Whether it’s an early morning workout, an afternoon fitness class, or a long weekend jog, more and more athletes are appreciating the power of caffeine to boost their performance.
Whether your goal is losing weight, lifting more, or moving faster, there are many reasons why a little coffee might be just what you need before your workout. Here are three to consider.
1. Coffee can accelerate fat loss.
Caffeine suppresses appetite and increases metabolism, helping you burn calories throughout the day. It also causes fat cells to be used as an energy source when you're working out.
2. Caffeine improves focus and increases performance.
According to a report in Sports Medicine, caffeine can help athletes "train at a great power output and/or train longer." It also improves mental focus. Caffeine is absorbed into the stomach with 15 to 45 minutes of consumption, but reaches its peak effects between 30 and 75 minutes.
3. Coffee contains high amounts of antioxidants.
Research suggests coffee consumption can help stem various diseases, such as diabetes Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's, and certain forms of cancer. The coffee fruit, which is the bean around the coffee bean, actually packs more antioxidants than super fruits like blueberries and açaí berries.
One convenient and healthy source of caffeine is FLTbar. Each bar has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee, sourced primarily from the antioxidant rich coffee berry. It also packs 12 grams of plant-based protein with 13 grams of fiber, giving you sustenance to perform without weighing you down.
This combination of all natural ingredients will give you fuel to fly, whether you’re heading into a spin or bootcamp class, going for a long run, or lifting weights at the gym.