Drinking coffee should help you lose weight, a study says

26 June 2019, 15:10 | Updated: 26 June 2019, 17:14

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By Tom Eames

For once, a bit of good news attached to drinking large amounts of your favourite beverage.

A study from the School of Medicine at the University of Nottingham has found that drinking a cup of coffee can stimulate ‘brown fat’, which burns calories in order to generate body heat.

Experts claim that people with a lower body mass index (BMI) usually have a higher amount of brown fat, which is different to ‘white fat’, which is caused by consuming excess calories.

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Professor Michael Symonds explained: "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.

"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.


"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."

Researchers have found a link between drinking lots of coffee and burning calories by using stem cells, and then tracing people's brown fat reserves as they sent out heat.

Symonds said: "From our previous work, we knew that brown fat is mainly located in the neck region, so we were able to image someone straight after they had a drink to see if the brown fat got hotter.

"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.


"We are currently looking at caffeine supplements to test whether the effect is similar.

"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 programme to help prevent diabetes."

However, it's unlikely that you'd experience any serious weight loss if you prefer your coffee with a load of sugar or cream, somehow.

Either way: coffee = happy vibes.