Coffee has long been linked with the ability to lose weight more quickly, but recent research is now indicating that using this beloved beverage incorrectly could change the way your body accumulates fat, and it might not be in the diet friendly way that you had hoped. Before you take your next coffee shop run, you may wish to inform yourself a little bit better as to whether or not that cup of java is your best choice.

Research into a Coffee and Weight Gain Connection

The latest studies are now indicating that drinking too much coffee might actually lead to weight gain, instead of weight loss. This research was published within the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

This study was published based on research conducted by Australian researchers from the University of Western Australia School of Medicine and Pharmacology on three groups of mice. The first group of mice were given a normal diet. The second had a diet that was high in fat. The third had a diet that contained a large amount of both fat and an antioxidant that is found in coffee, called chlorogenic acid (CGA).

It ran for twelve weeks and the mice who were in the third group gained the most body fat and had an increase in both insulin resistance and glucose sensitivity. Those last two symptoms are precursors to type 2 diabetes and were far greater among those in the third group than they were in the group that had only a high fat diet but no coffee compound.

These results were a surprise to the researchers who conducted the study. They, like many other dieters, researchers, and doctors, though that the coffee compound would reduce the degree of weight gain and improve insulin sensitivity. But instead, the opposite was true.

Too Early to Know for Certain

That said, the researchers also said that it is too early to blame coffee for weight gain. So far, the study only suggests that excessive consumption of coffee contributes to weight gain. The dosage that the mice received in the study was the human equivalent of six daily cups. Other studies that looked into the consumption of moderate amounts of CGA have suggested that it can help to reduce blood pressure, prevent weight gain and increase insulin resistance.

Other Studies Show the Opposite About Coffee and Weight Gain

Of course, it’s also important to note that while that study might seem to suggest that there is a connection between coffee consumption and weight gain or altered insulin response in the body, one study is not enough to be conclusive or to indicate that you should alter your habits. This is particularly true as it is in direct conflict with the results of a much larger existing body of evidence.

In fact, the Mayo Clinic says that while drinking coffee won’t actually cause you to lose weight all on its own, it can help to support your overall weight loss efforts and might help to prevent gaining additional pounds.  This is because some early research indicates that the caffeine in this beloved morning beverage can help to suppress the appetite and boost calorie burning, among other benefits that can make it easier to stick to a lower calorie eating strategy.

So far, if there is anything to be learned from this study, it is that coffee, like everything else in life, should be taken in moderation, because excessive consumption can lead to unwanted consequences.  There is no clear evidence that drinking coffee promotes weight gain or loss, though there is research to indicate both possibilities. By simply drinking a reasonable amount of this beverage, you’ll ensure that any impact in either direction will be slight enough that you won’t notice any difference on the bathroom scale.