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Nutrition

Can Coffee use “Brown Fat” for Weight loss?

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.

Our articles should be used for informational and educational purposes only and are not intended to be taken as medical advice. If you’re concerned, consult a health professional before taking dietary supplements or introducing any major changes to your diet.

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Ian Roden

Ian Roden

Writer and expert

A Fordham University graduate, Ian majored in communications and media studies with a focus in journalism and a minor in anthropology during his time at college. Here, he wrote for the university newspaper ranked top ten in the nation.

A competitive athlete for most of his life, Ian has spent almost a decade working as an ocean rescue lifeguard in New Jersey. Within that role, he has competed in endurance sports competitions against other lifeguards for the last 8 years.

As a lifelong surfer, Ian spends most of his spare time in the ocean regardless of the time of year. He also enjoys distance running, photography, and frequently spending entirely too much money on concert tickets.


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