Can Coffee and Tea Help Boost Your Metabolism?

The Dude —  June 17, 2016

Looking for ways to boost your metabolism easy and in a natural way? Did you happen to hear from your trainer that coffee and tea should be the only drinks allowed besides water, if you’re looking to get ripped? Wondering how much truth there is to all that?

Here is what you need to know about this hypothesis of coffee and tea as metabolism boosters, if it’s a myth or a fact, and how you can use them to your advantage.

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How to Boost Your Metabolism with Coffee and Tea

We don’t like to over-generalize, but two basic truths are probably valid for (almost) all us dudes in the younger generation. We all lead pretty busy lifestyles and don’t really have the time to apply all those my-body-is-my-temple health and fitness principles, and at the same time we would all like to have a fitter body. Today’s dietary and lifestyle conditions don’t really make it easy for the average dude to be able to keep and enhance his physical shape easily, and that’s why we need all the help we can get.

You’re already aware that it’s important to keep your diet as clean as possible, and that working out moderately but constantly is the truest path to a fitter shape. But alas, these things don’t often bring the rewards we want, no matter how religiously the principles are applied. We then blame it on our metabolism and start taking all sorts of supplements, and maybe making matters worse in the process. But what if we told you that coffee and tea can really be the simple and natural answer to boost your metabolism a bit?

Here is all you need to know about how.

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What Conditions Must Be Fulfilled for Coffee and Tea to Act as Metabolism Boosters

First of all, you must probably wonder if these two natural substances really work as metabolism boosters, scientifically speaking. The results of studies on this topic show that undoubtedly, even compared to Placebo, the effect of polyphenols and antioxidants present in both coffee and green tea can indeed boost your metabolism significantly. This means that by ingesting these substances regularly throughout the day (less coffee and more green tea, preferably), you can actually make sure the workouts you perform are indeed effective.

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But here’s the trick: if together with the coffees and tea you drink you also bring a lot of extra calories or unhealthy additives, you’ll boost your metabolism almost for nothing and the positive effect will be nullified by the rest. To make sure your drinks boost your metabolism and end up making your fitness and dieting routine more effective with less effort involved on your behalf, it’s easier if you just follow these simple rules:

  • You can add a splash of milk to your coffee, but no sugar;
  • If you absolutely must sweeten your coffee and tea, just use 1 teaspoon of agave or stevia syrup instead of sugar (per cup);
  • You shouldn’t drink more than 1-2 cups of coffee per day (one of them should preferably be drank right before the workout);
  • You should then drink about 4 additional cups of green tea per day (you can also switch some for white tea, but not black tea, because added to the coffee intake it may cause you to become a bit jittery);
  • Also drink about 3-4 cups of plain water a day and your hydration needs will be perfectly met, not to mention that you will also manage to help boost your metabolism by way of the coffee and tea you drink;
  • As for fruit juices, cross them off your list, no matter how freshly squeezed and additive free they may be. Whatever benefits they might bring, they’re simply not worth the extra sugar they pack.

If you follow these simple rules in addition to a reasonable diet and workout routine (something that doesn’t make you necessarily a ‘pro’, but it’s just right for a busy young professional man that wants to lead a normal life outside the gym), you will notice that the coffee and green tea you drink will definitely make these small lifestyle changed more effective. You can boost your metabolism and the efficiency of your moderate efforts only through making some tweaks to your drinks.

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