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Do You Know How Much Caffeine Is In Your Coffee?

Do You Know How Much Caffeine Is In Your Coffee?

Oh, the sweet giver of life. The drink of the gods. The elixir to which we owe our awakened state. Of course I am referring to coffee. Nowadays we all seem to drink it in varying degrees (a lot, a lot more, and give me an IV are the degrees I suggest), but do we really know what is in there? I mean sure it’s infused with magical properties that get us up and going. There are some beans that are ground and there are different flavorings. What snaps my eyes awake though? I just described one of the magical properties: caffeine.

Which Cups of Coffee Contain The Most Caffeine?

In this link you can find a nice graphic that shows you the information I am going to tell you about. Here is what you will learn from the graphic: 9 kinds of coffees were studied to see how much caffeine was in each one. The chart puts them in order and tells how much each contains.

The one with the least amount of caffeine (drum roll please) is McDonald’s. They have about 9.1 mg per fl oz of caffeine. Are you lovin’ it?

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The next one is Seattle’s Best. That one comes in at a dreary 10.4 mg per fl oz of caffeine. Try harder Seattle.

Let’s truck on down to Biggby Coffee. The “big” in Biggby does not stand for levels of caffeine as it comes in at 12.5 mg per fl oz and that is not much higher than the other spots on the list.

Dunkin’ Donuts anyone? They have about 12.7 mg per fl oz of caffeine and we are headed toward the middle of the pack.

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Dutch Bros Coffee is at 12.8 mg per fl oz of caffeine. Pretty close to Dunkin’ Donuts.

Caribou Coffee jumps to 15 mg per fl oz of caffeine to end out the middle contenders.

Next we arrive at Peet’s Brewed Coffee. Fore Pete’s sake this one is 16.7 mg per fl oz of caffeine.

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Starbucks is not the top contender on the list. I’m not sure if you were expecting them to be (I was), but their 20.6 mg per fl oz is second.

Coming in first is Deathwish Coffee with 54.2 mg per fl oz. Well, now that I hear the name I suppose that it makes sense that they bury the competition.

Why Were These Particular Brews Choosen?

These are the nation’s top consumed coffees. I have to be honest and say that I have consumed all but about 3 of them, so the story checks out for me. It’s important to know what you are putting into your body to see if you are experiencing negative side effects from the coffee. If you are drinking Deathwish Coffee and you get the shakes, based on the study you are able to see that it’s a little high on the spectrum of caffeine infused.

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Who Conducted the Study?

The Center for Science in the Public Interest was the source for the information. They also received some stats from EnergyField.com. Please check out this link for some more caffeine database information. Along with some statistical data there also appears to be some great information on coffee and caffeine in general as it relates to all food. Try not to get too crazy falling down that rabbit hole.

If I Do This Study Will I Get The Same Results?

What an interesting question. First of all, may I ask- are you a scientist? No? Well then why would you do the study? Nevermind, that point aside no you would not. The chain to chain processing and brewing of these cups of java are going to vary based on preparation and the person making them. These figures are only to give an idea of comparison.

Thirsty For More Information About this?

Please follow this link to the original article and infographic (first appearing on The Huffington post) here. Impress all your friends with your vast knowledge of the caffeination of their most beloved coffees.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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