Creamarts, what South Korean barista Lee Kang-bin calls his latte arts, are seen at his coffee shop in Seoul, South Korea, June 30, 2017. Reuters/Kim Hong-Ji

Drinking coffee may be a good way to stay fit. US journalist and health expert Bob Arnot, in his new book “The Coffee Lover’s Diet,” explored how coffee can help in losing weight.

According to the expert, coffee increases metabolism, alleviates effects of fatty foods and even allows the drinker to burn more calories than one who does not drink coffee. Arnot told People in June that first, there is an increase in metabolic rate, then the taker will burn 100 more calories by drinking coffee. A cuppa before workout will help in burning more free fatty acids. The expert claims that coffee burns fat, suppresses appetite and speeds up metabolism. He believes that consuming coffee has a positive impact on how the body breaks down fat.

Drinking coffee at the end of a fatty meal decreases the amount of sugar and fat absorbed. A high-fat meal deteriorates vascular function, which becomes risky over time. High-phenol coffee improves vascular function.

Nutritionist Kristen Beck, however, believes that those who do not drink coffee should not start doing so in pursuit of weight loss. She said that while coffee definitely boosts metabolism, its effects are usually short-lived. Better Health Victoria recommends not more than 400 mg every day.

Beck added that diet is not only about drinking coffee. Healthy eating is still a must for successful weight loss. One needs to know how to drink coffee, acording to Beck. Even though a latte with sugar is a small meal by itself, it is definitely not a healthy meal. While coffee has proven health benefits, it does not mean people can have unlimited mugs in a day. Gastroenterologist and liver disease specialist Alex Hodge of Monash Health said, though, that coffee overall is good as it comes with a host of health benefits.

“Drinking coffee has also been associated with fewer incidents of neurodegenerative conditions like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease, with a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes. There’s limited but emerging evidence that coffee is associated with lowering the risk of several cancers including colorectal, liver, ovarian, pancreatic, oesophageal and endometrial. It has all those beneficial associations,” Hodge told Herald Sun earlier in 2015.

Beck told that caffeine boosts athletic performance both in terms of endurance, power and speed, as well as psychologically by making exercise seem achievable. Coffee can also suppress appetite by providing a boost of energy, according to the experts.