A little-known fact: When you’ve had too much caffeine, your body responds by putting on weight.
And that weight can actually make you lose weight if you’re on the right kind of exercise program.
But how much caffeine do you need?
And what type of exercise?
According to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the amount of caffeine you need to burn off of caffeine depends on your weight.
According to the study, caffeine intake is about the same in people of different weight classes, although women tend to burn more.
“The average person, regardless of gender, can burn up to about 5 to 6 cups of caffeine per day,” said lead author J. Michael Cavanaugh, MD, PhD, an associate professor of medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.
Caffeine intake was highest in women and lowest in men, the study said.
“Our data suggest that the average woman and man can both benefit from a high-intensity exercise program in which the total caloric burn is higher, especially if the exercise is performed with high intensity,” Cavanaugh said.
But don’t expect to burn up all that caffeine without a good workout.
“There is an important distinction between the intensity and the duration of a physical activity,” he said.
“Caffeinated exercise is not very intense.
The intensity of an exercise is related to how much energy you need.”
In the study’s third section, the researchers asked participants to do an eight-week program consisting of moderate-intensity walking, biking, running, elliptical training and jogging.
Participants were asked to keep the program simple to minimize stress and fatigue.
The exercise was not included in the study because it didn’t measure caffeine levels.
“We were interested in finding out how much a participant would need to drink for a typical week,” Cussen said.
So what type and intensity of exercise is most appropriate?
According to Cavanaugh and his colleagues, you should do at least 50 minutes of moderate intensity exercise per week, including some kind of stationary bike, jogging, walking and rowing, with no more than one hour of rest.
“That will allow your body to adapt to the activity and keep the body in a state of maximum energy expenditure,” Cahn said.