Pills the solution to laziness and obesity
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Research at the University of California focused on MGAT2, an enzyme found in the intestines of mice and humans.
Mice without the protein were able to eat a high-fat diet while remaining slim and healthy.
The fat they absorbed was burnt off as energy, rather than stored, the journal Nature Medicine reports.
The mice in the experiment also seemed better at processing sugar, cutting their risk of diabetes, and had lower levels of 'bad' cholesterol in their blood.
A pill that targets the enzyme in people could provide a new weapon in the battle of the bulge.
But burning off fat is just one part of the problem, what about keeping the muscles strong?
Even more appealing is the prospect of a pill that makes the body fit, as well as keeping it slim.
Last year, US scientists unveiled an experimental drug which fools the muscles into thinking they have worked long and hard, boosting fitness as well as burning off fat.
Mice treated with AICAR for four weeks burned more calories and had less fat than untreated mice and when tested on a treadmill, they could run almost 50 per cent longer.
Researcher Professor Ronald Evans, of the Salk Institute in California, said: 'We have exercise in a pill.'
You think McDonalds and Coca Cola are already working on incorporating these substances into their products? That would be radically cool. Who needs to eat right and exercise when we have science to take care of us?
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