In addition to boosting alertness, caffeine has been discovered to improve athletic performance and burn more fat
It is a known fact that caffeine can spike alertness and give exercise a boost; however new research reveals another benefit to a powerful brew for runners and cyclists. Australian scientists put two groups of amateur athletes through a series of trials including a ninety-minute session in the saddle at Griffith University in Queensland. One group was given a caffeine boost before setting off – the other was given a placebo. After the sessions each group was given meals with an ‘eat as much as you like’ instruction from their assessors.
The results of the trial – published in the Journal of Physiology – showed that those who had taken the caffeine perceived the ride as being easier and more pleasurable than those on the placebo. They also used more energy and oxidised more fat yet ate fewer calories during the meal than those on the placebo.