This Surprising Drug May Help You Burn Fat, New Study Suggests

Often pills that marketed as “fat blasting” are a gimmick and not worth your money. fat loss is usually accomplished through exercises that fall under the high-intensity umbrella (think HIIT). Weightlifting can also help you get stronger and can also speed up fat loss.

However, researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine discovered that a drug originally intended to Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and diseased cell disease can stimulate cells in mice so that they burn more fat.

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The findings, which were published in the Clinical Research Journal, revealed that a chemical inhibitor of an enzyme known as PDE9 promoted fat loss in male mice. Female mice undergoing simulated menopause also experienced fat loss when given the drug.

Knowing that postmenopausal women are with increased risk of obesity, especially around their waists, researchers removed the ovaries from female mice in an effort to mimic the hormonal changes that occur during menopause. Curiously, female mice that still had their ovaries and were given the drug did not experience the same kind of cell stimulation. This indicated to the researchers that sex hormones play a crucial role in the effectiveness of the chemical inhibitor.

“Currently, there is no pill that has been proven to be effective for treating severe obesity, but such obesity is a global health problem that increases the risk of many other diseases,” senior researcher David Kass, MD, Abraham and Virginia Weiss Professor of Cardiology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine said in a statement.

“What makes our findings exciting is that we have found an oral drug that activates fat burning in mice to reduce obesity and fat accumulation in organs such as the liver and heart that contribute to disease; this is new.”

Of course, clinical studies will be needed to see if the drug can induce a similar effect in humans, but the preliminary work looks promising. For more tips on how to burn belly fat now, be sure to read Eating Habits To Avoid If You Don’t Want Belly Fat, Dietitians Say. Don’t forget to Sign up for our newsletter.