Can Your Morning Latte Help You Lose Weight? New Research Says So
A UK study has found your morning coffee could be your ticket to shifting the kilos.
In a study published on Monday, researchers have found a cup of coffee can aid in weight loss by stimulating "brown fat", which burns calories in order to generate body heat.
There are two different types of fat cells according to the experts, brown cells, which are responsible for creating heat, and white cells, which are responsible for the storage of fat. Each play their own role in our metabolisms.
"Brown fat works in a different way to other fat in your body and produces heat by burning sugar and fat, often in response to cold," said professor Michael Symonds, from the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham, who co-directed the study.
"Increasing its activity improves blood sugar control as well as improving blood lipid levels and the extra calories burnt help with weight loss. However, until now, no one has found an acceptable way to stimulate its activity in humans."
So could your morning coffee really help you lose weight? The research is in its very early stages and the findings are based on a study of nine people. The researchers say they need to look further into what it is exactly about coffee that burns fat.
"The results were positive and we now need to ascertain that caffeine as one of the ingredients in the coffee is acting as the stimulus or if there's another component helping with the activation of brown fat," Symonds said.
"Once we have confirmed which component is responsible for this, it could potentially be used as part of a weight-management regime or as part of glucose regulation program to help prevent diabetes."
The findings aside, dietitian Susie Burrell tells 10 daily that the health benefits related to drinking coffee aren't anything new.
"We have known for some time that coffee has a number of health benefits including increased fat burning, but the issue in Australia is the way we drink our coffee," Burrell said.
"Research on the positives of coffee is generally based on a shot or espresso, not the buckets of milk and sugar we often enjoy our coffee with, for which the extra sugars and calories negate many of these benefits."
"If you want to reap the health benefits of coffee, drink it black," she says.
So if you're already counting down to your next coffee order, maybe make it an espresso instead of a cappuccino if you want to take advantage of the added health benefits.
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