Men's Health (UK) - - In This Issue -

Science proves that a G&T is a re­fresh­ing route to a leaner body. Make ours a dou­ble

It’s one of life’s plea­sures to while away long sum­mer evenings with a re­fresh­ing long drink. And ac­cord­ing to new re­search by sci­en­tists at the École poly­tech­nique fédérale de Lau­sanne in Switzer­land, that plea­sure needn’t be a guilty one, ei­ther. Add An­gos­tura bit­ters to your gin and tonic and you can flick on your fat-burn­ing switch while cool­ing off af­ter a hard day’s work. It’s down to the ef­fect that bit­ter tastes have on three types of fat: blub­ber-stor­ing white cells, flab-burn­ing brown cells and beige cells. Beige is not a colour syn­ony­mous with ex­cite­ment, but in this case it’s at the cut­ting edge of weight-loss science.

A process called “beig­ing”, which turns white cells into fat-burn­ing brown cells, is trig­gered by the re­lease of bile acids, which are pro­duced in your liver and se­creted into your in­testines in re­sponse to bit­ter tastes. The bile acids in­ter­act with re­cep­tors on white fat cells to speed up me­tab­o­lism. The re­searchers found that the acids’ beig­ing ef­fect in­creases the num­ber of mi­to­chon­dria in your fat cells, which in turn raises the amount of en­ergy they con­sume. Rather iron­i­cally, then, some fat cells can ac­tu­ally help you lose weight.

Tighten your belt, loosen your tie and pour 60ml of gin, 120ml of good tonic and eight dashes of An­gos­tura bit­ters into a high­ball glass filled with ice. Fin­ish by squeez­ing in two wedges of fresh le­mon and mov­ing your chair to catch the last rays in your back gar­den. The bit­ters will do the rest.


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