Caffeine, an intriguing substance found in several different drinks, best known through coffee, used to be frowned upon because people didn’t know much about its nature. However, today, when we know a lot about it, its benefits and side effects, caffeine became a serious ally in weight loss and exercising process (1). It is used by some sportsmen as it significantly increases physical performance. This is why controversy about caffeine does not cease. Let’s learn more about this majestic substance!
What is caffeine?Caffeine is an active substance scientifically called methylxanthine (2) found in coffee, tea, and guarani. Caffeine has long been regarded as a supplement that helps in physical performance. It works by activating the central and sympathetic nervous system (2).These findings led to analyzing the possible positive effects of caffeine on the weight loss process.Coffee, a drink that made caffeine popular, contains a lot of minerals and vitamins (1), but it is caffeine that represents its basis. Coffee affects the mood of millions of people every morning. Some of us cannot imagine living without it.Except for enjoying the taste of coffee, most people consume it in order to wake up. Coffee, or caffeine from it, has a beneficial effect on the cleansing of the mind and easier activation of our body for a new day (1). This can later help in determining priorities or choosing a healthier diet.
How does it work?Caffeine reduces stress and helps us to exercise (2). If you want it to affect your nervous system favorably, do not add milk, whipped cream, or sugar, and certainly do not take it in large quantities, because large amounts can endanger your health. We will discuss these issues in detail a bit later.Let’s go back to coffee, the key drink that contains caffeine. Why is coffee so popular and good for weight loss? Only some of the vitamins and minerals that make up the coffee are rich in zinc, magnesium, manganese, B-vitamins, and chromium (1).Don’t forget that these substances act very favorably to accelerating metabolism, maintaining steady blood sugar levels, reducing fatigue and appetite, slowing down the aging of the body and reducing stress. All this helps with fat burning, which leads to a reduction of your weight!Caffeine, the most famous ingredient in coffee, is very good for exercising because it gives motivation. It will make you feel stronger. Furthermore, it affects us in a very surprising way: it makes exercising easier and less painful (3). As we practice longer and more persistently, it definitely helps burn more fat and calories.
Physiological Effects of Caffeine:
- Increased endurance in exercise
- Improvement in fast, short-term exercises
- Accelerating metabolism
- Accelerating metabolism of fat
- Degrading the accumulated body fat
- Short-term improvement of mental functions (4).
Caffeine is believed to work by:
- Activating the central and sympathetic nervous systems
- Improving the “muscle performance”
- Increasing the secretion of catecholamines (stress hormones that increase the release of free fatty acids into the blood)
- Stimulating and accelerating the metabolism of fat
- Raising the level of potassium in the blood (4).