Can a super drink ‘Coffee’ combat obesity?

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Can a super drink ‘Coffee’ combat obesity?

They say addiction to tobacco, alcohol and drugs are the most harmful, but many of us don’t realize that getting habituated to sugar, tea and coffee can also cause a lot of damage to one’s body. This addiction is often seen a lot in working people and students who tend to binge on cups of coffee a night prior to their assignment submission or examination to stay fresh. It is a very common tendency to keep on sipping big cuppas of coffee one after the other to stay active/alert or avoid feeling sleepy especially during excessive work pressure. Many fail to realize that it’s not the coffee that is helping them with an instant kick, it’s the caffeine that’s doing the job.

Many of us opt for a black coffee to kill our cravings or hunger pangs. Since it’s a low-calorie drink, it helps in weight loss and is nothing less than a magic tonic especially for the ones trying to be fit and healthy. Other alternatives like lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, green tea or detox water are also highly consumed to quickly get into shape. Instant drop down in calorie consumption leads to weight loss. However, the catch here is that most people often fail to understand that prolonged consumption of any such diets may lead to severe nutritional deficiencies.

Coffee may be effective for a few to lose weight, but there are cases where some people have also put on weight after daily consumption of coffee.

There are many views on coffee for weight loss and gain, one saying that coffee helped them lose weight whereas some say coffee led to weight gain. However, what they are unaware about is that the benefits or harm of coffee depends on the ingredients you are adding to it.

Black coffee without sugar and milk is more effective as its lower in calories as compared to the milk coffee and does aid in weight loss especially during diets like intermittent fasting or low-calorie diet. Increasing the sugar and milk increases the caloric content of coffee.

Consuming sugar, milk and white cream coffee excessively will lead to weight gain.

A human body is an amalgamation of various fats like brown fat, white/yellow fat, subcutaneous fat (fat under our skin), visceral fat (fat around our organs) and belly fat (subcutaneous and visceral)

However, there are 2 types of fats that are ideal and play a very crucial role in keeping a track of your weight:

Brown fat also known as good fat helps in cutting down calories through a method named thermogenesis to generate heat,

And white/ yellow fat, which typically acts as the body’s store of energy and results due to excessive storage of calories.

Brown fat is thought to be more like muscle than white fat. When triggered, brown fat burns white fat.

By stimulating a unique protein called uncoupling protein 1 (UCP1, brown fat metabolizes food into energy, which is present in the mitochondria of brown adipose tissue.

We have witnessed a rise in weight and health-related issues due to erratic dietary habits and prolonged consumption of calorie-laden foods and sugary drinks. Looking at the recent trend, Obesity has become one of the major health concerns and also led to an increase in the diabetes epidemic. Obesity gives rise to many health issues like diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, insulin resistance and many gastrointestinal issues.

A constant search for ways to increase brown fat and reduce white/yellow fat in the body is ongoing for a past few years to combat obesity and it’s related conditions.

According to the experts, the consumption of brown fats will not only help improve the blood sugar levels but also help to improve the blood cholesterol levels in the body. The extra calories burnt will eventually help in effective weight loss.

To test if the brown fat is stimulated into calorie-burning activity by eating or drinking, a team of experts used stem cell-based studies to first see if caffeine might do the trick. Caffeine exposure raised levels of UCP1 and boosted the cell’s metabolism. It did work, but at a certain dose. However, this does not allow one to consume coffee excessively.

However, it is too soon to entitle Coffee as the magic tonic for weight loss and sugar management.

In order to fight obesity and its related conditions, one cannot solely depend on coffee or low-calorie drinks for long as it is not sustainable. Dietary and lifestyle alterations are also a must to achieve a healthy body.

Furthermore, research is still on to find out if caffeine supplements will be equally effective as coffee or no. Also, there is no validation that it’s just caffeine or some other component in coffee which is behind this wonder.

Once we get tangible outcomes from a study, we can effectively use it for weight management or as part of a glucose regulation program to help manage diabetes and other related conditions.


This article has been contributed by Ms. Afaaf Shaikh, Nutritionist at Digestive Health Institute by Dr. Muffi

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