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  1. John
    December 17, 2008

    Hey, Im a first timer to this site and wanted to ask your input on Hydroxycut have just turned 18 in october and want to lose body fat before the spring any thoughts would be greatly appreciated seems like you have a great site here.

    Thanks for your time

  2. Hugh
    December 25, 2008

    Hi Guys, just wanted to mention has anyone considered the fact that most stubborn fat problems are related to estrogen…and caffiene increases estrogen in the body dramatically also diminish the body’s effect of eliminating estrogen. This makes caffiene a no win situation when it comes to stubborn fat loss.

  3. admin
    December 26, 2008


    I haven’t heard of caffeine raising estrogen levels for 2-3 days during each mentrual cycle, but not throughout the month. I haven’t heard of any similar effects of raising estrogen in men. I will have to do a bit more research. Thanks for the heads up.


  4. David
    August 15, 2009

    Rusty, I am trying to build a little bit of mass while shedding that last 3% of body fat.

    What should i do?

  5. Dave
    August 16, 2009

    I don’t drink caffeine often, and when I do, I can’t sleep. I have stayed up well over 30 hours after drinking caffeine. Will this go away if I drink more often? Also, I thought caffeine causes an increase in cortisol. Doesn’t cortisol cause fat storage around the waist?

  6. Chase
    September 17, 2009

    I buy rishi green tea. In a small box at whole foods. It’s about $9.00 a box. It has little packets of instant green tea you add to a water bottle. Its pure green tea, nothing else so tastes like grass water, but its healthy and just dissolve it in a bottle of spring water. It isn’t that Lipton or other stuff with the lemon and sugary crap. Its good stuff! I just can’t stand green tea, or any tea for that matter plus I hear that coffee is higher in antioxidants anyway!

  7. Jan
    November 5, 2009

    Hey rusty,

    Im a big follower of your blog but i read this the other day and wanted to know what you have to say about this..


  8. Aiden XX
    June 22, 2010

    Hi Rusty (and other people!)

    I take creatine at the moment for my workouts to get bigger muscle growth and recovery (as well as protein shakes) but I have to cycle this to stop me getting tolerant so I cycle one mont on, one month off.

    Ive read ‘NOT TO INJEST CAFFEINE’ whilst taking creatine so i dont anymore (it stops the effectiveness of creatine) but now im on my ‘off’ month i wanted to try caffeine 200mg tablets (which i just bought 500 for £10 or 15dollars i believe)

    is it benificial to take a pill before heavy weights for strength + energy etc. and what would i do on the days when i do cardio in the mornings and then weights in the eve (i dont want to over do it).. THANKS!!!!!

  9. Susan
    March 28, 2011

    I just started using caffeine as part of my work out at 6am. Recently I’ve been feeling tired and don’t know if I’ve been working out too hard or getting addicted to the effects of coffee?

  10. Laura
    April 5, 2011

    Hey Rusty,

    is there any advantage in taking a thermogenic over caffeine pills? The thermogenic contains caffeine and some other stuff, but it seems like the caffeine pills would have the same overall effect…

    By the way, I live in Brazil and totally loved your blog! Everyone here wants me to be bigger (especially in the lower body) and I just want to be long and lean! So, thanks for all the tips!

  11. asma
    June 17, 2011

    well today i took those energy tablets ., it says its natural its jamieson , do u think ill be ok , cuz i heard that i u take vitamins and drink water it will have reverse effect , i need to loose some weight i a month and doing cardio with a fitness center , the energy tablets i am using states
    wheat grass ………..41.6 mg
    ginseng…………………33.3 mg
    vit b 12………………….83.3
    pls tell me ok

  12. Kevin
    July 18, 2011

    Helder, please don’t scare people especially if you are not knowledgable about macronutrients.
    I am a resident at a hospital, caffeine is a very safe stimulant.
    First you said that you shouldn’t ingest more than 100mg of it, then you stated you should drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day.
    Fact: the average cup of coffee contains 100mg of caffeine. 2-3 cups is 200-300 mg of the stimulant.
    You can safely ingest 600 mg of caffeine a day with out any adverse side effects, for a person just starting caffeine therapy, please note that the first few days you may feel light headed and have a few head aches, this is completely normal as your body adapts to the stimulant.
    Caffeine is also known for it’s disease fighting characteristics, do. Some research online and take a look for yourself!! Good luck everyone.

  13. Wilson
    August 12, 2011

    Like most food and drink that has people proclaiming its effects on the body, the answer usually lies somewhere in the middle. If you wake up every morning and have 2 pots of coffee, you may feel some side effects. On the other hand some studies, such as the one’s the article mentions on Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s shows that coffee in moderation may be good for you. The same has been said for coffee as one of the heart healthy foods, as studies show it reduces the likelihood of getting heart disease.

    In the end, every person will have their own response. It’s important to know your body and understand how caffeine effects you.

  14. tomson
    October 12, 2011

    Hi what about caffeine in those Green tea? isit much better than coffee :)

  15. Doug
    December 13, 2011

    How many caffeine pills could I take a day when trying to get really lean?

  16. cindy
    February 21, 2012


  17. Amruth
    April 22, 2012

    Its very common to drink black coffee in the early mornings , here in india. Doing it for generations. And i can tell this website justified the cause. I am slightly over weight and i have tried workouts with and without coffee. And with it. Shows great improvement. Thats final.

  18. Seth
    July 20, 2012

    To answer your question cindy, its not bad at all, it just slightly changes how much you could inturn burn if you only had black coffee.

  19. angel nobles
    July 21, 2012

    caffeine has helped me lose a lot of weight in shrunk 4 sizes in a matter of three months, without exercise or any aerobics i still achieved this. Without switching any of my regular eating habits for healthier choices, i ate what i wanted drank what i wanted, i didnt over eat though only three meals a day but no discretion on what the meals contained.

  20. zainab mohammed
    August 1, 2012

    I want to grow slim without coffee and caffeine is it possible.

  21. XK
    September 4, 2012

    I read the article on this page and it’s great and then I read this: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Does_coffee_and_caffeine_hinder_weight_loss

    I am so confused now…!! Does coffee/caffeine support or hinder weight loss?

  22. Betty Rocker
    September 18, 2012

    Great information as always, really appreciate how your combine personal experience with research – thank you Rusty.

    I also experience better fat burning when I include caffeine with my workouts. Because I am not really trying to lose fat right now, I have also been experimenting with drinking it post-workout instead. I usually work out with plenty of energy already and get such a great endorphin boost from the workout, the post-caffeine allows me to carry that feeling farther into the day.

    Just a personal observation.
    -Betty Rocker

  23. legend of_zen
    September 25, 2012

    I actually prefer energy shots over all other forms of caffeine, you just can’t beat the convenience. Why pop pills or drink coffee when you can just pop a shot and go? Just my thoughts.

    I agree with you that caffeine has a lot of beneficial aspects, I personally would never go without it for my late night workouts (only time I can fit it in)

    – Kyle

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