Half of Americans say they start their day with a
cup of coffee, but your morning joe could be more
than just an eye-opener. A new study shows that coffee
could help you lose weight.
A new study suggests that if you follow this pattern
-- drink coffee first, then hit the gym -- you are
more likely to lose more weight.
The study was published in the International Journal
of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism.
Researchers found that athletes who took in caffeine
before their workout burned 15 percent more calories
for three hours after they completed their exercise
than those who didn't.
But how much caffeine do you need?
They found that this effect kicked in for a 150 pound
woman after roughly 300 milligrams of caffeine. That's
the amount in a 12 ounce cup of coffee.
But before you brew a whole pot, there is the risk
of overdoing it. Dietitians say the maximum amount
of caffeine that you should have for enhanced performance
is just about the equivalent of 16 ounces of coffee.