If you’re looking for ways to make weight loss easy, then you might be happy to discover that your favorite morning beverage is supporting all your other efforts. That’s right, that hot cup of coffee that gets your day started contains caffeine that helps to rev up your metabolism to such a degree that you could see a difference on your scale.
New research following 126 overweight men and women over 24 weeks looked into the impact of coffee on health, including whether or not it could make weight loss easy – or easier at the very least. Initially, the purpose of the study had been to observe whether coffee drinking could help to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by reducing the risk of developing insulin resistance. Insulin resistance can lead to considerable blood sugar spikes and can therefore increase the risk of diabetes.
That said, while the researchers didn’t find the proof they had been seeking that coffee could help to protect people against diabetes, they did observe an entirely different and significant benefit. What they found was that people who drank at least 4 cups of full-caffeine coffee on a daily basis for six months experienced an overall body fat reduction of almost 4 percent.
The study’s author was Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Department of Nutrition postdoctoral fellow Derrick Johnston Alperet. He highlighted the surprise of the research team in discovering that the caffeine in enough coffee could help make weight loss easy. “We were indeed surprised by the observed weight loss that was specifically due to fat mass loss among coffee drinkers,” he said.
He also made it clear that the lost body fat was unlikely to have had anything to do with other lifestyle changes such as diet and physical activity. Instead, he and the research team felt that the fat loss was the result of the “metabolic reaction” caused by the caffeine in coffee drinkers’ bodies. This led the metabolic process to increase, producing a meaningful rise in fat burning, which led to a measurable reduction in body fat levels without any other specific efforts to reach that goal. As this experiment showing that caffeine can help to make it easy to lose weight was only six months long, the researchers recommend further research in order to repeat the results and better understand the benefit of this stimulant on fat burning.