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Exercising Your Brain For Weight Loss

Dorathy Gass

As the old saying goes ‘mind over matter.’ A new study reveals that theory just might be true when it comes to weight loss. Research conducted by Professor Tony Tiganis from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Monash University in Melborne has found two natural hormones your brain produces, which can turn energy storing fat (i.e. white fat) into energy burning fat (i.e. brown fat).

The hormones found are leptin and insulin. While the first is produced in fat cells and acts as an appetite suppressant; the other is generated from the pancreas when levels of glucose in your blood start to increase. The study reveals that both enzymes work together to coax proopiomelanocortin (POMC) neurons within an individual’s brain. As such, it transfers white fat to brown; which ultimately helps you lose weight. The hormones provide your brain with a detailed idea of how much ‘fat’ your body has. As leptin is created by fat cells, it helps to indicate fat reserves: therefore, the more fat you have, the more leptin you produce. Alternatively insulin provides the level of future fat reserves, due to glucose increasing within your system when you eat.

Still, you may want to refrain from diving into the junk food or forget about fitness routines all together. Professor Tiganis and his team suggest that this concept is more than just ‘thinking’ your way into losing weight. More research is needed around this theory for therapy based solutions.

There has also been a variety of studies that reveal other ways to change white cells to brown. Research at Maastricht University Medical Center has shown that individuals can create brown fat by simply keeping their environments cooler; while another study published in the journal Cell Press revealed that a drug called Mirabegron, which is used on individuals who have an overactive bladder, could convert white fat to brown.

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