Coffee for fat loss and other questionsDoes coffee help burn fat? Can skipping meals be the end of my diet? How come I have no abs? and How much water do I need? Another round of Ask Joe! I read in a magazine that drinking coffee will help me lose weight. Is this true?
By: By Joe Ketterling, The Jamestown Sun
Posted Dec. 3, 2012
Does coffee help burn fat? Can skipping meals be the end of my diet? How come I have no abs? and How much water do I need? Another round of Ask Joe!
I read in a magazine that drinking coffee will help me lose weight. Is this true?
Coffee can certainly help you workout harder and give you more stamina at the gym. There is some evidence that the caffeine in coffee can help you burn fat but the research isn’t solid. Keep in mind, drinking sugary coffee drinks will not help you at all.
So drinking coffee before you workouts can help you workout harder and longer, but there is nothing the coffee does directly to help you lose weight.
Does skipping meals really slow down your metabolism?
No. Skipping meals will not slow down your metabolism at all. You could go days (even weeks) on a minimal amount of calories and your metabolism wouldn’t “slow down” one bit. So it’s not the end of the world if you miss a meal.
Now, skipping a meal or two might result in you feeling sluggish, but the sluggishness you feel isn’t your metabolism slowing down. This sluggishness can effect your mood and gym performance as well as make you more likely to binge on food.
I do ab exercises all the time at the gym, but I never see any definition. What am I doing wrong?
Your abs are there! Even a six pack, but your abs have both fat above them and below them, and unfortunately fat can accumulate in both areas. This can make the definition in your abs disappear.
The solution to your definition problem is mostly a disciplined diet, however, exercise does play a role. Now you can do all the ab exercises you want, your six pack will not magically appear. You should be doing intense full body workouts to get those abs to really show!
How much water should I be drinking every day?
Your body is mostly water, and it is essential to get plenty of it! Everything from your joints, skin, digestion, to muscles, water is essential for a healthy body. For girls, 90 ounces and guys about 125 ounces of water per day is recommended.
It’s easy to drink more water when the temperature is warm or when you’re working out, but you’d be surprised how easily you can become dehydrated during the winter. The cold dry air makes it easy to forget to drink water. Also, if you are sick or running a fever, drinking more water is important. So drink up and keep hydrated and healthy!
Ketterling is a personal trainer in Fargo. He blogs at joefit ness.areavoices.com and answers fitness questions sent to email@example.com