CAFFEINE: FUEL TO LOSE WEIGHT
If there’s one thing the Dutch love, it’s starting the day with a cup of coffee. Not only because of its flavor and scent, but also because of the benefits of caffeine. Your veins open up wider, your heart beats faster, and you feel extra energized. Excited to start the day! And it appears caffeine can help you lose weight too.
It almost sounds too good to be true to lose weight by consuming caffeinated products. But if you think about it, it makes sense, because caffeine makes your heart beat faster. We can hear you think; Is this good for you? For those who want to lose weight, it's a good thing for sure. Your body will use more energy.
Of course, it won’t make much of a difference if you don’t already pay attention to your calorie intake. In the end, weight loss only happens if you burn more calories than you eat. However, combining a healthy diet with caffeine will help you burn more fat.
Boost your stamina
Caffeine boosts your stamina and has a positive effect on your overall shape. More and especially longer exercise causes your body to fire up its burn mode. This means you can run, cycle, row, and workout longer without being completely exhausted. Essentially pushing your limits further and becoming stronger in the process.
Increase fat burning
Because you are able to train longer, especially your fatty acids will be used as source of energy. Fats provide a longer and gradual release of energy, while carbohydrates mainly provide a faster short-term energy. By burning fat, your body has more energy to use.
Experience a boosted metabolism and decrease in appetite
Finally, caffeine stimulates your metabolism and lowers your appetite. Although not a meal replacement, caffeine can stimulate 'thermogenesis' (heat and energy), resulting in temporary reduced need for food. According to a study published in the ‘International Journal of Epidemiology’, which studied the dietary habits of more than 93,000 people, those who ingested more caffeine, had a lower risk of obesity and a reduced risk of diabetes type 2.
Which source of caffeine to use?
It's important to note that this weight loss is linked to pure caffeine (in this study, black coffee) and not sugary frappuccinos, sugar-filled coffees, or energy drinks. In fact, these products tend to have the opposite effect on your weight. Hidden calories in soft drinks can lead to an increase in weight and insulin levels. First Energy Gum is sugar-free and contains only 5 kcal per gum, making it a perfect substitute for your cup of coffee. An additional benefit of FIRST is its flavor. Unintentional snacking is much more difficult when you're chewing on a refreshing spearmint gum!