Got that Winter Weight Gain? Trust Your Body's Internal Scale

Khryss | Published 2018-01-09 22:11

Such scale is said to sense your weight, consequently helping your body regulate fat mass.

"The weight of the body is registered in the lower extremities. If the body weight tends to increase, a signal is sent to the brain to decrease food intake and keep the body weight constant," study co-author John-Olov Jansson, a professor of neuroscience at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, said in a statement.

His team implanted capsules into the abdomens of obese rats and mice. Half were implanted with "heavy" capsules in their bellies which is about 15 percent of their bodyweight while the others had empty capsules.

Just two weeks later, all rodents had roughly the same total body weight! The means that the first half actually shed about 80 percent of their equivalent amount of fat. That's insane! They actually had lesser white fats.

How? Well, they found that these animals were simply eating less. (WTF?!) "Removal of the loading increased the biological body weight and the fat mass, but not the skeletal muscle mass, demonstrating that the body-weight sensor is functional in both directions," the researchers wrote in their paper.

The secret lies in our bodies and what we do with it. People who tend to sit for a long time are more likely to gain weight, have diabetes, heart disease and premature death, the researchers said.

"We believe that the internal body scales give an inaccurately low measure when you sit down. As a result, you eat more and gain weight," study co-author Claes Ohlsson, a researcher at the Center for Bone and Arthritis Research at the University of Gothenburg, said in the statement.

So, better stand up and have a walk from time to time. Do the trick and tell me how it goes, okay?

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