New research, whose findings appear in the Journal of Nutrition, states that women who consumed two to three cups of coffee per day have a lower body fat percentage and overall better health in comparison with those who did not drink coffee.
Previously, studies have shown multiple benefits of having caffeine daily such as improvements in metabolism and better digestion. In addition, people who drink coffee on a daily basis were also seen to have better cognitive and mental health.
However, the association between coffee and weight has been a topic of debate for many years with some experts claiming that coffee can be a contributor in weight gain while others highlighting medical literature which has shown that coffee can help in keeping excessive weight away.
Now, the new study adds to the benefits of drinking coffee by stating that regular coffee consumption is linked to lower body fat percentage. These findings can be helpful in future instructions on standard diets as well as in losing weight in quarantine.
To reach this conclusion, the researchers examined the results of the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention’s survey known as the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and looked specifically at the amount of coffee consumption and the body fat percentage in women.
The survey included women between the ages of twenty to forty-four, all of whom had different diets and consumed a varying amount of coffee or did not drink it at all.
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After assessing the data, the researchers discovered that women who drank two to three cups of coffee per day had the lowest percentage of body fat in comparison with the women who did not consume coffee.
More specifically, the body fat percentage was 2.8 times lower in women who had coffee in their daily diet. The results were the same in women for all age groups which means coffee can also help in losing weight later in life.
In fact, women who consumed four or more cups of coffee per day were noted to have 4.1 percent lower adiposity percentage. The results applied regardless of whether the participants smoked or did not smoke, had pre-existing medical issues, or preferred de-caffeinated instead of caffeinated coffee.
On the other hand, men who drank coffee also had lower body fat percentages but the differences were not as significant as they were in women.
The leading author of the paper and the Reader in Public Health at Anglia Ruskin University, Dr. Lee Smith, says “Our research suggests that there may be bioactive compounds in coffee other than caffeine that regulate weight and which could potentially be used as anti-obesity compounds.”
He also adds that “It could be that coffee, or its effective ingredients, could be integrated into a healthy diet strategy to reduce the burden of chronic conditions related to the obesity epidemic.”
For people looking to losing weight in quarantine, coffee can also be helpful. Having only two cups of coffee per day can help in burning fat and even boosting metabolism but the coffee should be taken without sugar, sweetened cream, or high-fat milk.
In addition, people with specific medical conditions should not make any changes in their diet without consultation with their doctors. Even though the study showed that coffee can make a significant difference, even for those who are losing weight later in life, adding a lot of caffeine to the diet suddenly may have adverse effects.
Therefore, until there are additional studies that establish proper guidelines for using coffee in weight loss, do not add a lot of it to the diet especially when having other medical issues.