects as if they were to drink a cup of coffee, go to the gym, eat their breakfast with another cup, and then eat lunch. Subsequently, they gave 14 subjects an active dose of caffeine or a placebo 90 minutes before a moderate workout on a stationary bike. They based the dose on body weight to be about 8oz of coffee or 4 cups of black tea per 150 pounds. The subjects were asked to report how hard the ride felt every 15 minutes.
Those subjects who were caffeinated felt it was easier, and they continued to pedal along more easily compared to those without caffeine. They also enjoyed the workout more once it was over. Matthew Schubert said,
There is some evidence that caffeine can influence ‘happy chemicals’ like dopamine and serotonin. It wasn’t just the idea of being caffeinated.
Schubert and his team continued to watch the subjects to see how it would influence people who ate later in the day. They offered the subjects a sandwich buffet and tracked the calories.
They ate a 400 calorie lunch when they took the placebo, but what we found very interesting was that they ate about 72 fewer calories in the caffeine trial.
Another clear win for caffeine in my book.