A new study published in Scientific Reports found that drinking coffee spurs the human body on to burn calories. UPI notes that the coffee helps galvanize the body's so-called "brown fat," or "a heat-generating form of fat that literally burns calories in a process called thermogenesis." Michael Symonds, who led the study from the University of Nottingham, noted in a news release that "the potential implications of our results are pretty big, as obesity is a major health concern for society and we also have a growing diabetes epidemic and brown fat could potentially be part of the solution in tackling them." However, a registered dietitian named Sharon Zarabi told UPI that people shouldn't start replacing exercise with copious trips to Starbucks.
"I'd still recommend a cup o' joe at some point in the morning for a mental boost and pep in the day, but definitely not to help you lose weight -- unless you're using that caffeine for stimulation of a heart-pounding workout," she said.