Good news, coffee lovers; java can help with weight loss

There’s been much debate over the years as to whether or not drinking coffee can be beneficial for those who consume it. Some believe there are advantages to drinking this magical bean juice while other argue it’s disadvantageous, but personally, I’ve been drinking the stuff for far too long to care either way.

There is some recent good news pertaining to the benefits java can offer, though. According to an article from The Independent back in June, coffee can contribute to weight loss, suggests some findings from a study.

The reason? Something referred to as brown fat, says the article. And drinking coffee can help to burn it.

“‘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 research,'” in The Independent article.

“‘Increasing its activity improves blood sugar control as well as improving blood lipid levels and the extra calories burnt help with weight loss … 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,'” he is quoted in the article from The Independent. 

Researchers are exploring the concept of caffeine supplements to see whether or not the effects of drinking coffee can be replicated in a pill form.

I’m not suggesting we should all start drinking copious amounts of coffee because of this relatively recent discovery, but perhaps it’s worth keeping in mind if weight loss is something you’re contemplating. Keep in mind, though, that coffee can dehydrate you, so if you start slugging back the java, be sure to mix in a few waters every now and then, too.

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