The yay or nay answer!
Unfortunately, the answer is affirmative. We say unfortunately because we know that a great number of our readers are coffee addicts. Geez, don’t be sad, we have some pros on coffee to discuss in this discussion still! But before we talk about the reasons why you shouldn’t give up on coffee so suddenly, you should understand why coffee kills your gains in the first place. Well, cutting all the crap that would waste your precious time otherwise, coffee has a diuretic effect on our metabolic system. It dehydrates our bodies to such an extent that instead of leaping forwards with regards to our gym workouts, we are automatically dragged five feet backward. To understand this chain of events, you must keep in your mind, the role played by the liver in our bodies. The liver is the chief metabolic organ, but when you soak it in coffee, you are diverting its entire focus on assimilating coffee and its component ingredients.
There are other ways in which coffee affects your body as well. For example, coffee creates an acidic environment in your stomach. This leads to problems like bloating and gas. What is more, coffee is directly responsible for the increased incidence of osteoporosis and cardiac arrest.
Then why do pre-workouts have caffeine?
A pertinent question at this stage of discussion. Pre-workouts have a measured amount of caffeine in them, things are in balance there. So, we are fine with pre-workouts having caffeine as long as things are kept in moderation. But please note that we are talking about quality products in the market only. Otherwise, there are pre-workout formulas available in the market which are enriched with ridiculously high amounts of caffeine. We will never endorse those crazy products, they are nothing but detrimental to your physique!
It is not killing your physical gains only!
We have explained the primary reason why coffee kills your gains i.e. by making your body lose huge amounts of water. But the physical gains are only one front on which coffee hurts your body. There is a little more to this affair than your fitness only! Because coffee is an artificial way of keeping your body alert all the time, it can work for only a specific time. Then, as they say, things begin to get a little inartificial! On a day when you don’t consume coffee, your dopamine receptors are feeling empty because there is no stimulant to produce that happy pleasure feeling that is associated with coffee. Now, can’t you see why it is a bad idea to add coffee into your gym schedule anyways? Imagine a day where you are running a little late and don’t have enough time to grab a cup of coffee. You will be just plain sad in the gym all the time! We are not asking you to throw away the coffee packs in your house into the dustbin right now, we are just imploring you to be a little moderate about your caffeine approach.
What else kills your gains?
Another important point that almost skipped our attention is the hormone production that is associated with caffeine. You see, caffeine is related to the production of hormones like cortisol, which are catabolic by nature. Now, remind us, what are you doing when you are working your butt off to gain some muscle in the gym? You are engaging in an anabolic activity, which is exactly the opposite of what we have told you. So again, we implore you to be a little cautious about your caffeine approach. Otherwise, you are just wasting the good effort you are putting in the gym!
Come to think of it, it might be worth discussing a few other factors which might be wasting your efforts in the gym. Interested to know about them as well? Alright, but we got to be brief here. First up are too many calories. Yeah, there are folks out there who think stuffing their bodies with an overdose of calories will do the trick. No, it will not, surplus kills any gains you might have made in the last month or so. Then, a miscalculation in the number of reps can also seriously affect your gains. And lastly, too much creatine in your body is not a great idea for muscular gain either. We wish we could explain all the logic here, but we got to stick with the topic here!
So I coffee any good for you?
So, if a caffeine-laden drink can cause this much harm to your gym approach, should you be drinking it anyway? We mean to say, we know some of you are already thinking about saying farewell to this morning angel forever! Hold onto your horses for a minute guys! Coffee is known as a great drink for boosting overall performance during a gym session. Plus, it is super effective for cutting down fat percentage in the body, as well as in alerting your body before a workout session. The reason why caffeine is a part of every pre-workout formula! Tell you what, you can have a cup of coffee as long as you are not on those pre-workout formulas or shakes. However, if they are a part of your gym diet already, then maybe having a cup of coffee might not be a great idea after all. We mean to say, you need to keep your caffeine profile in check. Otherwise, your body can become a victim of the caffeine side effects which we discussed earlier in this discussion.
That would be all from this discussion. We wish we could go on for a little longer, but the limitations of time and space force us to conclude this debate here. Nevertheless, we are quite optimistic that you learned something new from this debate! Coffee is a mysterious potion, it can give you sleepless nights but a handsome body too but cutting down your total fat percentage. We guess ultimately, it is your call to befriend or ditch the drink that keeps the world going these days!