It is one of the country’s most popular drinks but did you know that coffee can effect your training?
There are indeed some positives of drinking a healthy amount of coffee in your diet. Some coffee products however can be high in calories, so it is best to understand what you are ordering and what effect this will have on your overall nutrition plan.
One simple rule to consider, for those getting in shape and following a stricter nutrition plan, is to try to keep the amount of sugar and milk you use in each coffee to a minimum in each cup. Coffee served without milk and sugar is extremely low in calories.
In terms of coffee and its effect on your training, caffeine can give you a good pre-workout energy boost, allowing you to train harder in the gym. If, however, you are focusing on getting a good nights sleep, which is key to your recovery after a workout, consider the time in the day you consume caffeine as this can effect sleep.
Drinking coffee, may also lower the risk of heart disease and it can improve body composition and elevates fat burning.
As mentioned above, one thing to keep in mind if you buy coffee every day, is the calorie content in your chosen beverage.
For example, a coffee Caramel Macchiato from a standard coffee shop contains around 240kcals and 34g of sugar. To lessen your calorie intake if that is the nutrition plan you are on, why not try a sugar free caramel macchiato with almond milk that comes in at 130cal with 17g sugar. Over one week you would save 550cal a week (if having one, 5 days a week).
To really reduce your calorie intake, you could opt for an Americano or black coffee.
So, coffee can be good for you and can positively effect your training but there are some things to consider. If you would like any more advice on training/nutrition, or would like to book in for a FREE consultation with us, simply get in touch. Email: [email protected]