· By Ashley Conrad
IS CAFFEINE MAKING YOU FAT?
TV is ridden with prescription drug commercials where overly happy people watch sunsets and frolic across the screen as a voice tells you that the product they are convincing you to take may cause “diarrhea, heart attacks or sudden death”. Without getting too far into the perversion of the pharmaceutical world, let me paint a picture for you.
A sexy six pack ridden fitness model perfectly glistening with their photo shoot ready outfit jumps off a page in a magazine and you are desperate to have their physique. Next to the perfectly sculpted body you are just dying to have, lies the image of the “new and improved formula” of a fat-burner that this fitness god surely has to take.
But…if like the prescription drug industry, supplement companies were forced to spell out the fine print what you would most often see is “Prolonged use of this product may cause Adrenal Fatigue and permanent metabolic damage”. Insert record scratch here….What??!
P-E-R-M-A-N-E-N-T metabolic damage??
Let me spell out what is not being said. As someone who in the past has been in those fitness ads next to a crazy fat burner…
Ok, so adrenal glands…These little walnut sized suckers sit above your kidneys and their main function inside your body is to release hormones in response to stress. Hormone balance is one of the hugely underestimated keys in attaining fitness goals. Being deemed the “belly fat hormone”, cortisol deserves some attention for us that are battling the mid-section bulge and have yet to crack the code….so pay attention. The adrenal glands also release adrenaline in response to anxiety, exercise or fear, which calls on cortisol to bring everything back in balance.
Any fitness focused person during the course of their day may wake up, have a cup of coffee or two, take a stimulant fat-burner before lunch, have another coffee late afternoon for a pick-me up and then head to the gym with their pre-workout in hand. That’s at least 4 accounts in which the body has been prompted to release adrenaline in response to caffeine…we haven’t even factored in the typical stresses of your daily life yet. This may continue on for 6-months, a year, sometimes more. You embark on this rollercoaster ride of forcing your body to release adrenaline, and then forcing a cortisol release in response. Your adrenal glands again…they’re the size of a walnut. Do you think their resources are infinite?? HA! Not a chance. And you got it right, they wear out, they throw in the towel and say “man, I got nothing left”. You then are left with no “fight or flight” responses in the body. You have no get up and go, you feel lethargic, depressed and exhausted. Enter: Adrenal Fatigue.
Now if you’re lucky, you have a chance to take yourself off of all stimulants and let your body naturally find it’s hormonal balance. But, if you have taken it too far…sadly you may be faced with permanent metabolic damage.
It’s all fun and games to seek the perfect body justifying the end with the means. But what’s not fun and games is tapping out the basic biological functions of your body to look a certain way. This isn’t my attempt to scare you. Wait, no that’s a lie. I do want to scare you…because guess what- before we realized cigarettes basically burn holes in your lungs the most beautiful people were in magazines smoking. Remember that the fitness industry is still very new and long-term effects haven’t even begun to have the opportunity to be researched yet. No matter how beautiful, how young, and how shredded the models look…they are getting paid to endorse products that most of them know nothing about. Be smarter than that #clutcharmy.
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You expained it so brief and to the point. Well, maybee I am a beginner and hasn’t got to the point. Once I’ve drank a latte before training to turn me on, felt really strange during the workout and definitely didn’t like that. This “7 cups of coffee” in a cup drives me from trying this kind of supps. Stick to eating some carbs when feeling low energy level by the session (I go to the gym in the evening after work). Want to try your non-caffeine drink when I start serious training…
First, very well written! You have a way with words… This definitely explains a lot. I used to be the person that needed caffeine to function. Then I stopped. Now exhaustion is what I deal with on a daily basis and I sleep fine.
We can only purchase a few of your products in the UK, via bodybuilding.com! Please can this be made possible? My friends and I want to be in the clutch army, but are struggling with getting the right supps. We’ve been using biotest. Love your products and the programmes! Keep inspiring :)) thanks – H
thank you Amber for this! it is absolutely crazy what people buy and put into their bodies in order to get “that look”, only to then realize that it doesn’t really do what they hoped it would (magic pill), which results in them going onto the next supp, which is just as bad and wrecking. I’m really pleased to see that more and more knowledgeable people in this industry seem to be trying to spread the truth about this horrible perception that without 300mg of caffein in a neon-green pre-workout, on top of a crazy toxic “fat-burner” you may as well just stay at home and not even try and get shredded.. THANK YOU!