Can Coffee Burn Fat?

Can you believe that it is already March?!  I know I cannot!  Summer is quickly coming and it is time to get ready for bathing suit season!

Previously, I have written about how green coffee bean extract can help you lose weight fast and recent studies have shown that caffeine in general can help you shed some pounds as well.

Caffeine is the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world.  It can be found in most commercial fat burning substances and for a good reason.  It is one of the few substances that is known to help mobilize fats from the fat tissues and increase metabolism.  Time for another cup...

Caffeine helps mobilize fat from fat tissues  by stimulating the nervous system, which sends direct signals to the fat cells to tell them to break down fat.  Additionally, caffeine increases the blood levels of the hormone epinephrine, also known as adrenaline.  Epinephrine travels through the blood to the fat tissues and sends signals to break down fats and release them into the blood as free fatty acids.  Your body will breakdown your fat stores and convert them into energy.  This process is known as lipolysis.

Resting Metabolic Rate is how many calories we burn at rest.  The higher our metabolic rate, the easier it is for us to lose weight.  Studies have shown that caffeine can increase the metabolic rate by 3-11% with larger doses having an even bigger impact. However, these results are less pronounced in obese people and diminish with age.

For example, one study showed that the increase in fat burning in a leaner person was as high as 29%, whereas in an obese individual the increase was about 10%.

In order to get the best results you should drink your coffee black.

One major downfall to coffee is that people become tolerant to the effects of caffeine, which means at first the caffeine will increase the metabolic rate and increase fat burning, but over time people will become tolerant to its' effects and it will eventually stop working.

Everyone is different, therefore, the way one person's body responds to caffeine, may not be true for another individual.  But it is nice to think that my coffee addiction may result in weight loss.