How I use Coffee
When I wake up in the morning, I don’t stumble to the espresso machine (unless it’s Sunday and I’ve slept in – then I waltz to the espresso machine).
No, the first thing I do in the morning is make a cup of hot water with about a quarter of a fresh squeezed lemon, a scoop of collagen powder, and some slivers of fresh ginger.
This little concoction has amazing anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits that helps my trained muscles repair, and stimulates my digestive system – plus support for my skin, joints and bones from the collagen.
Before a workout, I make an Americano (espresso shots in hot water). Espresso has slightly less caffeine than a traditional cup of coffee, and while I’m going to talk about the benefits of caffeine for stimulating fat loss during a workout, it’s easy to overcaffeinate if you’re drinking coffee all day long. It can also cause dehydration.
My Favorite Coffee Beans
I use organic Purity Coffee coffee beans to make my espresso or coffee. From growing and choosing their beans, to testing and roasting processes, this company really cares about providing a clean, healthful coffee.
Caffeine Pre-Workout is Awesome
A little caffeine in your system during a workout can really boost your fat burning and improve your energy.
Caffeine will also increase free-flowing fatty acids from your fat stores, allowing you to access fat instead of carbs or lean muscle for energy.
Using fat reserves for energy instead of stored glycogen is known as “glycogen sparing” and may delay muscle fatigue.
The longer your glycogen lasts, the longer your muscles can function.
It stimulates your central nervous system, increasing the signals sent to muscles which allows for stronger contractions.
Studies of marathon runners who consumed caffeine have shown its ability to release pain-reducing endorphins, as well as reducing mental fatigue. Yeah coffee!
A little goes a long way – don’t fall into the habit of using it all day as it is a diuretic and can cause dehydration and jitters, and impact your sleep quality and quantity.