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A good cup of coffee...

I recently went for a day out shopping with the family in Manchester, and I don’t know if it’s just me but there seems to be a coffee shop on every single corner! I love a good cup of coffee and I have a fresh cup every morning, but is drinking coffee regularly doing me any good?Well actually yes. Studies have found that caffeine, which your coffee is jam packed with, can actually boost your metabolism, resulting in your body burning more calories even when resting. Not only that but it has been found that caffeine can specifically increase the burning of fat by as much as 10% in obese people and 29% in lean people.Knocking back a cup before training can also force your body to burn fat as fuel because caffeine increases the number of fatty acids in the bloodstream, which allows your muscles to absorb and burn those fats.The best pairing with your daily coffee is purely water. The syrups and the creams you get in Starbucks and Costa are tasty I know, but they have nothing but additional bad calories which you don’t need. The caffeine content of a cup of coffee depends on how big the cup is, how finely the coffee is ground, how dark the roast, the brewing method used, how much coffee is actually used to make the drink and the type of coffee bean used. As with everything, moderation is the key; drinking too much of the black stuff can be harmful to your health. Yes coffee is delicious and yes it can make us perform better as athletes, but please keep in mind that the daily recommended maximum of caffeine is 200 mg, this is equivalent to two mugs or four cups.

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