Coffee talks! Low carbs and Caffeine
Let’s talk about Caffeine
Caffeine is your friend. Many athletes are surprised to hear that caffeine doesn’t have the fall-off, or “bonking” type effect as simple sugars, so you don’t need to worry about maintaining caffeine nearly as much as Quick Energy. It reaches a peak level after 45 minutes from consumption and then is about 50% effective (half-life) at approximately 3 hours.
The trick to caffeine is that you have to take much more of it than you probably assume (especially if you are a regular coffee drinker) in order to tap into the performance benefits. Start with 100mg at or before your workout.
For short workouts, increase this to 200mg. For longer workouts, try to consume 300mg total in the first 2.5 hours.
But I’m trying to be low carb?
There are a time and a place for low carb or fasted training.
It can be really beneficial for weight loss and improving your metabolic flexibility (i.e. the ability to use both fat and carbs as fuel sources). At the risk of stating the obvious, don’t use Quick Energy during a low carb or fasted workout.
But, save low carb for your lower intensity workouts and don’t do these kinds of workouts exclusively. You need to also have some fast, intense training, and in these workouts use Quick Energy to the maximum training benefits.
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Article written by: Matt, Founder – The Feed.