Downing a cup of Coffee before your workout provides more than just an added energy boost—there are a whole slew of health benefits that come along with it. (In moderation, of course)

Here’s five reasons it’s time to power up with black coffee.

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1. Accelerates fat loss

Perhaps the greatest benefit of having coffee before your workout are its fat burning properties.

Coffee—when consumed before exercise—can cause fat cells to be used as an energy source as opposed to glycogen. Also, the high amounts of caffeine in black coffee will increase your metabolism, which makes you burn more calories throughout the day.

Having coffee before exercise enhances that effect. Also, caffeine and other compounds found in coffee act as an appetite suppressant, making you consume less overall.

 2. Increases performance

 Several studies have demonstrated a link between caffeine intake before exercise and increased athletic performance. Caffeine as a “powerful ergogenic aid,” you can “train at a greater power output and/or train longer” after caffeine consumption.  To gain an extra edge in your training sessions, coffee might be just what you need.

 3. Improves focus

 Along with increased energy to push through tough workouts, black coffee provides an increase in mental focus as well. Improved focus will help keep workouts productive and effective.

 4. Decreases muscle pain

 Researchers at the University of Illinois found that subjects who consumed coffee prior to exercise experienced less muscle pain during their workout than their non-caffeinated counterparts. The takeaway? You can complete more reps at a higher resistance during your weight training sessions, and run faster and longer during your cardio workouts.

5. Prevents disease

 Another advantage of drinking coffee is that it helps protect your body from diseases. Coffee contains high amounts of antioxidants, which protect against damage from free radicals. , coffee consumption has an inverse correlation with diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and certain forms of cancer

 

So, I am not telling youto stop by Starbucks and get a Espresso, milk and white chocolate flavored sauce poured over ice. Topped with sweetened whipped cream…..OMG…NOOOOO!!!!

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (24 fl oz)
Calories 610 Calories from Fat 220
   
Total Fat 24g  
Saturated Fat 16g  
Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 65mg  
Sodium 0mg  
Total Carbohydrate 85g  
Dietary Fiber 0g  
Sugars 80g  
Protein 16g

 

Instead go get a Regular, Traditional Caffee Americano: 

Nutrition Facts Per Serving (8 fl oz)
Calories 5 Calories from Fat 0
   
Total Fat 0g  
Saturated Fat 0g  
Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 0mg  
Sodium 0mg  
Total Carbohydrate 1g  
Dietary Fiber 0g  
Sugars 0g  
Protein 0g

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