When was the last time that you actually heard something good about coffee? Maybe never because ammi jaan would always prefer her cup of chai over coffee and encourage you to do the same. Apart from all that, not to forget the adverse effects of caffeine on your teeth and your overall health, no way is that mug of Nescafe good for you, beta. So is it all really true? Or is there a lot more to coffee than what our desi mothers scare us with? Even though we are more of a chai loving nation, with the concept of cafés and coffee spots slowly strengthening its roots into our culture even the not so burger awaam would be found at Gloria Jeans Coffees on a nice Sunday afternoon.
Is coffee the bad guy for your workout journey? Should you switch to healthier alternatives? Keep on reading and decide for yourself.
Myth #1: Coffee Dehydrates Your Body
Well, let’s put aside the ‘milk coffee’ lovers and talk about the real deal which is black coffee (the kind that makes you wanna throw up? Yes) This is made from more than half percent water. It’s almost all water! How can it dehydrate you? Even the milk coffee has just half a teaspoon full of coffee granules and the rest is milk. Let’s just face it, guys, we aren’t habitual of drinking enough water and blame it on the coffee instead.
Myth #2: Coffee Helps You Shed Some Pounds
Just because your daily mug of coffee helps boost your metabolism doesn’t mean it can necessarily help you lose weight as well. What your coffee can do, however, is make you feel a tad bit full for some time so you might feel like it’s helping reduce your appetite. There’s nothing more to it than that, coffee doesn’t contain any secret ingredient that helps with weight loss.
Myth #3: Coffee Stunts Your Growth
If you’re lingering somewhere around five feet and are high on caffeine intake, you are most likely to be told this by many people that both are somewhat connected. That the coffee mug without which your day doesn’t get that ‘strong kick’ is the sole reason for why you are so tiddu piddu. There is no scientific evidence supporting this, period. This has been said to be nothing more than an old wives’ tale and is therefore a strong myth.
Myth #4: Coffee Makes You Work Out Harder
A lot of people feel like coffee stimulates their body in order to allow them to hit the gym even harder than usual, and we don’t completely disagree with that if you are obsessed with coffee. But there are people whose bodies aren’t tuned that way and for them, drinking coffee on an empty stomach before working out can definitely lead to digestive disasters.
Myth #5: Coffee Gives Your Body A Quick Boost
Ever heard of the ‘placebo effect’? Because this is all that there is to coffee giving your body that instant boost to start off the day. Your body needs around more than ten minutes in order to get that metabolism running in the morning and since you know coffee is going to help kick it, you feel good about it for the rest of the day even though all that caffeine is out within five to six hours.
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