Caffeine: Burn Fat and Boost Your Mood?- Thomas DeLauer

Caffeine: Burn Fat and Boost Your Mood?- Thomas DeLauer

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I’m sure you’ve experienced consuming caffeine and feeling like you’re just bouncing off the walls and on the contrary I’m sure there’s been times where you’ve consumed caffeine where you don’t feel much effect at all well what I want to discuss in this video is the fact that our genetic makeup can actually dictate how our body responds to caffeine and this can make a big big difference when it comes to the potential metabolic benefits that we get out of caffeine but before I get into some of the research on the genetics side I want to explain how caffeine works because it’s important that you know this I want you to pay very very close attention when I get to the end of this video I’m gonna explain a study that I thought was very very interesting from Harvard that might show why we get so addicted to coffee but might also show how we can manipulate the heck out of it to get even more from our caffeine okay so how caffeine works in the body it works on something that are called adenosine receptors now what caffeine is like is caffeine emulates that adenosine it looks just like adenosine to the body so what that means is that you have these adenosine receptors in your brain and they look sort of like this and adenosine looks like this and adenosine fits perfectly in there and slides on in now what that essentially means is that adenosine is triggering us to get drowsy you see adenosine plays a big part in what’s called the sleep/wake cycle so when adenosine starts to pour into those receptors that is telling our body okay it’s time to get tired it’s time to relax it’s time to get a little bit drowsy it’s a natural part of our circadian rhythm now what caffeine does is it artificially clogs that receptor so it looks a lot like adenosine except slightly bigger so it clogs it and it occupies it so that way the adenosine can’t get into the receptor it can’t trigger you to feel tired you are essentially artificially telling yourself that you’re awake but as far as your body is concerned and the metabolic processes you’re actually wide awake so that’s exactly how it works when it comes to the neurological side of things but what about the feel-good response that we get from caffeine have you ever noticed that when you are jumped up on caffeine that it’s able to sort of this positive response a lot easier with you for example if you’re jumped up on caffeine and someone comes up to you and gives you a compliment that reward system intrinsically is usually better and if you haven’t paid attention to that I encourage you to pay attention to it cuz it’s pretty interesting because what happens is when those adenosine receptors are blocked it heightens the effectiveness of dopamine now I’m gonna put this in realistic terms now there are certain drugs out there and I think you know the ones that increase amounts of dopamine make you feel really really good all the time so caffeine in effect is causing a very similar reaction to that just at a natural level so that’s why you feel so good but what about fat burning how is caffeine helping you with fat burning you see caffeine does something very interesting in the body when those adenosine receptors are blocked it triggers sort of a chain reaction in the body where the body starts to metabolize fuels a little bit differently see it actually starts to store glycogen and maintain glycogen and it triggers the free fatty acids that are bound to a glycerol molecule ie triglycerides it unbinds those free fatty acids puts them into the bloodstream so that you can start burning them so the thing is is when you do consume caffeine and those fats are mobilized you have to utilize them you can’t just sit there and hope that your body’s gonna use them when you’re just sitting at rest you take caffeine and you get the positive benefits you’re awakened and then you get moving because the fats are mobilized then you want to earn them capitalize on that okay so now let’s talk about sensitivity to caffeine because now that I’ve gotten all that out of the way I think you need to understand that there are some variables that actually affect this you see the moment that you consume caffeine the moment it even hits your mouth your liver is starting to metabolize it you see your liver is metabolizing it with something called C Y P 1 a 2 and that is an enzyme the enzyme starts to break down the caffeine the theobromine some of these other compounds that have different effects within the body whether that means relaxing smooth muscle tissue whether that means vasoconstricting shrinking your blood vessels or whether that increase brain blood flow it’s doing a lot of things and the liver is responsible with that enzyme now beyond just the enzyme that C Y P 1 a 2 enzyme is triggered by something called the C Y P 1 a 2 gene you see we’re getting kind of crazy now look at our genetic makeup and some of us have a gene that switches on that enzyme easier than others you see it comes down to something that’s called the ahr gene now I’m not gonna get crazy scientific on genetics it’s a really interesting world we’re finding now that our genes our genetics overall play a role in how enzymes function and our sensitivity to caffeine so that a HR enzyme can or cannot trigger that cyp one A two enzyme to go which means we may not break down caffeine as efficiently as the person next to us on the contrary we may break down caffeine much faster and much more efficiently than the person next to us in fact about 10% of the population are found to have sort of a defect in that enzyme a defect in that gene that makes us that they’re very very tolerant to caffeine have you ever known someone that can just guzzle gallons of caffeine and never have an issue that’s probably the case but now I want to talk about something that’s even more interesting and it circles back to that dopamine response I talked about a little bit earlier and you’re going to see how this plays into sort of that risk reward system when it comes to eating the right foods in just a second so researchers at Harvard University started looking at that genetic response to caffeine and they started finding that we actually had genes that affected our dopamine response with caffeine in general some means there were people that had a negative effect of caffeine sometimes made them feel a little bit worse but then there were those that actually had a positive effect even more so where they were more excitable and had more of a dopamine response causing caffeine to not only be extraordinarily good at mobilizing fat and helping them wake up but also giving them the motivation that they need to really adhere to a diet you see that’s some pretty amazing stuff that’s actually getting backed up with science it’s something a lot of us have assumed but now we know that caffeine can actually help us adhere almost literally to a diet so I guess the short answer is caffeine is not necessarily bad for you as long as you understand how to use it we do have to understand that there is a certain level of liver metabolism that happens with that which means that if you have too much caffeine is going to become toxic it’s going to become addictive you’re going to have that dopamine reward system where you just want more but you’re also going to get your body used to having the adenosine antagonist adenosine receptors blocked so you do want to cycle on and off every now and then now here’s the tip that I want to give you that’s gonna help you maximize your fat loss a little bit more you see when you block those adenosine receptors they get a little bit more weakened e
very time so if you do this you’re gonna get a lot of benefit simply what you want to do is every 14 days you’re gonna want to wean yourself off of caffeine for about 4 days so let’s say you’re at day 14 day 14 consume your normal amount of caffeine day 15 cut it down to 3/4 okay then day 16 cut it down to 1/4 and then day 17 go cold turkey for 1 day day 18 go cold turkey another day and then ramp right back up that cycle happens very very fast you restore those enzymes and you restore the sensitivity to that adenosine receptor very very quick now as always I’m not a doctor so you can’t take my advice and move professional medical advice but that’s one way that I’ve learned to continue to get the most out of 15 without having constant crashes as always keep it locked in here in my videos if you have any comments or questions about caffeine let me know I’m happy to dive in deeper I’ll see you in the next video

