I love coffee as much as the next person. Okay, maybe more. With the wicked hour that I wake up at (3:30a), I really need it to stay awake and alive in the morning. Plus I just think it's delicious, so I enjoy one cup a day at work. Sometimes I'll make it at home on the weekends. But can coffee help you lose weight? A new study suggests so.
A new study published in Scientific Reports found that drinking coffee spurs the human body on to burn calories. UPI notes that the coffee helps galvanize the body's so-called "brown fat," or "a heat-generating form of fat that literally burns calories in a process called thermogenesis." Michael Symonds, who led the study from the University of Nottingham, noted in a news release that "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." However, a registered dietitian named Sharon Zarabi told UPI that people shouldn't start replacing exercise with copious trips to Starbucks.
"I'd still recommend a cup o' joe at some point in the morning for a mental boost and pep in the day, but definitely not to help you lose weight -- unless you're using that caffeine for stimulation of a heart-pounding workout," she said.
Starbucks drinks, or any coffee drink in general can pack tons of sugar if you aren't paying attention to what's in it. So that makes sense. It sounds like a black coffee topped with some almond or hemp milk or another low sugar option is probably best.
Coffee to help lose fat, with science to back it? Count me in. Although, I've been in, and I'm unsure if it's working or not, but I'll be happier if I think it is.