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Coffee May Have Positive Effect On Weight Loss

For coffee drinkers around the world having that hot cup of java in the morning can mean the difference between making it through the day and needing a nap by noon. Fortunately, recent studies have shown that coffee might be able to do more for you than just wake you up when you’re starting to feel tired. A chemical compound in coffee has shown preventative capabilities in the fight against obesity; chlorogenic acid, also known as CGA was discovered by scientists in the beverage. This chemical actually reduces insulin resistance in a very significant way, and showed promising results in the reduction of liver fat of lab mice on a high fat diet.

Weight Loss Possibilities

Coffee has long been praised as an appetite suppressant, making it easier to skip snacks between meals and get through a busy morning, but this latest advancement in coffee’s possibility to help with weight loss gives hope for other reasons than just suppressing hunger at snack times. The information for the chlorogenic acid was published in the journal of Pharmaceutical Research, and included data regarding lab mice which were fed a high fat diet during testing and the resistance of insulin reduction. Yongjie Ma, the leader of this paper, and a postdoctoral associate at the College of Pharmacy at UGA is quoted by Science Daily in saying: “Previous studies have shown that coffee consumption may lower the risk for chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Our study expands on this research by looking at the benefits associated with this specific compound, which is found in great abundance in coffee, but also in other fruits and vegetables like apples, pears, tomatoes and blueberries.”

So far, the study has been successful in showing the benefits of coffee outside of the most obvious advantages such as caffeine, antioxidants, and even anti-aging and skin care qualities.

Why This Is Meaningful

Obesity hasn’t always been a problem in North America, but over the past decade it has exploded into a real epidemic, shortening lives, causes health problems, and making American’s miserable. The increase in the obesity rate in the United States along has risen dramatically in this time, and recent statistics have shown that more than seventeen percent of kids in the country are overweight. Many times obesity causes side effects including an increase in insulin resistance and fat in the liver. When this isn’t treated properly, diabetes can occur, as well as liver disease. Coffee may not be a miracle drink, but it certainly has many advantages that could help with these issues. The Mayo Clinic explains: “Caffeine may stimulate thermogenesis — one way your body generates heat and energy from digesting food. But this probably isn’t enough to produce significant weight loss.”

Coffee has also shown the ability to burn calories, and has a diuretic function, which may be useful for those prone to water retention.

How The CGA Testing Was Confirmed

The researchers that worked with the coffee chemical CGA fed mice high fat foods over a span of fifteen weeks. Each specimen was also injected with a solution including the chemical two times each week. The results showed that not only did the CGA help in the reduction and prevention of weight gain, but it helped those high fat fed animals maintain normal insulin and blood sugar levels, which is highly surprising with this type of diet. It also acts as an antioxidant, fighting signs of inflammation, which is a huge step in the battle against obesity, because much of what scientists see in people who are overweight is related to chronic inflammation. If the inflammation could become under control, there may be a way to help those with problems burning fat and losing weight.

Being Healthy In Your Weight Loss

While coffee and other caffeine related products often come up in weight loss related scientific findings, on their own they are not conducive to a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately many men and women across the globe are trying to lose weight the wrong way, and this can lead to further health problems. Calories Secrets says: “In moderation and in the right form, caffeine may have a small beneficial effect on weight loss, although some of this is likely to be water based.  However, it should not be used in large quantities as a weight loss tool.”

Integrating coffee and other products with anti-inflammatory properties such as blueberries and pomegranates into your diet can go a long way to help you get jump started on your weight loss. You also have to put in the time and effort to exercise and eat properly as well, by creating a meal plan that works with your lifestyle and workout options that give your body the muscle training and cardiovascular activity it requires.

Many weight lifters and muscle building fitness enthusiasts use caffeine in their everyday regimens, but caffeine alone isn’t always enough to give the advantages that the latest scientific research has found in the drinking of coffee. The CGA in coffee still has some testing to undergo before consumers will see it on shelves, and you should always ask your doctor before using a new supplement, but in the meantime you can enjoy these benefits through your daily cup of coffee. Those with heart problems should also contact their physician before thinking about upgrading their caffeine or coffee intake as it can sometimes have problematic side effects.

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