Drinking coffee could help you to lose weight, a new study has found.
The research, which has been published in the journal Scientific Reports, suggests that the drink can stimulate the ‘brown fat,’ which plays a key role in how quickly a person burns calories into energy.
The study was carried out at the University of Nottingham, by Professor Michael Symonds’ team.
The professor 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.
“However, until now, no one has found an acceptable way to stimulate its activity in humans.”
He added: “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.”
Symonds said he hopes the results of the study could have a huge effect on tackling obesity and other health issues within the UK, as the country sees a ‘growing diabetes epidemic’.
He then added that his team of researchers are now investigating whether or not caffeine supplements would have a similar effect too.