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Coffee and Weight Loss: New Study Suggests Caffeine Can Really Help You Burn Fat

If you can’t live without that strong cup of joe, now you have good reason to drink up of this dark nectar of the gods.

We have all heard about the amazing benefits of caffeine. Caffeine, when consumed in moderation, has been touted to decrease the risk of certain cancers, decrease the risk of type 2 diabetes, stimulate hair growth, and even lower the risk of erectile dysfunction in men.

Caffeine has also been believed to curb your appetite. And, if these incredible claims weren’t amazing enough, you can now add fat-fighting properties to the ever growing list of caffeine’s incredible benefits.

Caffeine Activates Brown Fat

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How can caffeine really help burn fat? A recent study from the University of Nottingham has discovered that drinking just a cup of coffee a day can increase the body’s production of brown fat. Brown fat, also known as brown adipose tissue, generates body heat by burning calories. (It was thought that only babies and hibernating bears had brown fat.)

Brown fat’s thermal abilities can burn up fat and lower sugar levels. This has huge implications for those struggling with weight issues and obesity!

Unlike white fat cells which store fat-making calories, brown fat cells are chock full of mitochondria to burn energy and generate heat.

Read the study here.

Caffeine Stimulates Your Own Fat-Burning Furnace

young attractive woman drinking a cup of coffee to keep in shape

So go ahead and drink that delicious cup of java because you may just be stimulating your body’s own production of heat burning brown fat and losing some weight in the meantime.

All in all, adding coffee to your overall weight loss regimen can certainly help in the battle of the bulge. Not only can caffeine keep you up and help you feel awake and alive but now it may even make you lose some pesky pounds as well. And that’s a total win!

Erin Love Thomas is the founder and managing editor of This Side of Happy. As a relationship blogger, Erin helps readers find, nurture, and sustain healthy relationships. Erin's desire is that everyone finds the love and happiness they seek.