I have always been a big caffeine user. I've never used it as a supplement per say but I drink a lot of black coffee and some of the supps I take have a considerable amount of caffeine in them (Universal Animal Cutz, No Xplode). I have pretty much no sensetivity to caffeine whatsoever, I can drink an entire 2 liter bottle of Mountain Dew, slam a RedBull, and Venti Double Shot Latte an hour before bed time and still fall asleep as soon as my head hits the pilow. I have never felt 'jitters' or anything like that.
I've always read that caffeine is a good metabolism booster and 500-600mg of caffeine a day is good for natural metabolic fat burning. That's about 3 cups of good strong coffee.
I recently read that caffeine can actually contribute to belly fat deposits. This is no bueno. Belly fat, specifically lower-middle abdominal fat has always been the bain of my cutting diets. It sticks and holds on for dear life. (You can clearly see this in my current progress pic/avatar).
So I find myself at a fork in the road: to caffeinate or not to caffeinate, that is the question. I don't regularly follow my stupid example above with the soda/redbull/coffee nightcap. I generally drink 2-3 large (16oz) cups of black coffee in the morning, use NO Xplode before my workout which contains an undisclosed 'proprientary" amount of various caffeine's and stimulants, and I use Anumal Cutz whern I am dieting. I occassionally have a can of diet soda at night with my dinner also.
What amount of caffeine is optimal? My goal is the standard physiologically impossible; gain lean muscle while loosing fat. Reducing my bodyfat (especially abdominal fat) is my main goal. If I drop caffeine, is there a good substitute for pre-workout energy? How about suggestions for a caffeine-free fat burner supp?
Just for reference, I am 28, 6'2", 215lbs, currently about 14% BF. My BP is fine and always has been, around 110/50, resting pulse about 65. Total cholesterol is about 140 when I had bloodwork last.
Thread: Caffeine and Belly Fat