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Life Time Fitness, Caffeine and Weight Loss

I've recently had a few clients ask me if caffeine can help with weight loss, specifically fat loss.

I've recently had a few clients ask me if caffeine can help with weight loss, specifically fat loss.

Caffeine can help with a couple of things like suppressing appetite and water loss through acting as a diuretic, though neither of these has had enough research to tell if caffeine intake will have long lasting results.

This study on twenty women, ages 19-28 years old and 129-213 pounds, researched caffeine's affect on an individual's oxygen uptake, rate of perceived exertion, heart rate, respiratory exchange ratio, rate of energy expenditure, percentage of maximal oxygen uptake reserve, and potential contribution towards weight loss.

The study found that "Caffeine supplementation does not provide recreationally active women a viable pathway to weight loss or any meaningful ergogenic performance benefits. As a personal trainer and fitness professional, it is best to design an effective aerobic and resistance training program, while simultaneously encouraging nutritional strategies that specifically address an individual's needs for weight management. Regular aerobic exercise, resistance training and proper nutrition habits are always going to have the most beneficial effect on an individual's overall health as well."

Be careful when thinking about using caffeine for weight loss. When consumed in moderation, caffeine is safe for most individuals, but too much can cause things like insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, stomach upset, fast heartbeat, and muscle tremors.

So what are my recommendations for you?

  • Eat real food such as meat, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and so on
  • Get quality sleep (8-9 hours of UNINTERRUPTED sleep a night)
  • Add in moderate exercise that feels right for your body

That’s it for now. Remember, I’m here for YOU so please share questions and comments below!

—Gina Batcheller, Health and Fitness Professional, Life Time Fitness

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Leigh Ann Ahmad June 27, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Ahhhh the woes of interrupted sleep. As a mother of two young ones, I now understand how/why mothers chasing after young ones, with barely a moment to eat, battle the bulge- lack of sleep!
Gina Batcheller June 27, 2012 at 04:22 PM
Hi Leigh Ann! Yes, it is hard for Moms and Dads to get good sleep! I would recommend focussing on the other areas you can de-stress your life. Try taking out inflammatory foods like gluten and dairy and adding in an Omega-3 fish oil, take yoga 1-2 times a week and take naps with your little ones :) Let me know if I can help with anything else! -Gina
om September 24, 2012 at 07:02 AM
Weight loss, in the context of medicine, health or physical fitness, is a reduction of the total body mass, due to a mean loss of fluid, body fat or adipose tissue and lean mass, namely bone mineral deposits, muscle, tendon and other connective tissue. Thanks. Regards, http://www.creativebioscience.com/ | creativebioscience.com

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