If you’re like me you enjoy any bio hacks you can get your hand on. If you’re also like me, you want to drop a few pounds around the waist. Maybe you just want to actually “fit” into your shirts again.
You’re busy though. It’s hard to fit in a workout every day. (Unless you’re Chris J) One surprising bio hack comes in the form of a common drink. Coffee. Non-decaffeinated coffee is quite the bio-hack because caffeine stimulates the nervous system. This in turn sends direct signals to the fat cells to tell them to break down fat.
Caffeine also increases our blood levels of the hormone Epinephrine, AKA Adrenaline. Epinephrine travels through the blood right down to the fat tissues. Then it sends signals to break down fats and release them into the blood.
This acts as a direct mobilization of fat from the fat tissues, making it available for use as free fatty acids in the blood.
RMR: Resting Metabolic Rate
RMR is the amount of calories we burn while we are just chillin’. High metabolic rates make it much easier for people to lose weight. This in turn allows people to eat those monster Chipotle burritos without constantly worrying about gaining weight. Basically, if you have a high RMR you can keep eating those chicken wings.
Studies have linked caffeine to increasing the metabolic rate by 3-11%. The higher dose of caffeine the better. It also works even better for those that are lean. Leaner people have it even better. They’ve seen results as high as 29% increase in fat burning. Those that are currently obese don’t have it as easy with an increase around 10%.
Is this a long term play?
No! Your body will adjust as it does to everything. It will adapt and the affects of caffeine will wear off. The body’s tolerance will grow rapidly. This is a short-term jump-start. Use coffee as a quick way to boost the metabolic rate. Get your fat burning.
One fact that is well known throughout the coffee-drinking world is the fact that a good cup of Joe can decrease your appetite. Which obviously causes you to consume less calories. So that long term effect can work.
What you need to know
Don’t misconstrue this article with sugary cream filled coffee drinks. Or high sugar caffeine energy drinks. This is about black coffee.
To recap: caffeine can boost your metabolism in the short term, but this effect is diminished in long-term coffee drinkers due to your body adapting and tolerance increasing.
If you want to use coffee/caffeine for weight loss then cycle a few weeks on and off so your body doesn’t adjust.
Also, check out Taylor’s recommendation for a great new Austin based coffee startup.