Coffee: Run Faster & Reduce Post-Exercise Pain (and burn more fat)

I am a coffee drinker. It’s not that I neeeeed it per se. I don’t have a headache if I skip it despite the fact that I have been a devotee for 15 years- I know, weird. In fact, I really don’t even notice a difference in my energy level if I don’t drink it. Yet every morning, unless there are seriously extenuating circumstances, coffee starts my day. Why? Because I love the stuff. I crave it. I do. Another fact: I workout 30 minutes after my last am cup almost every morning. And, according to a recent Australian study, that’s a good thing!

Run Faster

The study revealed that runners who downed a cup of coffee before pounding the pavement for a 5k may have had an advantage over non-coffee consumers. Yep, the once blacklisted “dehydrating beverage” helped the caffeinated runners power through their workout, improving their time by 10-12 seconds. May not seem like much, but come race day and even milliseconds matter!

Minimize Post-Exercise Pain

More than merely upping an exercisers’ energy, the natural fuel has even been shown to help ease post-workout pain after a particularly strenuous session. In fact, recent studies suggest that drinking two cups of coffee before you exercise may reduce post-exercise muscle pain by as much as 50%!

But What About The Fat?

Fat and calories hide in way too many unsuspecting places. You think you are eating a light lunch by choosing the house salad with grilled chicken and vinaigrette, but you’re unknowingly gorging on as many as 40g fat… on the dressing alone (considering that many restaurants douse each salad with as many as 5-tbsp of dressing averaging 8g per tbsp). And then there’s coffee…

You pull into your favorite coffee specialty shop for a quick mindless blended refresher. It’s so cold and easy to sip through that extra long straw that in a matter of minutes it’s gone. And what was the caloric cost of the caffeine fix? An average of 300 calories and 4g fat. Add whip and you’ve upped the ante to 450 calories and 16g fat. Hope those 3 minutes of bliss were worth lugging the extra load… on your thighs.

But it’s not just the blendeds that cause havoc to your healthy diet. A medium latte with whole milk- 8g fat. Even just a coffee with cream and sugar will run you an average of 6g fat and 120 calories.

So can coffee make you fat? Absolutely! If, that is, you make poor choices when it comes to what you add to it. After all, a plain cup of joe is just 2 calories, 0g fat.

RealAge.com reported on a recent study that drinking one blended coffee drink daily can make you gain 20 pounds! So if you still want to enjoy your coffee (you’re talking to a girl who drinks 2 cups a day), lighten up with skim milk and splenda instead. You will end up not only saving precious calories, but money too. Those lattes and blendeds add up both in the body and band account departments.

Odd, I suddenly have an intense coffee craving. French press here I come!


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