It may sound a little bit crazy to use matcha instead of pre-workout supplements that are a little more 'traditional', but there's plenty of science to back up making the change. Here are just a few reasons why you might want to give matcha a chance before you hit the gym:
1. Zero nasties
Many pre-workout supplements often rely on high doses of sugar, caffeine or chemicals to give you that extra boost of energy in the gym. While these might temporarily spike your energy, the side effects can be nasty. Besides, the last thing we should be doing is ingesting a load of chemicals with names we can't even pronounce. Matcha powder doesn't have sugar. It's 100% natural and can give you the similar boost you need to get yourself going in the gym. The energy comes mainly from the caffeine (only around 35mg per serve), which thanks to the help of the amino acids, is slowly released into the body, providing a sustained energy boost lasting up to 4 hours with no jitters. The L-theanine in matcha also helps keep you focused, so you can get the most out of your workout every time.
2. Calorie burning
This wonderful powder has been found to increase thermogenesis in the body from 8-10% to over 30%! Thermogenesis is the rate that the body burns calories on its own, so while this effect is only temporary, tripling the calorie burning certainly helps. In addition, another study showed that exercising after drinking matcha burned up to 25% more fat.
While antioxidants might not be a huge focus for your workout, they should be a huge focus for your overall health. Cancer fighting antioxidants help combat free radicals, and matcha green tea powder has truckloads. In fact, matcha has over 60 times the antioxidants of spinach, as well as 137 times the antioxidants of a normal cup or green tea.
With no calories that you need to burn, an added boost to burning calories and fat, and a huge dose of antioxidants to boot, you can see why incorporating this into your pre-workout regimen could help. Whether your goal is to lose weight, burn fat, or even build muscle, the energy boost will help you get through that workout. So why not give it a try?