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Let’s learn a bit more about caffeine and fat loss! Learn more at
The traditional consumer of caffeinated beverages partakes to feel more energetic and concentrated. How does this work? Caffeine is a stimulant that affects the central nervous system. Adenosine is a neuromodulator that binds to receptors in the brain, causing neural activity to slow, leaving us feeling sleepy. Caffeine acts as adenosine antagonists, taking the place of adenosine on receptors in the brain, stopping that natural slow down. This causes metabolism to increase for 3 hours post consumption, but also temporarily raises blood pressure and heart rate, causing a stronger and faster heartbeat.
Negative effects can include: headache, inability to sleep, nausea, irregular heartbeat, nervousness and tachycardia. This generally occurs at an excess of 200 mg caffeine, however it differs person to person.
Caffeine & Fitness: Caffeine is a diuretic, thus you may not want to consume excess when completing activities such as marathons. Beneficial effects have been found – in fact caffeine is banned by the International Olympic Committee! Caffeine has been shown to mobilize fat stores for fuel rather than muscle glycogen, particularly during the first 15 minutes of exercise. This is great both for fat loss and for the length of time you can exercise.
Timeline: Peak blood concentration occurs roughly 30 minutes post consumption. Half-life in one study of male volunteers was found to range widely from 2.7 to 9.9 hours.
Caffeine Content of Common Drinks/ Energy drinks:
-Introduced in 1987 in Austria – 10 years late in the US
-Caffeine content ranges from 50 mg to 505 mg per bottle, with most at 70 to 200 mg per 16 ounce serving
Soda: Found to range from around 5 to 74 mg of caffeine per can. Pepsi was found to come in at roughly 39 mg, Coke at 34 and Mountain Dew at 55 mg.
Coffee: -Preparation method and the beans themselves can greatly affect caffeine content
-Generally, lighter roast coffee has higher caffeine than darker roast.
Drip – 110 to 150 mg
Percolated – 65 to 125 mg
Instant – 40 to 80 mg
Tea: White, green and black teas are the most common types of tea which contain caffeine. They all come from the same plant, however they are harvested at different times and have differing levels of oxidation.
-Longer steep time yields higher caffeine content
-While it is often believed that black tea has higher caffeine content, one study found that white, green and black teas had similar caffeine contents and increased the longer the tea is steeped.
-White teas are traditionally steeped for less time at cooler temperatures, green a bit longer at a bit higher of temperatures, and then black tea at increased temperatures for longer periods of time.
-It is this treatment and not whether the tea is white, green or black that determines the caffeine content of the tea that you drink.
-The study that compared many teas found that for white, black and green teas that the caffeine content was as follows:
-Following 1 minute steep: 14 mg to 59 mg per 6 ounces
-Following 3 minute steep: 22 mg to 59 mg per 6 ounces
-Following 5 minute steep: 25 mg to 61 mg per 6 ounces
What About Supplements? Many of us have taken supplements that contain caffeine, generally for mental energy and concentration or for increased performance at the gym.
There are different kinds of synthetic caffeine that are added:
Caffeine Anhydrous- This is the most common and pretty much pure caffeine. It may be more effective than caffeine in coffee for fitness and muscle building purposes.
Caffeine Citrate- Not as cost effective as caffeine anhydrous. It is about 45-55% caffeine. Improved shelf life of a product due to antimicrobial benefits and lowering of pH.
Dicaffeine Malate- This supplement is likely absorbed as quickly as caffeine anhydrous, but hopefully with less upset stomach symptoms. There are also natural caffeine supplements, which include tea extract, coffee extract, guarana, mate and kola.
References:
1. Caffeine and coffee: their influence on metabolic rate and substrate utilization in normal weight and obese individuals
2. Energy beverages: content and safety
3. Caffeine content of common beverages
4. Caffeine content of prepackaged national brand and private label carbonated beverages
5. Caffeine content of brewed teas
6. Caffeine
7. Caffeine: all you need to know
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