Researchers are finding new ways the growing health problem of obesity can be controlled. In this regard, a new study has found that coffee can trigger weight loss. Published in the journal Scientific Reports on Monday morning, this study says that one or more cups of coffee could encourage the production of brown fat which keeps you warm and also burns calories.
Basically, brown fat is also referred to as ‘good fat.’ It is scientifically known as BAT or brown adipose tissue. This type of fat can metabolize macronutrients by generating heat and burning calories. On the other hand, WAT or white adipose tissue which is also known as ‘white fat’ or ‘bad fat’ collects calories that haven’t been melted off. An increase in brown fat can cause a change in the cholesterol or fat profile of the body.
Moreover, people who have a lower BMI or body mass index have more brown fat. Not much was known about this type of fat a decade back, but several findings have been made till now. This study shows that like sleep and exercise, coffee or caffeine can stimulate brown fat. This is why when you gulp down coffee, you get a warm feeling.
For the purpose of this study, a series of stem cell studies were carried out and then they were applied to humans. Positive results confirmed that coffee has the potential to help with weight loss. This research work could also help with forming a part of a glucose treatment program which can help prevent diabetes.
Professor Michael Symonds, who was the co-director of this study, said, “This is the first study in humans to show that something like a cup of coffee can have a direct effect on our brown fat functions. The potential implications of our results are pretty big, as obesity is a major health concern for society and we also have a growing diabetes epidemic and brown fat could potentially be part of the solution in tackling them.”
How Much Coffee Should You Drink?
Coffee can benefit your health in a number of ways. It can lower the risk of Parkinson’s Disease. It can also reduce the risk of stroke and Alzheimer’s. It strengthens the DNA and can even prolong your life. But do all these benefits mean that you can drink as many cups of coffee as you like? Moderation is always necessary. Experts say that not more than 3 cups of coffee should be consumed in a day.
Coffee causes some instant side effects such as an increased heart rate, high blood pressure, anxiety, and trouble sleeping. This is due to the caffeine in coffee which is a stimulator. Moreover, excess coffee consumption has even been found to stiffen arteries and up risk of cardiovascular diseases. Though one new study says that even 25 cups of coffee per day doesn’t associate to heart disease, it is better to practice caution.
A new study shows the potential of coffee or caffeine in the weight loss department. Accordingly, coffee increases brown fat which burns calories. This feature of it can also help prevent diabetes. However, it is best to not consume more than 3 cups of coffee in a day to ensure there are no adverse side effects experienced.