There are times when I feel like it would be easier for me to change my religious belief than to stick to a weight loss plan. I know many of you are just like me. But a new study has just found that our brain may help us do the job.
How can the brain help people lose weight?
To answer this question, let’s first talk about one mechanism. This mechanism allows people to maintain a constant body temperature.
According to the study leader Professor Bruno Conti, our brain uses up to half of what we eat every day as energy to maintain our body temperature.
When mammals don’t have enough food to eat, they will lower their temperature and limit the energy they consume. Some even go into complete hibernation.
When people are on a diet, though they do not hibernate, they will have a lower body temperature just like other mammals. In this case, the brain only uses part of calories to regulate heat. The rest of the calories are saved as fats.
Researchers wonder that if they can take advantage of this mechanism to let the body burn up more calories, so they conducted a study on mice.
How the study underwent
In the study, the researchers fed two groups of lean mice calorie-restricted diets for six weeks. Then, they gave one group of mice a drug to block their mind receptors that usually regulate the body heat.
It turns out that the group of mice with drug lost an additional 6% of weight. This result suggests that after the receptor was blocked, the body continued to burn up calories to regulate heat even when food was restricted.
The researchers then did the same experiment on obese mice and observed nearly doubled weight loss in mice with drug.
These are really exciting results. Scientists may soon use these findings to create similar drugs for humans. Maybe in the near future, we can all lie in the sofa, eating popcorns and waiting for our brains to lower our weight.