It seems like every year there’s a supplement trending claiming it has the answer to weight loss. Year after year, it’s always something different. Have you ever stopped to think that there might be a natural weight loss aid likely located in your kitchen? As it turns out, coffee, you morning life-saver, may be beneficial for weight loss because of it’s stimulation of “brown fat”.
Coffee, “Brown Fat”, and Weight Loss
A natural fat-fighting tissue, brown adipose tissue (BAT) otherwise known as “brown fat”, is one of the only fats found in both humans and other mammals.
Originally thought to only exist in babies and mammals who hibernate, “Brown Fat” has been proven to exist in adults in recent years. However, this type of fat is more prevalent in those with a low body mass index (BMI).
Unlike white fat, which helps to store calories, brown fat’s role in the body is to raise body temperature to burn calories.
According to this study done by The University of Nottingham, coffee stimulates brown fat to help raise body temperature to burn stored fat. In theory, one may be able to drink coffee to thereby produce brown fat in order to lose weight.
Going forward, researchers hope that they can use this technique to have significant effects on weight management and also to help prevent diabetes.
Take Home Message
If you aren’t drinking coffee and would like to lose a couple pounds, there’s no harm in giving it a try.
While this study did not confirm whether or not coffee in beneficial for weight loss, the fact that drinking coffee can stimulate your body’s natural fat-fighting defense is promising.
Now that you know this, see for yourself if drinking coffee is helping with your weight management and as always make sure to exercise frequently and maintain a healthy diet.