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Can drinking coffee help us burn more body fat?

New research has shown that drinking coffee can help us burn body fat.  A recent study by researchers at the University of Nottingham showed that coffee helps increase metabolism by activating brown fat, aka brown adipose tissue or “BAT”.

When babies are born, they don’t have much muscle mass, and they can’t shiver to generate heat, so in order to stay warm, they’re born with thick layers of brown fat instead.

“Normal” fat (like belly fat) is yellow-white, but brown fat has a beige or muddy tint to it due to the presence of mitochondria, the little power houses in our cells that make ATP, our basic unit of cellular energy. As a result, brown fat is metabolically active, whereas white fat is not. In other words, brown fat burns calories!

What Is Brown Fat?

As babies grow, the amount of brown fat steadily decreases until adulthood, where you find some mostly around the upper back and neck.

Scientists thought BAT didn’t play much role in adult health and metabolism until recently, where newer research has shown that exposure to cold, like Wim Hof method, can help increase the activity of brown fat, or even help to “beige” white fat as does a low carb, ketogenic diet.


Wim Hof demonstrates his technique for becoming super human, which has been shown to moderately increase the activity of brown fat.


The researchers are now going to look into whether or not caffeine supplements can get the same results, but I suspect they will find that caffeine by itself is less effective, or not effective at all without the other compounds, like polyphenols, found in coffee as a whole package.

Coffee: A Silver Bullet?

If coffee can  help us burn more fat, does this mean you can get the body of your dreams by drinking more coffee?

Doubtful.

Although drinking coffee has been shown to reduce risk of diabetes, probably due at least in part to this increase in metabolic activity of BAT, it’s a “1% strategy” in terms of body composition.

You’re not going to significantly shift your body composition just by drinking coffee without making more basic adjustments in your diet like cutting calories, and eating more protein and whole foods, especially when that “coffee” is double caramel macchiato with an extra shot of chocolate syrup and whip cream. For instance, according to Starbucks website, their Chocolate Cookie Crumble Crème Frappuccino® weighs in at a heft 425 calories! That’s almost 25% of the calorie needs of your average woman for the day.  No matter what some people will tell you, you can’t eat more calories than you’re burning and be able to lose weight.  You can’t escape the first law of thermodynamics.  Although not all calories are equal, at some point, it’s all going to come back to energy balance. You must consistently eat less than you’re burning over weeks and months to lose fat.

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Is Coconut Oil Really Bad For You?

Coconut Oil

Is coconut oil REALLY bad for you?

What’s up and welcome back I’m Ashe from innerstrengthgym.com and this channel is all about helping you find YOUR inner power! In today’s Off The Mats video, I’ve got some important information you may want to consider regarding the American Heart Association’s recent declaration the “coconut oil isn’t healthy”, and if you like today’s video, don’t forget to subscribe!

Late last week the private forum for Precision Nutrition Coaches and Students blew up when on July 16th, 2017 USA Today published an article titled “Coconut oil isn’t healthy. It’s never been healthy.” in which they reported that The Dietary Fats and Cardiovascular Disease advisory reviewed existing data on saturated fat, showing coconut oil increased LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in seven out of seven controlled trials.

So basically this council looked at a handful of other people’s studies on the effects on cholesterol by reducing saturated fat in the diet and published their report, and then somehow coconut oil was singled out specifically as being particularly bad for you for the USA Today article.

Lead author on the report Frank Sacks was quoted as saying “he has no idea why people think coconut oil is healthy. It’s almost 100% fat”.

While it’s true that some studies have shown that coconut oil can increase your LDL (the bad cholesterol”, it also raises your HDL, the “good cholesterol” and it’s the ratio of LDL to HDL that matters most.

Additionally, coconut oil is a food. It’s a whole package of nutrients, not just saturated fats.

But what I really wanted to point out to you is this:

Earlier this year, Bayer put out a press release stating that “For each bag of LibertyLink® soybean seed sold for the 2017 season, Bayer will contribute 5 cents to the AHA’s Healthy for Good movement for a total maximum donation of $500,000.”

I’m going to stop short of making any outright allegations but I’ll let you draw your own conclusions.

Bayer promises a half million dollars to the AHA based on the sales of their patented soybean and a few months later they get a piece published in a national newspaper demonizing saturated fat, and coconut oil in particular.

With that in mind, let me know down in the comments section below, what do you think? If you want to read both the USA today article and the press release from Bayer, you can find links to both in the video description below, and click the “i” for links to more Off The Mats videos where I talk about nutrition, recovery and product reviews you might want to check out.
As always thanks for watching and I’ll catch you next time!